• 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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    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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    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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    ...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

    Image: Slash, Myles Kennedy, Conspirators, World On Fire, Pitriff, review, classic metal 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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    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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  • Evergrey - HYMNS FOR THE BROKEN

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    In the world of progressive metal, there are exactly 2 bands which I worship. Those bands are Symphony X and Evergrey. Both bands are immensely talented, feature incredible musicianship, and come full of great lyrical and musical representations that tell amazing stories to the listeners. Following their last release GLORIOUS COLLISION, it really seemed like Evergrey may have

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  • Ace Frehley - SPACE INVADER

    Image: Ace Frehley, Space Invader, Pitriff, Classic Metal, Reviews Ace Frehley
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    Am I the only one that is tired of not only Ace Frehley, but all members of Kiss past and present? Since they were nominated for the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF CORPORATE, it has been a steady stream of nonsense, bickering, anger, hurt feelings and now emotional trauma. It's over already. Get over it. It's 2014. Kiss is

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  • Blackberry Smoke - LEAVE A SCAR

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    LEAVE A SCAR - LIVE IN NORTH CAROLINA

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    Right up front, Blackberry Smoke is not a metal band. They are a southern-rock band, in the classic, original sense. These days, the term "southern rock" has been applied to everybody from Black Stone Cherry to Nashville Pussy to Crowbar, all sounds that would be alien and extreme in the days of Skynyrd and

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  • Skid Row - UNITED WORLD REBELLION, CHAPTER 2

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    Part two of the three part Skid Row series known as UNITED WORLD REBELLION has been unleashed. Dubbed as RISE OF THE DAMNATION ARMY, UWR2 picks up where the first EP left off. There's simple math here. Over the course of these two EPs you have 14 songs. If you put the two together, you've got

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  • Downset - ONE BLOOD

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    As a fan of Downset, I wasn't really surprised when the band split up in 2009. They claimed that "the band has run it's course". As a fan, I believe that. They definitely had a huge influence on a lot of the bigger nu-metal bands of the 2000s. Certainly, anyone that heard releases like DO WE SPEAK A DEAD LANGUAGE

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Van Halen Debut New Video

Image: Van Halen, Pitriff, News, Heavy Metal, CD Reviews, InterviewsAccording to the VAN HALEN News Desk, Van Halen have premiered the second single off their new album, A Different Kind of Truth, for the song 'She's The Woman'.

Says VHND: "A fun and nasty rocker with a synchronized guitar/bass intro that nearly knocks you cold, 'She's The Woman' is an instant reminder that Van Halen can still work the heavy bag. This tune is one of six new songs that originated from older material from the seventies and is one of the most prototypical VH songs on the album. The driving riff is a cross between 'Mean Street' and 'Outta Love Again' and could have easily found a comfortable home on any early DLR-era material."

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Havok Release EP Tracklisting

Image: Havok, Pitriff, heavy metal news, pitriff, cd reviews, interviewsHAVOK will unleash a new EP titled Point Of No Return. Set for release on May 14th in Europe, the EP was recorded by the band with final touches by James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT) and contains two new songs plus two Havok-ized cover tunes. The Point Of No Return will coincide with the band's first European adventure beginning early May with GOATWHORE, ANGELUS APATRIDA and headliners 3 INCHES OF BLOOD.

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Willie Basse Forms Gypsy Experience

Image:  Willie Basse, Pitriff, news, cd reviews, interviews, heavy metalFormer BLACK SHEEP frontman Willie Basse has been forced to put his metal super group, COMMUNION - with singer Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TED NUGENT), drummer Bobby Rondinelli (RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH), guitarist Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON) and keyboardist Ed Roth (Halford, GLENN HUGHES) - on hiatus as "the timing wasn't right."

However, in lieu of Communion, Basse has created THE GYPSY EXPERIENCE.

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Megadeth Countdown To Chile

Image: Megadeth, CD Reviews, Interviews, news, PitriffMEGADETH have confirmed that they will perform the album Countdown To Extinction in its entirety, at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on September 7th. Tickets are now on sale at puntoticket.com.

A poster for the show can be seen below:

Megadeth and ROB ZOMBIE will embark on a co-headlining US tour next month. Confirmed dates are as follows:

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Richie Kotzen Cancels Shows

Images: Richie Kotzen, Interviews, CD Reviews, Pitriff, News, Poison, Mr. BigRICHIE KOTZEN has regretfully cancelled his shows planned for later this month in New York City, Long Island, Baltimore, and Redondo.

"Since I came back from Europe I have been struggling with my voice. Last Saturday's gig in San Juan Cap was a vocal disaster.

I thought it was fatigue from the brutal schedule in Europe however the voice is getting worse and now I am having pain even speaking.

Today I went to my doctor in Beverly Hills. He is an ear, nose, and throat specialist.

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Septic Flesh Sign With Prosthetic

Image: Septic Flesh, Heavy Metal News, Death Metal, Prosthetic Records, Pitriff, CD Reviews, InteviewsPROSTHETIC RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of Greek symphonic death metal quartet , SEPTICFLESH,  whose eight albums and performances on tour alongside the likes of Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Satyricon, Children of Bodom and more have earned the group international acclaim.

The band commented: "We are very excited to have signed a new North American deal with Prosthetic Records; we feel we have made the right choice with a label that could give us the right attention for the American market, we plan on striking hard with our next album!"

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Review - Solipsist EXTINCTION PROTOCOL

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EXTINCTION PROTOCOL

I have two like bands sitting on my hard drive right now - the new Job For A Cowboy release, and this release from the unsigned Solipsist. After a dozen listens to each, I am having serious trouble figuring out why exactly the signed act of the two is Job For A Cowboy. Stacked side by side, EXTINCTION PROTOCOL destroys the new Job For A Cowboy record...literally blows it out of my hard drive and into the recycle bin. C'mon Metal Blade - catch up with these guys.

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Rock Hall To Induct Axl Rose

Image: Guns N Roses, Heavy Metal News, Pitriff, CD Reviews, Rock N' Roll Hall Of FameGUNS N' ROSES - Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed - will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14th in Cleveland, Ohio. Vocalist and sole remaining original member Axl Rose has issued an open letter (found here) declining his part in the induction:

"I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

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