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Does the ‘Sophomore Slump’ Exist in Heavy Metal
In the second installment of his 'Mean Deviation' column, veteran music journalist Jeff Wagner takes a deep look at the infamous "sophomore slump." Check out the piece as he runs through several metal and hard rock subgenres and examines whether some of our favorite artis…
Riot Guitarist Mark Reale Hospitalized in Critical Condition
Riot founder and guitarist Mark Reale has been admitted to a San Antonio hospital in critical condition due to complications of Crohn's disease. Subsequently, there is a possibility that he may not appear in the band's upcoming performances in the Northeast and aboard the 70,000 Tons of Me…
Exclusive: Sebastian Bach Gets Personal
Sebastian Bach has spent the last few weeks rocking out in hot, glorious South America, supporting Guns N' Roses, including multiple shows in Brazil and one in Chile, which just suffered a devastating earthquake. But it wasn't so long ago that he was tackling the bitter cold in his homelan…
Top 10 Worst Album Covers From Otherwise Killer Bands
One of the most compelling aspects of heavy metal is undoubtedly the imagery. It's nearly impossible to think about the movement without having a mental picture of the artwork found within it. Whether it's unmistakable mascots like Iron Maiden's Eddie or Motörhead's War-Pig or Cannibal Corpse's bloo…