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Virtual Concert Lighter, Really?

I'm a man who tries to live an uncluttered life, and to that end, I don't own a lot of forms of portable technology, save my cell phone. No iPhone, no iPod, no Blackberry, no GPS, no laptop, etc. Still, I keep an eye on the growing number of "apps" which just seem like an excuse to try and dull the effect of objects that exist in real life, from compasses to pets.

Marilyn Manson - "The High End of Low" Review

What the hell is this?

I find myself faced with a new album by Marilyn Manson. Now, allow me to be clear; the man has yet to impress me. Sure, he’s done a small handful of pretty good songs, and I’ll also admit that he has (had) some talented musicians in his entourage. Still, even as a young, not-really-angsty teenager, I found the whole act overblown and insipid. It was clear to me that the man was simply a marketing machine; any message he had hidden away was comfortably couched within his ability to sell records.

Warbringer - "Waking Into Nightmares" Review

Yes. Yes, yes, yes. Frequent readers of my little corner of the universe will remember that I have been campaigning for the emergence of a new American thrash metal band for months now. Also recall that when I saw Soilwork live back in February, I spoke at some length about the up and coming band Warbringer. I encouraged everyone to look into their forthcoming album “Waking Into Nightmares” and said we’d reconvene upon its release in the spring.

Static-X - Concert Review

As I walked into the Chance, I was immediately hit with a revelation about the show I was about to see: the crowd was much smaller than I had anticipated. The Chance, which has a great balcony to watch a show from, had the balcony closed off, keeping everyone contained on the lower level. This actually gave me a lot of hope, as I had seen Overkill under the same circumstances, and the crowd was extraordinarily dedicated to the show.

Forgotten Classics - Danzig III

If ever there was an argument to be made for the fraternal connection between heavy metal and the blues, “Danzig III: How the Gods Kill,” is the bedrock of that argument. A blues masterpiece at its heart, “Danzig III” is an old-school romp through Black Sabbath’s graveyard.

"Wreckage of My Past" Trailer

Watch it here!

That's the trailer for "Wreckage of My Past," the forthcoming documentary about the life, times and experiences of Ozzy Osbourne. Looks interesting, though I can't help but feel from the way it's presented that it likely lionizes Ozzy quite a bit. It's being produced by Sharon and Jack Osbourne, so I suppose I should've expected as much. Even so, it might be a worthwhile viewing, as Ozzy has certainly lived an interesting life.

Lacuna Coil - "Shallow Life" Review

I have been loosely following the career of Lacuna Coil for a number of years now. I was first exposed to them when they opened for Anthrax in the summer of 2003. My friend and I were going to the show, and he mentioned that he was excited to see this new band from Italy start the program. On stage, they were fantastic. “Heaven’s a Lie,” was their signature single, and with the burgeoning chemistry of their dual lead singers, I couldn’t help but be entranced.

Dragonforce - Concert Review

As I was approaching the venue, a booming thunderstorm was forming on the horizon, with grand forks of twisted lightning shrieking through the sky. How fitting for Dragonforce.

The Veer Union - "Against the Grain" Review

Hey there ladies and gents. You might remember a couple weeks back, I spoke about a young up and coming back called "The Veer Union," and how their live show was full of energy and potential. Well, their album has been released, and I was curious to see if they could capture that kind of energy in recorded form.

The answer is both yes and no. "Against the Grain" does contain glimmering pieces of the potential that the band showcased during their on-stage performance. The sin here is that the consistency is lacking.

Blackguard - "Profugus Mortis" review

Sometimes it just takes some tenacity and hardwork. Blackguard, a band formed in 2001 under the name Profugus Mortis, finally settles on a lineup and gets their album onto the streets. Profugus Mortis had released a handful of EP's and small collections of music, but never had they come upon one definitive idea. Enter their self-reinvention as Blackguard.

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