• 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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Review - Halloween TERRORTORY

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We all have bands that never made it big but we really liked.  If you are really honest about it, those bands generally have a very distinct reason they didn’t make it big.  In short, some bands just don’t have that “it” factor.  For me, Halloween are one of those bands.  I always loved their tunes and thought they were great.  Yet, I think I always fully understood why they didn’t make it.  When you listen to the bands of their ilk that did break big and compare them to the bands that had pretty much the same impact, it’s very clear.  Halloween was much more “Helstar” than they were “King Diamond”.  For me, the lesser known certainly had more impact  to me.

All this said, Halloween is one of those bands that didn’t make it, and really might want to start thinking about winding down making new music and simply play their annual Halloween gigs for fun.  As much as I have liked everything they’ve done to this point, I can’t get past how dull TERRORTORY is.  In short, this album is a snore.  It’s not bad really, but it’s about as dynamic as a rice cake birthday dinner for a co-worker that you’ve never spoken to.  It’s dull, plain and simple.  

There are two big issues with TERRORTORY - the production and the vocals.  First, the production.  While it’s clean sounding, it has a real air of cheapness to it.  This is most notable on the drums.  I don’t know if it’s on purpose or just a bad mix, but whatever the reason, the drums just don’t sound like a professional kit at all.  They are clangy to the point of annoying on “Images Quite Horrible”.  This is not to say that the performance from Don Gurner is bad or anything, but the drum sound itself is distractinglly bad.  

Vocalist Brian Thomas, however, doesn’t escape so easily.  His vocals are very dull; so much so that it reminds me more off a King Diamond soundcheck than an actual performance.  Listening to songs like “Her Ghost Comes Out To Play”, Thomas’ delivery is very flat and subdued.  He’s also very, very raw throughout the record, which is strange.  It’s not that the band doesn’t have the ability to use a bit of reverb or echo to enhance his sound any, as this same song has an almost tubular echo on the guitars (again, not a very good thing).  

PITRIFF RATING - 41/100 - Disappointing release.  As a fan of this band, I hoped and expected something a lot stronger than TERRORTORY.  Kind of plain and with local band production, TERRORTORY fails to impact much.  

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