Author: Christian Graus

A Beginner’s Guide To: Judas Priest

History: Formed in Birmingham, England in 1969, Judas Priest are one of the biggest bands in the history of heavy metal.  Their singer, Rob Halford, is known as the ‘Metal God’ and is known for his vocal range.  From early albums like “Sin After Sin” and “Killing Machine“, through to their peak on albums like “Screaming For Vengeance” and “Painkiller“, this is a band that has always evolved and reflected the state of the art in heavy metal.  After that album, Rob Halford left the band.  It was not long after that that he revealed his homosexuality, thus telling...

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Album Review: As Paradise Falls – Digital Ritual

As Paradise Falls have not had an easy road to success.  After a strong response to their debut EP, they were on tour with I Killed the Prom Queen in Bangkok when their guitarist, Glenn Barrie, died in his sleep.  Eighteen months later, they have regrouped and are ready to take on the world again.  Out of tragedy came opportunity, with the band now signed to Eclipse Records.  Glenn’s guitar parts from the initial sessions are preserved and present on this album. With clear influences from bands like Asking Alexandria and Crossfaith, this is a modern metal album.  The...

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Forgotten Classics: Warrior – Fighting For The Earth

1985 was an interesting time for metal.  Bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden were making ‘real’ metal, but ‘hair’ metal was growing and becoming mainstream.  Into this arena, a band called Warrior released an album called ‘Fighting For The Earth’.  With titles like ‘Fighting for the Earth’ and ‘Defenders of Creation’, there was a sense of an eco-friendly band, and with costumes made by the people who costumed the second ‘Star Trek’ video, it seems possible part of their problem was a more straight up metal sound, and somewhat of a glam look (which was certain anathema to...

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Album Review: Beastmaker – Inside The Skull

Remember when Airbourne first came out, and people immediately compared them to AC/DC? A band of four guys, two are brothers, who sounded like they’d listened to the first five AC/DC albums a lot? Well, this is Beastmaker.  They have listened to the first five Black Sabbath albums more than you have.  The singer sounds like Ozzy, and the songs sound like outtakes from ‘Vol 4’ or perhaps ‘Master of Reality’.   Their lyrics are horror themed.  They are on tour with Zakk Sabbath, Zakk’s Black Sabbath tribute band. In fairness, trying to outdo the human riff that is Tony...

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A Beginners Guide To: Motorhead

Being into pop music is easy.  You follow who is current, and the stars of yesteryear do package tours and play to old people in town halls.  Metal is different.  We respect our heritage.  We know where our music came from.  Iron Maiden play bigger shows now than ever, and they are packed with young metal heads.  But, if you’re young, metal has been around almost 50 years.  How do you get a handle on all that music? Well, that’s where we come in.  Every two weeks, we’ll be running a column that covers a classic metal band and...

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