• 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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    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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  • 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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There's just something about Soulfly that works for me from release to release. Not only do the releases come fast and furious, but they always have enough in them to keep me interested until the next effort comes out. They have changes from release to release. Sometimes they are subtle, and sometimes they are far more pronounced. With SAVAGES, it's no exception. Almost completely non-existent are the tribal blasts that generally are prominent in their music. Additionally, the songs are longer; a LOT longer. Without question, SAVAGES is one of the most direct and yet epic release of the band's 9 total releases. It might also be the best. SAVAGES is super heavy, very powerful, and pure Cavalera. It really doesn't get better than this from Max and company.

Soulfly, more and more, becomes more of a flowing collection of music than it is a "band". There's no exceptions here. There's a ton of guests all over SAVAGES. The album opens in fact with an almost bonus track from Cavalera Conspiracy, as Cavalera's brother and former Sepultura bandmate Igor Cavalera guests on "Bloodshed". This one will get your head moving, to say the least. Probably the best song on the album is "Fallen"; a near death metal tune that comes with some added brutality from I Declare War's Jamie Hanks. The mood turns darker and slower when Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon joins the fray for "Ayatollah of Rock N' Rolla". Certainly, the guests are everywhere on SAVAGES, but in no way do they take down the heavy mood or spirit of this release.

That is because for the first time in a long time, it seems like Cavalera had a complete focus on what he wanted to do. The last few Soulfly albums were solid, but had more of a mish mosh feeling as if some of the songs had come from other eras of the band or other projects he's involved in. SAVAGES is, without question, the most cohesive effort from Soulfly since PRIMITIVE. "This Is Violence" and "Cannibal Holocaust" are two of the shortest songs on the release, and they are two of the most potent. Surprisingly, most of the material on SAVAGES stretches past the five minute mark, which is strange for a guy that's made a career out of shorter blasts of near death metal dominance. "El Comegente" comes in at over 8 minutes long, and yet finds no boring elements or parts that drag. It just works.

PITRIFF RATING - 92/100 - This may be a newsflash to some, but Soulfly is REALLY good. They release albums quickly, and they don't really suffer from the staleness that meets other bands that put out a recording every year or so. Heavy as hell, and one of the most developed albums in the band's history, SAVAGES simply kills it.

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