Silent Civilian was the most criminally overlooked metal band of the 2000s

By Greg Maki—While music—specifically metal and hard rock—has been my primary interest for as long as I can remember, I don’t think I will ever understand why some bands succeed and others do not. Why some ascend to superstardom while others struggle to get noticed. Sure, some popular bands are just so good at what... Continue Reading →

Mötley 101: Ranking the Crüe’s discography

By Greg Maki With “The Stadium Tour” finally underway, Mötley Crüe is officially back in action, playing its first shows since “The Final Tour”—supposedly sealed with a legal contract—wrapped on Dec. 31, 2015. Though known for spectacle and its band members’ outrageous lifestyles—immortalized in “The Dirt,” the book and movie—more than anything else, the Crüe... Continue Reading →

‘To hell is where I’ll go’ … Live Metal’s best of 2021

By Greg Maki-----After the hellscape of 2020, music surged back in a big way throughout 2021. Concerts—even festivals—returned along with a flood of new releases from artists young and old. Metal and hard rock remain far outside the mainstream, but if you put in the effort to look, I’d argue that there’s more quality music... Continue Reading →

2021 FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT: Light the Torch

More and more, festivals are becoming the driving force for touring rock and metal bands. While obviously there were none in 2020, festivals are returning in force in 2021, mostly in late summer and early fall. Headliners and co-headliners include such heavy hitters as Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, the original Misfits, Korn,... Continue Reading →

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