Author: Hilary Mahoney

Hilary Mahoney is a live entertainment specialist and former lead music writer for Hoopla, an entertainment periodical published by the Cedar Rapids, IA Gazette newspaper. On a daily basis, Hilary can be found in the trenches interviewing band members and attending live music venues. Among her latest interviews are Lajon Witherspoon and Phil Anselmo. Hilary majored in music in junior college and in 2006, earned her BA in nonprofit administration from the University of Northern Iowa. Her background in music, theater and dance uniquely qualify her to write compelling, informative exposés as well as fueling her ongoing personal pursuit of the bass guitar.

My Life With Deth by David Ellefson

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Oftentimes, when a reader picks up a copy of a musician’s biography, they can expect to find a sad story, full of troubled childhood tales , addiction, and unfortunately, in some cases, death. Thankfully there are some stories out there with a little more hope to offer and that is the case with My Life… Read more »


2 Minutes to Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-by-Day by Martin Popoff

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Martin Popoff has authored 41 books on hard rock, heavy metal and the like, covering bands such as Rush, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, and is now releasing 2 Minutes to Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-by-Day (Backbeat Books), an innovative form of band biography. As the title implies, it is a day-by-day look at the career of… Read more »


KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – She Is The Kobra

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Quality female-fronted metal bands are somewhat hard to come by. For many years, the genre has primarily dominated by males, but Simmons Records/UME band Kobra And The Lotus, featuring vocalist Kobra Paige, are here to challenge that domination. Classical composers Vivaldi and Beethoven may not seem like the most obvious metal influences. However, this is where Paige… Read more »


BOBAFLEX – Bringing All Out Assault to a Stage Near You

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The feud of the West Virginia/Kentucky Hatfield’s and McCoy’s has become American legend, having become synonymous with any long-standing, bitter feud. The story has been immortalized in countless television shows and movies, and most recently, both a mini-series and a reality show on the History Channel. This is no history lesson, but the McCoy brothers… Read more »


BOBAFLEX – Charlatan’s Web

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A follow-up to Bobaflex’s 2011 album Hell In My Heart (which featured hit singles Bury Me With My Guns On, Chemical Valley, and a remake of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence) has much to live up to, and the boys have taken on that task with confidence. Released on September 10th via BFX Records… Read more »


Reinventing Metal by Neil Daniels

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On September 10th, Backbeat Books released Reinventing Metal:The True Story of Pantera and the Tragically Short Life of Dimebag Darrell by Neil Daniels. There is no doubt that Daniels is a music fan, as he has written several books, covering such artists as Judas Priest, Robert Plant, and Iron Maiden. His bio on his website even refers… Read more »


MEGADETH – David Ellefson Talks Life and Deth

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When you are a member of a multi-platinum selling band such as Megadeth, life doesn’t really slow down much, even when you are 30 years down the road. Screamer Magazine alum ( he was a monthly columnist back in 1993) and Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson knows that all too well. While on a three week… Read more »


METALLICA: The Trash Stash by Jerry Ewing

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Though it is an “unofficial and unauthorized” book, Metallica: The Thrash Stash is a perfect coffee table book for any true Metallica fan. Author Jerry Ewing is a rock journalist who has written for such publications as Metal Forces, Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, and Stuff. A quote from the book’s introduction makes Ewing’s metal fandom clear…. Read more »


Philip Anselmo – Technician of Distortion

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True metalheads most likely need no introduction to the name Philip Anselmo. He was, of course, the voice of one of heavy metal’s most legendary bands, the “Cowboys from Hell”, Pantera. However, as there are surely some metal newbies out there, a brief rock history lesson may be necessary. The backbone of Pantera was founded in 1981… Read more »


BLUE OCTOBER- Sway

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Blue October’s seventh album, Sway, will be in stores and online on August 20th. The band is known for their thought-provoking, gut-wrenchingly honest lyrics and intense music. Vocalist Justin Furstenfeld pours his heart out in his words, and this album is no exception. However, while some songs in the past were covering  darker subjects such… Read more »


JESSE JAMES DUPREE – Taking a Bite Out of Life’s Ass

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No one can accuse Jesse James Dupree of being a lazy man. If you know him only as the frontman for Jackyl or that guy from the Full Throttle Saloon TV show, you don’t even know the half of it.  What doesn’t he do? He has his own bourbon and his own beer.  His aptly… Read more »


MOTORFINGER – Coming in Clear

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One glance at the cover of the EP Coming in Clear by Oslo band Motorfinger, and there is no question what kind of music you will be hearing.  Alternative rock, grunge whatever you want to call it. The band is clearly paying homage to bands of the early 1990s. Their name itself is a reference… Read more »