• Wretch - 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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    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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    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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Ministry - FROM BEER TO ETERNITY

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FROM BEER TO ETERNITY

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Ministry has been retired before, but this time might really be it. With the death of guitarist and collaborator Mike Scaccia just three days after the initial sessions for FROM BEER TO ETERNITY were completed, this might just be the final statement that Al Jourgensen wants to make to the world under the moniker of "Ministry". If so, he goes out in very strong fashion. While certainly not the best Ministry album, FROM BEER TO ETERNITY is an angry effort that is every bit as reminiscent as anything Jourgensen and company have done.

One of the true joys of my professional life as a radio guy was an on-air debate I had with Jourgensen back around 2005 or so to argue politics. At that point, I was a hard leaning conservative, while Jourgensen proudly waved the flag of a liberal democrat. We battled on the air - yelling and screaming at each other our positions on war and world economics. Jourgensen spent three full albums bashing former president George W. Bush. So, to be honest, it's pretty surprising to hear a song like "Permawar" where he's now taking some serious smacks at President Obama. No argument from me. In all honesty, I think the two of us might have grown up enough now to understand that there is no "good" or "bad" party...just bad politicians on both sides of the aisle. FROM BEER TO ETERNITY seems to be more steeped in the Alex Jones philosophy of the Illuminati taking things over. Listening to songs like "Perfect Storm", you can hear it in the lyrics about population control and environmental destruction on the world. Throughout all the messages, you get some killer metal mixing it up. Guitarists Sin Quinn and Scaccia bring the now defined Ministry industrialized guitar sound to each and every song, with material like "Punch In The Face" and "Lesson Unlearned" just ripping your face off. Vocally, Jourgensen sounds pretty much like he has over the last several albums - gravelly but not quite as deep and effect enhanced as he did in the heyday of the band. That makes it that much easier to digest his messages. The frenetic "Fairly Unbalanced" cracks hard at the media and the Republicans, and it's easy to get this from both Jourgensen's lyrics and the most appropriate clips toward his message that he could find. It works.

PITRIFF RATING - 86/100 - FROM BEER TO ETERNITY is what you would expect from Ministry - a politically charged, punishing industrialized metal album that's as strong musically as it is in it's message. While you may not agree with all his politics (I don't), you can't deny that the presentation is such that even the most casual metalhead has to take notice of it. If this is the final release from Ministry, they go out with a bang.

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