My Top 10 Favorite Threshold Songs


… as aired on Mostly Metal, 01 Mar 2020.

10. The Hours, off March of Progress (2012).

09. Surface to Air, off Wounded Land (1993).

08. Innocent, off Psychedelicatessen (1997).

07. The Mystery Show, off For the Journey (2014).

06. Oceanbound, off Hypothetical (2001).

05. Stars and Satellites, off Legends of the Shires (2017).

04. Choices, off Critical Mass.

03. Small Dark Lines, Legends of the Shires (2017).

02. Light and Space, off Hypothetical (2001).

01. Pilot in the Sky of Dreams, off Dead Reckoning (2007).

(There is an official video for Pilot in the Sky of Dreams, but it’s cut down to less than half of the true running length. Ugh.)

My Top 10 Favorite Foreigner Songs


10. Waiting for a Girl Like You, off 4 (1981).

09. Head Games, off Head Games (1979).

08. Spellbinder, off Double Vision (1978).

07. Feels Like the First Time, off Foreigner (1977).

06. Love on the Telephone, off Head Games (1979).

05. Tooth and Nail, off Agent Provacateur (1984).

04. That Was Yesterday, off Agent Provacateur (1984).

03. Blue Morning, Blue Day, off Double Vision (1977).

02. The Damage Is Done, off Foreigner (1978).

01. Rev On the Red Line, off Head Games (1979).

My Top 10 Favorite Blue Oyster Cult Songs


10. Stairway to the Stars, off Blue Oyster Cult (1972).

09. The Golden Age of Leather, off Spectres (1977).

08. Shooting Shark, off The Revolution by Night (1983).

07. Harvester of Eyes, off Secret Treaties (1974).

06. The Great Sun Jester, off Mirrors (1979).

05. Damaged, off Heaven Forbid (1998).

04. Then Came the Last Days of May, off Blue Oyster Cult (1972).

03. Perfect Water, off Club Ninja (1985).

02. Veteran of the Psychic Wars, off Fire of Unknown Origin (1981).

01. Astronomy, off Secret Treaties (1974).

My Top 10 Favorite Triumph Songs


So earlier this week, I was browsing YouTube and came across a video channel for the web site Sea of Tranquility (a hub for fans of rock & metal), where the owner of SoT, Pete Pardo, gives a discussion of his favorite 10 tracks of this band, or ranking the albums of that band from worst to best. And it turns out that Mr. Pardo is is apparently my long lost musical twin brother – he’s one year older than me, owns way more CDs than me, and is apparently a compulsive list maker like me! And his tastes are extremely similar, he discusses lots of my favorite bands. Plus, he’s also a comic fan and horror movie fan … if I sent out Christmas cards anymore, this dude would be on the top of the list. So I decided to blatantly copy him and start doing my own rankings, both here on this site and also on my radio show Mostly Metal (link to left). As my first list, here are my Top 10 Favorite Songs by Triumph.

10. Say Goodbye, off Allied Forces (1981).

09. Fight the Good Fight, off Allied Forces (1981).

08. Blinding Light Show / Moonchild, off Triumph (1976).

07. Never Surrender, off Never Surrender (1982).

06. Lay It On the Line, off Just A Game (1979).

05. Headed for Nowhere, off Surveillance (1987).

04. All the Way, off Never Surrender (1982).

03. Magic Power, off Allied Forces (1981).

02. Somebody’s Out There, off The Sport of Kings (1986).

01. Hold On, off Just A Game (1979).

My Top 11 Songs of 2019


Having already posted my Top 10 CDs of 2019, here are my Top 11 Songs of 2019. Why 11? Well, these songs made up the playlist of the final Mostly Metal broadcast of the year, and I had time for these 11 songs!

11. The Blade of Immortal Steel, by Twilight Force, off Dawn of the Dragonstar.

10. Journey to Remember, by Visions of Atlantis, off Wanderers.

9. DNA (Demons and Angels), by Rhapsody – Turilli / Lione, off Zero Gravity: Reborth and Evolution.

8. No More Hollywood Endings, by Battle Beast, off No More Hollywood Endings.

7. The Ruler of the World, by A.C.T., off Rebirth (EP).

6. A Ghost in the Trenches, by Sabaton, off The Great War.

5. Weightless, by Evergrey, off The Atlantic.

4. No Holding Back, by Myrath, off Shehili.

3. From Savior to Assassin, by Teramaze, off Are We Soldiers.

2. Barstool Warrior, by Dream Theater, off Distance Over Time.

1. Ghost in the Moon, by Avantasia, off Moonglow.

My 10 Favorite CDs of 2019


… with links to sample songs.

10. The Seal of a New World, by Signum Regis.

Sample song: A Memory.

9. Dawn of the Dragonstar, by Twilight Force.

Sample song: Winds of Wisdom.

8. Signs of Wings, by Sascha Paeth’s Masters of Ceremony.

Sample song, which is not representative of the whole album – but damn, Adrienne Cowan can sing: The Path.

7. No Halos in Hell, by Cyhra.

Sample song: Out of My Life.

6. Wanderers, by Visions of Atlantis.

Sample song: Heroes of the Dawn.

5. Human, by Darkwater.

Sample song: Alive II.

4. Distance Over Time, by Dream Theater.

Sample song: Pale Blue Dot.

3. The Atlantic, by Evergrey.

Sample song: End of Silence.

2. Shehili, by Myrath.

Sample song: Born to Survive.

1. Moonglow, by Avantasia.

Sample songs: Lavender & Invincible.

One Step Beyond Missing Episode Links


This page is mostly just for me, but I’m putting it here just in case Google starts tracking it and showing it to people who search on missing episodes of One Step Beyond.

One Step Beyond is a TV show made at the same time as The Twilight Zone, and is structured similarly. I think The Twilight Zone has better “best episodes”, but overall, One Step Beyond is more consistent because it doesn’t have the goofy episodes that The Twilight Zone did.

Anyway, I’ve been watching One Step Beyond on Amazon Prime, and the number of episodes available there is smaller than the number of episodes listed for the series overall on IMDB or Wikipedia. This probably has something to do with streaming rights (although apparently many episodes of OSB ended up in the public domain, so who knows). Anyway, some to all of the missing episodes can be found on YouTube, so with thanks to the people who posted these episodes on You Tube, I’m collecting the links here for easy reference. The completist part of my brain would get a rash if I claimed to have watched One Step Beyond completely if I just went by what’s available on Amazon Prime.

Season 2

Season 3: Amazon Prime only has 16 of 39 episodes.

The Death Waltz
The Return
If You See Sally
The Voice
The Promise
The Sacred Mushroom
The Stranger
The Face
The Room Upstairs
Signal Received
The Confession
The Avengers
The Prisoner
Blood Flower
The Sorcerer
The Villa
The Tiger
Eye Witness