• 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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  • 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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Review - Trixter

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Definitely an interesting release, to say the least.  While I consider guitarist Steve Brown a music friend of sorts, I can't say in any way that I was EVER a Trixter fan.  Being completely honest, they were kind of like the pilot light of bands that came after all the good ones were out and established in the 80s.  After the "name" bands of the 80s - Dokken, Ratt, Poison, Warrant, Motley Crue, etc., you had this wave - Trixter, Kik Tracee, Alias, and to some degree Firehouse.  That's not to say that I hated every song that second wave had, but I can pretty honestly say I hated all of their albums.

Coming into a new Trixter album, as you can imagine from above, I wasn't exactly anticipating anything great.  Funny thing though, but after a few listens to NEW AUDIO MACHINE, this new, mature Trixter is leaps and bounds better than the original work of the band.  Age has seemingly taken away a lot of the primping and cheese factor that made these guys pretty much intolerable when they debuted.  While this music is still clearly out of the 80s metal sound, it's just better than what they did in the past.  Songs like "Dirty Love" are especially pleasing.  This song clearly has all the cliches in it, but that worked back then and still does if you are a fan of the genre.  That song is almost like an amalgamation of Warrant and Def Leppard, but with better guitar work than either of those bands ever presented.  The "Warrant" part of the equation comes from vocalist Pete Loran always reminded many people of Jani Lane vocally, and he does throughout as well.  Add to that, some very big, arena like gang vocals in the chorus (a la Def Leppard), and you will get an accurate picture of what's going on here.

As was the case in their first go around, Steve Brown is the reason people gravitated to this band.  He's a disciple of Eddie Van Halen, and while you can hear that in some of his playing, it's more of a cross between Van Hagar era and the tones of Marc Diglio on the first XYZ album.  That's not bad at all.  Brown and the band show some diversity on songs like "Live For The Day"; a toned down, mid-tempo rocker with a hook big enough to catch a killer whale.

PITRIFF RATING - 83/100 - This really is not a bad effort...not bad at all.  If nothing else, this should be the blueprint that other bands from the 80s use if they decide to regroup and give it another go.  Solid songs written in the style of their era, but not written to simply sound like 10 new versions of their big hit.  It's interesting that there's not a single song here that reminded me, at all, of "Give It To Me Good", which is a very good thing for these guys.

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