• 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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Job For A Cowboy - DEMONOCRACY

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DEMONOCRACY

For many years now, Job For A Cowboy has been somewhat of a whipping post for me.  From their start, they were a metalcore band that wanted to be a death metal band, but were seemingly afraid to take it all the way over the edge and become just that.  Their album GENESIS was kind of laughable to be honest; a collection of songs from a band that wasn't sure if they wanted to hop on the trend or have integrity.  Their followup, RUINATION was a step in the right direction, but still featured a bit too much of that deathcore spirit for my taste.  Somewhere along the way though, Job For A Cowboy must have heard from guys like me that wanted them to become a full fledged death metal band and stop messing around with trendy gimmicks.  DEMONOCRACY is just what the doctor always ordered from them - full on brilliant death metal.

To say the very least, there is NOTHING here that's going to lead you to think this is the same deathcore band from the previous two releases.  From the very beginning, something is very different here.  "Children of Deceit" is just a pummelling opener.  It leads to the best track on the disc and arguably the best death metal song of the last year, the sledgehammer to the jaw rocker known as "Nourishment Through Bloodshed".  What a steamroller of a track!  Without question, DEMONOCRACY has been heavily influenced by new bassist Nick Schendzielos (formerly of Cephalic Carnage) and guitarist Tony Sannicandro.  The sound, and more to the point the whole direction of the band, is just more brutal and punishing than anything in their past.  Songs like "Fear Monger" come at you 500 miles an hour and pack the punch of a strung out Mike Tyson on a meth binge hitting an infant.  Vocalist Johnny Davy has brought his A Game to the table for DEMONOCRACY as well.  As death metal goes, he's all over the map stylistically and it's brilliant to hear.  His vocals here are a large part death metal, but have all sorts of black metal screams mixed in to add that extra dose of evil to songs like "Tongueless And Bound".  In short, the material here on DEMONOCRACY is simply brilliant.

PITRIFF RATING - 98/100 - I know I've ripped on them in the past because I personally hate deathcore posers more than about any other trend jumping class of metallers, but I have to say that Job For A Cowboy have really transformed into a brilliant death metal act.  At least for DEMONOCRACY, they are about as good as death metal can possibly be.  Without question, this album is their zenith.  It is going to be fun to see if they can maintain this level of excellence.  This is as good a death metal album as I've heard in awhile.

Chris Akin



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