• Texas Hippie Coalition - RIDE ON

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    RIDE ON

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    I tell this story often, but it's one of my favorites of the past year. I had the chance to interview the Texas Hippie Coalition earlier this year at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio. I was in a small tent with a bunch of photographers. The tent was fairly quiet really, as the much bigger adjacent

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  • Sammy Hagar - LITE ROAST

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    LITE ROAST

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    I get it. You are Sammy Hagar. You've seen huge success in virtually every world you've entered. In music, he was the main focus of Montrose. He parlayed that into a very successful solo career. That wasn't enough, so he joined the world's largest band at the time (Van Halen), and took them to commercial heights that even they

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  • Cavalera Conspiracy - PANDEMONIUM

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    There's always good news and bad news whenever Max Cavalera gets busy with new music. The good is that you get a whole lot of new music, seemingly all in a very short time. The bad news is it's generally spotty at best, because he simply writes and releases too much music at the same time. His band Soulfly released

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  • Slipknot - .5 THE GRAY MATTER

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    With a ton of speculation and even more wonderment on this band's ability to continue on without founding members Paul Gray and Joey Jordison, Slipknot has returned after far too long of a layoff with .5 THE GRAY MATTER. I've listened to this release multiple times a day for the last week or so that I've had it,

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  • Opeth - PALE COMMUNION

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    PALE COMMUNION

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    Opeth simply fails as a band, at least to me. While I'll admit to never fully understanding the amazement and awe so many have for this band, I've appreciated them from afar. I've listened, and I've at least wrapped my head around what they were trying to do. Their fusing of death metal with progressive elements always made for an

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  • Cannibal Corpse - A SKELETAL DOMAIN

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    So really, what does anyone expect when you get a Cannibal Corpse release handed to you? Ballads, love songs and fun? Not hardly. There's an expectation of severe brutality which the band delivers time and time again. Certainly, it comes with different levels of acceptance to one's ears, but ultimately the only thing that matters if it says

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  • Exodus - BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT

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    Unless you call Testament a "thrash band" (which I don't personally), Exodus would rank as my favorite true Thrash band of all time. They have had good times and bad. Occasionally, like on FABULOUS DISASTER, they have misstepped along the way. But overall, they are one of the true powerhouses in the history of thrash metal. Since 2004

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  • Mr. Big - ...THE STORIES WE COULD TELL

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    As a fan of Mr. Big, I can't honestly say that many people thought that their reunion was much more than a cash grab opportunity for the guys in the band who, while immensely talented, failed to find solo success to match their collaborative efforts. It was never a question of if they could still play.

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  • Slash - WORLD ON FIRE

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    Hey Gene Simmons. The corpse of rock n' roll just had a baby. That baby is not an average baby at all. That baby was not stillborn, but came out kicking and screaming with an intensity rarely seen. This baby is destined for greatness. This infant is out to prove you wrong. While your days of spitting fire and

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  • Davey Suicide - WORLDWIDE SUICIDE

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    I had the pleasure of working directly with Davey Suicide as he prepped his debut release a few years ago for release. I got to work with him on some promotional stuff, some publicity stuff, his website and a lot more of that kind of stuff. In that work, I quickly found him to be far more than the

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  • Ministry - LAST TANGLE IN PARIS

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    Al Jourgensen of Ministry has been threatening to take his ball and go home for a long time now. Quite frankly, I'm not sure I believe that he'll ever retire. Every time he says he's retiring, he seems to come right back with more music that's stronger, meaner and just better than anything in his past. Being quite

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  • Kix - ROCK YOUR FACE OFF

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    Kix might just be the last of the '80's bands to release new material. By now, it seems like everybody else you could name from the glory days of yesteryear has made a stab at making music in the new millennium. Of course, a lot of them, we wish they hadn't, and just left us to our misty-eyed

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Death Angel Announces European Dates

Image: Death Angel, pitriff, heavy metal, news, interviews, reviewsDEATH ANGEL have announced dates for their upcoming Summer European tour which begins on June 1st in Mining Austria at Metalfest Open Air. Tour dates can be seen below:

June
1 – Mining, Austria - Metalfest Open Air
2 – Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air
3 – Jaworzno, Poland - Metalfest Open Air

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Review - Sabaton

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CAROLUS REX

There's really two kinds of German metal out there.  There's the traditional power metal; stuff like Primal Fear or Scorpions that just kicks your ass with rhythmic playing and powerful vocals.  Then, there's the other variety that sounds like the metal version of a battle at a renaissance faire.  Bands like Blind Guardian come to mind.  This kind of music has an appeal, but you'd better be brilliant if you want to pull it off.  For years, Sabaton has been on the cusp of that greatness.  With CAROLUS REX, they fall far short of not only that standard, but their own standard of excellence as well.

