Hard Rock

Pearl Jam – ‘Gigaton’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch In his final major interview Kurt Cobain described Pearl Jam as a “safe” rock band. “They’re a pleasant rock band that everyone likes,” he claimed. The last part of that assessment at least was probably correct at the time: their 1991 debut album Ten eventually sold thirty million copies worldwide, making… Read more

The Last Four Years – ‘A Rock Noir Romance’ Book Review

Photo Credit:  Anwar Hussein / Getty Images It seems as though the Who have traded in their magic bus for a bookmobile, as each of the four members of the band’s original line-up is currently the subject of a published work: lead singer Roger Daltrey’s memoir and guitarist Pete Townshend’s debut novel were both released… Read more

Stone Temple Pilots – ‘Perdida’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Michelle Shiers It’s been a long, bumpy and inconsistent flight for Stone Temple Pilots. Making their debut in the early Nineties, the San Diego band at first sounded so much like Pearl Jam that some were tagging them Clone Temple (or Stone Goddard) Pilots. Still, there proved to be enough audience support to… Read more

Breaking Benjamin – ‘Aurora’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wombat Fire Depending on what part of the world you’re in, burping at the conclusion of a meal is either rude, or an indication that you enjoyed yourself but now you’re done. In music, the equivalent of a burp might be when artists re-record their own material. “Rude” might be an overstatement, but it’s largely unnecessary, and it’s… Read more

The Who – ‘WHO’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images There’s a scene in the movie Mask where a doctor tries to inform the character played by Cher that her physically deformed teenage son doesn’t have long to live. She responds by pointing out that she’s been hearing exactly this “news” throughout the boy’s entire life, adding “If I dug his grave every time one of you geniuses said he was gonna die, I’d be in f*cking China… Read more

King Diamond – ‘The Institute’ Concert Review

Photo Credit: Steve Trager It’s hard to pinpoint the brilliant musical success of King Diamond after establishing himself as a solo artist for over twenty years and his career thus far being nothing short of stellar. Many diehard fans know his distinct voice from the days of Mercyful Fate, which propelled King Diamond into a… Read more

King Diamond: ‘The Institute’ Tour 2019

King Diamond at Tower Theater 11/10/19 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania Website: www.kingdiamondcoven.com  Photography by: Steve Trager

Volbeat – ‘Rewind, Replay, Rebound’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Volbeat PressPhotos 2019 Volbeat are from Denmark and – at least according to conventional wisdom – categorized as a Heavy Metal band (the “Vol” part of the band’s name is even short for “volume”). This may frighten off some U.S. listeners who might assume the band to be part of the Scandinavian Death… Read more