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Blue Cheer

Profile by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, March 1968

IMITATORS and/or carbon copies of top groups seldom make it big in the business of pop. But a probable exception may be Blue Cheer, who ...

Blue Cheer, John Fahey, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell: New LPs from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Blue Cheer and John Fahey

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

Marvin and Tammi: big warm glow! ...

Deep Purple: From The Underground: Deep Purple

Profile and Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, January 1969

AND WHILE the rain falls in Britain, Deep Purple look out of their windows in America and the sun is shining a spotlight upon them ...

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)

Review by Felix Dennis, Oz, March 1969

VERY OCCASIONALLY a long-playing record is released that defies immediate classification or description, simply because it's so obviously a turning point in rock music that ...

Led Zeppelin Are Not Prefabricated

Interview by Keith Altham, Top Pops, September 1969

WHEN is a hit single unnecessary? Apparently when it is a group like Led Zeppelin who have never released a single but have reached super ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: Superstar

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1970

JIMMY PAGE is the phoenix who has arisen from the ashes of the Yardbirds to emerge amongst the electric guitarist gods, through the meteoric success ...

Black Sabbath

Report and Interview by Steve Turner, unpublished, March 1970

2003 Note: Having written my very first article for the Beatles Monthly I was asked by the publisher, Sean O’Mahoney (aka Johnny Dean), to contribute ...

Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath (Vertigo)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, March 1970

A BLOW JOB. Just get the gear on stage and wind it up Marshall stacks nine feet high on big & harsh with an edge ...

Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Yes: Yes, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heap: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, July 1970

YES MADE their comeback at the Lyceum on Friday, but what should have been a great occasion turned out to be rather mediocre. ...

Deep Purple: The Smashing-Up Bit Is Valid!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

WHEN DEEP PURPLE smashed up their equipment on a TV show recently, here were howls of protest throughout the land. A flood of complaints hit ...

Black Sabbath: It's All Word Of Foot

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, October 1970

THE BLACK SABBATH album Paranoid, slipped into your record shops a couple of weeks ago. No ballyhoo. The release was as quiet as it was ...

Deep Purple: Rock Is Where We're At

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1970

ORGANIST JON Lord asserts triumphantly that with Deep Purple In Rock the group have finally found their true musical identities following their early 'success' as ...

Black Sabbath: Paranoia — As The Fans Go Wild For Sabbath

Report by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, October 1970

Mark Plummer on a one night stand with the 'Paranoid' hitmakers ...

Grand Funk Railroad

Profile by Danny Goldberg, Circus, January 1971

ODDLY ENOUGH, the first question that come to mind writing about Grand Funk Railroad is, why don't people like them? This is followed quickly – ...

Black Sabbath: Nobody But The Public Digs Sabbath

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1971

THERE WOULD seem to be a lot of unnecessary resentment over Black Sabbath's success in this business. And even outside it by those bastions of ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk — Or Bunk?

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1971

RESENTMENT from the critics is something that Grand Funk Railroad are having to live with in the United States, but the pill is made the ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: Zep Come To The People

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1971

"WHAT DO YOU want if you don't want Money?" was the lyrical question once put but never answered by a certain Adam Faith nee Terence ...

Sir Lord Baltimore: Kingdom Come (Mercury)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Creem, May 1971

ALL YOU TRUE blue Heavy fans, take heart. This album is a crusher. Sure enough, Sir Lord Baltimore is none other than a new heavy ...

Deep Purple

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

THE CRY most likely from the touchline as Deep Purple rocket on from standing ovation to standing ovation in the next few weeks is "bring ...

Deep Purple: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

ALTHOUGH it wasn't one of Deep Purple's best nights on Friday, it was certainly one of the best nights of the Camden Festival with London's ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Shea Stadium, Brooklyn NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

THE MAMMOTH Grand Funk Railroad concert last night before 55,000 people at Shea Stadium was really a spectacle, not a concert. ...

Deep Purple: A Band Breakdown

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1971

OFTEN ABUSED BY critics and disc jockeys, Deep Purple have won through during the past two years to become one of this country's top groups. ...

Black Sabbath

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

"THE TROUBLE with English and European crowds," said Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, "is that they listen to you as if you were a jukebox. ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbath Ready To Rejoin The Rock Machine

Interview by Dick Meadows, Sounds, January 1972

IN THE black art of rock and roll Sabbath are masters. But the business of fame takes its toll in terms of exhaustion and it ...

Black Sabbath: Town Hall, Birmingham

Live Review by Dick Meadows, Sounds, February 1972

Sabbath: The Old Firm Are Back Home ...

Deep Purple: Victims Of Their Own Fame

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1972

DEEP PURPLE'S new album Machine Head comes to you courtesy of the Rolling Stones' redoubtable studio manager Ian Stewart who saved their famous mobile recording ...

Deep Purple: Breakfast of Champions: Deep Purple's Machine Head

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Circular, May 1972

IF YOU'RE OVER 20, you needn’t read on. Unless, of course, you want to hear why Deep Purple are a good group – just like ...

Deep Purple: Machine Head

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, June 1972

2013 NOTE: When Machine Head shipped in '72 it was just another album, the latest release by an up-and-coming heavy metal band, stuck in the ...

Mountain: The Road Goes On Forever

Review by Jon Tiven, Rolling Stone, June 1972

MOUNTAIN, A BAND now departed for the great Fillmore in the Sky, was a standby whipping boy for practically any rock critic, regardless of taste. ...

Deep Purple: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, July 1972

THE RAINBOW came back to life on Friday night with a snarl, a cheer and a smile. The near-capacity crowd had come to see Deep ...

Black Sabbath: A Dorito and 7-Up Picnic with Black Sabbath

Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, Circular, September 1972

Being a slightly unreal and slightly real account of a meeting between the foreboding Four and their Number One Fan, rock critic Mike Saunders, on ...

Black Sabbath: Satan, The Bomb And Geezer's Dreams

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1972

CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY looking for flames ...

Black Sabbath: Volume 4

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, November 1972

IT REALLY freaks me out when somebody tries to tell me Vol 4 is the best thing Black Sabbath ever did. ...

Black Sabbath: Volume 4

Review by Max Bell, Let It Rock, December 1972

DESPITE BLACK SABBATH'S protestations that they have spent both a great deal of time and money on their latest album (earthshatteringly entitled Volume 4) the ...

Deep Purple: So Dreadfully Hot Here In The Colonies

Report by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, December 1972

"WHERE'S THE booze?" ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk's Thin Din

Comment by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, December 1972

THEY'RE too loud. Their playing is mediocre. They can't sing – all war cries for a cobweb-brained establishment confronted with rock-music it can't understand. ...

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi (1973)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1973

From collapsing at the Hollywood Bowl to Geezer Butler's gallstones, via the making of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and enjoying a nice game of Monopoly at home, the Riff King chats with Keith Altham.

File format: mp3; File size: 32.6meg, interview length: 35' 34" sound quality: ***

Elf: Elf

Review by Jim Esposito, Rock, January 1973

2013 NOTE: I was into Deep Purple so when I noticed this debut album by a hitherto unknown group called Elf was produced by Roger ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, February 1973

WERE LOTS TO be drawn for the identity of the world's most crazed rock guitarist, you better believe the result would contain the name of ...

Deep Purple: Who Do Purple Think They Are?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1973

IN CONTEXT, WE'RE AS VALID AS ANYTHING BY BEETHOVEN. ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1973

THE BECK, BOGERT and Appice album is completed and virtually upon us, and it leads us to two inescapable conclusions. The first is simple: man ...

A Brief Survey Of The State Of Metal Music Today

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, April 1973

When you get right down to it, the story of heavy metal rock has been the tale of Led Zeppelin. As indicated by its name, ...

Black Sabbath: To Knock OR Not To Knock The Rock

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1973

WHEN IT COMES to obvious targets for critical assassinations, then Black Sabbath are sitting ducks – very loud, very basic, very brash. And now at ...

Uriah Heep: Live (Bronze)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, May 1973

IT BECAME Friday night in Birmingham on a Friday morning in London – when I listened to this live Heep set. ...

Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore: Deep Purple: An Unpublished Interview with Ritchie Blackmore

Interview by Jim Esposito, unpublished, June 1973

2012 NOTE: This Q&A hails from circa June 1973, for an interview published in Creem in September that year. It broke the story about the ...

Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore (1973)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1973

Take the limo to Purple's West Palm Beach Arena show! Listen to Ritchie badmouth his bandmates! The rancour, the hatred, the splits, and the imminent departure of Ian Gillan and others!

File format: mp3; file size: 63.2mb, interview length: 1h 08' 58" sound quality: ***

Deep Purple: Who'll Be Purple's New Voice?

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE NEWS that Ian Gillan is to leave Deep Purple comes at a time when the group are on the crest of world-wide acclaim. Yet ...

Deep Purple: A New Bassman — But Still No Singer

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1973

"PAUL RODGERS was asked to join us, but there were just too many things in the way. Apart from just the contractual side of it, ...

Alice Cooper: School Days

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, August 1973

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Nazareth: Razamanaz

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, September 1973

WHILE AMERICA continues to wallow in endless overblown funk, monotonous middle-of-the-rodomontade, and the unceasing soporifics of multitudinous mellow fellows and laid-back lasses, they've really been ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbath Days Of Rest

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1973

Forget witchcraft, forget heavy metal – Tony Iommi is laying back in his luxury pad, listening to the Carpenters and Sinatra ...

Uriah Heep

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, September 1973

THIS INTERVIEW had the most ordinary of beginnings. David Byron and Uriah Heep's Press Miss and myself left the other four members of the band ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: Heavyweight Champions Of The World

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

TAKE A LONG guitar lead. Sit as far far away from the studio as possible. And record some of the funkiest sounds ever laid down ...

Deep Purple: Purple, Introducing The…Err…Unknown Mr. Coverdale

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, September 1973

PURPLE RECORDS took the press down to Clearwell Castle on the Welsh-English border last week to meet their new singer boy. The name of this ...

Blue Cheer: More Pumice than Lava

Retrospective by Metal Mike Saunders, Flash, Fall 1973

NOTE: Until its unfortunate demise and Mark Shipper’s degeneration into an acid-wrecked vegetable, Flash Magazine was an important clearing house of ideas. Information on rare ...

Uriah Heep: The Tour That Detoured The Demons

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus Raves, January 1974

Scarcely a year ago, the Heep found America filled with threatening crazies, and went scurrying back to England with culture-shock. But a new look at ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Cult Heroes

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

NEW YORK: They say that heavy rock is on the decline and it's become fashionable to put down bands whose music is based on a ...

Deep Purple: Burn

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1974

NEW LINE-UP time, folks. As all you well-informed young people will have been aware for nigh on a full season, Ian Gillan has left to ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbra Cadabra!

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

THE GRINDING riff sears through the eardrums, ripping the senses and dulling with monotony. It crashes through the PA system, hurtling itself towards the back ...

Black Oak Arkansas, Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster Cult/Black Oak Arkansas

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1974

THIRD TIME down 52nd and 6th, and this guy from The Process is still trying to accost you with his pamphlets and spectre-of-doom rap. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Tyranny And Mutation (Columbia Import)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, March 1974

WELL, HERE it is then: volume two of Sandy Perlman's boys' collective voyage in the S.S. "Cosmic Greaser Speed-freak" towards strange new worlds of murk ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: The Power And The Glory

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

WHEN THEY showed Antonioni's classic film of the 'sixties, Blow Up, on TV last week, apart from evoking the real or imaginary spirit of "Swinging ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath (Warner Bros.)

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, April 1974

THE QUESTION, Sabs, is where you been so long? So highly irresponsible was their disappearing act over a year ago that heavy metal almost vanished ...

Deep Purple: Burn

Review by Ken Barnes, Rolling Stone, April 1974

DEEP PURPLE'S first album since last year's departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist/composer Roger Glover is a passable but disappointing effort. ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Funk On A Grand Scale

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1974

RINGING EARS are a symptom of excessive listening to loud rock and roll. When the ears tingle after a gig, you know the band in ...

Black Oak Arkansas, Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath/Black Oak Arkansas: Black Power

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1974

IF JIM DANDY'S PANTS were any tighter they'd have hair growing out of them.Fringed suede jacket, fringed suede boots, and those white satin pants. Now, ...

Uriah Heep

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1974

"IT GETS ON my tit when people start talking when I'm listening to music, so when I'm at 'ome I always turn the sound right ...

Budgie: Rapping with a Burke from Budgie

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1974

...is extremely difficult, seeing as he's not the slightest bit interested that The Album has made the charts. In fact, he couldn't care less. What's ...

Black Sabbath, Deep Purple: Black Sabbath and Deep Purple: Who Really Are The Kings Of Heavy Metal?

Comment by Jon Tiven, Circus Raves, November 1974

ONE HALF-DECADE ago, Black Sabbath couldn't get a favorable review if they begged for it – and beg they didn't. ...

Steppenwolf Howls Back From Oblivion On Slow Flux

Report and Interview by Steven Rosen, Circus Raves, November 1974

"IT JUST ISN'T fun anymore." With those cursory words on Saint Valentine's Day, 1972, John Kaye and the other members of Steppenwolf parted company – ...

Deep Purple: Stormbringer

Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, November 1974

IT IS going to be interesting to see the fans' and critics' reaction when they lay their hands on Stormbringer. ...

Deep Purple: Stormbringer (Purple Records)

Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

'Stormbringer'; 'Love Don't Mean A Thing'; 'Holy Man'; 'Hold On'; 'Lady Double Dealer'; 'You Can't Do It Right'; 'High Ball Shooter'; 'The Gypsy'; 'Soldiers of ...

Deep Purple: Angry Young Man

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

THE FORTUNES of Deep Purple have taken strange paths over the past 12 months. But changes in line-up and strange stories about their antics in ...

