Music Musings

His Own Brand Of Insania, Part 1

For hard rock and metal fans, Geoff Tate needs no introduction. The dynamic, dramatic frontman for Queensrÿche -- who have now been making music for nearly 30 years, believe it or not -- has influenced scor...
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Ville Valo’s Tragic-Romantic Ecstasy

While he is known as the frontman for brooding Finnish rockers HIM, Ville Valo has amassed a considerable body of work outside of his famous band for years, collaborating and recording with everyone from Na...

Dark Illusions

It's been nearly a decade since I first discovered HIM, the gloomy Finnish hard rock band whose brooding, chain smoking lead singer Ville Valo derived much of his lyrical inspiration from poet Charles Baude...

Voice Of Eye: Respite, Renewal, Reemergence

For nearly two decades, the New Mexico-based music duo Voice Of Eye has taken us on some wild musical rides. When I wrote about their 1995 album Transmigration back in my days as a fanzine writer, I reca...