• 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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    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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    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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    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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Dio - THE VERY BEAST OF DIO 2

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THE VERY BEAST OF DIO 2

We all recognize the greatness of Dio. There is no denying the fact that he is, arguably, the best metal vocalist in the genre's history. I'm pretty sure that almost any metalhead, be they fans of hair metal or death metal, would ever have a problem hearing a Dio tune cranked up and rockin' their surrounding area. Clearly, he's one of the most missed singers to have passed on.

That said, this new collection is total crap. THE VERY BEST OF DIO 2 is a total cash grab. Featuring mostly songs from albums that most of the diehards only bought out of respect for the man and his legacy, BEAST 2 is nothing more than a shorter collection of average songs from most of the lesser albums of Ronnie's great career. This said, the songs are not horrendous or anything. It's just that when you listen to so many of the original Dio albums like THE LAST IN LINE, HOLY DIVER or SACRED HEART and then follow it with this material, you are left vastly disappointed. From a strictly fan perspective, most of this material on THE VERY BEAST OF DIO 2 is songs that drove Dio from the arena stages to the club stages. It's material that wasn't good enough to keep him relevant, which drove him back to Black Sabbath and then Heaven And Hell. So much of this material came at times when Dio had kind of lost his audience. Songs like "Shivers" are a prime example. If you lined up 10000 Dio fans and asked them to name their favorite 25 Dio songs, this song would get less than 1% response. The reason - it's not a good song. This song came from one of Dio's very worst albums, MAGICA; an album that even the most fervent Dio fans hated. And yet, THE VERY BEAST OF DIO 2 has no less than four songs from this abysmal album. "Fever Dreams", "Lord Of The Last Day" and "Feed My Head" all clog up this already subpar release with far too much material from this awful album. The reality is that I have owned this album since the day it was released, and have never been able to listen to four songs in a row because it's so below the rest of Dio's majestic catalog. As if that wasn't bad enough, you then get the horrendous "Black" from ANGRY MACHINES; a song where Dio not only sounds out of key, but so do the guitars throughout. Terrible.

PITRIFF RATING - 33/100 - Most of the points I give here are solely out of respect to Dio; the greatest vocalist and the nicest of all the rock stars I've met in my life. There's no hiding it though - THE VERY BEAST OF DIO 2 blows goats. I'm going to assume that this release is about $10-$15 to purchase. If it's $15, I'd bet you can go to any store still selling used CDs and get the catalog of discs that make up the material here for less in the cutout bins. No one bought these albums then, and no one is going to want a collection of songs from them now. Terrible.

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