Deep Purple's Tommy Bolin

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

A CURIOUS MARRIAGE of convenience. That is how the link between American lead guitarist Tommy Bolin and British speed rock band Deep Purple might appear ...

Neil Merryweather, Rush: Rush: Rush; Neil Merryweather: Space Rangers

Review by Jim Esposito, Creem, February 1975

FIRST THERE WAS English Rock 'n' Roll! Then there was Southern Blues! Now, from Mercury Records, those swell folks who brought you Bachman-Turner Overdrive, we ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Öyster Cult: That's Right, Another Bunch Of Neo-Fascist Heavies

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, February 1975

"We're pain, we're steel, we're a plot of knives...we're obsessed with the technology of matter...our symbol is a swastika substitute..." ...

Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1975

ETHYL'S FRIGID AS an eskimo pie, she's cool in bed/she oughta be, 'cuz Ethyl's dead... ...

Blue Oyster Cult: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, March 1975

FIRST OF ALL let me tell you about the art work that John Berg has concocted for the Blue Oyster Cult's most extreme venture to ...

King Crimson, Uriah Heep: Uriah Heep: Ex-Crimson Bass Man Seduced

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1975

JOHN WETTON JOINS HUMBLE WEALTHY HEEP ...

Led Zeppelin: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, April 1975

LED ZEPPELIN'S long awaited North American tour could have waited a while longer – about ten years or so. After reports had filed in to ...

Blue Oyster Cult: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (Columbia)

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, May 1975

THE BLUE OYSTER CULT have been heavy metal's premier studio musicians. Initially, they were an image manipulated, a persona directed by their producers, Murray Krugman ...

Led Zeppelin: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, May 1975

"SIX AND A half years is a helluva long time," said Robert Plant who was standing one side of the Earls Court stage, bathed in ...

Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore: Ritchie Blackmore

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1975

RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S DEPARTURE from Deep Purple comes as no surprise to followers of Deep Purple who have watched their activities closely over the years. For ...

Blue Oyster Cult, Kiss: Stanley Kissed Off At Cult

Report and Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, July 1975

THE FLAMING ROCK 'n' holocaust that Kiss brings to the stage has caused many intimidated headlining groups to ban the New York nitro-rockers from appearing ...

10cc, Man, Steeleye Span: Man, Steeleye Span and 10cc at Cardiff Castle

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1975

DEKE LEONARD IS getting incoherent. ...

Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, July 1975

TOYS IN THE Attic, is Aerosmith's third record. No one here knows that much about Aerosmith, except that they're a straight-ahead Eastern seaboard band with ...

Hawkwind, Motorhead: Motorhead: Running In

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, August 1975

'Loud, raucous, arrogant, fast, city, paranoid, speedfreak rock and roll. But mainly very loud'. That's what Lemmy says Motorhead's music is. Geoff Barton reports ...

Uriah Heep: After A Bum Reality, The Return To Fantasy With Wetton On Bass

Interview by Ira Robbins, Circus Raves, September 1975

"IT'S A WINE and roses situation," quoth Ken Hensley, speaking of the hand-in-glove way that Uriah Heep's new bass player, John Wetton, has fit into ...

Black Sabbath: Paranoid

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1975

IT'S NO MERE coincidence that an Ozzie Osbourne song on the new Black Sabbath album is called 'Am I Going Insane?' Ozzie, who professes that ...

Blue Oyster Cult, Motorhead: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, October 1975

Heavy metal fatigue ...

Kiss: Alive! (Casablanca)

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, December 1975

KISS IS THE musical answer to what to do after Mark Famer goes home to the farm to chase cows one last time, and Alice ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster's Buck Dharma

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, January 1976

DONALD "BUCK Dharma" Roeser is the lead guitar player in the New York based band, Blue Oyster Cult, a driving and loud outfit which has ...

Hawkwind: Lock, Edmonton

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, January 1976

IT'S ALL A far cry from Alfred Jarry. ...

Bad Company: Run With The Pack (Island)

Review by Idris Walters, Street Life, February 1976

SOMEWHERE DEEP inside the mix on Bad Company's first album was a little shimmer of Oriental Rock. Not much. Just enough to suggest the germ ...

10cc: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1976

THE MUSIC IS exactly as you'd expect it really. More or less. ...

Deep Purple, Ian Gillan: Ian Gillan: Rock And Roll's In Gillan's Soul

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, March 1976

"We all came out to Montreux, On the lake Geneva shoreline. To make a record with a mobile, We didn't have much time." ...

Deep Purple: You Keep On Moving: Shades of Deep Purple

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1976

Is this Purple as good as the old? GEOFF BARTON joins the band's 24th tour of America to find out. ...

Deep Purple: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

THIS REVIEW SHOULD have been written in the white heat of anger after seeing Deep Purple play at the Empire Pool, Wembley, on Friday night. ...

Deep Purple: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, March 1976

AT THE Empire Pool, Deep Purple rule. The roaring audience of ten thousand or so press their hands to their heads as their ears get ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: Past, Presence & Future

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, March 1976

JIMMY ENTERED a whole hour late. But Abe, who was accompanying him, was not in the least embarrassed by the delay. He muttered an obligatory ...

Led Zeppelin: Presence (Swan Song)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, April 1976

AFTER THIS PLATTER had spun incessantly for an afternoon on the office phonogram I asked a non-Zep fan what he thought."Oh, it's okay I guess. ...

Kiss: Destroyer (Casablanca)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1976

WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN that the total eccentricity of approach, the gross make-up and the blanket heavy metal music would have eventually ensured that Kiss ...

Kiss: Destroyer

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, April 1976

IF EVER A GROUP have made it huge in America by carefully manipulated saturation in terms of records, concerts and promotion then Kiss are that ...

AC/DC: Nashville Rooms, London

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, May 1976

AC/DC'S SINGLE 'IT'S A Long Way To The Top', has a lot to answer for. First, since its weird, bagpipe-drone of a break sounded unusually ...

Kiss: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

MAN, KISS HAD everything; every single effect in the book. They had a perfect lighting system; dry ice; smoke bombs; a fire-eater; a huge lighted ...

Kiss: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, May 1976

THE LADY on the door was most persuasive. "Would you take a Kiss mask? Please...go on have a couple, we're trying to get rid of ...

Blue Oyster Cult: We Copped A Lot From Sabbath

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1976

EVEN THE hardest of hearts must soften sometime, and so it is with Blue Oyster Cult, whose fifth album Agents of Fortune offers a degree ...

Deep Purple: Why The Purpling Had To Stop

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, July 1976

In which TONY STEWART listens patiently while IAN PAICE and DAVID COVERDALE explain (within the limits of decent reticence and Not Ratting On Mates)... ...

AC/DC: Marquee, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, August 1976

THOSE PUZZLED by the Status Quo phenomenon should beware. AC/DC, from the same rock family, could wreak similar havoc, but they will only realise their ...

Blue Oyster Cult

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, August 1976

Nectar of strychnine! Seminal psychedelic trip-wire rock'n'roll! Geometric chaos! Neo-nuclear Pearl Harbour precision! Flash-pod explosion! Blood-on-snow controlled fury! Boot-heeling dangerous! ...

Rainbow: If You Don't Like Rock'n'Roll, It's Too Late Now

Report by Pete Makowski, Sounds, September 1976

"We're not in Kansas We must be over the Rainbow" – Judy Garland, Wizard Of Oz ...

Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same (Swan Song)**

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

THREE YEARS to get a live album out? Three years??? I mean – really!! After all, John Denver did it in ten days. ...

Black Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne: I Got Sensitive Didn't I

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, October 1976

BLACK SABBATH'S Ozzie Osbourne has changed his personality since we last met. He is no longer vulgar and ingenuous. Instead, he is composed and carefully ...

Nazareth: Naz in Exile

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, November 1976

NAZARETH are pissed off!!! Well, they're not that pissed off. Only a bit. In fact they're probably just pissed... ...

Tundra: Tundra

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, November 1976

I EXCHANGED Geography for German at the tender age of fourteen, so if my command of the atlas is not all it should be, please ...

Kiss: Where No Band Has Tread Before

Profile by Michael Gross, Marvel Comics, 1977

THE BEST WAY to understand KISS is to look at the faces in the concert-going crowd, tens of thousands of faces attached to the fans ...

Kiss: Rock And Roll Over (Casablanca Import)

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, January 1977

The Red Carpet, but no Heat Treatment ...

Starz: Starz

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, January 1977

PREDICTABLE BOYS from the Rock Steady stable with Jack Douglas production. ...

Black Sabbath: Technical Knock-out

Interview by Steven Rosen, Sounds, January 1977

TONY IOMMI walked into the Hollywood Holiday Inn dining room like some living zombie. One wondered, actually, why the Warner Bros. publicist had set up ...

Golden Earring: Hot Licks from Amsterdam

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1977

Our Man In Holland (GEOFF BARTON) pulls his finger out of the dyke and states the case for GOLDEN EARRING ...

Golden Earring: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, April 1977

Searing Earring ...

David Byron, Ian Gillan: Ian Gillan: Clear Air Turbulence (Island); Rough Diamond: Rough Diamond (Island)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, May 1977

WHAT KIND of future can Heavy Metal orphans really look forward to once they fall from grace? ...

Judas Priest: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1977

KING RIFF rools okay? The two coachloads from Dundee said "Yeaah". The Cop crowd joined saying "okay". But the nice thing about being seen to ...

Mahogany Rush: And This Little Piggy Took Too Much Acid

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, June 1977

If we tell you that Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush took 1500 trips in a month, you won't be surprised that the tale he tells ...

Kiss: Love Gun Is a Real Bazooka

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, August 1977

Behind the Scenes of the First Kiss Simulated Concept LP ...

Alice Cooper: Love It To Death

Retrospective by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

"I'M CAUGHT in a dream –so what?" ...

Ted Nugent: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

I WAS STANDING on the stairs backstage at the Hammersmith Odeon when the Ted Nugent band came down from the dressing rooms. ...

Kiss Zaps Japan

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Swank, September 1977

Why four American rockers are the hottest thing since the Enola Gay ...

Motorhead

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1977

Sunrise, wrong side of another day,Sky high, and six thousand miles awayDon't know, how long I been awakeWound up, in an amazin 'state Can't get ...

Kiss: Los Angeles Forum, LA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1977

'LOS ANGELES Police Department reminds you the use of fire works is illegal,' warned the notice outside the Los Angeles Forum. With all the bravado ...

Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent: Lynyrd Skynyrd/ Foreigner/Ted Nugent: Rock And Roll All Nite

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1977

AN AFTERNOON of heavy rock at the Los Angeles sports stadium. Score: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Win. Foreigner – Place. Nugent – Show. ...

AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

AC/DC ARE A 4-letter word band. If you don't like, them and some misadventure elbows you into their firing line the foulest oaths would be ...

AC/DC: Sex, Snot, Sweat and School Kids

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

AC/DC: The Mayfair, Newcastle ...

AC/DC Hit California

Report and Interview by Howie Klein, New York Rocker, November 1977

AC/DC PLAYED their West Coast debut at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, with the club fully living up to its legend ...

Motorhead: Motorhead

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, December 1977

I'VE FELT A LOT of things about a lot of bands over the years, but pity isn't one of the most common. ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzy Osbourne: Beyond Black Sabbath

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, December 1977

IN THE PAST Ozzy Osbourne has often over-dramatised the state of both his mental and physical health, but as he now relates his reasons for ...

Black Sabbath: Greatest Hits (Vertigo)

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, December 1977

ENGLAND CAN be depressing to the point of insanity...grey oozing days for months on end...rows of mean streets, pinched people...clausterphobic scrapyard vistas of country turned ...

Uriah Heep: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1977

Heep hordes go crazy, critic stays unmoved ...

Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore: Ritchie Blackmore: Wailing over the Purple Rainbow

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, 1978

WHILE RITCHIE Blackmore’s Baroque-tinged shred solos make him the in-vitro father of today’s progressive- and classical-metal movement (just ask Yngwie), his foot-stomping power chords in ...

Van Halen's Back Door Rock'n'Roll

Profile and Interview by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Waxpaper, 1978

THE CHURCH DON’T KNOW WHAT THE PARKING LOT UNDERSTANDS ...

Blue Oyster Cult: The Cult Occult And The Disco Nightmare

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, March 1978

ALLEN LANIER sits down for a pleasant chat about bikers, Burt Bacharach and band ideology. ...

Van Halen: Van Halen (Warner Brothers import) ****

Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1978

Van Halen, brand new heavy metal heroes (Oh no. Here we go again — Ed) ...

Detective: Watching The Detective

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, March 1978

LOS ANGELES is a city full of Englishmen and Anglophiles. British bands don't play here any more, they live here. Londoners hanging out at the ...

Motorhead: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1978

JUST GONE 7.30 and the punter queue is already half in. About a thousand punks, bikers, 'Awkwind 'Eadbangers and 48 hour fun-makers have turned up ...

Judas Priest, No Dice: Judas Priest/No Dice: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1978

JUDAS PRIEST had a captive audience, No Dice made a mark, and Gary Valentine just about escaped alive. Proving that heavy metal lives, good old-fashioned ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1978

FLAMING PYROTECHNICS, lasers, smoke...plus great rock'n'roll; Blue Oyster Cult is the group you always dreamt about. Even though there were sound problems and the visual ...

AC/DC: Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, May 1978

ANGUS YOUNG has got himself some new front teeth. An elegant row of even ivories that wouldn't look out of place in the mouth of ...

Van Halen: Platform Boots Still Make It

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1978

COLUMBUS, Ohio. Van Halen, just called back for an encore, are basking in the unexpected adulation. The support band takes a bow. "Thank you Cleveland", ...

Black Sabbath: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Report by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath ...

Judas Priest

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1978

I DISCOVERED A GREAT pastime the other day that you've gotta hear about. It's called headbanging. Not exactly what Suzy does in that cute li'l ...

