Author: Alan Gilkeson

A Bloody GWAR B-Q

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Welcome to GWAR B-Q” rattled a ticket taker some sixty years of age wearing a questioning smile, attempting not to stare too hard at a group of twenty something’s, their faces filled with piercings, bodies covered with tattoos. Such is the setting for yet another summer gathering of counter cultural hooligans, hordes of GWAR fanatics enjoying a… Read more »


Anthrax – History Repeating Itself

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If the heavy music community had an award similar to the sports world’s “Comeback Player of The Year” then legendary Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna could proudly display that trophy on his Metal mantle. Certainly, Belladonna might have preferred to be leading the Anthrax charge to battle these past twenty years, but with past melodramas far behind… Read more »


Malice – An All New Breed

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The proverbial Heavy Metal battlefield, strewn with acts lost forever in the mythology of the genre’s rise, fall, and ascension, on occasion spits forth an old name re-risen, carrying its sword into battle once again.  Surely the Metal world thought L. A.’s Malice, a band never to be heard from again; a victim of bad… Read more »


Pretty Maids – It Comes Alive – Maid In Switzerland

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Celebrating thirty years in the biz, the Danes with the ultra feminine name, grace us with a live disc / DVD which could just as well be a ‘Best Of’, writhe with hits from their best albums.  As such, holding in my hands a live record that essentially chronicles their career, let’s get the obvious… Read more »


Turisas Sounding the Battle Cry

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In the course of Metal history, there’s been several geographically based movements with great impact around the world, such as The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), both the Swedish and Florida based Death Metal scenes, San Francsico Thrash, L.A. Glam, Norwegian Black Metal, German Power Metal, etc. etc. For almost twenty years now… Read more »


Sigh: No Sleep For The Wicked

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The Land of The Rising Sun, best known for sushi, anime, and cute women, rarely gets mentioned as a breeding ground of great Metal, save for the bands you already know (Loudness, EZO, Anthem, Dir En Grey), one of the mainstays of the Japanese scene, Tokyo’s Sigh, carry the originality and creativity banner beyond cultural… Read more »


JADED PAST ‘s Self Titled Debut Album Is AVAILABLE NOW

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“The new Jaded Past tracks are commercial and killer!” Steve Brown~TRIXTER .”George Becker, former singer of WICKED SIN, matured and seasoned in his songwriting and vocals” Aquarian Weekly “George’s Vocals seems to be a mixture of Bonjovi, Micheals and Kid Rock in a very special blend…” Keith & Amy~Greater Media Radio New Jersey music veteran… Read more »


Attention Deficit Society; Just Under the Radar

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Amongst the rock and metal circuits, writhing below the surface of household names, there lies a group of musicians and songwriters respected and honored by their peers, yet those of us outside the inner circle never quite manage to witness their talents.  Charlie Sabin, founder of Attention Deficit Society, finds his home traipsing alongside legends,… Read more »


Twisted Sister Raising More Than The Volume

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Fine wine, scotch, cheddar cheese…  all things that get better with age.  And though we’re now light years away from Twisted Sister’s ‘Hey Day’, a couple of their epic anthems have not only stood the test of time, they’ve blossomed beyond the confines of their genre and era.  Still, the mere mention of Twisted Sister… Read more »