Classic Lineup Trading Cards: Armored Saint

Everybody has a handful of musicians and bands that they’ll lean on when discussing those who were underrated or didn’t get a good enough break. Among those in the hard rock and heavy metal genres, Armored Saint is one of my go-tos in that regard. I truly feel that they could have been America’s answer … Continue reading Classic Lineup Trading Cards: Armored Saint

Keys To Enjoying A Concert (and Proper Etiquette)

If you’re at all like me, a new year leads to new concert experiences. As of today, I’ve got Depeche Mode, Enslaved / Insomnium, and Herbie Hancock shows marked on the calendar, and I highly anticipate seeing what other events sprout up in Toronto and the surrounding area in the coming months. While I maintain … Continue reading Keys To Enjoying A Concert (and Proper Etiquette)

The In-Betweeners: Jonathan Mover

Any fan of Spinal Tap will tell you that one of the biggest bits of the band’s lore is their problems with drummers. It does seem to be a notoriously difficult position in a band to keep consistent. While I would call a number of drummers irreplaceable in their respective bands (like Neil Peart was … Continue reading The In-Betweeners: Jonathan Mover

Classic Lineup Trading Cards: King Crimson

It seems that whenever I long to do something involving visual art here on my little corner of the internet, I always come back to trading cards. I’m not the most gifted in the art department, so doing something where I mix the use of photography with graphic design is something that I am far … Continue reading Classic Lineup Trading Cards: King Crimson

One-Album Wonders: Disincarnate

It’s incredible to dig through the history of metal albums and discover one of the many, many bands that have only released an album or two before splintering. Some of these albums are by groups of musicians that never really went on to do much else in the music industry, and then there are others … Continue reading One-Album Wonders: Disincarnate

CFL Songs: A Power Ranking

We’ve all had to make sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some were relatively small, and others much larger. I’ll place this one in the former category, but the impact it had on myself was far less than it was on the hundreds, potentially thousands, that rely on it to make a living. As a consequence … Continue reading CFL Songs: A Power Ranking

What If… Chester Thompson and Daryl Stuermer Were Full-Time Genesis Members?

One of my many hobbies is comic book collecting, and I get a kick out of reading the What If issues that Marvel has released over the years (it has since become a Marvel TV series). The What If series would explore alternate timelines to tell tales about how one change in a character’s history … Continue reading What If… Chester Thompson and Daryl Stuermer Were Full-Time Genesis Members?

Packaging Perspective: Jewel Cases vs Digipaks

Which is the better form of packaging for compact discs, jewel cases or digipaks? This debate crosses my mind often when I purchase a CD. For anybody that does collect CDs (yes, many still prefer physical media over downloads no matter what the format), you know that that there are essentially two major forms of … Continue reading Packaging Perspective: Jewel Cases vs Digipaks

Music Meets Gaming – Road Rash: Jailbreak

I’m the kind of guy that never really knows what to watch. I’ll spend far too long flipping around Netflix, Tubi, or whatever streaming service I happen to be using, and it gets frustrating when you have to settle on a mediocre title. I don’t recall the same level of irritation when shopping at Blockbuster … Continue reading Music Meets Gaming – Road Rash: Jailbreak

Alternate Album Cover Art VI: The Undiscovered Variant

They stopped numbering Star Trek movies after the sixth one, so if I’m to continue this series I’ll need a new franchise to pay homage to in my titles. What goes beyond six movies, though? The Fast and the Furious series? I love action movies, but I’ve never been won over by Vin Diesel. I’ll … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art VI: The Undiscovered Variant

My First CD Purchase: Licensed to Ill by the Beastie Boys

How much music in your collection can you remember exactly where you were, and when it was, that you acquired it? As my collection grows and grows (I’ll slow it down in the new year, I swear!), I lose the ability to identify the origin story of most music on my shelves. They don’t all … Continue reading My First CD Purchase: Licensed to Ill by the Beastie Boys

Five Overlooked Moments from This Is Spinal Tap

I’ve got a fairly long history with the movie This Is Spinal Tap. Like how many reacted when first hearing about this mockumentary, I wasn’t sure if this was about a real or a fake band. Having seen the group previously on The Simpsons did nothing to settle that uncertainty. To add even further to … Continue reading Five Overlooked Moments from This Is Spinal Tap