Rainbow: Long Live Rock'n'Roll

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1978

MENTION GUITARIST Ritchie Blackmore around so-called "intelligent" rockers and you'll just get a bunch of barf noises in response. ...

The Godz: The Smell Of Burning Leather…

Profile by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

"WE'RE A rock and roll band!" spits the ugly rock junkie Eric Moore at the handful of people ogling the stage. "That heavy metal shit's ...

Rainbow, REO Speedwagon: REO Speedwagon/Rainbow: Los Angeles, California

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

REO Rattled By Rampant Rainbow ...

Ian Gillan Band: Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1978

WHEN YOU'VE seen one old Deep Purple singer you haven't seen them all. It happened that a month ago I reviewed David Coverdale putting his ...

Ted Nugent: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, September 1978

ISN'T IT nice to know that in this ever-changing world there is always something you can rely on to stay the same? Apart from a ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Some Enchanted Evening

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1978

IT COULD be just my fevered imagination running away with me, but right now it seems that Sandy Pearlman (wily old fox and Cult behind-the-scenes ...

Led Zeppelin: The Definitive Discography

Discography by Dave Lewis, Sounds, September 1978

PRE-LED ZEPPELIN SESSIONS ...

Kiss: An Interview With Ace Frehley

Interview by Kris DiLorenzo, Grooves, October 1978

Grooves: As a kid, were you tough? Were you a street kid? Were you a quiet kid or...class clown or what? ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Some Enchanted Evening

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, October 1978

NOW THAT Blue Oyster Cult have a patented studio style of their own, neatly quashing any lingering doubts that they had softened up in the ...

Van Halen: Vague

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, October 1978

Ros Russell spends a night in Germany posing with David Lee Roth, Van Halen's front man ...

Judas Priest: Killing Machine

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1978

"YOU ARE not in touch with the modern world, sucker," hissed the obnoxious little voice in my ear. 'Today's kids don't give a flying one ...

Black Sabbath: Never Say Die

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, December 1978

NEVER SAY DIE! Black Sabbath didn't never say it, and that's why the heaviest damn band ever is back. Forget all those other bands, because ...

Judas Priest: Killing Machine

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, December 1978

THE LEAD SINGER sweats redly, tuffness of the strategic stud decorations unable to blind the look of uncertainty in his eye for the camera as ...

Alice Cooper Is Back From Hell

Interview by Howie Klein, BAM, December 1978

FIRST THE reality — huge smokestacks are belching soot and grime into the cramped grayish sky. It looks like a job for the Environmental Protection ...

UFO: Strangers In The Night: A Double Live Album (Chrysalis)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1979

THE LESSON to be learned from this album is undoubtedly that the natural habitat of a heavy metal band is in concert. The proof comes ...

Kiss: The Timeless Quality Of Platform Boots

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1979

KISS' PAUL STANLEY, GEOFF BARTON AND 'PERHAPS THE GREATEST INTERVIEW OF ALL TIME' ...

UFO: In Search Of Heady Riff

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, February 1979

In which UFO try for world domination...HARRY DOHERTY followed them round the concert circuit ...

UFO: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

"UFO! UFO!" The chant blasts across the stalls, and security men blench at the prospect of a mass invasion. ...

Bad Company: Desolation Angels (Swansong)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1979

EVER TRIED shooting ducks in a barrel? It's almost as easy as doing the old aesthetic pistol-whip on Bad Company. It's so damned easy trashing ...

The Scorpions: Scorpions: Lovedrive

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, March 1979

NOW THAT the new wave has been institutionalised and tamed by the Establishment, heavy metal is once more basking in a glorious and celebrated comeback, ...

Van Halen

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

Dateline Hollywood: SYLVIE SIMMONS demurely averts her gaze from the tight satin loonpants and sez: Gimme the track-by-track lowdown on the new album. At least, ...

The Scorpions, UFO: Scorpions: Stateless and Fighting Back

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, April 1979

German heavy metallurgists Scorpion, fronted by ex-UFO lead guitarist Michael Schenker, are set to conquer the world the English-speaking one, that is. HARRY DOHERTY talked ...

Judas Priest: The Starwood, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

THIRD NIGHT at the Starwood and they're still packing them in. Limbs flailing through the dry ice that fills the stand-up section in imaginary guitar ...

Ted Nugent: The Nugent Interview

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, May 1979

IT'S APPROACHING midnight, and in an empty, echoey dressing room, so bright it seems to have no ceiling, deep in the lifeless body of an ...

Van Halen: Glory Or Rupture

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, July 1979

GIVE THE Yanks their due: when it comes down to being straight-ahead 'dunced out' almost beyond the realms of the hyper-crass, they take the old ...

Saxon: Big Teasers From Barnsley: Saxon

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, August 1979

HERE'S A challenge to sort the men from the boys. From new "grassroots English heavy metal band" Saxon to the latest American skullcrushers to go ...

AC/DC Plugs Into Primitivism

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1979

AC/DC: Long Beach Arena ...

Judas Priest: Unleashed In The East (CBS)

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, September 1979

WHAT IS this thing called Judas Priest? A heavy metal band? Who says? If this is really Judas Priest live they'd be hard pushed to ...

Kiss: Dynasty (Casablanca)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, Creem, October 1979

"We had some good times, but now they're gone. So long." -- Ace Frehley, 'Save Your Love' ...

Judas Priest in Santa Monica

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1979

WHILE THE PRESS has been busily lavishing attention on punk bands, a new wave of groups has been quietly – well, not exactly quietly – ...

Motorhead: The Year Of The Gory Boys

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1980

IT'S STILL ONE of the greatest pleasures known to man: dig out the Motorhead albums, crank every knob, climb every wall and blister blissfully in ...

Sledgehammer: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1980

SUGAR RAY Leonard, undefeated welterweight champion of the world, would seem to be the perfect metaphorical embodiment of the music I like best. As no-nonsense ...

Black Sabbath, Girlschool: Black Sabbath/Girlschool: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, May 1980

THE SABS are back. And after a series of false starts to their British tour due to drummer Bill Ward contracting viral pneumonia they are ...

Saxon: See The Light Shining

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, May 1980

...AND WATCH THE SEASIDE PIER SHAKING. GEOFF BARTON REPORTS AS SAXON STORM THE DISNEYLAND SHOWBAR, COLWYN BAY (YES, REALLY). ...

UFO: The Only Way To Travel

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1980

THUNDER SPREADS across the weathered visage of Selecter's dumpling coach driver Tennessee Roman Reynolds. He thumps the breakfast table like he's an SPG man working ...

Van Halen: Remnants Of The Flesh Hangover

Profile and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, July 1980

ONE THING that's always bothered me about myself: I enjoy offending people. I've done it for years and see no need to stop. I have ...

Judas Priest: The Empire Strikes Back

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, July 1980

MARK COOPER encounters JUDAS PRIEST under a pile of volcanic ash of the third kind ...

Girlschool: Back to Schooldays

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, August 1980

Pete Makowski deciphers the scrawl in his exercise book. Mike Laye makes with the paints, crayons and Box Brownie ...

Ted Nugent: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, August 1980

Going, going, Gonz ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Night Of The Locusts

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, September 1980

THE GOLDEN AGE of hotrod and dragster racing is over but the USA is still littered with its mythology. One such relic is Lebanon Valley ...

Gillan, Tygers of Pan Tang: Gillan: Glory Road; Tygers Of Pan Tang: Wild Cat

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, September 1980

IN OTHER music papers, Heavy Metal has been irresponsibly ghettoised. Melody Maker, Sounds, Record Mirror all have their HM specialists who drily serve a facile, ...

Kiss: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1980

AWWWRIGHT LONDON!! ARE YA STARTING TO SWEAT?! ...

Led Zeppelin: Bonzo's Last Bash – Is It The End For Zeppelin Too?

Report by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, October 1980

EARLY LAST Thursday afternoon Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones went up to one of the guest bedrooms in Jimmy Page's £900,000 Windsor house, where ...

Motorhead: Ace Of Spades (Bronze)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1980

BUZZARDS CIRCLE high above the heads of the three outlaws standing silently waiting far out in the arid badlands of New Mexico. Suddenly, the tranquility ...

Tygers of Pan Tang: Tygers, Tygers, Burning Bright

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1981

The TOPT are even better with new singer JOHN DEVERIL, claims PHIL SUTCLIFFE ...

Girlschool

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, April 1981

Pete Silverton takes a short course in Metalwork. ...

Motorhead

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Trouser Press, May 1981

"NOISE IS A big part of Motorhead mania" says the stark black lettering inside one of the band's tour brochures. Immediately below it is a ...

Motorhead

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1981

TWO LUVLY black eyes, oh what a surprise. Or more to the point, OWWW! what a surprise. I know it's traditional for hacks to liken ...

Motorhead: Scumbags Over USA

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1981

Mick Farren and Motorhead Lemmy, long time partners in slime and former Ladbroke rogues, meet up in a bar in Passaic, New Jersey, to discuss ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Insanities In Ten Cities

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1981

NEW YORK'S Plaza Hotel is so posh you wouldn't be at all surprised to turn round and catch the Queen Mum sliding down the bannisters ...

AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Whitesnake: Fantasy Castle: Monsters of Rock!

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, July 1981

BARNEY HOSKYNS straps on his breastplate, girds his loins and takes his sword to the HM Monsters Of Rock joust at Castle Donington. ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard Of Ozz (Jet)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, July 1981

THIS MAY be a little hard for Cliff Richard to take, but his fellow Xian, Ozzy Osbourne, has by now become the English Elvis Presley. ...

Krokus and the Chocolate Dilemma

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, September 1981

SWISS CONSPIRACY CONTINUES UNABATED! ...

Van Halen Gets Even With Everyone!

Report and Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, October 1981

DAVID LEE ROTH: It becomes more fun with each season. Each tour that we make, each record that we make — we know how to do ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Black Sabbath: Mob Rules (Vertigo) ****/Ozzy Osbourne: Diary Of A Madman (Jet) ****

Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, December 1981

IN THE BLACK CORNER, Sabbath. In the white corner, their sworn adversary, Ozzy Osbourne. Or vice versa. ...

Gillan: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, December 1981

THIS IS the bass player. His dinner jacket's splattered with a multiplied spectrum of colour. A Dulux hoarding on legs. Or maybe he walked under ...

Budgie: The Beak Goes On

Interview by Phil Bell, Sounds, December 1981

Phillip Bell takes a squawk on the wild side with HM survivors Budgie ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzy Osbourne

Interview by David Gans, unpublished, January 1982

On the bus en route from Salt Lake City to Denver in the early morning hours of January 10, 1982 ...

Sammy Hagar: Standing Hampton (Geffen) ***½

Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, January 1982

Sammy gets his Hampton caught ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Country Club, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, January 1982

FIRST TIME I've seen Blue Oyster Cult in ages. Actually seen them. Last time HM's Santas-little-helpers played in the neighbourhood was one of those monstrous ...

Ozzy Osbourne: LA Sports Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, January 1982

ACT ONE Scene One: Outside, on the coldest night of the year, the wind is howling. But a noise more unearthly still emanates from the ...

UFO: Empire, Liverpool

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, January 1982

A MASSIVE clenched fist clutching a spanner makes an imposing backdrop for the new UFO show and inspires hopes that the band are belatedly rallying ...

UFO: Mechanix (Chrysalis CHR 1360)

Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, January 1982

Y Viva Espanner ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Why You Should Care About Blue Oyster Cult

Comment by Jim Green, Trouser Press, February 1982

Action conforms to preexistent imagery.– Sandy Pearlman, The History of Los Angeles, 1965-1969 ...

Def Leppard: The Leppard Doesn't Sleep Tonight

Report and Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, February 1982

ROUGH NOTES/ROUGH NOTES (Prelude) ...

Kiss: Inside Kastle Kiss

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, February 1982

"What Alice Cooper was to dead babies and corpses, Kiss became to fire breathing and sadomasochism. With Kabuki-whitened faces, they leap on stage puking blood, ...

Anvil: Hard 'N' Heavy (Attic Records)****½

Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1982

Hammer and tongues ...

Iron Maiden: Run For The Pils!

Report and Interview by Phil Bell, Sounds, February 1982

The flanning of Iron Maiden: report by PHILIP BELL ...

Mötley Crüe: Crüesin' and Blüesin'

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1982

"FIRST YOU got to cut it real jaggedy. And you need this stuff." ...

The Rods: Where's The Wimmin?

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1982

Do The Rods live up to their name? Geoff Barton gets their measure. WARNING: this feature may cause offence to supporters of Rock Against Sexism. ...

Iron Maiden, The Rods: Mark Of The Beast: Iron Maiden/The Rods: Queensway Hall, Dunstable

Live Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, March 1982

BEEN A LONG TIME since the Queensway Hall's played host to such an uncouth, freakin' gang of insuffisticates as the Rods. ...

Tank: Filth Hounds Of Hades (Kamaflage)

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1982

IMAGES OF destruction – of a solid steel stallion smashing through barbed wire, ploughing through miles of muck and wire to mutilate your mind. Visions ...

Iron Maiden: The Number Of The Beast (EMI)****1/2

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1982

DREAMS DON'T come true too often so when they do it's worth making a song and dance about them. The Steve Harris story is a ...

The Scorpions: Boom! Boom! Out Go The Lights

Report and Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, March 1982

HERE WE are in Spain – San Sebastian to be precise. Poli de Portivo is the name of the venue and the Scorpions have just ...

Motorhead, Tank: Motorhead/Tank: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1982

HOLY MIGRAINE, Batman, howcomes my brain feels like Ardiles just borrowed it for a kickabout and put it back upside down? And who the hell ...

Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot: Randy Rhoads: Requiem For Randy

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1982

The last interview by GARRY BUSHELL ...

