• 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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    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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    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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  • Halestorm - INTO THE WILD LIFE

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    With the release of THE STRANGE CASE OF…, I fell in love with Lzzy Hale. So much so, in fact, that I jokingly got down on one knee and asked her to marry me at Rock On The Range two years ago (a proposal that she didn’t flat out turn down, so maybe there’s still hope!!). Let’s be

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I could write all kinds of stuff about how Vader are the icons of Polish Death Metal. I could put all kinds of praise on them, and talk about how they and Behemoth are the trendsetters that allowed people to understand that Poland had some death metal brilliance coming out of their country. I could talk for a long time that they are playing faster than ever before. Or I can give you a fascinating fact about the new Vader release, TIBI ET IGNI. I'll go with that.  There's a soft, slow part on TIBI ET IGNI. That's right! Are you surprised? For almost two minutes at the start of "Go To Hell", you get lulled in with a creepy, haunting and yet very soft and docile opening movement. Amazing, right? Don't be fooled though. From there, you are launched into what Vader does best - destroy you with a furiousness that only the most elite of the old school death metal bands have ever been able to offer. TIBI ET IGNI is an old school release, and much like their previous effort WELCOME TO THE MORBID REICH, it just flat out crushes.

There's a million reasons to love this effort. I'll name a few. First, "Armada On Fire". Simply put, I just miss this kind of death metal. "Armada On Fire" sounds like the kind of cool stuff that came out in the early '90s after Cannibal Corpse redefined the genre with EATEN BACK TO LIFE and BUTCHERED AT BIRTH. This is old school death metal, with crazy drumming, sick speed riffs on guitar, and guttural vocals that feel as sickening as the message they are trying to portray. That's always been a hallmark of Vader vocalist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek. His vocals have always been evil as fuck, and yet they are just clear enough to be understood easily, which makes them far more heavy and evil.

Second, "Triumph Of Death". This may just be the best song in Vader's entire catalog. It's led by some crazy fast footwork of drummer James Stewart, as well as some cool guitar work from both Wiwczarek and Marek "Spider" Parek. This track is just raging throughout. Again, and I can't emphasize this enough, but the vibe here is that of the most classic sounding death metal you can think of. Think about releases like Obituary's CAUSE OF DEATH or Immolation's DAWN OF POSSESSION from the old days and you'll get the idea.

Third, the rest of the release. Over the course of TIBI ET IGNI, there just is no let up. It just keeps hitting you in the face like the husband of an abused housewife that somehow thinks he'll change one day. The launch of brutality on songs like "Abandon All Hope" and "The Eye Of The Abyss" is literally tiring, and yet sonically awesome from start to finish.

PITRIFF RATING - 99/100 - This is as close to perfect as it gets for me in the world of death metal. It has all the right elements. The songs hit hard and fast. There's no metalcore crap to ruin it. The production is top notch. The release itself is not too long to where you get bored with it. TIBI ET IGNI is a powerful release from a band that is, arguably, the best in the business today at creating death metal. That's a huge claim, I know. Time and time again though, Vader backs it up. Incredible release.

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A look at one of the most polarizing, iconic and best selling albums of all time from author, rock critic and shock jock radio host Chris Akin.


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