• Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

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    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

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  • 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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    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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    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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  • W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

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    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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XI: THE DAYS BEFORE TOMORROW

To say the least, Lillian Axe continuing on must just be the mission of guitarist Steve Blaze.  Certainly, even he would have to admit that the band has suffered it's share of setbacks over the last few years.  With five years of seemingly a new vocalist fronting the band for each release, it's just been tough to get continuity as a band for Blaze and company.  For THE DAYS BEFORE TOMORROW, they even had to switch albums mid-cycle when former Metal Church vocalist Ronnie Munroe left the band.  Still, they have carried on.

 XI: THE DAYS BEFORE TOMORROW is a solid effort from Lillian Axe.  It's not an effort that's going to win the band a lot of new fans, but it won't scare anyone away either.  In short, THE DAYS BEFORE TOMORROW is a fairly standard release from "The Axe".  With the focus once again on a new singer, Brian C. Jones steps in and does an admirable job here.  He shines brightest on "Death Comes Tomorrow"; a ballad built to showcase the smooth, strong voice that Jones possesses.  Throughout the entire disc, Jones is solid.  He's not an overly dynamic singer by any means, but the music on THE DAYS BEFORE TOMORROW do not call for that.

One thing that's highly noticable on THE DAYS BEFORE TOMORROW is the fairly standard, unflashy performance from Steve Blaze.  While Lillian Axe has never been a virtuoso guitar band, they have always been a heavily guitar oriented band with a very dynamic sound coming from Blaze's six strings.  For whatever reason, that's not really happening here.  Sure, Blaze plays well, but the riffs and leads are just not as sharp and ripping on past efforts.  Songs like "Gather Up The Snow" are a prime example.  There's a nice solo and a good crunchy riff throughout the song, but it's just not powerful and dynamic.  This may be a production thing and not a playing thing, but it just feels flat here.  That's far from the normal with Blaze.  Faster numbers, like "Caged In", suffer from this same quality, although this song is somewhat more biting with the leads that are tossed into the mix.

PITRIFF RATING - 70/100 - Being honest, I expected a bit more from Lillian Axe because I'm a big fan of Steve Blaze.  This release is solid enough, but far from memorable the way even recent albums like WATERS RISING were.  You won't hate this, but you certainly won't keep this in heavy rotation in your IPod either.

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