The Scorpions: Manchester Apollo

Live Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, April 1982

APOLLO was clearly the operative term as German blitzkreig '82 style blasted off.   ...

Iron Maiden: The Metal Masquerade

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, May 1982

THE UNSMILING but unthreatening Iron Maiden are being photographed in the bright white tiled shower room of a compact sports stadium in Offenbach, near Frankfurt ...

Van Halen: Diver Down (WEA)

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, May 1982

HEAVY METAL has one of the longer and more honourable traditions as a "musical influence" in rock, yet its recent renaissance is by and large ...

UFO: Object, Refuse, Rejects Abuse

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, May 1982

"JOIN SHOUNDS, hic, and shee the world," Big Al Lewis (Ed Rtd; now Mega-Ed) had shlurred on that historic day in 1978 when I conned ...

Girlschool: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, May 1982

THE SPECTACLE is always the same – blinding flashes and smokebombs, loud guitar and pounding drums. The band dedicate the songs to the crowd, the ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Extraterrestrial Live

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

ANGLE OF VIEW, that's the ticket, the key to the mystery of this one! BOC, y'see, have made two previous excursions into the highly dubious ...

UFO: Tonka, Wailer, Snowman, Sailor

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, May 1982

REGULAR READERS of my exciting adventures may recall that two weeks back your humble scribe was snowed under with top rock band UFO in the ...

Sammy Hagar: Standing Hampton (Geffen)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, Creem, June 1982

AS MY OLD PAL Bugs would say: "What a maroon!" I'm talking about Sammy Hagar and, let's 'fess up: you probably don't even know who ...

Cockney Rejects: The Wild Ones (NEMS pre-release)****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1982

Flairs and riffers ...

Saxon Dregs 'N' Rock 'N' Roll

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, June 1982

From the pits of Yorkshire to the industrial might of Seattle, SAXON have taken tea to the world. Colin Irwin earnestly believes it's the new ...

Judas Priest: Screaming For Vengeance ****

Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, July 1982

Vengeance is mine ...

Cheap Trick, Van Halen: Cheap Trick: One on One (Epic FE38021); Van Halen: Diver Down (Warner Bros. BSK3677)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, August 1982

Wherein two highly anticipated albums refuse to be what was expected of them, proving neither fans nor skeptics correct in their assumptions. ...

The Rods: Pack Men

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1982

WIMP ROCK. Every time you turn on the radio out here, there it is, hitting your ears with all the strength and power of a ...

Iron Maiden: Unleashed With The Beast

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, August 1982

CORPUS CHRISTI lies humid and unhurried under a scorching Texas sun. The shining orb's efforts to reduce the populus to mobile blobs of molten jelly ...

Rox: Big Teezers

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

"KIDS LOSE interest fast," mused the boy as the tots in the playground drifted back to their balls and rollerskates, having assimilated and dispensed with ...

Twisted Sister: Under The Blade (Secret) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1982

THERE'S A body of opinion that holds that Pete Way couldn't produce a rabbit out of a hat. There's a similar one holding that Twisted ...

Gillan: Magic (Virgin) **

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

THE INTENTION of the artwork on the cover of the latest Gillan opus seems to be an evocation of something merging images of David Nixon, ...

Motorhead, The Plasmatics: Motorhead & The Plasmatics: Tammy Can You Hear Me?

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

A DREAM or a nightmare, in retrospect it still sounds like the kind of project so daft that both parties involved would, by virtue of ...

Motorhead Gives Good Show!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1982

SURE AIN'T NO Howard Johnsons. There's a woman in the lobby looks like a Kentucky Fried Chicken leg let loose in Freddie Mercury's wardrobe; all ...

Tank: Power Of The Hunter (Kamaflage)

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1982

MENTION TANK to yer average cloth-eared critic and these thoughts will run on autocue through his lazy mind: Tank are a three-piece with a bassist ...

Tank: Armour Geddon

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

The permanent new wave of HM rolls on with Tank reports GARRY BUSHELL ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Talk Of The Devil (Jet) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

EXACTLY HOW and why this extraordinary album came about is a mystery on a par with the Turin Shroud. I personally fancy it's Ozzy's way ...

Venom: Black Metal (Neat) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

OH LORD forgive them for they know not what they do. ...

Rainbow: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow: Seeing is Believing

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, December 1982

MOST PEOPLE reckon Ritchie Blackmore's a miserable bastard. Mean, moody, mysterious, macabre and, by implication, Mandraxed to the gills, the Blackmore of popular imigination has ...

Led Zeppelin: Coda

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, December 1982

THAT THERE is no appreciable difference between 'We're Gonna Groove' from 1969 and 'Wearing And Tearing' from 1978 – the opening and closing tracks in ...

Kiss: Creature Feature

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1982

BACK IN the days before Asteroids took over, Kiss was the pagan religion for America's pimpled adolescents. ...

British Steel: How UK rock got ever harder, heavier and more metallic in the '70s

Retrospective by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1983

ROCK CRITICS HAD IT ALL PLANNED: music during the Seventies would become increasingly sophisticated. By dint of hard reviewing all folly would be removed, leaving ...

Deep Purple, Rainbow: Ritchie Blackmore

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Guitar Greats' (BBC Books), 1983

ONE REASON for the selection of ace heavy metal guitarist Ritchie Blackmore as one of our subjects relates to a previous, slimmer and somewhat inferior ...

Def Leppard: Spot Checking Def Leppard

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, May 1983

LONDON – Directly or indirectly, Eric Clapton is responsible for my being here. ...

Lita Ford: From Runaway To Metal Goddess: Lita Ford's Got BLOOD If You Want It!

Profile and Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, August 1983

Out Of The Blue (Stepping Out) ...

AC/DC: Flick Of The Switch

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1983

FOR THOSE about to cry "Oh No Not AC/DC", I refute you. I'm really sorry about this, but they've made some fine records and remain ...

Iron Maiden Tattoo America

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1983

A DREAM. I'm lounging on the balcony of a Beverly Hills hotel staring out over the pool when there's a knock on the door. In ...

Van Halen: The Secret of Van Halen’s Excess

Interview by Mick Brown, Sunday Times, 1984

IT IS another perfect day in paradise, and David Lee Roth has decided to go for a drive down Hollywood Boulevard. ...

Van Halen: Eddie Van Halen drops the bomb on Heavy Metal

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, January 1984

SIX ALBUMS AGO (including the one yet to be released). Van Halen issued its first record. It was dramatic, intense and bold. and contained within ...

Quiet Riot: Cum On Feel The Boize

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, January 1984

"CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE!! GURLS RAAACK YOUR BOIZE!! WE'LL GET WILD WILD WILD!!!" ...

Whitesnake: Just A Load of Old Cobras

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, March 1984

DAVID COVERDALE, the professional peacock of puerile penile dementia rock has landed. ...

AC/DC: And Nothing Can Harm Them!

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, April 1984

ARE THEY SUPER? My God, they're immense. They're gigantic. They're Jabba the Hutt on the Elvis Diet. They're so big that they're invulnerable to criticism ...

Hanoi Rocks: Danceteria, New York

Live Review by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, April 1984

IT WAS a particularly nasty little flu bug, the sort that devastates every function of the human body and turns you into the most miserable ...

Girlschool: Staying After Girlschool

Report and Interview by Richard Riegel, Creem, May 1984

GIRLSCHOOL MEMBERS Kim McAuliffe and Gil Weston flash me quick smiles as we're introduced in their road manager's hotel room, and I'm relieved to note ...

Alcatrazz — The Concept!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, June 1984

LOS ANGELES — Alcatrazz. A fine name for a heavy band. Visions of toughness, Clint Eastwood, bars, Clint Eastwood, implacability, Clint Eastwood. Better than Graham Crackers anyway, ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Kiel Center, St Louis

Live Review by Paul Yamada, Concert News, July 1984

IT WAS OBVIOUS that this was what the crowd was waiting for; they had tried to be totally oblivious to the first band, Wet Willie, ...

The Scorpions: Scorpions: Stinging Scorchers Or Virgin Killers?

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, August 1984

IF, AS JAH ROTH says, there's a little bit of Van Halen in everyone on a Saturday night, there's likely a whole lot of Scorpions ...

AC/DC: Clap, It's AC/DC!

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, August 1984

JUST OCCASIONALLY Robert Wyatt gets elbowed off my turntable in favour of something a little more...lycanthropic. Something to transport me away from the pristine confines ...

Van Halen: David Lee Roth: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, October 1984

Larger than life and twice as loud, David Lee Roth is the vocalist and ringmaster of the Van Halen hard rock circus. ...

WASP: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, October 1984

THEY DON’T MAKE metal mutants like they used to. Whilst WASP obviously consider themselves the baddest muthas to walk this earth, many of their audience ...

Deep Purple: Deep Throats

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1984

"WE ALL CAME IN at different times. Paicey and I walked in – we'd booked a conference room in Greenwich, Connecticut overlooking the harbour, and ...

Twisted Sister: Twisted Logic (I'd Say Severely Bent)

Report and Interview by David Gans, Record, December 1984

IT IS A fundamental conceit of Heavy Metal that teenagers are a great oppressed underclass, forced to take out garbage, load dishwashers and do homework ...

Deep Purple Returns!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, March 1985

DEEP PURPLE. Two words that mean so much to so many. It's been 13 years since DP – the DP, Gillan, Glover, Paice, Lord and ...

Dokken: All Bozos On This Bus!

Report and Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, March 1985

OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE...IT'S ELECTION DAY in America, and I'm in Washington, D.C. Several miles away, Ronnie & Nancy are celebrating the fact that ...

Motorhead: Motörhead: Loving Them Like Reptiles

Report and Interview by Richard Riegel, Creem, June 1985

MOTÖRHEAD ARE so fucking LOUD my ears are already bolting for the door so they can hop a bus and flee home to the security ...

WASP: Lawful or Awful?

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, June 1985

HERE'S A thumbnail sketch of Blackie Lawless: his real name is Steve Duran, he's 28 years old, getting paunchy, sings and plays bass for W.A.S.P. ...

King Kobra: Snakes Alive

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, June 1985

King Kobra: one big boa, or more bite than venom? Steffan Chirazi bares his fangs and finds these ...

Mötley Crüe: White Noise: How Heavy Metal Rules

Essay by Deborah Frost, Village Voice, The, June 1985

It's Friday night at L'Amour, Rock Capital of Brooklyn (well, that's what it says on the awning). The smell is smoke and damp, black lipstick ...

Blackfoot, Deep Purple, The Mama's Boys, Meat Loaf, Mountain, The Scorpions, UFO: Deep Purple, The Scorpions, Meat Loaf et al: Knebworth Fayre, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, June 1985

THIS IS the second Dark Age. It's gotta be. Either that or it's a farmyard. Either that or it's a British festival. Oh oh, it's ...

Iron Maiden: What's It All About Eddie?

Interview by Karen Schlosberg, Creem, July 1985

HEAVY METAL. Now – wait. Before you all go screaming off into the night, crossing yourselves and mouthing prayers to the soul of Michael Jackson, ...

Bon Jovi, Magnum, Marillion, Metallica, Ratt, ZZ Top: ZZ Top/Marillion/Bon Jovi/Metallica/Ratt/Magnum: Donington Park, Leicestershire

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1985

KINGS AND RATTS OF THE CASTLE Yes, it's that time of year when the Metal Mob gather at the shrine of Donington to pay homage to ...

The Scorpions: From Europe To Video Domination

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Circus, August 1985

AFTER SPENDING virtually all of 1984 on the road, rocking fans on four continents, you'd think Scorpions needed a break. So they did, and they ...

Saxon: A Dog Day Afternoon

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1985

SATAN IN a shitlake, I'm here on serious medical business and I've left the pliers on the anvil at home after cuffing the slave-girls. ...

WASP: Buzz Sore?

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, October 1985

In the red corner, bobbing and weaving and humming like a Tiger Moth, WASP come out fighting. Over on the blue side, STEFFAN CHIRAZI stings ...

The Scorpions: Scorpions: Around the World

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Circus, November 1985

IT TOOK THE Scorpions more than a dozen years to do it, but there now remains no doubt that the Hannover, West Germany-based rockers have ...

Van Halen: Give Us Van Halen!

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, March 1986

"YOU DO IT one of two ways: either spectacle or personality. ...

Mötley Crüe: Psychic Gruel and Mötley Crüe

Report and Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, April 1986

CONSIDER SUITE 619 at the Park Hyatt in Chicago. The floor plants in wicker baskets. The liquor cabinet. The glass coffee table, with fresh flowers ...

AC/DC: Who Dares Wins

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, July 1986

Meet AC/DC, terror monarch Stephen King's favourite band and the bane of America's moral majority. NEIL PERRY takes his hat off to them ...

Judas Priest: Leathered, Studded Dudes Or…

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, September 1986

COWS ARE VERY useful except in India. There are varying degrees of cow-use – milk, cheese, burgers, cheeseburgers – but none so useful as the ...

David Lee Roth's Revenge

Interview by Roy Trakin, Creem, October 1986

THE SYSTEM OF law in New Guinea involves a concept loosely defined as "payback," which means if one village has wronged another, that village is ...

Metallica: I Confronted Metallica On Their Own Terms!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, October 1986

METALLICA. YOU KNOW the story. Those that don't are doomed to have me repeat it. ...

Motorhead: No Sleep 'Til San Diego: Motorhead

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1986

IT'S BEEN A TOUGH five years for Motorhead. The English heavy metal quartet, which appears Saturday in Santa Monica, Sunday in San Bernardino and in ...

Motorhead Guitarist Is Running On All Cylinders

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1986

WURZEL BURSTON'S road to Motorhead qualifies as one of rock's more implausible success stories. Originally a drummer, Burston switched to guitar at the advanced age ...

Metallica: At The Mercy Of The Master

Report and Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, October 1986

Something sad and inexplicable has happened to METALLICA, a band who were in full flight until bassist Cliff Burton was tragically killed in a road ...

