Scott Ian says today’s version of Anthrax will be the only version of Anthrax until there is no Anthrax

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 19, 2012 By Steve Newton Last year American thrash-metal band Anthrax released Worship Music, its first album in eight years. It was also the first one to feature singer Joey Belladonna—the group’s singer in its mid-’80s heyday—in over two decades. So would that qualify it as a “comeback” album? According to … Continue reading Scott Ian says today’s version of Anthrax will be the only version of Anthrax until there is no Anthrax

Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes joins Joe Bonamassa on Deep Purple tribute

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 11, 2012 By Steve Newton Deep Purple fans saddened by the cancer death of keyboardist Jon Lord last month have something to look forward to, as a 40th-anniversary tribute to the group's biggest album, Machine Head, is scheduled for release this September. On Re-Machined, some of the world's loudest bands will be covering songs from … Continue reading Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes joins Joe Bonamassa on Deep Purple tribute

Pink Floyd to release The Story of Wish You Were Here on Blu-ray

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 3, 2012 By Steve Newton Diehard Pink Floyd fans have had a lot to be thankful for of late. Just last month the band released the "Immersion" boxed set version of The Wall just in time to psych up Floyd freaks for the big Roger Waters show at B.C. Place next month. And today Eagle Rock … Continue reading Pink Floyd to release The Story of Wish You Were Here on Blu-ray

Strange Euphoria sparks memories of a (Chilliwack) Coliseum concert

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 25, 2012 By Steve Newton Over the years I've heard quite a few folks fondly reminisce about seeing Heart play their high-school gym out in Buttfuck, B.C., back in the year of our lord, 1976. That was the same year that the Ann and Nancy Wilson-led band released its debut … Continue reading Strange Euphoria sparks memories of a (Chilliwack) Coliseum concert

Outlaws box set captures the shitkicker glory of the Florida Guitar Army

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON NOV. 6, 2012 By Steve Newton One of the best things about being a teenaged guitar freak in the '70s was waiting on the release of a new album by the Outlaws. The Florida quintet--which blasted onto the scene with its self-titled debut album in '75 and hit its peak two years … Continue reading Outlaws box set captures the shitkicker glory of the Florida Guitar Army

Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ boxed set is a dream come true for Floyd freaks

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 27, 2012 By Steve Newton Last November I wrote an ethusiastic blog about the release of the Quadrophenia boxed set, even going to far as to declare that the Who's double disc of 1973 was the world's greatest rock album. A lot of readers disagreed. Some of them would probably contend that Pink Floyd's … Continue reading Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ boxed set is a dream come true for Floyd freaks

Horror review: Silent Hill–Revelation 3D

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 26, 2012 When I walked into the Vancouver media screening of Silent Hill: Revelation 3D the other day, there was a handful of movie critics sitting around looking like they'd rather be anywhere else. One of the writers, when asked how she was doing, sarcastically replied: "Well, I'm at a horror film." … Continue reading Horror review: Silent Hill–Revelation 3D

Horror review: Paranormal Activity 4

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 19, 2012 It was inevitable, I suppose. After three extremely scary and engrossing films about regular folks being menaced by demonic forces in their comfy homes, the Paranormal Activity franchise is running out of ways to keep the terror level at 10. The fourth entry in the hugely successful film series just … Continue reading Horror review: Paranormal Activity 4

Horror review: Sinister

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 10, 2012 Director Scott Derrickson did not win over horror fans with his previous fright flick, 2005’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which pretty much sucked the biggie. He does a lot better with Sinister, which overcomes an iffy script to reel you in with one seriously creepy vibe. Ethan Hawke … Continue reading Horror review: Sinister

Horror review: House at the End of the Street

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 21, 2012 At the age of 20, Jennifer Lawrence became the second youngest woman ever nominated for a best-actress Oscar for her work in the bleak 2010 thriller Winter’s Bone. Two years later she starred in The Hunger Games, one of the highest-grossing movies ever. Here’s hoping that the gifted young actress’s … Continue reading Horror review: House at the End of the Street

Horror review: Resident Evil–Retribution

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 15, 2012 After directing 2002's Resident Evil and 2010's Resident Evil: Afterlife, Paul W. S. Anderson--formerly known as just Paul Anderson--returns to the video game-spawned survival-horror franchise with Resident Evil: Retribution. His main goal throughout the film--apart from numbing your brain with nonstop gunfire--is to make his spouse, star Milla Jovovich, look good. Boy, … Continue reading Horror review: Resident Evil–Retribution

Horror review: Abraham Lincoln–Vampire Hunter

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 22, 2012 After watching the period action-horror Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I had three pressing questions for its director, Timur Bekmambetov: why? Why? And—for the love of God (and movies)—why?! If ever there was a film that had no reason to be, this is it. It goes nowhere and accomplishes nothing. … Continue reading Horror review: Abraham Lincoln–Vampire Hunter

Horror review: Chernobyl Diaries

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 25, 2012 As a scared-shitless fan of the Paranormal Activity films, I had high hopes for Chernobyl Diaries, which is based on a story by PA creator Oren Peli. Too bad this routine shockfest is not even in the same league as Peli's demonic nightmare maker. The movie starts off okay, shades of Eli Roth's Hostel, … Continue reading Horror review: Chernobyl Diaries