Al Cohen Senior Pillbox Staff

Class of 2006


  • The Cavalera brothers’ triumphant return

    There is a certain fire contained in any good metal disc that is very hard to fake. Where that fire comes from, whether a true misanthropy or just everyday frustration, is something the end product reflects. Such an album can be an epic (Metallica's ...And Justice for All) or short and brutal (Slayer's Reign in Blood), but usually, the shorter the better.

    Pillbox | April 14, 2008
  • CD Dropbox

    Down III - *Over The Under*

    “We’ve been changed by the season of the storm...”

    Pillbox | November 12, 2007
  • CD Dropbox

    If the last two editions of Rock Star (a Making the Band-like TV show) are any indication, one thing can be said about the state of hard rock and metal: Talented, charismatic singers are in short supply. Perhaps that may explain the Velvet Revolvers and Audioslaves (and, if you’re my age, the Night Rangers and Asias) of the world. To many rock fans, a good, road-worn lead singer is worth all t...

    Pillbox | November 5, 2007
  • Big Al's Metal Shop

    Rock fans have waited years, decades actually, for two singular events to happen. Both have been hinted at by band members and their agents, only to collapse at the last minute. And while hope springs eternal, the arrival of Chinese Democracy on these shores has yet to happen. Oh sure, there have been leaks of various songs off that album, teasing us with the genius of one W. Axl Rose, but still...

    Pillbox | April 30, 2007
  • Big Al's Metal Shop

    Down. Blending the best of Sabbath, Zeppelin, and early ’80s thrash — with a dollop of southern rock for good measure — Down has been in my consciousness since ’95 brought us Nola (for their hometown of New Orleans). For some, Down was the ultimate supergroup, featuring Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Pepper Keenan of C.O.C., and Kirk Windstein of Crowbar — and a little Bower Power on drums. Like the L...

    Pillbox | March 26, 2007

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