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Black Sabbath ‘13’ Album: First Impressions
"Black Sabbath are back!" Fans of the Ozzy Osbourne-led lineup have been waiting to hear that statement for nearly 35 years, and on Wednesday night (April 10) in Hollywood, Calif., a small theater full of select media and VIPs could officially finally make that claim. Thankfully, L…
Deep Purple, ‘Hell to Pay’ – Song Review
After a long absence from the recording studio, Deep Purple are set to release a new album titled 'NOW What?!' on April 30 -- and from the sound of the single 'Hell to Pay,' they might have come pretty close to their stated goal of returning to the classic Deep Purple sound.
Anthrax, ‘Anthems’ – Album Review
Thrash metal icons Anthrax ushered in 2013 with the typical blend of accomplishments (a well-deserved Grammy nomination) and setbacks (yet another departing band member) that, of late, have defined their career; but they’ve also gone about the business of surviving, performing and re…
Iggy and the Stooges, ‘Burn’ – Song Review
The ear-melting riff that opens 'Burn' -- Iggy Pop and the Stooges' new single -- makes it clear that this is no nostalgia act. Not only do these guys still have their edge, four decades after their crunchy punk rock classic of a debut, you could argue that 'Burn' is all edg…
David Bowie, ‘The Next Day’ – Album Review
Nobody really expected anything from David Bowie at this point, let alone his best album in 30 years. After virtually disappearing following the release and aborted tour in support of 2003’s underwhelming ‘Reality,’ even the rock ‘n’ roll changeling’s biggest fans figured he was finished. He was rar…
‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ Review
This review contains spoilers for 'The Last Exorcism' -- though not for 'The Last Exorcism Part II.'
Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), the heroine of 'The Last Exorcism,' was a great tragic figure; a sweet, innocent girl inexplicably hounded by a nefarious cult and a vicious demon named Abalam. With 'The …
Rush, ‘The Anarchist’ — Song Review
One of many things that makes Rush so consistently rewarding is that they stick with what they do well --  more than likely, Geddy Lee won't form an electronic side project any time soon, and it's a safe bet Alex Lifeson won't switch over to steel guitar. 'The Anarchist,' the anthemic third single f…
Check Out This A-Z List of the Best Movies Ever
I have always been a movie buff, but let's face it -- there are far too many out there to keep straight. We're fortunate, then, that the fine folks at Cool Material have created an A-Z list of the best flicks ever. While this list is pretty consistent with my personal choices, I'd rather see it sort…

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