Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman comes out today.
It's an amazing account of the four-decades-old genre -- more than 700 pages long, with hundreds of interviews, many of them with essential players.
It gets into everything from the mu ... More >>
The Key Club's last day is today! Ever since West Coast Sound broke the story of its impending closure, local music fans have been mourning the place. Personally, we've been to the venue hundreds of times, and worked there as a DJ during Metal Skool's heyday for about two years. We believe the venue ... More >>
By Christian McPhate
If there's one thing that starts a guitarist's heart thumping, it's the heat from the fretboard as his or her fingers slide across the strings. It's a sordid love affair that leaves fans screaming and the guitarist's soul longing for more.
In fact, B.B. King loved his $30 gui ... More >>
Michael KeeneAny teenage metal guitarist has already been exposed dozens of times to magazines exploring the theory behind Randy Rhoads' solo in "Crazy Train" and how awesome "Eruption" is ... you know, the same stuff these magazines have been featuring for years (in some cases, decades). Yes ... More >>
Review by Ian Cohen
WHO: Steve Vai and Joe Satriani
WHERE: House of Blues
"They don't make 'em like they used to." "Lion of the industry." Those are the sort of old salts that probably would be sprinkled about upon the mention of ailing music biz vet Cliff Cultrer ... More >>
Paul HebertDesert Thrashers: Metallica's Kirk Hammett and James HetfieldThrash has become the music of brotherly love. Backstage at the Big 4 fest on Saturday, all four of the day's speedy metal acts gathered for a quick group portrait with photographer Ross Halfin. And standing tall at the c ... More >>
Neil ZlozowerEddie Van Halen"Talking rock n' roll with Zloz is like discussing tan lines with Hugh Hefner or escort services with Charlie Sheen," boasts the Van Halen fans in the David Lee Roth Army (yeah, that's right, army). Not like we'd want to pick a fight with Diamond Dave's soldiers an ... More >>