• 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

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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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Interview - I See Stars

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THE DIGITAL RENEGADES

It’s been a whirlwind ride for Devin Oliver and his Post-Hardcore/Electronic/Metalcore (pick a modern genre, really) band I See Stars. The band has three releases since they formed in 2006, and each release has done better and better. Their latest, DIGITAL RENEGADE, debuted in Billboard’s Top 40, marking the first time the band has debuted so highly. PITRIFF reached out to Oliver to talk about the new album, and we found him to be remarkably candid when talking about the road, illegal downloading and just why hardcore fans from a decade ago have not grown with the genre.

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News - Modern Day Escape

Image: Modern Day Escape, Tour, Pitriff, NewsModern Day Escape have announced the UNDER THE GUN tour with Dr. Acula and more to be announced. The following tour dates have been announced:

June 7th – The Pirate Bar, Santa Ana, CA
June 8th – The Junkyard, Las Vegas, NV
June 9th – Rock N Roots Festival, Scrambler Park
June 11th – Hell’s Kitchen, Tacoma, WA
June 12th – El Corazon, Seattle, WA
June 14th – Mojos, Ogden, UT
June 15th – Moe’s Original, Englewood, CO

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News - The Cult

Image: The Cult, Pitriff, NewsLOS ANGELES, CA – WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2012 – Venerable rock band The Cult will hit the pavement hard this summer with the first leg of its 2012 North American tour. The 20-date trek is set to kick off on Friday, May 25 in San Diego, CA bringing the band’s incendiary rock energy to major and secondary markets across the continent. In addition, the tour will include headline dates at the Great Canadian Beaverfest in Windsor, ON, and at Buffalo, NY’s Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf Concert Series (see itinerary below). For most of the dates, The Cult will be supported by Against Me! and The Icarus Line. Ticket on-sales begin later this week; log onto http://thecult.us/main/shows/ for all details and to purchase tickets.

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News - Mutilation Rites

Image: Mutilation Rites, Pitriff, NewsBrooklyn-based black metal band MUTILATION RITES will soon head out for another round of touring, this time hitting the midwest. The tour will start April 19 in Pittsburgh, PA and conclude on May 5 in Cleveland, OH.

The self-proclaimed “filthy black metal” quartet will be touring in advance of the release of their debut full-length, “Empyrean.” Due May 22, the album — which features the song “Realms of Dementia,” which Pitchfork recently premiered — was produced by Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD. A pre-order bundle consisting of the CD and t-shirt featuring the album’s cover art is available at the Prosthetic Store HERE.

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News - Krisiun

Image: Krisiun, Pitriff, NewsBrazilian death metallers KRISIUN will be returning to North America next week for an epic tour featuring the legendary Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA, bay area thrash titans DEATH ANGEL, and new breed of thrashers HAVOK! In regards to this upcoming trek, KRISIUN vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo comments: "Hey everyone!!! We in KRISIUN would like to invite all you diehard metal brothers to come on out and support our upcoming shows around the USA and Canada. We are gonna share the stage with our fellow countrymen, the almighty SEPULTURA, for the first time, plus fucking DEATH ANGEL and HAVOK. We guarantee you this combination of bands will unleash hell every night. See you guys out there!!!"

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News - Otherwise

Image: Otherwise, Pitriff, NewsLas Vegas rock breakout OTHERWISE is proud to announce that their debut album True Love Never Dies is set for a North American release date of May 8 via Century Media Records. Produced by the legendary Jay Baumgardener [Bush, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Incubus] and mastered by Howie Weinberg [Soundgarden, Pantera, U2, Aerosmith], the 14-track disc is packed with hard hitting, anthematic rock tracks.

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Review - Wretched SON OF PERDITION

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SON OF PERDITION

There’s a reason that, for the most part, Death Metal stays seeded in the bowels of the underground and can never make a launch outward. There’s a reason that there’s never been a breakout Death Metal band outside of Cannibal Corpse (and, let’s be honest, of those that know their name, maybe 1 of every 1000 could name a song). The reason is, and always will be, the lacking creativity in the vocals. While hardcores will argue the point, it’s pretty much true that death metal vocals are universally the same. They are so much the same that many times when a death metal vocalist can’t make a gig due to illness, another guy in the band just fills in without any loss in quality or sound.

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Interview - Michael Schenker

Image: Michael Schenker, Pitriff, InterviewsPitriff friend Bob Nalbandian sat down recently with the legendary Michael Schenker.  Check out the interview here!

Michael Schenker was talking to Bob Nalbandian in support of his latest album, TEMPLE OF ROCK, which is available now at most major outlets.

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