Vinny Appice says that Ronnie James Dio would be “pissed off” if he was alive to see Gene Simmons attempt to trademark the so-called “devil’s horns” hand gesture. The late BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW singer is widely credited with popularizing the symbol — a staple at rock concerts for decades — which the KISS bassist/vocalist […]

FAITH NO MORE – THE REAL THING (essential metal)

Originally posted on Heavy Metal Messenger:
Forgotten? Under-rated? Unappreciated? …Or “Epic?” I vote for “Epic.” It’s been a couple years since I’d given FAITH NO MORE  any thought or ear time. A few weeks ago I pulled out the original cassette I bought while serving overseas during the Gulf War in 1991. Yeah, I still…

AC/DC “Rock or Bust.” Best AC/DC Album Since For Those About To Rock?

Originally posted on Heavy Metal Messenger:
Firstly, Shame, shame, shame on all of you Hard Rock and Metal fans that haven’t bought this album yet! Secondly, HOLY CRAP is this album good. This is easily the best work the boys from Down Under have done since “The Razor’s Edge and in my opinion, probably the best…

METALLICA’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct Spurs the Return of Heavy Metal Messenger

After a long dormancy, one release has brought Heavy Metal Messenger back to the blogosphere: METALLICA’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. I am on my fourth listen and I am beginning to get headbangers whiplash! Each time I listen I enjoy it more. If you’ve only heard one or a few of these new songs you are doing yourself […]

The Iron Maidens Orchestrate Iron Maiden Takeover At House Of Blues Anaheim

By Andrew Bansal September 3rd 2015, House Of Blues, Anaheim CA:In the modern era of the music industry, album releases are nowhere near as highly anticipated as they once were, owing mainly due to the advent of pre-release leaks and piracy. But there are still a handful of exceptions to the norm, and a new […]


2015 Winter Tour Announcement + New Album! Dear TSO Fans, We are thrilled to announce that the 2015 Winter Tour will feature the live debut of ‘The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve‘! TSO will also release their newest full-length album titled ‘Letters From the Labyrinth‘ this winter! “‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ brings me back to TSO’s beginnings. We recorded this TV […]


15 Terrible Songs That Ruin Supposedly Perfect Albums By Frank Donovan The Beatles’ Abbey Road, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, Nirvana’s Nevermind–Even the most iconic and highly-regarded albums have a track that we always skip. We’re all for artists evolving their sound, but it’s often painfully clear when the sonic experimentation in the studio […]

DEF LEPPARD’S Phil Collen Pens New Tune For TESLA.

The guys in DEF LEPPARD have always had a close camaraderie with TESLA since they met in Amsterdam back in 1987, and now for the first time ever, TESLA is collaborating with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen on a new single. Tentatively titled “Save That Goodness”, the new song has an upbeat catchy melody with […]