metal Archive

Album Review: Real People, Great Radio Vol. 2

Indie by definition and indie in spirit, Real People, Great Radio Vol. 2 is a compilation featuring Asheville musical artists. Curated, sponsored and put together by community radio station AshevilleFM […]

30 Days Out, Feb. 2024 #2: Get Right Band, Firecracker Jazz Band, Haken, Mark and Maggie O’Connor

Two acts based in Asheville, two intentionally-touring acts. A wide variety of genres. The so-called “quiet season” continues in and around Western NC. Artist: Get Right Band Venue: Grey Eagle […]

Take Five: Ozzy in the Eighties

After nearly a decade fronting metal pioneers Black Sabbath, singer Ozzy Osbourne was dismissed from the band he co-founded. But after a period in which he (more or less) got […]

Boxed Set Review: Winger – Chapter One: Atlantic Years 1988-1993 (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Winger (1988) Shimmering acoustic guitar opens “Madalaine,” and a hard-rock yowl leads the full band into the arrangement. That tune sets the tone, and Winger never […]

Boxed Set Review: Winger – Chapter One: Atlantic Years 1988-1993 (Part 1 of 2)

One of the most high-profile musical movements of the late 1980s and early-to-mid ‘90s was what is now called (somewhat disparagingly) “hair metal.” Characterized in equal measure by the arrangement […]

30 Days Out, May 2023 #1: Vieux Farka Touré, Voivod, Gov’t Mule, Floating Action

Two acts from beyond our borders, two artists we Western North Carolinians claim as our own. Local performances featuring those are some of the musical highlights coming in the next […]

30 Days Out, April 2022 #2: Nova Omega, Pedro the Lion, Tuatha Dea, Drive-By Truckers

Two local acts and two acclaimed nationally-touring acts are the cream of the musical crop in Asheville’s live music scene across the coming 30 days. Artist: Nova Omega Venue: The […]

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 […]