Van Halen IV

Like I've been saying for a while, the current Van Halen tour is not a reunion, it's a reunification between Roth and the Van...

Deathwish: Before Charles Bronson Came Deathwish

Here's a rollicking tape by a likeable British act from the late 1980s. Not to be confused with the Italian Deathwish, this quartet thrashes...

Dressing for Mars (A Clothes Encounter?)

What beats all the Halo-inspired Master-whatever Halloween costumes in the works? I wrote a short piece in this month's Popular Mechanics about MIT's efforts...

Ersatz Guitar God Goofs

Badly overdubbed parodies of guitar gods flubbing their solos have existed on YouTube for a while now -- the clam-handed Yngwie Malmsteen "lesson" is...

Wheels of Pure Fukkin’ Steel

Wheelchair-bound death metal survivor Jeff Becerra of Possessed, onstage in Europe 2007. Thanks: Metal-Experience.com

Prong: The Demon Thrashers of Stanton Street

Before the drum machines, remixes, and guest appearances, Prong was a very lonely metalcore trio from the Lower East Side of New York. Forget...

Van Halen: What to Expect

9qU7dzXNYzs There they are circa September 2007 -- the guy on bass is named Wolfgang Van Halen. Like any self-respecting metalhead, I have lots of hobbies...

Soothsayer: Canadian Terrorist Training

Foiled again! But that's perfectly okay -- I'm happy whenever a band or label wakes up and takes care of their own demo tape...

What’s Wrong With This Chick?

Oh, she was left to freeze to death on a sacrificial slab about 500 years ago atop Llullaillaco, a 22,000-foot mountain between what is...

Whiplash: Kings With the Axes

Looks like someone in Holland got wise and re-released Whiplash's 1984 Thunderstruk demo a few years back, and they're even keeping the CD available....

Out to Lunch

Greetings from the dungeons of Chateau de Chillon -- wish you were here? The demo cassette spools have stopped spinning for a couple weeks...

Everybody Needs Some

Today is the release date for Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, my new book. The early reviews look good, and the book...

Hater at Work

I'll try to keep this short. Use "Search Inside" on Amazon on the link below if you really want to get into it. A weird...

Bullets Over Times Square

This is Megadeth's new boxset Warchest beaming down over Times Square NYC with 10-foot high bullets. I wrote the essay that wraps all 4...

Soviet "Metal" Band Pisses Everybody Off

Russian readers will see Sergei "Spider" Troltsky in his Hitler outfit and instantly recognize the most ludicrous hard rock act ever: Korrozia Metalla! As...

Van Halen Tour Press Conference Report

Kevin Estrada, the main photo contributor for Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, just called on his way out of the Van Halen...

Van Halen Saga: Chapter One

My book Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga shipped from the factory this morning, so in a few days all my questions will...

Fell in Love (With a Stormtrooper)

Not sure how this all started, but here it is. LINK.

Casbah: “Cheated by Pose, All Left Are Bones!”

If the name Casbah doesn't summon images of zealous Japanese thrashers dressed in camo fatigues, you aren't alone -- the band has become one...

Paul Stanley’s Lousy Paintings

Paul Stanley of Kiss is going through his "blue-fauvist-whee-this-is-fun" period as an artist. It's fun to watch a creative spirit grow and learn --...