REVIEW: Mötley Crüe – ‘Dr. Feelgood’ (1989)

Leading up to the March 22 release of "The Dirt" on Netflix, Live Metal is taking a look back at each of Mötley Crüe's studio albums.-----Review by Greg Maki-----My Mötley Crüe story begins in the summer of 1989. I had not yet reached my 10th birthday and had only recently discovered MTV. (You see, kids,... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Mötley Crüe – ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ (1987)

Leading up to the March 22 release of "The Dirt" on Netflix, Live Metal is taking a look back at each of Mötley Crüe's studio albums.-----Review by Greg Maki-----Though the band members put almost no real effort into it, Mötley Crüe achieved its greatest commercial success to date with “Theatre of Pain” (1985). That probably... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Mötley Crüe – ‘Theatre of Pain’ (1985)

Leading up to the March 22 release of "The Dirt" on Netflix, Live Metal is taking a look back at each of Mötley Crüe's studio albums.-----Review by Greg Maki-----When Mötley Crüe came home in 1984, it was on top of the world. “Shout at the Devil” had gone platinum, and it had toured the globe... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Mötley Crüe – ‘Shout at the Devil’ (1983)

Leading up to the March 22 release of "The Dirt" on Netflix, Live Metal is taking a look back at each of Mötley Crüe's studio albums.-----Review by Greg Maki-----“Too Fast for Love,” self-released in 1981, remastered and re-released by Elektra Records in 1982, laid the foundation for Mötley Crüe, introducing band to the masses and,... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Mötley Crüe – ‘Too Fast for Love’ (1981)

Leading up to the March 22 release of "The Dirt" on Netflix, Live Metal is taking a look back at each of Mötley Crüe's studio albums.-----Review by Greg Maki-----The original version of the song “Too Fast for Love” begins with the line “When you’re young and crazy, life goes on.” Who in their youth was... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Mark Morton – ‘Anesthetic’

Review by Greg Maki-----Maybe the most remarkable aspect of “Anesthetic,” the debut solo album from Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton, is that it sounds like exactly that—an album. The 10 songs feature 12 lead vocalists, yet it feels cohesive and of a piece. And though much of the guitar playing is unmistakable, it doesn’t... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Dream Theater – ‘Distance over Time’

Review by Greg Maki-----This is the Dream Theater I know and love. Well, sort of. Following the divisive concept album “The Astonishing” (2016), the progressive metal titans’ 14th studio album brings back the heavy in a big way, but—perhaps as a counterpoint to the sprawling, two-hour-plus “Astonishing”—it’s the most concise, song-based record of the band’s... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: KING 810 – ‘Suicide King’

Review by Greg Maki — “How can we give them something new that’s serious and entertaining, too?” David Gunn opens KING 810’s third full-length album, “Suicide King,” with that question. Then he and his only remaining bandmate, bassist Eugene Gill, spend the next 10 songs answering it. When KING stormed out of Flint, Michigan, onto... Continue Reading →

REVISITED: Dream Theater’s ‘Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory’ (1999)

By Greg Maki — Released Oct. 26, 1999 (Elektra) — A ticking metronome. A voice. Soft, comforting, yet firm, in control. “Close your eyes and begin to relax.” A hypnotherapist. He puts his subject under, leads him back through time to find a girl waiting for him. And so begins Dream Theater’s concept album, “Metropolis... Continue Reading →

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