• Wretch - WARRIORS

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    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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  • Texas Hippie Coalition - 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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    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

    Image: Cavalera Conspiracy, Pandemonium, Pitriff, Death Metal, Review Cavalera Conspiracy
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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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    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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Anvil's METAL ON METAL Turns 30

Image: Metal On Metal, Anvil, Pitriff, News, Interviews, reviews30 years ago today (April 15, 1982) Canadian legends ANVIL released their second studio album Metal On Metal recorded by Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY) at Phase One Studios in Toronto, Ontario. Not only did the album change the face of Canadian metal, it's power resonated around the world with molten metal tracks such as 'Mothra', '666', the instrumental 'March Of The Crabs' and the anthemic title track which was featured on the November 14th, 2010 episode of The Simpsons titled Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life.

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Ex-Deo Reveal New Artwork

Image: Ex Deo, Caligvla, Pitriff, CD Review, Interviews, NewsEX DEO, the ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, have revealed the artwork to their forthcoming new album, Caligvla, due for release on August 31st via Napalm Records. Check it out below:

In addition to the previously announced guest appearances from ALL SHALL PERISH guitarist Francesco Artusato, and Mariangela Demurtas from TRISTANIA, the band have now confirmed guest spots from SEPTICFLESH' Seth Siro and GRAVEWORM's Stefano Fiori. Every invited guest on the album will be of Roman or Greek descent.

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Sex Pistols Turn Down Closing Ceremony

Image: Sex Pistols, Pitriff, News, Interviews, ReviewsAccording to the UK's Guardian News, the SEX PISTOLS have declined an invitation to perform at the London 2012 closing ceremony.

The group, according to the Times, had been given the opportunity to play during A Symphony of British Music, due to take place in the Olympic Stadium on August 12th.

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Jerry Gaskill Working On New Release

Image: Jerry Gaskill, King's X, Pitriff, News, Interviews, CD ReviewsNashville-based vocalist, songwriter, producer, guitarist, bassist D.A. KarKos has issued the following update on the Jerry Gaskill (KING'S X drummer) solo record:

"As many of you know, before he had his heart attack, we've been busy demo-ing ideas together for Jerry's upcoming solo record. So let me fill you in with where we're at with it and what the plan is...

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Eluveitie Added To Sabaton Tour

Image: Eleveitie, Tour, Sabaton, Pitriff, CD Reviews, News, InterviewsSwiss folk metal bashers ELUVEITIE have added another leg to their 2012/2013 Helvetios World Tour. Starting in September, the band will hit the road in Europe with SABATON.

Dates are as follows:

September
7 - Hannover, Germany - Capitol
9 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
10 - Osnabrück, Germany - Hyde Park

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GnR Members Reunite

Image: Guns N' Roses, Hall Of Fame, Pitriff, CD Reviews, News, InterviewsFormer GUNS N' ROSES band members Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke reunited on stage last night (Friday, April 13th) at the House Of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, where McKagan was celebrating the paperback release of his new memoir, It's So Easy (And Other Lies). The event - dubbed A Punk's Review - featured a book reading and saw musical accompaniment by Mike Squires on guitar, Jeff Rouse on bass and Paul Huxtler on pedal steel guitar.

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Review - Jeff Loomis

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PLAINS OF OBLIVION

It didn't seem like a coincidence that after the critical praise Jeff Loomis received from his last release, ZERO ORDER PHASE, that he left his main project Nevermore shortly afterward.  Admittedly, I have no idea how the story goes.  I don't know if Loomis was unhappy in Nevermore and was feeling out his options outside of the project, or if he just did a solo album and saw he could have success outside of the band.  To be fair, it might just have all fallen into place without either of those two scenarios playing out.  Whatever the case, Loomis left Nevermore a while ago, and now that puts all the pressure on his latest album, PLAINS OF OBLIVION, to launch his new career past the great band he was once a member of.

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Primal Fear Announce Graspop

Image: Primal Fear, Pitriff, heavy metal, news, innterviews, reviewsPRIMAL FEAR is the latest act confirmed for the 2012 edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting, which will be held from June 22nd - 24th in Dessel, Belgium. They will play on June 23rd. For tickets and event information visit the fesival'sFacebook page.

The band's European festival schedule is now as follows:

June
23 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
30 - Jaromer, Czech Republic - Rock Rebellion 2012

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