Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “The Thing That Should Not Be” — Metallica (1986)

“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” — H.P. Lovecraft What… you thought another October would arrive without Hokeyblog’s annual Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs coming into the forefront? Forsooth! Fooey! and Fiddlesticks! Welcome back to our yearly celebration of all things Creepy-Crawly, darkly frosty, and chillingly spooktopic. Halloween approaches and…

Film Review: “Metallica: Through The Never” — Nimród Antal (2013)

Rating: 10 / 10 (if you’re a Metallica fan) Rating: 8 / 10 (otherwise) During the opening scenes of the new concert / video montage / Anarchy-gone-berserk film Metallica: Through The Never, a young roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan) is making his way backstage before a Metallica show. He first passes singer/guitarist James Hetfield, who glares at…

Album Review: “Vagabonds of the Western World” — Thin Lizzy (1973)

Thin Lizzy’s 1973 album Vagabonds of the Western World marks their third LP release, their final album with guitarist Eric Bell, and a continued evolution of their sound. Sure, you have Phil’s inimitable vocal stylings and lyrical prose aplenty, and Bell — as underrated a classic rock guitarist as they come — continues to show off what…