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Jack Starr’s Burning Starr: The Ongoing Wave of American Heavy Metal (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… But by 1984, a restless Starr had formed a new group, Burning Starr. “I was very lucky,” he says. “I was able to get a very […]

Jack Starr’s Burning Starr: The Ongoing Wave of American Heavy Metal (Part One)

Guitar shredders are a dime a dozen these days. But the real guitar heroes are the ones who balance their musical artistry with finesse, melodicism and power. Jack Starr fits […]

Mac Sabbath: You Deserve a Mac Today

The music of prime-era Black Sabbath has served as inspiration for countless bands, applying the drop-tuned, doom-laden style of the Birmingham, England, foursome to their own creative ends. But perhaps […]

HU’s Next: The Finest in Mongolian Metal

Touring with familiar names like Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth is a new and very different band. From landlocked Mongolia comes one of heavy metal’s unlikeliest new groups, The […]

Liliac: C’mon Get Metal

Family band Liliac breathes youthful life into classic-style heavy metal There’s a long and often proud tradition of family bands: The Jackson 5, The Osmonds and the Cowsills are among […]

EP Review: Stick Men — Tentacles

Considering the degree to which each of its members is known for other projects, it’s remarkable that Stick Men even exists. Drummer extraordinaire Pat Mastelotto has been on every King […]

Scholars Consider Metallica, Part Two

Continued from Part One… “Metallica creates emotionally intense music, both sonically and lyrically,” Swanson points out. “It’s so intense that it creates a ‘virtual violence,’ one that creates a release […]

Scholars Consider Metallica, Part One

This story was part of a larger feature – a collaboration with Nick Veronin – previously published in SF Standard. Metallica: Counter-cultural Critics, Vehicle for Catharsis As Metallica prepares to […]

Album Review: Jupiter Cyclops – Prophets, Prospectors & Madmen

This swaggering Phoenix metal outfit swings for the fences on its debut release. With guitar pyrotechnics woven into a band aesthetic that focuses on ensemble playing, Jupiter cyclops delivers the […]

30 Days Out, November 2021 #1: The Record Company, Cloak, Carolina Waltz, Squirrel Nut Zippers

The warm weather has left us, taking with it the opportunity for outdoor shows. It remains to be seen how the remaining vestiges of the pandemic will affect the live […]