My First Exposure to Anthrax

Have you ever heard a single song of a band or artist that gave you a misleading impression about their overall sound?  That is exactly what happened to me when listening to Anthrax for the first time.  My initial exposure to the band may not have been very different from most people’s, by finding the … Continue reading My First Exposure to Anthrax

Dream Notes – Hell Awaits (The Man Who Forgets His Tickets)

Here’s another tale ripped straight out of Dream Land.  As some of you may have surmised by the title, to say I’m looking forward to seeing Slayer in a few weeks is an understatement.  While Jeff Hanneman is unfortunately no longer with us, Gary Holt is a more than capable replacement, as any fan of … Continue reading Dream Notes – Hell Awaits (The Man Who Forgets His Tickets)

Album Covers To Experience

There are so many aspects in which to analyze an album’s artwork. There’s no rule book when it comes to their conception, legal issues notwithstanding (see Van Morrison’s recent Roll with The Punches).  Most music fans will tell you that not all album covers are created equally, the most intricate of which could rival the … Continue reading Album Covers To Experience

Alternate Album Cover Art II

No need for a long-winded explanation of this post (see my first edition of this series here). I’m back with five more album cover variations I have encountered while exploring different musical avenues, so I’ll get right to it. Genesis - From Genesis To Revelation Even though I own From Genesis To Revelation, I often … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art II

Mega Metal Trading Cards

Most people grow out of it, but I still collect sports cards.  It did make a bit more sense to do so as a kid or a young teenager, giving me another outlet with which I could gaze upon some of my heroes.  I have long gave up aspirations of playing professional sports in any … Continue reading Mega Metal Trading Cards

Alternate Album Cover Art

While I consider myself an album collector, it’s a rare case that I purchase multiple copies of the same album. I’ll usually grab the first copy of the album I can get my hands on, but this doesn’t always go so well. When an album has been out for several years, it will often get … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art

Tales of the Unauthorized – Metallica: Bay Area Thrashers (The Early Years)

Metallica is a band that pushes my nostalgia meter into the red like few others.  Naturally, the relatively recent news of a deluxe box set reissue of their essential Master of Puppets album made me as giddy as a schoolboy.  As I already have a copy of the album, my brother (who needs it) rushed … Continue reading Tales of the Unauthorized – Metallica: Bay Area Thrashers (The Early Years)

My Music Autograph Collection

It’s show and tell time! I'm not a huge autograph seeker.  I've spoken to a number of musicians at concerts I've attended, but never feel the urge to ask for an autograph.  I haven’t used an autograph book since I was a kid when I would go to the Oldtimers charity hockey games featuring retired … Continue reading My Music Autograph Collection

Albums Worth Waiting For

Sometimes life gets in the way of a good hobby.  I’m single, so it’s not as if I have family concerns that limit how I spend any excess income.  If that weren’t the case, I’m sure the idea of excess income would rapidly become a fantasy.  In that regard, perhaps I should correct myself.  Sometimes … Continue reading Albums Worth Waiting For

Dream Theater – When Dream and Day Unite Ad (Musician magazine)

Here’s a perfect example of the joy I get from reading back issues of music publications.  You see, I have a tendency to tune out commercials when watching television.  When an advertisement is in printed form, I seem to pay more attention for some reason.  In a magazine that’s aimed at music fans and musicians, … Continue reading Dream Theater – When Dream and Day Unite Ad (Musician magazine)