More Than just a Heavy Metal Documentary: ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is The Most Intense Film You’ll Ever See

There are heavy metal documentaries. And then there’s this. For starters, ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is not Iron Maiden’s film. It is not Bruce Dickinson’s film. It is not even a concert film. Written and directed by Tarik Hodzic and produced by Adnan Cuhara, it is the story of a Bruce Dickinson concert that took place in 1994 in Sarajevo, but it encompasses a whole lot more, and transcends far beyond the scope of your run-of-the-mill rock/metal documentary. Continue reading “More Than just a Heavy Metal Documentary: ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is The Most Intense Film You’ll Ever See”

A Timeless Classic: 30 Years of Queensrÿche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime’

The genre of heavy metal as we know it today, began to take shape in the 1970s and early ’80s, but one band that formed in 1982, took inspiration from their heroes and created something undoubtedly groundbreaking, is Queensrÿche. Their self-titled debut EP and the first two full-length releases ‘The Warning’ (’84) and ‘Rage For Order’ (’86) clearly showed what they were capable of. But they brought about a storm with their third album, ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, released on May 3 1988, exactly 30 years ago to this day. The world of heavy metal, and that of progressive metal, was never the same again. Obviously, a lot of praise has been heaped on this album over the past three decades and rightly so, but I still feel the need to once again stress the importance and sheer magnificence of what is and will always be one of the greatest metal albums of all time. Continue reading “A Timeless Classic: 30 Years of Queensrÿche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime’”

Ozzy’s Final London Visit in Jeopardy

As the vocalist of the now defunct heavy metal band Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne was never too far away from controversy – and if recent events are anything to go by, the drama looks set to follow Ozzy until the very end of his musical career. The 69-year-old rocker’s plan to take his final solo worldwide tour to London looks set to be compromised due a legal dispute with the O2 arena’s operator, Anchutz Entertainment Group (AEG), who insists that Osbourne will not be allowed to play at the London venue unless he also agrees to play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Ozzy’s Final London Visit in Jeopardy”

An Unlikely Metal Mash-up: Elvis Metal Covers

When it comes to influences on heavy metal, speed and beyond, one name that few instantly think of is the king of rock ‘n roll himself, Elvis Presley. However, the unexpected was what Elvis excelled at. Indeed, Elvis has inspired artists in the music industry as unexpected as Eminem, who includes several references to him in the song “Without Me”, while Elvis’ tunes have been sampled to create numerous dance remixes over the years. Continue reading “An Unlikely Metal Mash-up: Elvis Metal Covers”

Review + Giveaway: Opeth Comic Book

By Andrew Bansal

Metal and comics: a match made in heaven. And when these two worlds collide, it usually offers something delightful for metalheads and comic book enthusiasts alike. Metal-themed stories fit the pages of a comic book rather perfectly, but the company Rock and Roll Biographies takes it a notch further, by depicting entire careers of bands within a mere handful of pages of stunning artistry. Their latest release is a fantastic new comic book, based on the life of a little-known Swedish band called Opeth. Continue reading “Review + Giveaway: Opeth Comic Book”

Best Live Performances Of 2017

By Sebastian Vazquez

Let me preface this by saying that it was ultimately difficult in determining what would make my top twenty. So much can affect one’s concert experience, such as being slightly ill, hung over, attending with different people amicable or not, various intoxicants etc. I strongly believe that one could attend the same exact show, if it was even possible under the most perfect circumstances to replicate, and experience it in many different ways. Thus, I decided to omit any personal, subjective factors that influenced my experience at any concert. I also was at loggerheads if I should factor sound quality, as it greatly determines how an artist’s performance will be heard, but I ultimately determined that I should. Sound quality actually knocked down my favorite concert of all the year from number one to number two, so more on that later. Continue reading “Best Live Performances Of 2017”

Best Albums Of 2017

By Andrew Bansal

Once more round the sun we have traversed, as another year is about to end, and with that it’s time to look back at what 2017 has offered to the world of heavy music. Countless albums were released, some forgettable, some disappointing, some downright laughably bad. But as is the case every year, there were many great ones that stood out, with some longstanding bands proving they still have the creative fire burning within, while younger, newer bands also stood up to be counted. Without further ado, here are my picks for the best albums of 2017. Continue reading “Best Albums Of 2017”