Review: Prima Donna, ‘Bless This Mess’

By Metal Dave Glessner A velvet goldmine of bygone garage-glam, Prima Donna’s “Bless This Mess” (Acetate Records) is a saucy cocktail of T. Rex stomp stirred with Stardust style — and then spritzed with a squeeze of Lennon. Besides obvious – and wholly respectable – nods to the Beatles, Bowie and Bolan (“Maxine,” “Feral Children,”…

Review: The Hangmen ‘East of Western’

By Metal Dave When it comes to smoke-choked, whiskey-soaked, hard-luck rock-n-roll, few bands do it better than metallic twangers, the Hangmen. Slogging around since 1987 and once signed to the same record label that gave us Guns N’Roses, the Hangmen were left for dead once Geffen Records and the rest of the world started revolving…

Cliff Burton: Metallica’s Mellow Misfit

By Metal Dave Anyone who thinks Cliff Burton has been turning in his grave since “Master of Puppets” may have to reconsider after reading Joel McIver’s 2009 biography, “To Live is to Die: The Life and Death of Metallica’s Cliff Burton.” According to the author’s interviews with band mates, friends, family and peers, Cliff was…