• 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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Soulfly - SAVAGES

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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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