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Thursday, December 6 2012

The Best Metal of 2012

There's no doubt 2012 has been another great year for metal, with releases from veteran road dogs and fresh young bands alike providing endless roaring highs and churning, filth-ridden lows.


Tuesday, December 4 2012

The Best Progressive Rock (and Metal) of 2012

The albums you see below are a testament to the chameleonic nature of prog: Coldplay-esque stadium ballads, sludge metal, sample-heavy concept records, and classic-style prog all stand side by side.


Sunday, October 23 2011

Drag the Dream Into Existence: Reassessing Rush’s Masterpiece

Moving Pictures is, without any question, not only Rush’s masterpiece, but one of those rare albums that epitomizes an era. It's a template of sorts for the way rock albums were made in the early '80s.


Sunday, May 22 2011

The 25 Best Progressive Rock Songs of All Time

Put as simply -- and starkly -- as possible, many beautiful babies were thrown out with the bath water by hidebound critics who were content to sniffingly dismiss the more ambitious (pretentious!) works that certain bands were putting out as a matter of course in the early-to-mid-‘70s.


Columns

Monday, April 8 2013

Time Stand Still: Why Rush Belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rush, as much as any rock band, represents the eternal present tense: they adapted and evolved in real time, reflecting the issues, sounds and styles of their day.


Reviews

Monday, November 4 2013

Rush: Vapor Trails (Remixed)

This new, remixed version of Vapor Trails is indeed the next level of wonderful the band would have you believe it is, and the one fans have been clamoring for since its initial release.


Monday, July 29 2013

Canada's Hardest Working Band and Their Rock Legacy 'Rush: The Illustrated History'

This is no deep dive into the 40 plus years of Rush lore; it's only about 200 pages of surface-level history, what amounts to a Reader's Digest version of a literary classic.


Monday, May 27 2013

Anthrax: Anthems

Anthrax has a great time showing their chops as classic rockers and this might be surprising if they hadn't already covered even less likely acts like the Smiths and the Temptations.


Tuesday, February 12 2013

'Clockwork Angels' Is a Fast-Paced Adaptation of the Titular Rush Album

Adapting Rush’s Clockwork Angels album into a full-blown steampunk novel, Kevin Anderson succeeds in crafting a thoroughly entertaining read.


Thursday, June 21 2012

Rush: Clockwork Angels

Clockwork Angels, while musically strong, isn't anything revelatory given the high bar Rush set for themselves in the prog pantheon. Conceptually, however, it's the strongest progressive rock concept album since Dream Theater's Scenes from a Memory.


Blogs

Wednesday, April 17 2013

10 Songs That Will Make You Love Rush

On the eve of the long-lived Canadian trio's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sound Affects attempts to coerce newbies into the vast, rewarding, fun, and often beautiful Rush back catalog with this selection of songs.


Wednesday, April 17 2013

10 Songs That Will Make You Love Rush (Spotify Playlist)

On the eve of the long-lived Canadian trio's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sound Affects attempts to coerce newbies into the vast, rewarding, fun, and often beautiful Rush back catalog with this selection of songs. READ MORE.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

Emotional Feedback on a Timeless Wavelength: Rush's 'Permanent Waves'

Permanent Waves is, on multiple levels, an unblinking stride toward the future, while it effectively shuts the door on the ‘70s.


Thursday, June 7 2012

If You Choose Not to Decide: The 10 Best Rush Songs

Beloved by musicians and originally shunned by critics, Rush continues to win fans and even detractors well into their fourth decade of making music. With the Canadian trio's new album Clockwork Angels due for release in just a few days, Sound Affects counts down the ensemble's top ten songs.


News

Tuesday, September 25 2012

With a strong new album, Rush wins mainstream respect

DETROIT — The Midwest has been mighty good to Rush. The trio’s four-decade rock ride got its U.S. start here in the heartland, which


Sunday, November 20 2011

Rush releases live DVD of Cleveland concert

AKRON, Ohio — For nearly four decades, the Canadian rock trio Rush has built up a very loyal and obsessive global fan base by doing its


Monday, May 19 2008

Rush redux: Canadian trio's return is much the same as last fall

Rush is returning to St. Paul, Minn., this week after playing there last fall. Does the band check September's set list to avoid too much


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