Iron Maiden: Apollo Theatre, Oxford

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1986

ON THE opening night of the British leg of their world tour to promote an album called Somewhere In Time, Iron Maiden play like pirates, ...

Girlschool: Nightmare At Maple Cross (GWR)

Review by Neil Taylor, New Musical Express, October 1986

WHEN THE metal messiah Lemmy recently stated on the radio that Heavy Metal was all about tunes, and that vocals, lyrics, and accessories were unimportant, ...

The Beastie Boys, Oran "Juice" Jones, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Slayer: Def Jam: License to Thrill

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, December 1986

RICK RUBIN and RUSSELL SIMMONS are the creative mavericks behind the outrageous antics of THE BEASTIE BOYS and RUN DMC and a whole host of ...

Metal: What The Censor Saw

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Mega Metal Kerrang!, 1987

Would you regard this issue off Mega Metal Kerrang! as 'subversive', 'pornographic' or 'objectionable'? No, of course you wouldn't – 'harmless fun' is a term ...

Slayer: To Hell And Back: Slayer

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, March 1987

Not all the old Heavy Metal cancers have been cured. SLAYER - erstwhile thashers, now adopted by the speed-metalists - have been forced to deal ...

Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer: The Sound of Speed, Thrash & Death Metal

Overview by Simon Witter, i-D, April 1987

In 1987, against all odds, HM has become an issue again. i-D dives into the Metal underground to find out about moshing, skateboards, and the ...

Bad Brains: Brain Drain

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1987

Ten years down the road and thousands of gigs on, BAD BRAINS are still chasing the goal of a mass audience. JACK BARRON measures their ...

Guns N' Roses: Colt Heroes

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, June 1987

"KNOW WHAT I want to do? Really want to do? Go over to Japan and pollute it. I'm not talking about drugs, I'm talking about ...

Guns N' Roses: Appetite For Destruction (Geffen)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, July 1987

OF COURSE they're dreadful. What's more surprising is that so many members of the press, who on most other days of the week could be ...

Anthrax: The Mad 'Thraxmen

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, August 1987

Who would have believed six months ago that New York speed metal bruisers ANTHRAX would have had not one but two UK chart to their ...

Anthrax, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Ronnie James Dio, WASP: Bon Jovi/Dio/Metallica/Anthrax/Wasp: Monsters Of Rock, Castle Donington

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1987

MATALLIC KO ...

Metallica: Battle Hymns Of The Metal Warriors

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, September 1987

They've stomped on the rotting corpse of heavy metal and moved from cult status to world acclaim, and now METALLICA have crashed into the singles ...

Guns N' Roses: Guns N'Roses: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1987

"THIS SONG is my favourite," screams part-man-mostly-dog guitarist Slash, Guns N'Roses' mascot pimple. "It's for all you thrashers out there and it's dedicated to BLOW-jobs ...

Motorhead: Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Live Review by Ben Thompson, New Musical Express, October 1987

"IF WE moved in next door to you your lawn would die" Lemmy once proclaimed gleefully. To a 12-year-old HM fan like myself, Motorhead always ...

Anthrax: 'Thrax of Life

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, November 1987

Metal stars ANTHRAX take NEIL PERRY on the Italian Job — and present the sober philosophy of their growing success ...

Faith No More: Whistle Down The Wind… Hear My Train a'Comin'

Interview by Neil Perry, Sounds, January 1988

The dancefloor heavy metal of FAITH NO MORE makes them one of the prime contenders for '88 and the lyrics of vocalist Chuck Mosely penetrate ...

Megadeth: So Far, So Good...So What! (Capitol)

Review by J.D. Considine, Spin, March 1988

MATURITY IS not a concept commonly associated with heavy metal (unless you're using it as a euphemism for "old and decrepit" in which case it ...

Megadeth, Ronnie James Dio: Megadeth/Dio: Market Square Arena, Indianapolis

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Sounds, March 1988

MARKET SQUARE HEROES ...

Megadeth: So Far, So Good... So What! (Capitol)

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1988

THE DEATH MACHINE ...

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson (1988)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1988

The ever-articulate Maiden frontman talks about his early influences, his cynicism towards the rock'n'roll lifestyle, songwriting, the cathartic qualities of heavy metal and...fencing!

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Iron Maiden: Welcome To The Machine: Iron Maiden

Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, March 1988

MUCH AS WE may laugh at the blustering antics of its ambassadors, HM is no joke. As a kind of musical Rollerball, exorcising taboos and ...

Megadeth: Deth Pact

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, March 1988

Never mind the boredom — pass the roadsick pills! MEGADETH take the highway to apathy in the USA and discover the drawbacks of touring. PAUL ...

Rick Rubin: The Devil's Disciple

Interview by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, April 1988

Beelzebub or Midas? Def Jam supremo RICK RUBIN walks the fine line between brilliance and stupidity. JACK BARRON joins him on the tightrope and enters ...

Guns N' Roses: Days Of Guns N' Roses

Interview by Bill Holdship, Spin, May 1988

In which our reporter discovers that L.A.'s reputed bad boys are good-bad, but they're not evil. ...

Poison: Hollywood Teasers: Poison: St Louis Arena, Missouri

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Sounds, May 1988

WITHIN two numbers, Bret Michaels is prostrate and pushing his amply-stuffed, cellophane-tight crotch at the stage, ass pumping in the air, breath heavy, grin spreading. ...

Megadeth: Megadumb

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, May 1988

Even as MEGADETH have ploughed a smooth trajectory towards the megabuck realms of big league megametal, leader DAVE MUSTAINE has grown ever more muddled in ...

Megadeth: So Far, So Good... So What! (Capitol)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Creem, June 1988

THE PRIMARY reason Megadeth is famous, and probably the only reason they're on a major label, is because Dave Mustaine used to be in Metallica. ...

Deep Purple: Nobody's Purple

Interview by Pete Makowski, Metal Hammer, June 1988

"Rock'n'Roll is the perfect art which conceals art, that satisfying spontaneity which can be achieved only by taking intense thought" – Kathleen Cleaver (paraphrased) ...

Van Halen: Tales From The Crypt

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, July 1988

THE ITINERARY for Van Halen's Monsters of Rock Tour reads like a combined schedule for the Washington Redskins and University of Miami football teams. ...

Megadeth: Beacon Theatre, NYC

Live Review by Christine Natanael, Reflex, August 1988

SUBSTANCE, MESSAGE, uprising, controversy, extremity, intelligence – were all on display at Beacon Theatre in the form of Megadeth, churning up anger and angst among ...

Metallica

Interview by Richard Gehr, Music & Sound Output, September 1988

LARS ULRICH has recently risen from the sleep, dreamless or otherwise, of the very successful. His band, billed fourth (between Led Zep wannaboys Kingdom Come ...

Guns N' Roses: The Rocky Horror Show

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, September 1988

When Guns N' Roses were interviewed just before they performed at Castle Donington last week, guitarist Slash said, "The kids need to have that one ...

Metallica: ...And Justice For All (Phonogram)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1988

THE KILLING MACHINE ...

Anthrax: Thrash Landings

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1988

WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE, 'MAKE ME LAUGH', ANTHRAX CONTINUE TO LEAD THE HARDCORE CHARGE AGAINST TRADITIONAL HEAVY METAL. SIMON REYNOLDS HITCHES A RIDE ON THE ...

The Quireboys, Yngwie Malmsteen: Yngwie Malmsteen, The Quireboys: Apollo Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, November 1988

DRENCHED IN wet dreams, the skeletal framed Quireboys are currently making molehills out of rock mountains. This is a tight pant boogie stuffed into way ...

Guns N' Roses: Slash and The Cash

Interview by Steve Mascord, On The Street, December 1988

BLINK, AND you'll miss a band being compared to the Rolling Stones. Everyone from the Monkees to Crowded House to your local pub group have ...

Frehley's Comet

Interview by Christine Natanael, Metal Mania, January 1989

GUITAR HEROES come along once in each generation, whether they be prized in the hearts of their fans for their technical ability or their public ...

Anthrax: Anti-Metallurgists

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, February 1989

ABOUT TO TOUR BRITAIN WITH LIVING COLOUR AS SUPPORT, ANTHRAX TELL DAVID STUBBS HOW THEY PLAN TO BE AS BIG AS U2 WITHOUT SELLING THEIR ...

Poison: The Call Of The Wild

Report and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, February 1989

'EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN' WAS NUMBER ONE IN AMERICA OVER CHRISTMAS. THE OPEN UP AND SAY...AHH! LP CRUISED INTO THE US TOP 10 AND ...

Anthrax

Interview by Christine Natanael, Powerline, March 1989

Christine "The Writer From Hell" Natanael skateboards down the backstreets of New York with those jam mongers, Anthrax... ...

Testament

Profile and Interview by Christine Natanael, Powerline, March 1989

Christine "The Writer From Hell" Natanael talks with Testament's Chuck Billy and Alex Skolnick about Native American heritage, guitar influences, and trimmer figures... ...

Metallica Moves to Center Stage

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, March 1989

LAKELAND, Fl. — Just as Metallica helped change the face of the Grammys — it was one of five acts nominated for the first-ever hard-rock/metal ...

Poison: Cat Scratch Fever

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, RAW, March 1989

They say 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn'. Or at least POISON do in the title of their current hit single. And certainly the Los Angeles ...

The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Slayer: Rick Rubin: Mental Metal Master

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, March 1989

From rap to metal, LL Cool J to Slayer, producer Rick Rubin has shaped the definitive street beats of the decade. Paul Elliott hears the ...

Stryper

Interview by Christine Natanael, Powerline, May 1989

DISCLAIMER: This article does not necessarily represent the views of this magazine, however, it does not necessarily not represent the views of this magazine. But ...

Dark Angel: Californian Dreams – Shedding Light On The Angels

Interview by Christine Natanael, Metal Hammer, May 1989

OUT OF THE SEARING underground of Los Angeles, an unlikely place for speed/death metal in the wake of such like bands as Guns N' Roses, ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Big Oz I Love You

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, May 1989

Why does MR OSBOURNE bite the heads off small animals? Ozzy can. Get it? Is Oz a fat geriatric bastard who'd be better off playing ...

Defiance: My Vacation From Hell

Interview by Christine Natanael, Powerline, July 1989

The most controversial writer in the universe, the writer that people love to hate! Yes, the infamous "Writer From Hell" Ms. Christine Natanael takes a ...

Motorhead

Interview by Christine Natanael, Powerline, July 1989

As we've found on occasion, it can be a dangerous thing to assign an interview to Christine Natanael. No such problem here. We've found the ...

Winger: A Success Story In The Making!

Profile and Interview by Christine Natanael, Rock Scene Spotlights, July 1989

IN THE SUMMER of 1988 an album was delivered to my house from the offices of Atlantic records. Now, this is nothing out of the ...

Metallica's Lars Ulrich

Interview by Christine Natanael, Powerline, September 1989

'Turning Japanese, I'm turning Japanese, Ah, so!' Yes, Christine "The Writer From Hell" Natanael gets Lars Ulrich on the phone straight from the land of ...

King's X: Gretchen Goes To Nebraska (Megaforce)

Review by Deborah Frost, Spin, October 1989

VERNON REID loves them. Billy Sheehan loves them. The British heavy metal bible Kerrang! voted their debut "Best Album of 1988." But if King's X's ...

Faster Pussycat: Let Sleeping Pussycats Lie

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, October 1989

First, the good news: 70 per cent of the people in Troy, Michigan like LA sleazeballs FASTER PUSSYCAT. The bad news? The rest of them ...

Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe: Jon Bon Jovi: Cosa Glasnostra

Interview by Steve Mascord, Kerrang!, November 1989

After all the dirt dished out by Mötley Crüe about Moscow, Doc McGhee and the New Jersey Syndicate Jon Bon Jovi has at last decided ...

Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, White Lion: Crüe To Be Kind

Report and Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, November 1989

Lock up your heated rollers, here comes Metal mayhem. Into the heart of dorkness strode our very own rock monster EDWIN POUNCEY armed with only ...

Joe Satriani: Still Flyin', Still Dreamin'

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, November 1989

When he was just a little-biddy boy, ace widdlist JOE SATRIANI used to have weird dreams, dreams where he was flying around in "this blue colour" which ...

Cheap & Nasty: Exclusive: Beyond Hanoi Rocks! Cheap & Nasty (Suicide)

Interview by Christine Natanael, Rock Scene, December 1989

EVER THE one to keep my ear to the ground in search of the new and hot happening thing, I was more than fucking happy ...

Winger: 'I Want The Cover Of Kerrang!'

Interview by Steve Mascord, Kerrang!, December 1989

At the end of a 190 date world tour, WINGER retired to Australia to crack a few tubes, catch a few rays, and laze around ...

AC/DC

Interview by Martin Aston, Auckland Star, 1990

"Just what are the East Germans who flock across the crumbled Berlin Wall spending their money on? While champagne and fresh fruit were once hot ...

Metallica: Reminiscing With Lars

Interview by Christine Natanael, Metal Mania, January 1990

OKAY, SO what can be said about the dudes in Metallica that hasn't already been said? We've heard the records, we've seen the stadium tours. ...

Mr. Big (US): Mr. Big: The Name Says It All

Interview by Christine Natanael, Rock Scene, January 1990

MR. BIG... What's in a name, huh? Well, if you've got some of the best name in the biz, then plenty. ...

Onslaught

Interview by Christine Natanael, Powerline, January 1990

Christine Natanael, the "Writer from Hell," goes In Search of Sanity with new Polygram thrash wonders...ONSLAUGHT. We thought she would be better off taking up ...

Princess Pang: Beauty Meets The Beast, Rock & Roll And Conquers!

Profile and Interview by Christine Natanael, Rock Scene, January 1990

I GUESS THAT this is what you would call a true story of friendship and ambition. The scenario is a group of kids in their ...

