My High School English Paper on Subdivisions by Neil Peart

I found a typed paper that I had written for P.A. English, Period 2, Mrs. Cohen, entitled “Paralysis Through Analysis – ‘Subdivisions’ by Neil Peart”. Back then, we actually had to use a typewriter, and use white out and a black pen to make any edits. I may have even asked my Mom to type it for me on a Sunday night, since I had waited until the last minute to write it, and she …

Megaforce Records co-founder Marsha Zazula Succombs To Cancer

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Marsha Zazula is a legend in the world of hard rock music, who lost her battle with cancer on Friday, January 10, 2021.  Survived by her husband Jon and daughters Danielle, Rikki and Blaire, and five grandchildren, Marsha left an indelible mark on every life she touched.
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Marsha’s influence in the Thrash Metal genre is far reaching. Under Marsha’s creative direction the genre was born and artists like Metallica, Anthrax, Testament and Overkill

Five Fave: 2020 Rock Albums

2020 has been an atypical year for the music industry. The usual album and tour cycles have been turned on their heads. Some bands chose to hold their albums for when touring starts up again. Some bands found creative ways to release their albums, many with livestreams to go with it. Other bands took the opportunity to record and release unexpected music, and much more of that will be coming in 2021. This year, we …

Five Fave: Inspirational New Year’s Resolution Songs

What are New Year’s Resolutions? People are always analyzing their intentions, adjusting their behaviors, and attempting to improve their lives. Whenever a new year begins, we give ourselves permission to start over, to let go of our past failures to better ourselves. We wipe the slate, delete the logs, swab the decks, clear the clutter, and resolve to do things differently.

Foo Fighters ©2019 Johnnie Crow Photos

What do we need to keep our resolutions …

Five Fave: 2020 Rock Albums From Familiar Favorites

2020 has been an atypical year for the music industry. The usual album and tour cycles have been turned on their heads. Some bands chose to hold their albums for when touring starts up again. Some bands found creative ways to release their albums, many with livestreams to go with it. Other bands took the opportunity to record and release unexpected music, and much more of that will be coming in 2021.

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Five Fave: 2020 Mainstream Metal Albums

2020 has been an atypical year for the music industry. The usual album and tour cycles have been turned on their heads. Some bands chose to hold their albums for when touring starts up again. Some bands found creative ways to release their albums, many with livestreams to go with it. Other bands took the opportunity to record and release unexpected music, and much more of that will be coming in 2021. Heavy Metal has …

Five Fave: 2020 Metal Albums You May Have Missed

2020 has been an atypical year for the music industry. The usual album and tour cycles have been turned on their heads. Some bands chose to hold their albums for when touring starts up again. Some bands found creative ways to release their albums, many with livestreams to go with it. Other bands took the opportunity to record and release unexpected music, and much more of that will be coming in 2021. In doing research …

Five Fave: 2020 Metal Albums You May Have Missed

2020 has been an atypical year for the music industry. The usual album and tour cycles have been turned on their heads. Some bands chose to hold their albums for when touring starts up again. Some bands found creative ways to release their albums, many with livestreams to go with it. Other bands took the opportunity to record and release unexpected music, and much more of that will be coming in 2021. In doing research …

Pre-Metal Sounds – The Seeds of Heavy Metal

This year we celebrate 50 years of Heavy Metal, whose birth is credited to Black Sabbath, who released their self-titled debut on February 13, 1970 and quickly followed that up with “Paranoid” released on September 18, 1970. “Paranoid” featured the title track, “Iron Man” and “War Pigs”, three of the all time enduring classics. Sabbath did not spontaneously combust out of a vacuum. The 1960’s had many artists who were planting seeds, and cultivating the …

Top New Trends For Rock Music In The 2020’s

Fire From The Gods ©2020 Johnnie Crow Photos

Towards the end of every decade, a couple of artists emerge with something different, that leads to new trends for the following decade. In 1969, Led Zeppelin took the final step towards what became heavy metal, which Black Sabbath unleashed upon the 1970’s. In the late 1970’s, Van Halen took the world by storm, leading to a guitar explosion in the 1980’s, with one path towards glam …

Iration Concerts In Your Car at Del Mar Fairgrounds

Iration ©2020 Johnnie Crow Photos

Iration completed a 3 date “Coastin’ at the Drive-In” tour at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, California on December 5, 2020. It was an especially chilly evening for Southern California, but that did not stop the island vibes.

Iration ©2020 Johnnie Crow Photos

The show was part of the Concerts In Your Car series, presented by Subaru. A high square stage was erected in the middle of the …