All posts by Dave Pirtle

Armored Saint – Win Hands Down Review

I haven’t always been an Armored Saint fan. Hell, the only reason I ever heard about them was because Anthrax recruited John Bush back in the early 90s. For that matter, I wasn’t even really

Ulysses Siren – Justifiable Homicide Review

Ulysses Siren was part of the Bay Area thrash genesis of the early 80s, and for a while seemed primed to explode alongside many of their brethren. They played with all the right bands at

Prong – Songs From the Black Hole Review

So we’re almost a month removed from the release of this collection of covers from alterna-industrial-hardcore-metal machine known as Prong. That means that anybody who cares has already bought it, heard it, or disregarded it

Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror Review

Sometimes, a review represents a battle between the writer and the band/album. Other times, it is between a writer and himself. At other times still, it becomes a three-way dance. The latter only works in

Alpha Tiger – iDentity Review

Hulk Hogan tells a story wherein he gets a voicemail from his agent saying that he has two products up for endorsement – a grill and a mixer – and to call him back quickly

Dave Pirtle’s Best of 2014 – This Blitz Goes to 21

I didn’t mean to do a blitz this year. I really didn’t. In case you missed the story last year, that troublesome “personal life” thing prevented me from keeping up with all the great stuff

Facebreaker – Infected Review

When I first saw that there was a band called Facebreaker, I immediately assumed it had to be some third- or fourth-rate, chugga-chugga metalcore band. I didn’t even bother to read their bio or listen

Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds Review

If you clicked the link simply looking for more reasons why Machine Head is terrible and worthy of nothing but contempt, I kindly direct you here. I’m sure any album-specific criticism still applies, as well

Trioscapes – Digital Dream Sequence Review

Why does it always feel like that, the more technical and complex the band/music, the harder it is for me write about them? I mean, I shortchanged Porcupine Tree’s Deadwing with less than 350 words,

Rated ARRRRRR – Pirate Battle!

Ye come seekin’ adventure and salty ol’ pirates, eh? Sure ye come to the proper place. But keep a weather ear open, mates, and hold on tight…there be squalls ahead, and plundering pirates lurking in