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It’s been seven years since the Dutch band Within Temptation last toured the United States. (Yes, they played a select few venues, but only a few in 2011.)  That’s a long time. The landscape appears very different than it used to, even for those of us seasoned enough to remember the Bush era for example.

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It’s hard to think back on certain eras of music without thinking about how those eras were branded. The sixties brought us free love, the seventies groovy acid rock and progressive rock, and the 80’s sort of combined the sixties and seventies and took its love affair with sex, drugs and rock and roll to

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It’s hard to imagine that the idea of suffering as a necessary part of life.  After all, we live in a country that finds difficulty fitting suffering in between the idea that we’re all entitled to a white picket fence and a two week paid vacation every year.  But as I reflect on this idea

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It’s hard to describe festivals outside of the normal parameters of setup and slate. The DNA resembles one part carnival, one part concert and one part spectacle. On the surface, the analysis of the Mayhem Festival is no different. In short it’s a lot of bands, lots of merchandise, lots flying motorcycles and a veritable dustbowl of pits created by fans taking in the pulse of the ten hour feast of metal mania. The only way to understand it isn’t just to experience it. The only way to understand it is to live it.


Ronnie James Dio, legendary vocalist from classic bands Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell, has passed away at the age of 67 years old. I got a text late last night that said this: “Rumors swirling that Dio may be dead….”. While “death rumors” (sometimes true, sometimes false) seem to be cropping up more and more these days, this one seemed pretty credible, seeing how Dio has been battling stomach cancer since late last year. While Wendy Dio (longtime Wife and manager) had posted early this morning that “he wasn’t doing well, but he isn’t dead!”, it turns out he did indeed pass away this morning at 7:45 am.


Anyone who was into music videos in the early 80’s will remember the video “Can U Deliver?” featuring 5 dirty guys traveling through the wasteland, wearing steel armor and riding motorcycles ready to do battle. While they didn’t achieve multi-platinum success, to this young 12-year-old metalhead they were as fast as Metallica, as heavy as Judas Priest and every bit as cool as Iron Maiden.