Operation: Mindcrime: How Queensryche’s masterful concept album changed my life

I was twelve years old when Queensryche released their rock opera, combining hair metal essentials with a subversive storyline about a heroin addicted assassin working for an underground revolution.  For me, it radically changed my perspective on what a genre could be, introducing concepts I’d learn more about and fully embrace in the years to… Continue reading Operation: Mindcrime: How Queensryche’s masterful concept album changed my life

Ronnie James Dio is the most underrated singer-songwriter of all time

The late, great heavy metal god recorded 20 albums, multiple side projects, and played hundreds of shows.  From “Heaven and Hell” to “Holy Diver,” Dio wrote  hard rock classics for four different bands, and yet he’s not even in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his supreme talent remains rarely acknowledged outside of… Continue reading Ronnie James Dio is the most underrated singer-songwriter of all time