Inevitably, every "best of" list features some tiny--or not so tiny--bias from its compilers. Journalistic objectivity takes precedence, sure, but when even the definition of "metal" is subject to interpretation, there's no true one-size-fits-all best-of list. But that's often the best part of the e ... More >>
Better Than: Elevator music in a sauna. "Welcome to heavy metal Woodstock!" shouted Scorpion Child singer Aryn Jonathan Black, greeting the throng of approximately 30 at hand to see his band at 4:40 on a Tuesday afternoon in 90-degree heat. One of about 17 groups on three stages, Scorpion Child ... More >>
Jay Reatard, gone but not forgotten.It is depressing but accurate to note how inexorably the internet bends toward death, and how much of the work of professional critics these days is announcing it, verifying it, and making sense of it (often in that order, unfortunately). Michael Jackson, a ... More >>
Go ahead, ask him about the Yankees. Photo by Caryn Rose.Greg Dulli Bowery Ballroom Tuesday, October 19 Better than: Leaving the lights on. "Could we bring the lights down a little bit, please?" asked Greg Dulli after the first song of his Bowery Ballroom set on Tuesday night. And immediat ... More >>
Nate "Igor" SmithA few of the many Iron Maiden fans Igor photographed last night. Iron Maiden Monday, July 12 Madison Square Garden There is, still to this day, an Iron Maiden dress code. It consists of denim. A black T-shirt with the band's logo in that inimitable Metal Lord font. And somewhere i ... More >>
These Are Powers, Secret Project Robot, Confetti. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week that everybody finally went outside for the summer, we hung out on a few rooftops ourselves. Twin Sister? Rooftop. The SFNY party? Rooftop. Good Co.? BBQ, outdoors, ground floor. So yeah. The rain drove us in ... More >>
The metal world lost one of its greatest voices, and one of its nicest guys, on Sunday morning, when legendary singer Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer at 67. After swatting away Internet rumors earlier that day, Dio's wife and manager, Wendy Dio, finally delivered the news herself: "Today m ... More >>
Late Saturday night, the rumor spread that Black Sabbath (post-Ozzy) and Dio vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who has been suffering from stomach caner, had died, leading to a war over his Wikipedia page. The page was subsequently locked last night and Dio's wife and manager reportedly sent a messa ... More >>
Years ago, Ella Taylor interviewed Quentin Tarantino at his favorite Denny's. She returns to the scene to ask about Inglourious Basterds and his career. Tarantino is charmng, but if you want to be pissed at him, he does say things like, "A case can be made that I re-created the gangster fil ... More >>
The return of Dio-Era Black Sabbath
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