• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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  • Zakk Wylde - BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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  • Dream Theater - THE ASTONISHING

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    THE ASTONISHING

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    So, Dream Theater is back with a release that many are calling their most in-depth, and yet polarizing release. Fair enough. With 34 tracks and clocking in at over two hours in length, it’s certainly the most challenging on a listener to fully grasp and comprehend. Along with THE ASTONISHING, you are expected to read the book of lyrics

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  • Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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Image: Little CaesarLITTLE CAESAR vocalist Ron Young recently provided BraveWords.com with an exclusive update, stating that the band's fifth full length album will be titled American Dream. There will 11 new tracks and they are working with Bruce Witkin, Ryan Dorn and Carlos 'Apple G' Orellana in a co-production effort with the band.

Young checked in again today (April 8th) with another exclusive round-up:

Day One: "We got some great drum sounds and 2 basic tracks cut last night... Hoping for a marathon productive day."

Day Two: "Got six more drum tracks laid down. Loving the drum sounds and Tom is smoking through them. We have three more to lay down and then we are on to bass overdubs. Tom is playing so hard he has a big contusion on his thigh from every time he hits his snare drum, he bashes his leg. Now that's rock n roll!

We love Unison studios. We feel so at home. Bruce Witkin is a great producer...really chill guy who gets great sounds really quick so we keep the energy level up and have fun tracking. There are dogs wandering around and friends and family dropping by....really relaxed atmosphere."

American Dream is scheduled to be released mid to late May and will be available on iTunes, with hard copies be available on LittleCaesar.net. The band will embark on a tour of Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium in mid-June, confirmed dates can be found below: You can also stay in touch with them on Facebook.

Little Caesar live:

June
17 - Elda, Spain - Texola
19 - Granada, Spain - Planta Baja
20 - Cadiz, Spain - Supersonic
21 - Estepona, Spain - Louie Louie Club
22 - Madrid, Spain - El Sol
23 - Valencia, Spain - Durango
24 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo 2
26 - Verviers, Belgium - Spirit of 66
27 - Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
28 - Unna, Germany - Lindenbrauerei
29 - Regensburg, Germany - Alte Mälzerei
30 - Uster, Switzerland - Rock City

July
1 - Gams, Switzerland - S-Event

STORY COURTESY OF BRAVE WORDS

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