There’s “The Big Machine” and “The Little Machine,” according to Lindsey Buckingham, the creative force behind the juggernaut edition of Fleetwood Mac. No need to identify the Big Machine. The Little Machine is his humble description of his solo career, which is heating up as the weather cools. His first self-released album, Seeds We Sow, dropped on Sept. 6, three days before he kicked off a 31-city North American tour in Reno, Nevada.
In the midst of all the chaos, I caught up with the members of Anthrax fresh from their opening performance of the day to talk about the added pressure of playing Yankee Stadium, how it felt playing news songs during the show and what songs they would choose for the Big For jam.
After eight years of knuckle-hard rockin’, Iron Maiden has released a concept album about ESP and clairvoyance, the very qualities they use to achieve their incredible guitar chemistry. It’s called Seventh Son of a Seventh Son; it’s Iron Maiden’s seventh studio album, their seventh with producer Martin Birch.
When you hear the name Black Label Society, you instantly think of the blond-haired, hell-raising Zakk Wylde. Fans of the band also realize that for more than a decade, the man to his side known as the "Evil Twin," Nick Catanese, has remained a constant.
Over the course of 20 years and thousands of touring miles, the relationships that make up Down — vocalist Philip Anselmo, drummer Jimmy Bower, bassist Pat Bruders and guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein — have outlasted most marriages. “Tell me about it!” Windstein laughs. “I’ve been divorced twice! But you’re absolutely right — it’s like I’ve got four wives who happen to be guys.”
Last week's Big Four show was a historic occasion, to say the least. The world's four biggest thrash metal bands took the stage at Yankee Stadium for what has to be the biggest metal show ever to hit the East Coast.
My hunting lifestyle is the ultimate soul cleanser and "re-creator" of my spirit and energy. Venison is the rocket fuel for the healthiest life, and the hunting procedure is the last perfect environmental and spirit positive function available to mankind. I like to think of my life as downright perfect. It's thrilling living such a full, gratifying life so I live it to the max every day.
Stevie Ray strides into the room, looking sharp, as usual. He’s sporting his signature snakeskin boots, a grey Late Night With David Letterman T-shirt tucked into his blue jeans and a cool black denim jacket over that with the face of Dr. Martin Luther King boldly emblazoned across the back.
Phoenix-based extreme metal quintet Landmine Marathon have been making quite a name for themselves ever since they started out in 2004. Having a female vocalist in Grace Perry is not the only thing that makes them unique. It's the combination of the crushingly raw feel of their music and the insane energy in their live shows that makes them stand out among their peers and gets well-deserved attention among fans of this genre.
For this week's column, I sat down to speak a bit with my friend Glen Drover. I had the honor of having Glen perform a solo on my song “Devils Roadmap.” Glen plays the solo from 0:08 to 0:34 in the song. I do all of the ones in the middle and then another Megadeth alum, Chris Poland, does the solo at the end.