• Halestorm - INTO THE WILD LIFE

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    INTO THE WILD LIFE

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    With the release of THE STRANGE CASE OF…, I fell in love with Lzzy Hale. So much so, in fact, that I jokingly got down on one knee and asked her to marry me at Rock On The Range two years ago (a proposal that she didn’t flat out turn down, so maybe there’s still hope!!). Let’s be

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  • Marilyn Manson - THE PALE EMPEROR

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    THE PALE EMPEROR

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    Let’s just call it the way it is. It’s been a very, very long time since Marilyn Manson recorded a really good, memorable release that any of us still listen to on a regular basis. To many, the would probably says that it’s been since MECHANICAL ANIMALS back in 1998. For me personally, I’ll be a bit more

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  • Black Star Riders - THE KILLER INSTINCT

    Image: Black Star Riders, The Killer Instinct, Review, Classic Rock, Pitriff Black Star Riders
    THE KILLER INSTINCT

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    When Black Star Riders made their decision to record under a new name instead of as Thin Lizzy, it was met with a lot of opinions. For most, I would assume they were happy that they decided to move away from the name they had been touring under. For many, I'm sure there was a lot of

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  • Lynch Mob - SUN RED SUN

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    SUN RED SUN

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    On THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, George Lynch is regularly a topic of conversation. Maybe that has to do with the fact that Neeley is a personal friend of Don Dokken and I work for Don on his website, but I like to believe that he becomes a topic because, first and foremost, we are big fans of the

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  • Karma To Burn - ARCH STANTON

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    ARCH STANTON

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    There are those of us who know. We will forever be known as the "fortunate ones". There are those of you that have no idea. You will be known as the "unfortunate ones". What is it we know that you don't? We know the sheer greatness of Karma To Burn. For those that are unfortunate ones, let me

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  • U.D.O. - DECADENT

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    DECADENT

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    I'm sure I'm not in the minority here, but I'm glad that we now have a killer version of Accept with Mark Tornillo as well as the continuation of U.D.O. with Udo Dirkschneider. In short, it's led to both bands stepping up their game and creating great music. While neither side will admit competition with the other band, the fans certainly

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  • Sweet & Lynch - ONLY TO RISE

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    ONLY TO RISE

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    Being completely honest here, I really didn't expect a whole lot out of this. I'm not the biggest Stryper fan in the world by a long shot, and the truth is that I just never could fully get into Michael Sweet's vocals. There's just always been something about him. I'm not sure what it is. I guess

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  • AC/DC - ROCK OR BUST

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    ROCK OR BUST

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    In a year that has see a foundational piece of AC/DC succumb to a debilitating illness and another to his own personal insanity, AC/DC emerges after seemingly forever away with ROCK OR BUST. To be fair and truthfully honest, expectations on this release were pretty low. I know that AC/DC is a band that's been in business almost 50

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  • Whitesnake - BACK TO THE BONE

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    LIVE IN '84 - BACK TO THE BONE

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    David Coverdale and company have had a very long and successful history that started even before he formed Whitesnake. There's no denying the legacy here. Coverdale has had a fantastic career with Whitesnake, and his time in Deep Purple was every bit as strong to that band as a Sammy Hagar was to Van Halen

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  • Wretch - WARRIORS

    Image: Wretch, Warriors, Review, Power Metal, Chris Akin, Pitriff Wretch
    WARRIORS

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    There's an unwritten rule that I rarely follow here in Cleveland. That rule is that if a band is from Cleveland, I'm supposed to write all glowing things or else be called a hater by the local community. It's sad that it's like that, but the truth is what it is. For years I've lived with that stigma, to the point

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  • Machine Head - BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS

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    BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS

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    What happened to Machine Head really is a crime. Unfortunately for them, it's a crime they perpetrated upon themselves. With a mistake so many made in their youth, this band singlehandedly torpedoed themselves from ascending to the heights in metal held by only the select few like Metallica and Megadeth before them. After THE MORE THINGS CHANGE came

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  • Nashville Outlaws - TRIBUTE TO MOTLEY CRUE

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    A TRIBUTE TO MOTLEY CRUE

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    With the music industry pretty much dead anymore, nothing really comes off as shocking. After all, you have very desperate companies trying to hang on and make money from an industry that has about as much relevance today as the typewriter ribbon makers of the world still do. The current trend for the last half decade

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Image: Halestorm, Into The Wild Life, Pitriff, heavy metal, reviews, interviewsHalestorm
INTO THE WILD LIFE

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With the release of THE STRANGE CASE OF…, I fell in love with Lzzy Hale. So much so, in fact, that I jokingly got down on one knee and asked her to marry me at Rock On The Range two years ago (a proposal that she didn’t flat out turn down, so maybe there’s still hope!!). Let’s be honest about why though. THE STRANGE CASE OF… was, pretty much a musically perfect album wherein the band found musical themes that were heavy and modern, but with a taste of the old school, traditional melodies and themes. As for Lzzy herself, her vocals were so powerful. Ultimately though, she has a very dirty mouth and listening to her is kind of like having that good chick friend who’s also super hot and you just know would be great in bed because she says it the way a guy wants to hear it. Lzzy and the band still “sound” great on INTO THE WILD LIFE, but that doesn’t stop this release from being a monumental letdown. In short, a good amount of the energy and fire from THE STRANGE CASE OF… has been stripped away by far too slick production, while the songs are just not as good at all.

