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Various Publications (Writing as Moira K. Wiley)

Get Thrashed - The Story of Thrash Metal - DVD Review

“Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal” Saigon1515 Productions / Kundrat Productions (2007) Directed by Rick Ernst Review By: Moira K. Wiley Crave Magazine “Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal” traces the rise and fall of a new form of metal that broke out in the early 1980s dubbed thrash. It outlines the impact this new extreme style of heavy metal that was popularized by bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies and others had on the music industry as a whole. Watchers will learn the story behind the heaviest and hardest music that spanned not only through the 80s but also the early 90s as told by the bands that lived it, the fans and other bands that grew up on this genre of music and the artists that try to carry on the thrash metal tradition today.

Book Review of The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx

“The Heroin Diaries – A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star” Nikki Sixx with Ian Griffins, MTV Books/Pocket Books (2007) Reviewed By: Moira K. Wiley Crave Magazine (August 2007) Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx takes readers to a terrifyingly dark place that many probably never knew existed and most do not want to go in his brutally honest memoirs released by MTV Books/Pocket Books in September. Throughout the book you feel his anguish, confusion and frustration of wanting to quit the habits he’d created, but loathing the idea of leaving the place he feels most comfortable and safe…his bedroom closet which is filled with drugs, paraphernalia and guns. Nikki’s story shows readers the darkest side of rock-n-roll where decadence and destruction are but inches apart. At the height of the band’s fame, Nikki shares his roller coaster ride of the highest highs and even lower lows that spans the year in his life when he finally hit rock bottom. The constant downward spiral, which undoubtedly would have led to his death like it has so many other hardcore rocker addicts in the past, finally ends when he finds the courage to realize it was time to climb out of the pit that had become his life. A life where nothing was more important than his next spike, which always just led to another tortuous night filled with paranoia and temporary insanity. Interspersed between actual diary pages that Nikki wrote during this year-long heroin and cocaine haze is commentary from those who knew him at the time and some of his own comments as well. Dubbed one of the most unique memoirs of addiction ever published, “The Heroin Diaries” is available anywhere books are sold.

Book Review - Love is a Mix Tape - Crave Magazine

“love is a mix tape -- Life and Loss, One Song at a Time” Rob Sheffield, Crown Publishing (2007) Reviewed By: Moira K. Wiley Crave Magazine (August 2007) He’s a shy, skinny Irish Catholic geek and she’s a real cool hell-raising, Appalachian punk-rock girl -- talk about your star-crossed lovers! “Love is a mix tape” is the story of boy meets girl, fall in love and live life (and love) through their cassette tapes of mixed music or “mix tapes.” Then, tragedy takes said girl away and all he’s left with is their old mix tapes. Sounds like a cliché with the added gimmick of using mix tapes to tell the story, BUT Sheffield manages to hook your attention right from the beginning in his unique descriptions alone. For instance as early as page five when he explains how the doomed couple met and he’s describing his first experience living in “The South,” you get your first good chuckle when he refers to the possibility of getting possum rabies...

Last Rites Vol. 1 & The ArtFusion Experiment - Paul Booth DVD Clip

DVD Review of "Last Rites Vol. 1" & "The ArtFusion Experiment" by Paul Booth | Review appeared in Crave Magazine, writing as Moira K. Wiley (August 2007) You don’t have to be a tattoo fanatic to appreciate the macabre style of world renowned (tattoo artist) Paul Booth. You do, however, need an open mind and a strong disposition to the darker sides of life. No fodder for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, his tattoo studio ala dungeon makes every client’s experience memorable to say the least. His art speaks for itself and it says ... “dark, demented and brilliant.”

Wide Eye Panic | The Process | Press Coverage from Crave Magazine

Wide Eye Panic - The Process | Reviewed by: Moira K. Wiley | Printed 10/08 in Crave Magazine | Wide Eye Panic’s new independently released album, The Process, starts out with a catchy riff that leads into a tune that sounds vaguely familiar. Track one’s “Undermine” is followed by “My Awakening,” another tune you feel you’ve heard before, yet you haven’t. This is because the band has put their own stamp on music influenced by notables such as Tool, Pantera, Deftones and Mudvayne. Melding the music into a sound that’s uniquely their own, this alternative metal band from Olympia, Washington strives to create their own niche in the industry...

One Eleven Records | ARTISTS | CANON

MEMBERS Jason Turbin - Lead Vocals, Keys Benji Pope - Bass Cassidy Turbin - Drums Tieg Johnson - Guitar Los Angeles based CANON was influenced by 70s rock titans like King Crimson, Yes and Jethro Tull, yet their sound is also reminiscent of contemporary trailblazers such as Radiohead, Muse and Explosions in the Sky. Throughout their debut album, "Wide Awake," released in February 2007 by Corporate Records, the listener hears this wide range of influences, but should enjoy the fact the band doesn't come off sounding like another copycat. (Previously written for Crave magazine, writing as Moira Wiley)
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