Skid Row: The Wild One

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, January 1990

Five skinny, lippy punks outta New Jersey are about to become the biggest noise in American rock since Guns N' Roses. Arrogant, controversial, yobbish — ...

Whitesnake: Fangs of Fortune

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, January 1990

WAKING UP before noon is still a foreign idea to many working musicians, and not just the ones who are hopeless drug addicts. It's just ...

Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe: Motley Crüe : Moscow Festival – Crüe Still Peace-d off with Bon Jovi

Report and Interview by Steve Mascord, Kerrang!, January 1990

The feud goes on: Nikki Sixx brands JBJ a 'lying asshole' and challenges him to a fist-fight! ...

Accepting The Inevitable: Wolf Hoffman of Accept

Interview by Christine Natanael, Metal Mania, March 1990

ABOUT NINE years ago, when I was still a snotty nosed kid with a bad attitude living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, there was a ...

Billy Squier: Discussing Hear & Now with Billy Squier

Interview by Christine Natanael, Rock Scene, March 1990

RUSHING INTO the Capitol record offices in New York, I was more than a little nervous about doing this interview. That is making a major ...

Faith No More: From Out Of The Underground: Faith No More

Interview by Christine Natanael, Metal Mania, March 1990

WALKING INTO the offices of Warner Brothers, I knew that this wasn't going to be a normal interview. I mean, I couldn't just ask the ...

Mötley Crüe: Feeling Minnesota

Interview by Steve Mascord, Juke, April 1990

Mötley Crüe might have kicked their drugs but their chase for the Ultimate Thrill remains relentless. ...

Exodus Exclusive: Prepare For Impact!

Interview by Christine Natanael, Metal Mania, May 1990

AFTER SPENDING three days running around in Los Angeles like a demon-child hell-bent on raising Cain at the second Annual Concrete Foundations Forum, seeing everything ...

Sepultura: Viva Brazil!

Interview by Christine Natanael, Creem Presents: Thrash Metal, May 1990

THE PHONE rings at the ungodly hour of...noon...and it's the friendly publicist from Roadracer asking me if I'm still asleep. Not only am I still ...

Dan Reed Network and The Theory Of The World

Interview by Christine Natanael, Rock Scene, May 1990

MY FIRST exposure to the Dan Reed Network was a memorable one. Although I had heard the debut record and thought it a good shot ...

Diving For Pearls: Treading Water With Diving For Pearls

Interview by Christine Natanael, Rock Scene, June 1990

STRAIGHT-FORWARD pop rock – the stuff of summer fun, driving with the top down, and hot sticky summer nights when you're in a strange town ...

Kiss: The Curse of the Sphinx

Report and Interview by Steve Mascord, Kerrang!, June 1990

In the inauspicious surroundings of small town America it sounds like a storm is brewing. It's the eve of the new KISS world tour and ...

Dan Reed Network: To Baldly Go…

Interview by Steve Mascord, Kerrang!, July 1990

Where no King Of Funk Metal has gone before. That's DAN REED's avowed intention, and who would bet against him achieving this otherwordly aim? With ...

Napalm Death: A Rage Of Reason

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, September 1990

Napalm Death are back, and as terrifying as ever but 1990 sees the band advancing musically as Paul Elliott discovers. ...

Poison, Warrant, Winger: Poison: Flesh and Blood (Enigma)/Winger: In the Heart of the Young (Atlantic)/Warrant: Cherry Pie (Columbia)

Review by Deborah Frost, Village Voice, The, September 1990

KIP WINGER is a hunk. And what a perfect hunk he is. With his Harlequin hero name, decepticon logo, and carefully exposed nipple, he's engineered ...

Slayer: I Talked With A Zombie

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, September 1990

As Britain trembles with anticipation of the "Clash Of The Titans" tour, Ian Gittins meets the metal monsters and hears tales of death, despair and ...

Warrant: Cherry Pie

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, October 1990

IN VIEW OF MÖTLEY CRÜE’S AND OZZY Osbourne’s ongoing mega-stardom, it’s hard to imagine that success in heavy metal is the result of anything other ...

AC/DC: Phew! Got Away With It, Readers!

Retrospective and Interview by David Sinclair, Q, December 1990

MOST PEOPLE in Britain first heard about AC/DC at about the time of the punk explosion. A bunch of roughneck Aussies with a guitarist dressed ...

Faith No More: Artists Of The Year

Interview by Frank Owen, Spin, December 1990

WHETHER HE'S advising Sassy readers to take drugs, kill babies, and steal everything, or wearing a shirt with multiple images of Jesus Christ jacking off ...

Led Zeppelin

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1990

IT IS 10 YEARS since, disconsolate at the death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin ceased to be. Though there is perhaps no conscious attempt ...

Deep Purple #2 (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1990

Bassman Glover on his musical roots, and the early days; Blackmore on Ian Gillan and more...

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine on Rust In Peace

Interview by Christine Natanael, New York Review Of Records, Fall 1990

"AUGUST 24TH MARKS the anniversary of our last performance. Since then nothing's really mattered," emphatically states the enigmatic Dave Mustaine. That date was in 1988. ...

Guns N' Roses: Guns' N' Roses

Profile and Interview by Simon Witter, Sky, 1991

ONLY DAYS INTO Guns N' Roses' world tour and there was trouble. At a St Louis stadium Axl Rose jumped into the audience to snatch ...

Ozzy Osbourne Speaks! Part 1 (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

In that inimitable Black Country accent, Ozzy talks about his background, musical roots and the birth and death of Black Sabbath. Drugs! Drink! Management Rip-Offs! It's all here.

File format: mp3 File size: 30.1mb Interview length: 43 minutes 55 seconds Sound quality: ***

Ozzy Osbourne Speaks! Part 2 (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

Sacked by Sabbath, saved by Sharon, going solo: Ozzy tells all about the ups, the downs, the addiction and alcoholism.

File format: mp3 File size: 30.7mb Interview length: 44 minutes 47 seconds Sound quality: ***

Judas Priest: Touch the Hem of His Garment

Comment by Deborah Frost, Village Voice, The, January 1991

I TOUCHED Rob Halford's hem. It happened, if you must know, on a gray afternoon in a Marina Del Rey condo owned by the man ...

Lemmy (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1991

From his arrival in swinging London in the mid-'60s, through Hawkwind and on to Mötörhead, with asides on drug dealing (and taking), the Ladbroke Grove scene, and discussions on WW2 and tattoos!

File format: mp3; file size: 93mb, interview length: 1h 41' 32" sound quality: **

Thin Lizzy: Dedication

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, March 1991

FOR A FEW good years in the mid-'70s, Dublin cowboys Thin Lizzy bought the pop virtues of literate, evocative wordplay, danceable, funky grooves and a ...

Anthrax, Public Enemy: Anthrax and Chuck D: Noise From The Black Stuff

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, June 1991

Five years after Run DMC's groundbreaking rap reworking of Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way', rock is finally repaying the compliment with ANTHRAX'S astonishing take on Public ...

Sepultura: Who Wants To Be A Brazilian Air Guitarist

Interview by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, July 1991

Stuart Maconie goes autograph hunting with Latin America's biggest thrash band ...

Metallica: One Louder

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1991

They're a notch above your average cochlea-rupturing, pensioner-intimidating thrash outfit, Metallica. But their passage from fresh-faced punk-paced hopefuls to multi-platinum metal phenomenon has not been ...

Guns N' Roses: Welcome To My Nightmare

Interview by Nick Kent, Vox, October 1991

Guns N' Roses are undoubtably the biggest noises in rock. But for how long? Would you buy two simultaneously released LPs at full price? Will ...

Slayer: Always Crashing In The Same Carnage

Interview by Neil Perry, Melody Maker, November 1991

Are SLAYER Satanic High Priests who revel in gore or misunderstood philanthropists to a nihilistic generation? NEIL PERRY joins them in the London Dungeon and ...

Guns N' Roses: Slash Speaks

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Music Life, November 1991

THE PLUSH CONRAD HOTEL at Chelsea Harbour has for some reason (maybe it's the copious amount of Moet & Chandon champagne in the minibar!) become ...

Spinal Tap: This Much Talent!

Interview by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, December 1991

2013 NOTE: This piece is slightly longer than the version that appeared in NME, since I took the liberty of reinstating a small handful of ...

Metallica's Lars Ulrich (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1991

Mat Snow talks to Metallica's Lars Ulrich about his roots, the formation of Metallica and on through the history of the band. Massive.

File format: MP3 File size: 250.8 mb Interview length: 4h 33' 59" Sound quality: ***

Anthrax, Public Enemy: Read My Apocalypse: Public Enemy/Anthrax: The Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, January 1992

IF POWER is a turn-on and intelligence is an aphrodisiac, then Public Enemy are surely one of the sexiest groups on the planet. ...

Aerosmith: Pandora's Box

Review by Mat Snow, Q, March 1992

THE RISE AND fall and rise of Aerosmith has been rock's most up-beat cautionary tale of the last few years. ...

Metallica, Queen: Metallica: Het's Induction Hour

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, May 1992

JAMES HETFIELD likes weapons, Queen, women who aren't brain-surgeons, hates rap and looking like Lemmy, doesn't know all the words to 'Bohemian Rhapsody' but feels ...

Faith No More: Dusted In A Zone Of Their Own

Profile and Interview by Christine Natanael, LiveWire, September 1992

ONE EVENING, as I sat in a friend's living room eating Chinese food, watching cable comedy shows and feeling my deadline time approach, I began ...

Warrant: Up To Date With The Down Boys

Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, BAM, September 1992

AS GOOD A place as any to start here might be with a letter I wrote to an unnamed Pacific Northwest fanzine editor on January ...

Extreme

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, October 1992

"I HATE IT, I hate it, I hate it," says Nuno Bettencourt, nodding at the 48-track mixing console of the New River Studio, Fort Lauderdale, ...

GWAR! What Is It Good For? GWAR: The Longhorn, Stuttgart

Live Review by Push, Melody Maker, October 1992

THIS IS utter f***ing madness. ...

AC/DC: AC/DC Live

Review by Chuck Eddy, Spin, December 1992

AC/DC's ROLE as rap-music progenitor cannot be overlooked. ...

Megadeth

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, December 1992

ON A TWISTY MOUNTAIN ROAD ABOUT 25 miles outside Toulon, another mad bastard is laying his life on the line, taking his bike way over ...

Guns N' Roses: Axl Rose: The Mussolini Of Mass Culture

Profile by Toby Young, Modern Review, The, Summer 1992

FEW THINGS ARE MORE CAPABLE of convincing you that rock 'n' roll is dead than a benefit concert. The spectacle of all those cadaverous rock ...

Kyuss: "Basically, We're Four Nerds..."

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, February 1993

Claims KYUSS guitarist JOSH HOMME. The band's sound is impossible to categorise — although Sabbath comparisons abound — their bass player is shoeless with "a ...

Metallica: "Good Day For A Battle"

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, June 1993

Metallica, the titans of terse doom-metal, return to the UK this weekend, on the final leg of an epic tour that has taken them to ...

Black Sabbath: The Second Coming of Black Sabbath (According to Geezer Butler)

Interview by Dave Thompson, Rocket, The, 1994

IT WASN'T ALWAYS this way, you know. There was a time when, if you mentioned that you liked Black Sabbath... if you mentioned that ...

Ronnie James Dio: The Return of Ronnie James Dio

Interview by Steven P. Wheeler, Music Connection, March 1994

CUTTING HIS professional teeth with the mildly successful early Seventies band Elf, the 45-year-old Ronnie James Dio (Ronald Padavona) first rose to fame with former ...

Burzum, Mayhem: Black Metal Court Report: Blood, Fire, Death

Report by Tore Øien, Kerrang!, May 1994

Heavy Metal has seen nothing like it before. In Norway's infamous Black Metal scene, murder and arson are rife. Emperor drummer Bard Eithun is already ...

Burzum, Mayhem: Black Metal Court Report: The Killer Cracks!

Report by Tore Øien, Kerrang!, May 1994

Norwegian Black Metal star Varg Vikernes — aka Count Grishnackh — is charged with the murder of rival musician and Satanist Oystein Aarseth. Kerrang!'s exclusive ...

Burzum, Mayhem: Black Metal Court Report: Mass Slaughter!

Report by Tore Øien, Kerrang!, May 1994

Black Metal star Varg Vikernes (aka Count Grishnackh) stands accused of the murder of rival Oystein Aarseth — but incredibly, he was planning a worse ...

Megadeth: 'Deth Warmed Up!

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, May 1994

There's a new vibe about MEGADETH in 1994 — they're happy, mellow, positive. They actually like each other, goddammit! What the hell's gotten into 'em?! ...

Burzum, Mayhem: Black Metal Court Report: Guilty As Hell!

Report by Tore Øien, Kerrang!, May 1994

The verdict is in — and Black Metal star Varg Vikernes, aka Count Grishnackh, has been found guilty of murdering rival Oystein Aarseth. The sentence ...

Megadeth: 'Deth Warmed Up! #2

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, May 1994

Right now, MEGADETH are as strong and happy as they've ever been — yet incredibly, they were close to splitting up just a few months ...

Pantera: In a Darkened Room...

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, May 1994

...is where PANTERA frontman PHIL ANSELMO gets his head together — away from the pressures that come with a US Number One album. What is ...

Pantera: Butt Reaction

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, June 1994

Before PAUL LESTER travelled to Detroit and came into contact with PANTERA, currently America's fastest, loudest, most popular and OTT speed metal band, he looked ...

Napalm Death: Noise International: It’s Napalm Death for World Music

Report and Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, August 1994

THE LANGUAGE OF death metal can be as undecipherable to outsiders as street grafitti, but the meaning is as clear: "Stay away – I ...

