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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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  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

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    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

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    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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    REPENTLESS

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    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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  • W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

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    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

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Image: Arch Enemy, Pitriff, NewsArch Enemy recently parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott in an amicable split. Christopher Amott was a member of the band between 1996 - 2005, and again between 2007 - 2011. The band welcomed 26 year old American guitarist Nick Cordle on board as Amott's replacement, and they continue their touring activity following the release of their recent Khaos Legions (2011) album.

Footage from Arch Enemy's April 8th rehearsal with Cordle, performing 'The First Deadly Sin', is available below:

 Nick Cordle was raised in a musical family in Virginia by parents who teach classical piano and was immersed in 19th century piano music as a child. Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Liszt are his early memories. There were piano and violin lessons from a very early age but a rebellious streak led to the guitar at the age of 10, and within a few years he discovered the classic thrash metal albums by MEGADETH, METALLICA, and SLAYER. This was his first real musical passion and gateway into extreme music.

Nick studied jazz and music theory at the University of Virginia from 2003 to 2007 but remains self taught in the ways of "shred" and metal. Shortly thereafter, he joined American death metal band ARSIS playing bass and guitar over a three year period performing with them on various European tours and countless gigs across the US, Canada, and Mexico as well as performing and writing on their most recent album Starve For The Devil (2010).

As previously reported, Arch Enemy have been confirmed to headline the Ax-Mayhem Festival in Seoul, Korea on April 21st. Tickets are available here.

Arch Enemy's tour schedule is as follows:

April
13 - Shibuya Ax - Tokyo, Japan
14 - Yokohama Blitz - Japan
16 - Diamond Hall - Nagoya, Japan
17 - Big Cat - Osaka, Japan
21 - Seoul, Korea - Ax-Mayhem Festival
24 - Chin Woo Stadium (Hall) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
26 - Diablo Open Air 2012 - Singapore
28 - Pulp Summer Slam 12 - Manila, Philippines
30 - Manning Bar - Sydney, Australia
31 - Billboard The Venue - Melbourne, Australia

June
28 - Peace and Love Festival - Borlänge, Sweden
30 - Dokk'em Open Air - Dokkum, Netherlands

July
13 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany
14 - Rock Harz Open Air - Ballenstedt, Germany
15 - Masters Of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
18 - Hegyalja Fesztival - Tokaj Rakamaz, Hungary
20 - Devilside - Oberhausen, Germany

August
4 - Vagos Open Air - Vagos, Portugal

October
20 - Metal Female Voices Fest - Wieze, Belgium
21 - Le Bataclan - Paris, France
23 - Totem - Pamplona, Spain
25 - Capitol - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
26 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
27 - Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, Spain

STORY COURTESY OF BRAVE WORDS

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