Birthday Present #1 – The One To Top!

July 14, 2008 MGP 1

Start your jealousy motor, Casey… Found at the Charlotte flea market by someone Undead Molly knows, it was passed on to me as an early birthday present. How could I possibly relay the joy as I tore off the fairly-girly and oh-so-cheery yellow wrapping paper and found… THIS?! As the cover reads, it is “The Complete Metal Singing Course” from the Heavy Metal Vocal Series (implying that — GASP! — […]

Review: Heavy Metal In Baghdad

July 8, 2008 MGP 0

If you think your band’s got it tough, you haven’t met Acrassicauda. Heavy Metal In Baghdad follows an Iraqi metal band through their trials, their tribulations, and even more trials. Yes, you read correctly — Iraqi metal. You probably didn’t think the nation of Iraq had metal, but they have at least one metal band, and let’s just say that they’ve been through more adversity than Spinal Tap through a […]

Mark St. John (1956-2007)

April 17, 2007 MGP 0

(from, with my brief thoughts to follow…) NEW YORK (Billboard) — Former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John died Thursday (5 April) from an apparent brain hemorrhage. He was 51. Born Mark Norton in Hollywood, St. John was Kiss’ third official guitarist, having replaced Vinnie Vincent — the substitute for Ace Frehley — in 1984. By this point, Kiss had done away with its trademark makeup and costumes, but the […]

The Making Of A KISS Fan

November 25, 2006 MGP 0

New blog category! Break out the bubbly! For those random strangers who don’t know this about me, I am, without stinting, an ardent KISS fan. And I have the encyclopediac knowledge on the band and a nice collection of KISS stuff (much of which in storage) to back it up… a collection I had to slow down on after it got a little out of hand in the early-90s. I’m […]

Review: Metal – A Headbanger’s Journey

July 2, 2006 MGP 0

There have been a number of attempts to document the history of heavy metal. Many of which have been vastly incomplete, lacking perspective, and all-out butcher jobs — whether it be by self-claimed documentarians or just the fast-food equivalent of VH1 specials. Furthest away from all of that is “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.” Directed by Sam Dunn, this smart and insightful look into probably one of the most misunderstood and […]

Review: Bang Your Head
The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal

July 15, 2005 MGP 0

Upon receiving this book as a gift from a rather thoughtful fan, I was skeptical about a written account of the time period of metal as it was once known, largely because I’ve read countless articles, essays, and interviews by hack music journalists, businesspeople, angry parents, religious nuts, anti-metal hipsters, came-too-lates and every other outsider claiming expert knowledge in one hand while gripping a backstabbing knife in the other. In […]

Review: Lucifer Rising
Sin, Devil Worship & Rock ‘n Roll

July 8, 2005 MGP 0

I’ve been on a bit of a summer reading bender. Call it my avoidance of summer heat/crowds/noise, or simply because I’ve been slacking lately in something I really enjoy doing. So, by extension, I’ve created this new blog topic and will be posting reviews of books here for your perusal — which will provide additional motivation for me to get to the current pile of tomes commanding my attention. Though, […]

Fun With The Soundtracks
To “The Omen” Movies

November 21, 2002 MGP 0

Last night, I’d helped out my local rockstar best friend, Casey, design his recent music project CD cover and tray insert. After which, he and I, along with his rather fetching girlfriend, broke out “Damien: Omen II” on DVD, since his gal pal hadn’t seen it. A track that appears in this movie in reprise form as well as being the opening title track in the first movie is “Ave […]