Body Count, Ice-T: Ice-T: Seine In The Membrane

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, November 1994

It's not all being grim and Malcolm X when you're ICE-T. You also get to go on the road with your mates, play metal and ...

Dead Norwegians, Israeli Disco and Satan's Penis: The Pulp Reality of the Metal Underground

Overview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, 1995

"SOME IMAGINE for some weird reason that Death Metal is something normal and available for everyone," Morbid/Mayhem vocalist "Dead" told an interviewer prior to his ...

Kyuss: Interview With A Stoner.....

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Hot Metal, 1995

In the over zealous world of the music business, many younger horses get led to water and made to drink well past saturation. Not Kyuss. ...

Scorn

Report and Interview by Ian Christe, Metal Maniacs, February 1995

"NOBODY'S REALLY interested in Scorn in England," admits animated Mick Harris, the band's drum programmer. "We get great reviews, but there's not any attention for ...

Redd Kross: L.A. Confidential: Life In The Fast Lane With Redd Kross's Jeffrey & Steven McDonald

Interview by Joss Hutton, Bucketfull of Brains, 1996

I said to a friend of mine "Hey, great! Redd Kross have got a new album coming out!"She said "The girl band?" ...

Foo Fighters: Have We Got Foos For You

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, April 1996

Foo Fighters are back with a new single, 'Big Me', and a fresh determination to not let adulation force them into a Nirvana–type corner. Melody ...

Metallica (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1996

The Rashomon interview: all four Metallicas sit down, separately, to talk about the making of Load.

File format: mp3; in 5 parts, total file sizes: 104.6mb, total interview length: 1h 54' 21" sound quality: ***

Def Leppard: Slang

Review by David Quantick, Q, June 1996

FOR DEF Leppard, it really ought to be That Time Of The Career. ...

Black Sabbath: The Enduring Riff Rock Of Black Sabbath

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Gabriel, DISCoveries, June 1996

IT IS 1996, and there is still a Black Sabbath. Will wonders never cease? ...

Metallica: The Alternative Metallica

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1996

THEY MAKE THE ODDEST OF rock couples, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Watching them at work in Manhattan’s Right Track Studios, it’s hard to imagine ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzfest ‘97

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, unpublished, 1997

THE UNEARTHLY NOISE that barrels over the pines and down Alpine Valley in rural Wisconsin last summer was a clear signal that the natural order ...

Black Sabbath, Coal Chamber, Faith No More, Fear Factory, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Slo-Burn, Type O Negative, Vision of Disorder: Ozz-Fest: California Screaming!

Report and Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, June 1997

The greatest show on earth has FEAR FACTORY, MANSON, TYPE O, MACHINE HEAD and COAL CHAMBER on one bill — and it's just destroyed America. This ...

Megadeth: The Last Word: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine

Interview by Paul Elliott, Kerrang!, July 1997

The ultimate questions on life, sex and making a prick of yourself. This week, MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine compares notes with Paul Elliott... ...

Marilyn Manson: The Afterlife Of Brian

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, August 1997

You may think that MARILYN MANSON (or Brian to his mum) is just a spooky goth who smokes human bones and sings about scabby angels ...

Marilyn Manson: Alternative Cult Star

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1997

He's seven-foot tall and rips his stomach to shreds with a half-broken bottle on stage. But, heh, he's still little Brian to his mum. We ...

Marilyn Manson at CMJ Musicfest

Report by Jeff Apter, nyrock.com, October 1997

THERE ARE MANY perceptions of Marilyn Manson. The most common, in no special order, are that he's a baby eater, a Satan worshiper, and a ...

Ozzy Osbourne (1997)

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1997

The Ozzmeister effs and blinds his way through subjects ranging from the death of Princess Diana to the myth of Sabbath's Satanism and the US religious backlash, via a detailed description of his substance abuse and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 62.6mb, interview length: 1h 08' 22" sound quality: ****

Metallica: Metal Memories: Ten years of close encounters with Metallica

Retrospective by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, November 1997

THE MONSTERS OF ROCK Tour in '87 was my wake-up call. Even if waking up in Akron is like rising with a hangover. ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzy Osbourne: His Satanic Majesty Repents

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1997

JOHN "OZZY" OSBOURNE, FORMER HELL raiser, outrageous roister-doister, Dark Lord of Metal and rough diamond geezer extraordinaire has sung much about death, visited it summarily ...

Slayer: The Brothers Grim

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, May 1998

The world of SLAYER is a bleak, gore-drenched place populated by deviants, lunatics, mass murderers and war criminals. You'd expect nothing less from men who've ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzy Osbourne: The Godfather Of Metal Lands On The Good Foot

Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, June 1998

Nearly 30 Years After Founding Black Sabbath, The Godfather Of Metal Lands On The Good Foot ...

The Hard Stuff: Almost a Dozen Reasons to Like Metal Again

Review by Chuck Eddy, Boston Phoenix, The, July 1998

A FEW YEARS AGO, bored by grunge and late speedmetal and still lamenting the loss of pretty glam in prettier haircuts, I thought loud guitar ...

Marilyn Manson: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Interview by Paul Elliott, Kerrang!, September 1998

THE ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR is no more. ...

Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals (NOTHING) ****

Review by Ian Gittins, Q, November 1998

Return of the Thin White Berk. ...

Marilyn Manson: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, December 1998

The season of goodwill may be upon us, but one man has come to vomit on your festive cheer. Fresh from wrecking his hotel room, ...

Coal Chamber: Get Yer Scuttles Out: Coal Chamber

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

DEZ SOUNDS genuinely horrified. "You can't do that! I'll be naked!" And, though it probably takes a lot to shock him, the ...

Marilyn Manson

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

HE BROUGHT YOUR SICKEST FANTASIES to life, and now you, poor fools, have fulfilled his. When Broadway wheels out the new millennial Jesus Christ ...

Lemmy, Motorhead: Mil-Lemmy-Um: The Man from Motörhead

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, 1999

The artist formerly known as Ian Kilminster waxes lyrical on guns, drugs, feminism and ancient rome. Joel McIver meets rock'n'roll's elder statesman, Lemmy. ...

Slayer: All Aboard The Slay Ride

Profile and Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, 1999

Slayer vocalist Tom Araya discusses his band's blood-soaked life and times ...

Slipknot: Kiss Devo Goodbye

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

NOW IS PROBABLY not the best time to say it, but they look like Devo. Those boiler suits with bar-codes on them, those crazy ...

Marilyn Manson Blamed For Tragic High School Murders

Report by uncredited writer, Kerrang!, May 1999

Manson speaks out over the tragedy as the world's media condemns him ...

Korn: Scream Of The Crop

Interview by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, May 1999

Korn's angst-ridden Jonathan Davis is the nearest thing America has to Richey Manic. We meet him on the road in the States and hear tales ...

Limp Bizkit: Significant Other (Flip/Interscope)

Review by Eric Weisbard, Village Voice, The, July 1999

WHEN MTV and BET air the new Eminem video 'Guilty Conscience', they run into the small problem of the song's conclusion, where bad-angel Slim Shady ...

Def Leppard: On The Road: Again….

Report and Interview by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, October 1999

"RIGHT," SAYS Joe Elliot. "I think it's time for a few drinks." ...

Kid Rock: At Last! Could Kid Rock Be The Saviour Of Rock? Oops. Sorry.

Report and Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, October 1999

"HEY, SCATLAND! R U ready for some medal!? How many of you guyz are gonna getta 'shag' tonite!?" ...

Megadeth, Where Is Thy Sting?

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Winter 1999

After sixteen years at the forefront of speed metal, Megadeth are releasing a new album, Risk. Joel Mciver finds controversial frontman Dave Mustaine a reformed ...

Twisted Sister: An Interview with Jay Jay French

Interview by Joe Matera, Australian Musician, 2000

Taking their lead from their glam-rock roots, Twisted Sister went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 80s. In 1984, the band, ...

Queens Of The Stone Age: We Pride Ourselves On Giving You A Night You'll Never Remember

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 2000

WE JOIN QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ROCK'S ULTIMATE HEDONISTS, ON THE ROAD IN THE UK FOR TALES OF DRUGS, DRINK AND ONSTAGE PENIS SHRINKAGE ...

Anthrax: The Original Skate-Thrash Nutters Speak

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Spring 2000

IN THE CLICHÉ-RIDDEN world of heavy metal, it's sometimes refreshing to encounter a band that redefines the genre without sticking to the tired old formulas. ...

Venom: Poison Us: Venom

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Summer 2000

FEW BANDS can claim to have started off a whole musical trend; even fewer can claim to have started two. Newcastle band Venom recorded three ...

Incubus: Brandon Boyd: The Voice of Incubus

Profile and Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Vogue Italia, 2001

BRANDON BOYD is a handsome, thin, fine-boned young man who holds the microphone for a popular band called Incubus, and wields it with odd grace ...

Mogwai: Metal Ear

Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, Ways Of Hearing, 2001

"They had brought this music with them when they were born, these bandmen, in their hearts and their muscles, their blood and their bones".Jay Allison ...

Slipknot at Ozzfest

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Face, The, 2001

STANDING CENTRE-stage and plastered in a grin that pretty much redefines the very word maniacal is a 52-year old man uniquely blessed with the voice ...

Marilyn Manson: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2001

THE FEARFUL naivety of the American mainstream that hates him has made Marilyn Manson the multi-million selling man he is today. ...

Guns N' Roses, Izzy Stradlin: Izzy Stradlin

Interview by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, March 2001

SHAKING THE notoriety gained following six years on the road with Guns N' Roses was never going to be the easiest of tasks. But Izzy ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster Cult/Tyranny & Mutation/Secret Treaties/Agents Of Fortune

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2001

WITH ITS de rigueur darkside lyrics, bugaboo blues-monster riffs, and hypermacho pose-striking, heavy metal was always the dumbest member of the rock family. ...

Black Sabbath: The Complete '70s Replica CD Collection 1970-78

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

THE MYSTERY OF THE RIFF – so crucial to rock, so oddly neglected by critics. ...

Slipknot

Interview by Ian Watson, Sunday Herald, December 2001

BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11th, Slipknot had been revelling in their status as the most outrageous band on the planet. ...

Slipknot: To Be... Or 'Knot To Be

Profile and Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Spring 2001

TAKE THE INTENSITY of an old-school thrash metal band like Slayer and add the Noughties awareness of a media-straddling figure such as Eminem. Mix in ...

Bon Jovi: Bon Non-Jovial

Interview by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Summer 2001

IF POP'S MOST unpredictable comeback - from has-been oblivion to global success - was made by Blur between Modern Life Is Rubbish and Parklife, then ...

Guns N' Roses: The Madness of King Axl

Report by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

AS OPPRESSIVE darkness gradually envelops Temple Newsam, a remote agrarian idyll that annually plays host to the Leeds leg of the Carling Festival, the all-pervasive ...

The Scorpions' Rudolf Schenker: An Interview

Report and Interview by Joe Matera, Powerplay, 2002

One of metal's most enduring and successful bands, The Scorpions have been taking their German bred metal to the masses for over 35 years now. ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzy Osbourne: Summer of Love

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Blender, June 2002

Could things be any better for Ozzy Osbourne? His family's TV show, The Osbournes, is a runaway smash, and his traveling metal revue, Ozzfest, is ...

Rammstein: Docklands Arena, London

Live Review by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, June 2002

WHOOOOMPHF! The mad bastards are wearing 20ft long napalm-flame spewing fuckmasks. This is great! ...

The Darkness Descends

Report and Interview by John Robb, playlouder.com, August 2002

THIS IS A STORY of nudity, skintight cat suits, East Anglian folk tales, a mad dog with bloodshot eyes, well-clipped moustaches, crazed frontmen and hard ...

Hanoi Rocks

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

BY DECEMBER 1984, having exploded onto a decidedly lacklustre rock scene blighted by vacuous new romanticism, post-punk austerity and backward glancing metal Gumby-ism, the five ...

Metallica: Rage-a-holics Anonymous: Metallica

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

OF COURSE, you all know the deal with Metallica. At present, the single most enormous band in the entire rock firmament who, having casually taken ...

Deep Purple: On The Roundabout With Deep Purple

Retrospective and Interview by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, January 2003

DEEP PURPLE were on top of the world in June 1973. 'Smoke On The Water' was climbing the US charts. They were news wherever they ...

Hold Your Head Up: In Praise of Bi-Level Rock!

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2003

Barney Hoskyns, co-author of The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods, hails Mullet Rocks!, a new compilation of bodacious bi-level hard rockers. Below we feature cool ...

Faith No More: You Gotta Have Faith

Interview by Joel McIver, Terrorizer, February 2003

IS NU-METAL your fault?(laughs) Well, it’s kind of interesting. When we split up in 1998 there was this wave of nu-metal bands that used us ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Death of Randy Rhoads

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 2003

"RANDY WAS my best friend," says Ozzy Osbourne. "He was also the greatest musician I have ever known. Back when we had no dough, we ...

Marilyn Manson: Sympathy For The Devil: Marilyn Manson

Interview by Miles Marshall Lewis, Oneworld, April 2003

BRIAN WARNER took the long, hard road out of hell (Canton, Ohio, to be exact) to emerge in 1994 on Portrait of an American Family ...

Led Zeppelin: Been A Long Time: Led Zeppelin

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2003

EVEN NOW, after all these years of hairtree wannabes and idiot tribute bands, there's something so fierce and coruscating about Led Zeppelin in their prime ...

Marilyn Manson: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo! Music, June 2003

THE CABARET is excellent, of course. You come expecting a hilariously over the top gothic freakshow, choreographed by the ghost of Cecil B. DeMille and ...

Mötley Crüe: Nikki Sixx Speaks

Interview by Joel McIver, Bass Guitar, June 2003

The Mötley Crüe survivor talks to Joel McIver about business manoeuvres, string-boiling and how saliva can make your bass sound better. ...

