• Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

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    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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    Image: WASP, Golgotha, Blackie Lawless, Pitriff, Review, Heavy Metal W.A.S.P.


    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

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  • Halestorm - INTO THE WILD LIFE

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    With the release of THE STRANGE CASE OF…, I fell in love with Lzzy Hale. So much so, in fact, that I jokingly got down on one knee and asked her to marry me at Rock On The Range two years ago (a proposal that she didn’t flat out turn down, so maybe there’s still hope!!). Let’s be

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I think I waited just long enough to review this album.  My initial reaction to MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION was one of absolute hatred.  Once again, as Aerosmith has done for me every single time since PUMP, they claimed their album to be something that it just didn't live up to.  This time, it was six months of claims that they were returning to their roots and writing a new ROCKS or TOYS IN THE ATTIC.  What they delivered was, once again, a lot closer to GET A GRIP or NINE LIVES.  It was certainly disappointing, as Aerosmith is much like Metallica in my book - a band who's music I actually WANT to like, but far too often don't.

And yet, after a dozen or so listens to MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION, it really is a grower.  Is it great?  Nope, not even close.  But there are moments where you get some good vibes and some tasty, dirty rock vibe from Tyler, Perry and the boys.  Take a song like "Out Go The Lights" as an example.  This song is probably the closest thing the band has done in over a decade to classic era Aerosmith; a full on blues rock number resembling "Big Ten Inch Record" and complete with some spit in your face guitar slop from guitarist Joe Perry.  There's a real funk here from the entire band, and a lot of that sneering attitude from vocalist Steven Tyler.  It's just good.

That's not to say that the album carries on that old school vibe at all, because for the most part it doesn't.  In most ways, MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION will remind most long time fans of a more direct, less pompous version of GET A GRIP (which amazingly is now an old school Aerosmith just because it's been out for almost 20 years at this point).  Songs like "Luv XXX" and "Legendary Child" are pretty much the standard fare that the cookie cutter factory that Aerosmith has become regularly shits out every few years.  Like all their non ballads over the last two decades, the songs are decent but unmemorable past the first few listens.  As for the ballads, they suck as always.  If there's anything that no one needed to ever hear, it was the pairing of American Idol judge Tyler and American Idol contestant Carrie Underwood dueting on the absolutely abysmal "Can't Stop Lovin' You".  Horrible.  It's sad that the other guys in the band would allow this to even happen, but you have to think this was a management decision more than anyone, including Tyler, actually wanting to do this.  Whatever the reason, it's horrible and should have been avoided.

PITRIFF RATING - 66/100 - An album full of ups and downs, MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION is better than the last couple of albums, but a huge distance away from anything good in their back catalog.  It's a reason to tour, and they still do bring it strong live, so I guess that's a good thing.  Thinking they can bring it strong one more time is a pipe dream at this point, but we can always hope.  After listening to MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION, hope is all we have.

Chris Akin

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