Image: Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor, Pitriff, Modern Metal, ReviewsMarilyn Manson
THE PALE EMPEROR

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Let’s just call it the way it is. It’s been a very, very long time since Marilyn Manson recorded a really good, memorable release that any of us still listen to on a regular basis. To many, the would probably says that it’s been since MECHANICAL ANIMALS back in 1998. For me personally, I’ll be a bit more generous and say point to 2003’s THE GOLDEN AGE OF GROTESQUE as one I still listen to (with “Mobscene” and “This Is The New Shit” that stood out). That said though, that was 12 years ago. Being totally honest, his work last season on Sons Of Anarchy was the most interesting thing he’s done in a decade. He’s back with THE PALE EMPEROR. While I don’t think many had a whole lot of hope or anticipation for this release, it is a solid listen. It’s definitely the best work he’s done in a decade.

Image: Black Star Riders, The Killer Instinct, Review, Classic Rock, PitriffBlack Star Riders
THE KILLER INSTINCT

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When Black Star Riders made their decision to record under a new name instead of as Thin Lizzy, it was met with a lot of opinions. For most, I would assume they were happy that they decided to move away from the name they had been touring under. For many, I'm sure there was a lot of apprehension about ruining the legacy, or at least dragging it through the mud if the new music wasn't good. For some, most likely record label people, they probably questioned the financial viability of starting over with a brand new name and distancing themselves from the humongous legacy that was and is Thin Lizzy. Regardless of which side of the argument you fall on, it's really hard to argue that what they've done has worked. THE KILLER INSTINCT picks right up where ALL HELL BREAKS UP left off.

Image: Lynch Mob, Sun Red Sun, George Lynch, Classic Rock, ReviewsLynch Mob
SUN RED SUN

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On THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, George Lynch is regularly a topic of conversation. Maybe that has to do with the fact that Neeley is a personal friend of Don Dokken and I work for Don on his website, but I like to believe that he becomes a topic because, first and foremost, we are big fans of the guy's work...sometimes. When George Lynch is being the George Lynch of old, he falls into that untouchable place that's reserved for only the smallest list of amazing guitar players. I'll give him credit for consistently trying new things, but won't lie and say that things like Souls Of We or Microdot have been very appealing. When he straps it on and unleashes his brand of driving hard melodic rock, he's as good as it gets.

Image: Arch Stanton, Karma To Burn, Pitriff, Stoner Metal, ReviewsKarma To Burn
ARCH STANTON

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There are those of us who know. We will forever be known as the "fortunate ones". There are those of you that have no idea. You will be known as the "unfortunate ones". What is it we know that you don't? We know the sheer greatness of Karma To Burn. For those that are unfortunate ones, let me try to educate you a little. Karma To Burn is, without question, the greatest hard rock/heavy metal instrumental act ever to play instruments and make music. Their version of stoner metal/sludgy metal is so good that you don't even remotely miss there being a singer to keep you interested. They've done a couple of releases with singers, but they were failures by comparison to those that were purely instrumental. Their ability to write compelling music is virtually unmatched, even if success has always alluded them in the scope of things. They are as good as it gets...period.

Image: U.D.O. - DECADENT, Classic Metal, Reviews, PitriffU.D.O.
DECADENT

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I'm sure I'm not in the minority here, but I'm glad that we now have a killer version of Accept with Mark Tornillo as well as the continuation of U.D.O. with Udo Dirkschneider. In short, it's led to both bands stepping up their game and creating great music. While neither side will admit competition with the other band, the fans certainly listen to each new release and compare it to what the other side is doing. Both sides have released new music in rapid fire fashion, and both have been at their creative best for several years now. It's a damn good thing as a fan.

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ONLY TO RISE

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Being completely honest here, I really didn't expect a whole lot out of this. I'm not the biggest Stryper fan in the world by a long shot, and the truth is that I just never could fully get into Michael Sweet's vocals. There's just always been something about him. I'm not sure what it is. I guess it's that he's a bit too "opera" for my taste, and he tends to really stretch all his words out a bit. Add into that George Lynch on guitar, and the thoughts of what this project could be was quite confusing. Lynch, as most know that follow along, is brilliant but troubled by the "artsy" bug where he tries far too often to expand his playing far outside of his brilliant ability within the scope of 80s sounding metal. Combining the two? This was not something I was holding my breath on, or even remotely interested in hearing to be honest. But when it came, it was very surpisingly good. In fact, it's REALLY good. I might even call it great. Again, "might".

Image: Rock Or Bust, AC/DC, Chris Akin, Pitriff, Classic Metal, ReviewAC/DC
ROCK OR BUST

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In a year that has see a foundational piece of AC/DC succumb to a debilitating illness and another to his own personal insanity, AC/DC emerges after seemingly forever away with ROCK OR BUST. To be fair and truthfully honest, expectations on this release were pretty low. I know that AC/DC is a band that's been in business almost 50 years at this point, but let's face facts here. They haven't been especially strong in years (and some like me would argue 2 decades or more). Add to that the loss of one of the primary creative forces from an already creatively limited act with Malcolm not being involved, and it's pretty clear why expectations were far less than enhanced. Something happened though...something good. The remaining members of the band put it together, did what they do, and came back with a pretty solid release. ROCK OR BUST will never be mistaken for BACK IN BLACK or FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK WE SALUTE YOU, but it's far better than the relative dreck of BALLBREAKER or BLACK ICE. In short, they've recorded a solid record.

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