hard rock

Slash’s Orgy of Destruction [or] ‘Blues Your Illusion’

Slash’s Orgy of Destruction [or] ‘Blues Your Illusion’

Orgy of the Damned finds Slash and his many guests bashing through the most over-played blues standards with the subtlety and grace of Axl Rose in a china shop.

Snow Blinded: My 15 Favorite Styx Songs

Snow Blinded: My 15 Favorite Styx Songs

Progressive rock, arena rock, romantic ballads: Styx’s catalog presents an enviable chain of success, one that still yields surprises 50 years later.

New York Dolls’ ‘Too Much Too Soon’ Lived Up to Its Title (More or Less) 

New York Dolls’ ‘Too Much Too Soon’ Lived Up to Its Title (More or Less) 

The New York Dolls didn’t just play rock and roll. They swung, achieving a groove that set them apart from other rockers at the time and since.

‘Forty Love’ Is a Solid Set Point for D-A-D

‘Forty Love’ Is a Solid Set Point for D-A-D

Even if Forty Love isn’t a definitive summation of D-A-D’s career, it’s a nice introduction to this long-time Danish rock band you’ve heard but never heard of.

Finding Their Way: Rush’s Debut Album at 50

Finding Their Way: Rush’s Debut Album at 50

Fifty years after its release, progressive rockers Rush’s debut album remains an important stepping stone in the Canadian trio’s long journey to success.

Kings Will Be Crowned: Queen’s ‘Queen II’ at 50

Kings Will Be Crowned: Queen’s ‘Queen II’ at 50

Queen’s 1974 sophomore album, Queen II is an overlooked progressive rock masterpiece that predicted so much of their later work. It’s also still enormous fun.

Metal’s Bruce Dickinson Remains Vital on ‘The Mandrake Project’

Metal’s Bruce Dickinson Remains Vital on ‘The Mandrake Project’

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson overcomes creative and personal struggles on his first solo album in 19 years, The Mandrake Project.

Rock and Ruin: The Downfall of Courtney Love’s ‘America’s Sweetheart’

Rock and Ruin: The Downfall of Courtney Love’s ‘America’s Sweetheart’

Concocted in a three-year maelstrom of excess, the highly anticipated solo LP America’s Sweetheart was overshadowed by Courtney Love’s erratic behavior.

Van Halen’s ‘1984’ Represents the Past, Present, and Future

Van Halen’s ‘1984’ Represents the Past, Present, and Future

The era of hard rock and metal Van Halen ushered peaked and fell when the 1980s ended, but comes back again as classic rock for today’s 13-year-olds.

The Black Crowes’ 1992 Album Is Remastered

The Black Crowes’ 1992 Album Is Remastered

The 30-year legacy of the Black Crowes’ 1992 LP persists in the strength of its songs, played with all the furious energy that makes for captivating rock music.

Experience Vanishing Kids’ Hazy Doom Psychedelia (premiere)

Experience Vanishing Kids’ Hazy Doom Psychedelia (premiere)

Vanishing Kids take a dreamy approach that elevates Miracle of Death, giving it a hallucinogenic presence but without sacrificing weight or momentum.

Guns N’ Roses Bring Shockwaves to the Aftershock Festival

Guns N’ Roses Bring Shockwaves to the Aftershock Festival

Few other bands have impacted rock like Guns N’ Roses with their incendiary sound and timeless songbook that continues to resonate 30-plus years later.