The Deftones: Tasteful ’Tones

Interview by Joel McIver, Bass Guitar, June 2003

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng takes Joel McIver through the highs and lows of being in one of the world’s top alternative metal acts. Just don’t ...

The Deftones: Deftones (Maverick)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Bang, June 2003

FOR ALL THE horseshit rock bands come out with about "maturity", "creative steam" and "progression", the true measure of whether or not their freshest opus ...

Brujeria: This Is Jarcor: Brujeria

Profile and Interview by Chris Campion, Dazed & Confused, July 2003

Mexican Death metal band Brujeria are the white man's nightmare. Striking mortal fear into the populace both north and south of the border for over ...

Kiss And Make-Up: Gene Simmons

Interview by Joel McIver, Bass Guitar, August 2003

Joel McIver asks entrepreneur, record company head, insatiable groupie-pleasurer and – oh yes – unfeasibly long-tongued Kiss bassist Gene Simmons about his four-string habits, and ...

Ozzfest

Report by Christine Natanael, crushermagazine.com, August 2003

SUMMERTIME IS THE time of the grand traveling music festival. And August in New York/New Jersey usually means Warped and Ozzfest. Having already experienced 52 ...

Grand Funk Railroad

Retrospective and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, October 2003

They were America's biggest band. Live they outsold The Beatles. Then they sued their manager. Dave DiMartino charts the remarkable highs and ridiculous lows of ...

Iron Maiden: Dance Of Death (EMI)

Review by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, October 2003

IN ESSENCE, Iron Maiden are the rock Marmite. Ambivalence is simply not an option when bearing witness to their characteristic onslaught of dense, prog-laced riffage. ...

The Darkness: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2003

I HAD WATCHED THE DARKNESS phenomenon from a distance, in dismay. Despite the sheer unexpectedness of their vault from clubs to stadiums, every glance at ...

Grand Funk Railroad's Don Brewer (2004)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, 2004

Grand Funk sticksman Don Brewer talks about mega-hit 'We're An American Band', choosing cover versions, and being produced by Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa.

File format: mp3; file size: 10.2mb, interview length: 22' 11" sound quality: * (phoner)

Iron Maiden: Don't Fear The Reaper

Interview by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, January 2004

THERE ARE dead bodies lying on trestle tables in the midst of the tangled scaffolding and controlled chaos that represents Iron Maiden's rear of stage ...

Rammstein: Lichtspielhaus (Universal DVD)

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Doran, Metal Hammer, February 2004

RAMMSTEIN ALWAYS had an unashamedly arty, even pretentious, agenda and it is easy to see this developing by watching their videos. ...

Sepultura


Interview by Christine Natanael, crushermagazine.com, May 2004

WHEN IT COMES to the stuff that's loud and fast, well, I think you guys know I have to be right in the thick of ...

Dismember: Cutting Crew

Interview by Joel McIver, Metal Hammer, June 2004

If death metal floats your boat but you're fed up with operatic vocals and politely duelling guitars, why, take a listen to Sweden's most brutal ...

Black Label Society: Zakk Wylde

Interview by Steven Rosen, Total Guitar, June 2004

ZAKK WYLDE is a dichotomy – physically he resembles some psychotic biker, pumped biceps stretching the fabric of a sleeveless Levi's jacket, a scraggly beard ...

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Film/DVD/TV Review by Chuck Eddy, Village Voice, The, July 2004

LAST FALL, a hilarious 3,000-word review of Metallica's unlistenable St. Anger by some guy named Colin Tappe circulated over the Internet. ...

Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland

Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, November 2004

THE RIBALD ROCK'N'ROLL spirit of Guns'n'Roses and their ilk has long since evaporated into the smog. Once they owned Sunset, roaring up the strip in ...

The Darkness: SECC, Glasgow

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2004

IN POP, last year's underdog can so easily become this year's one-trick pony. The Darkness ended 2003 as the former rank outsiders who triumphed over ...

Dimebag Darrell, Pantera: Just a Good Ol' Boy: Dimebag Darrell

Obituary by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, December 2004

Former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered on stage by a lone gunman last week. Edward Helmore celebrates the life of the influential and charismatic ...

Rammstein: Brixton Academy

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2005

A GRAND theatrical spectacle to rival any West End show, the industrial rock carnival that is Rammstein thundered into Brixton on Thursday to kick off ...

Mötley Crüe, Tommy Lee: Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee Lets It All Hang Out

Interview by Roy Trakin, Grammy Magazine, April 2005

EVEN BEFORE HE agreed to join bandmates Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars in this year's surprisingly successful Mötley Crüe reunion tour – the ...

Darkthrone: Black Metal: Not Dead Yet

Comment by Ian Christe, Arthur, May 2005

Catching up with Scandinavia's black metalists. ...

Deep Purple: 'Smoke On The Water' (Warners)

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, May 2005

Performers : Ritchie Blackmore – guitar; Ian Gillan – vocals; Jon Lord – keyboards; Roger Glover – bass; Ian Paice – drums; Producer: Martin Birch; ...

System of a Down: System Of A Down: Mesmerize

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo! Music, May 2005

YOU COULDN'T MAKE them up. An American-Armenian four piece based in LA who feed eye-bulging political fury through Dead Kennedys-style anarcho punk, crunching riff-heavy thrash ...

Mötley Crüe: Motley Crue: Newcastle Arena

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, June 2005

WHAT CAN YOU say about the Crue that hasn't already been said? A singer with a love of fine wine and cosmetic surgery, a drummer ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Get The Funk Out

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Makowski, Classic Rock, October 2005

WHO THE hell are Grand Funk Railroad? More to the point, why should we even care who they are? These are pertinent questions for any ...

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2006

Joe Elliott tells tales of the road, talks about his heroes (and one or two villains), and looks back at Rick Allen's accident and Steve Clark's alcoholism and death.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 63.5mb, total interview length: 1h 9' 25" sound quality: ****

Blackmore's Night, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore: Richie Blackmore: Blackmore's Nightmare

Retrospective by Pete Makowski, Classic Rock, March 2006

"I'm at that stage where I will play anything I want to. I will not be dictated to by fans or people who say: 'You ...

Black Sabbath

Profile by Deborah Frost, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, March 2006

BLACK SABBATH never intended to appeal to, never mind be understood by, rock critics. Nor were they designed for screaming teens, swooning debs, your mom, ...

Slayer

Interview by Christine Natanael, crushermagazine.com, May 2006

WELL, HERE IT is, 2006, and it's time for the new Slayer "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching To The Perverted" with Lamb of God, Children of ...

Led Zeppelin: The Power and the Glory: Led Zeppelin and the making of IV

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, July 2006

Author’s note: This is the full, unexpurgated version of a piece for Uncut magazine. It is itself a very truncated distillation of the full-length study ...

Motorhead's Phil Campbell

Interview by Steven Rosen, ultimate-guitar.com, August 2006

FOR SOMEWHERE around 31 years now, Motorhead has been revving it up, cranking it out, and laying it down, a juggernaut of heavy metal that ...

Cradle of Filth: Paul Allender of Cradle Of Filth

Interview by Steven Rosen, ultimate-guitar.com, March 2007

PAUL ALLENDER'S playing on Thornography, the new Cradle of Filth album, is both a nod at tomorrow and a bow towards yesterday. ...

Van Halen

Retrospective by Deborah Frost, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, March 2007

THE NATIONAL Weather Service labels a blizzard as severe when winds reach 45 miles her hour, snowfall is dense, and the temperature drops to ten ...

Metal Machine Musings: Gary Pig Gold's All-Time Top Ten Heavy Primal Hitters

Overview by Gary Pig Gold, ballbustermusic.com, April 2007

NOW BEFORE ya all call out the KISS Army or somethin' on me, let's just insist that there's one terrifically fine line indeed between, say, ...

Motorhead: Lemmy: The Oldest Rocker In Town

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2007

THE SUN hammers down on the French Riviera like a vengeful Old Testament god. With temperatures topping 90 degrees, the beach at Nice is heaving ...

Ted Nugent: What an asshole! — Ted Nugent: Love Grenade (Eagle Records)

Review by Bill Holdship, Detroit Metro Times, September 2007

New records shows who's the real asshole ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Don't Fear the Blue Oyster Cult

Retrospective and Interview by Gillian G. Gaar, Goldmine, September 2007

IN THE SUMMER of 1977, Blue Oyster Cult found themselves in one of the trickiest situations for a rock band: recording the follow-up to a ...

AC/DC: The Story Of 'You Shook Me All Night Long'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, October 2007

LESS THAN a year before releasing their first American hit, 'You Shook Me All Night Long', AC/DC came close to throwing in the towel. ...

Led Zeppelin: John Paul Jones: The Quiet One

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, December 2007

IN THE WORLD'S loudest group, John Paul Jones was the Quiet One. He never seemed to speak, and though he grooved, it was pressed up ...

Led Zeppelin: Why We Should Dig The 'Rock Dinosaurs' All Over Again

Guide by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, December 2007

They were the biggest band of the 1970s and they're about to reform ...

Yngwie Malmsteen (2008)

Interview by Steven Rosen, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2008

The Paganini of Poodle talks about guitars, recording methods, his reputation etc... but mostly about himself.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.4mb, interview length: 48' 31" sound quality: * (phoner)

Sunn O)))

Interview by Luke Turner, Dazed & Confused, February 2008

"WE FOUND them in the woods," laughs Stephen O'Malley, refusing to divulge where Sunn O))) wove the monastic robes that, along with cranium-crushing waves of ...

Kiss: Overblown, Overpaid And Over Here

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2008

For the headliners of Download heavy metal festival, there are millions to be made, fans to ogle (and sometimes sleep with), and platform boots to ...

Metallica: Magnetic Metallica

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, July 2008

THERE IS a certain grim irony to the news, announced last week, that Metallica’s latest album Death Magnetic will be released in September in a ...

Slipknot's All Hope Is Gone Not Just A Clever Name…

Review by John Doran, Quietus, The, August 2008

John Doran slowly peels back the masks of so-called extreme metal behemoths Slipknot and looks at the jaundiced and withered flesh underneath. It isn't, he ...

Metallica: Some Kind Of Monsters

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Q, September 2008

In the old days, Metallica were hard-drinking, groupie-shagging rock pigs. Today, they're all about pre-gig yoga sessions, surfing and being good dads. On the merch ...

Led Zeppelin: Led Astray: How Four Long-Haired Limey Geezers Changed My Life

Memoir by Gerrie Lim, August Man, November 2008

TOOTING BEC, London, is only memorable to me because of a cold, windswept day in November 2005. ...

Guns N' Roses: Guns N'Roses: Chinese Democracy

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, 2009

"ALL I'VE got is time" sings Axl Rose in the opening, title song of Chinese Democracy. ...

Judas Priest: Pastor of Puppets: Rob Halford

Retrospective and Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, February 2009

YOU ONLY HAVE TO open a style mag, left-field music publication or a broadsheet at the moment to see that heavy metal is enjoying one ...

Metallica

Retrospective by Deborah Frost, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, April 2009

HAPPY FAMILIES, Leo Tolstoy noted, are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. That goes double, if not quadruple, for bands, ...

AC/DC: Heavy Metal's Eternal Schoolboys at the O2 Arena

Live Review by Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, Financial Times, April 2009

We've got some old songs and some new songs for you," AC/DC's singer Brian Johnson growled, in an accurate but dispiriting précis of the AC/DC ...

Sunn O))): Monoliths & Dimensions

Review by John Doran, Drowned in Sound, May 2009

DURING SHELLAC'S excellent track 'The End Of Radio', about the nature of recording and broadcasting electronically amplified rock music, there's a line (when performed live ...

Marilyn Manson: God Of Fucking About

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, June 2009

He promised us champagne and caviar, but now he's only capable of delivering cola and crisps. To John Doran, he's become little more than the ...

Deep Purple: Vinyl Icon: Machine Head

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, March 2010

TO GET THE POINT of Machine Head you must first understand what it is not. ...

Judas Priest: British Steel, Stronger Than Ever:

Interview by Joel McIver, Quietus, The, March 2010

Joel McIver talks to Judas Priest about drugs and alcohol, the domination of heavy metal, and their classic album British Steel ...

Guns N' Roses: Reading Festival, Berkshire

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2010

Axl flounders as Reading made to wait for its rock fix ...

Burzum, Mayhem: Black Metal: Art Corrupted - From Burning Churches To Toasted Bagels In Twenty Years

Overview by John Doran, Totally Dublin, March 2011

Some two decades after its inception, you can now take an official True Norwegian Black Metal coach trip round Oslo, visiting the sites of arson, ...

Kyuss: Kings of the Stoner Age

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, March 2011

"I DIDN'T THINK THAT at 40 years of age I would still be talking about generator parties," Kyuss frontman John Garcia says with a puzzled ...

Mötley Crüe: Bounty Or Mutiny?

Interview by Steve Mascord, AOR, November 2011

"I REALLY DON'T understand what Mick's talking about. Maybe he took the wrong pill that day." ...

Saxon: Biff Byford: An Interview

Interview by Pete Makowski, unpublished, May 2012

This is a previously unpublished Q&A with Biff Byford, Saxon's enduring, uncompromising and down-to-earth frontman as he contemplates, amongst other things, the prospects of getting ...

Black Sabbath: 02, Birmingham

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Rock's Backpages, May 2012

ALMOST A WEEK LATER and my ears are still ringing – and I don't know if it's due to the rousing response of the audience ...

Spinal Tap Redux

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, December 2013

I LISTENED to some of it in my youth, but spent most of my post-teenage years trying to avoid this crap: pandering, patronizing, mono-dimensional, unimaginative ...

GWAR Spreads Blood-And-Guts Satire Around

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, JimSullivanInk.com, March 2014

DAVE BROCKIE — the world knew him as Oderus Urungus — died at 50. (No cause of death given yet.) ...

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