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Review - Shadowside

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INNER MONSTER OUT

When it comes to traditional metal fronted by women, there's really two bands to pay attention to and a whole litany of bands that want to do this, but are just missing something.  The two bands that "get it" fully are Benedictum and Shadowside.  While both are different musically and sonically, they both do one thing very much the same.  Where most female fronted metal bands these days try to highlight the woman thing over the music (example: Hydrogyn, Nightwish), these two bands really just create metal and do not go out of their way to promote the womanly  wiles of their lead singer.  It works for both bands, in my eyes.

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Duff McKagan Talks Hall Of Fame

Image: Guns N' Roses, pitriff, heavy metal, news, reviews, interviewsFormer GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan (LOADED, VELVET REVOLVER) has released a new blog on the ESPN website. An excerpt can be seen below:

"The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame happened a couple of weekends ago, and it was cool to see some old-school, longtime-together bands get their props. On a personal note, I had a really great time. We weren't really quite sure if we were going to play, until about 24-hours before the actual show. It was really great to play with drummer Steven Adler again after some 20-odd years. Sorum crushed it too, and SLASH just gets better day after day. Gilby honored us with his presence and he has a 'feel' that fits, and once again saved GN'R's ass. Myles Kennedy came in to sing, and the dude has class and a ton of respect and humility. I like those qualities in a guy. Humbleness can let real inner strength breathe. It was really fun to watch the old footage of blues legend FREDDIE KING. Those guys, who have that much dang raw talent, are from some other world - musically speaking."

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Great White Looking For Fans With Harleys

Image: Great White, Pitriff, news, interviews, reviews, heavy metalGREAT WHITE are seeking fans with Harleys and girls to appear in their new video which they will be shooting this Friday, April 27th at 10 AM at 12232 Big Tujunga Canyon Rd in Tujunga, California

Great White's 12th studio album and first with singer Terry Ilous (XYZ) called Elation is set to come out May 18th in Europe and May 22nd in North America via Frontiers Records.

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Review - 7 Horns 7 Eyes

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THROES OF ABSOLUTION

If there was a new age of Death Metal on the horizon, this would be it.  7 Horns 7 Eyes have created a hybrid death metal album that is a stylistic masterpiece of various genre and band influences.  Many are calling this a Progressive Death Metal sound, and I guess I see that.  To me though, they take some of the various soundscapes of heavy progressive metal, mix in some odd ball timings that would make Meshuggah proud, and layer death metal vocals over top of it to round out the sound.  People are always looking for something different...well, here it is.

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Jon Oliva's Pain Add Seven Kingdoms To Show

Image: Jon Oliva's Pain, Pitriff, news, reviews, interviewsJON OLIVA'S PAIN featuring mainman Jon Oliva (ex-SAVATAGE), have announced that Orlando's very own SEVEN KINGDOMS have been added to the line-up for their June 16th show at the Ritz in Ybor City (Tampa) as they kick off the 25th anniversary tour of The Hall Of The Mountain King.

Oliva recently issued the following update as the band gears up for their European tour and warm-up show in Tampa, FL:

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Review - 3 Inches Of Blood

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LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL

I'll write a full review here in a second, but I can sum up this release in a single sentence.  If you liked them before, get it.  It's as simple as that.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL is another dose of traditional heavy metal with odd vocals that are one part King Diamond and one part Arch Enemy all rolled into one.  While a completely different animal entirely, they are very much like Volbeat in that you will either love them or hate them based almost entirely on if you dig the vocals.  LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL is everything that any fan of Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest or any band in between looks for musically, with those vocals being either the added bonus or the reason you skip them entirely.  Cam Pipes is definitely a unique vocalist to say the least.  His sound on throughout is EXACTLY the same as it was the day these guys first came to prominence.  Songs like "4000 Torches" could have appeared on any one of their albums and no one would know that it was from a different era of the band.

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