• 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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  • Opeth - PALE COMMUNION

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    Opeth simply fails as a band, at least to me. While I'll admit to never fully understanding the amazement and awe so many have for this band, I've appreciated them from afar. I've listened, and I've at least wrapped my head around what they were trying to do. Their fusing of death metal with progressive elements always made for an

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  • Cannibal Corpse - A SKELETAL DOMAIN

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    So really, what does anyone expect when you get a Cannibal Corpse release handed to you? Ballads, love songs and fun? Not hardly. There's an expectation of severe brutality which the band delivers time and time again. Certainly, it comes with different levels of acceptance to one's ears, but ultimately the only thing that matters if it says

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  • Exodus - BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT

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    Unless you call Testament a "thrash band" (which I don't personally), Exodus would rank as my favorite true Thrash band of all time. They have had good times and bad. Occasionally, like on FABULOUS DISASTER, they have misstepped along the way. But overall, they are one of the true powerhouses in the history of thrash metal. Since 2004

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  • Mr. Big - ...THE STORIES WE COULD TELL

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    As a fan of Mr. Big, I can't honestly say that many people thought that their reunion was much more than a cash grab opportunity for the guys in the band who, while immensely talented, failed to find solo success to match their collaborative efforts. It was never a question of if they could still play.

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  • Slash - WORLD ON FIRE

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    Hey Gene Simmons. The corpse of rock n' roll just had a baby. That baby is not an average baby at all. That baby was not stillborn, but came out kicking and screaming with an intensity rarely seen. This baby is destined for greatness. This infant is out to prove you wrong. While your days of spitting fire and

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  • Davey Suicide - WORLDWIDE SUICIDE

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    I had the pleasure of working directly with Davey Suicide as he prepped his debut release a few years ago for release. I got to work with him on some promotional stuff, some publicity stuff, his website and a lot more of that kind of stuff. In that work, I quickly found him to be far more than the

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  • Ministry - LAST TANGLE IN PARIS

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    Al Jourgensen of Ministry has been threatening to take his ball and go home for a long time now. Quite frankly, I'm not sure I believe that he'll ever retire. Every time he says he's retiring, he seems to come right back with more music that's stronger, meaner and just better than anything in his past. Being quite

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  • Kix - ROCK YOUR FACE OFF

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    Kix might just be the last of the '80's bands to release new material. By now, it seems like everybody else you could name from the glory days of yesteryear has made a stab at making music in the new millennium. Of course, a lot of them, we wish they hadn't, and just left us to our misty-eyed

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Review - Solipsist EXTINCTION PROTOCOL

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I have two like bands sitting on my hard drive right now - the new Job For A Cowboy release, and this release from the unsigned Solipsist. After a dozen listens to each, I am having serious trouble figuring out why exactly the signed act of the two is Job For A Cowboy. Stacked side by side, EXTINCTION PROTOCOL destroys the new Job For A Cowboy record...literally blows it out of my hard drive and into the recycle bin. C'mon Metal Blade - catch up with these guys.

 Solipsist is a death metal outfit that just doesn't fit nicely into the standard definitions of the genre. I say that for a lot of reasons. Listening from song to song, there's clearly a strong death metal element here, but there's also a lot of American extreme metal mixed throughout the sound. Take a song like "Steal The Sun" as an example. It's as brutal as anything you will ever here, and yet it has a breakdown with a clean vocal that sounds closer to something heavy from a Machine Head song than anything I've ever experienced in typical death metal. Noah Buchanan is a fierce vocalist that barks it out with the best of them, and yet can mix in a clean sound as well.

Without question though, the best element of Solipsist is their musicality. Being completely honest, the days of fast drummer and average playing have ended, which causes most death metal to be rehash and fairly similar sounding. Not so here. These songs are fierce, with a level of musicianship seldom seen in this genre. While all death metal drummers are basically awesome, Dave Chojnacki mixes speed with style in a way not heard very often. The only guy I can think of that's on the same plain as what's exhibited here as far as style, intricate changes and power would be Tim Yeung of Hate Eternal and Divine Heresy (among others). The varied frenzy of beats, blasts, and tempo movements on "Extinction Protocol" is truly amazing. To a lesser degree, the guitar work showcased here by Mark Witherspoon and Steve Sinko is great as well. These guys have a huge metal sound, and not the think sound that plagues so many bands of this genre in an effort to just play fast. The thickness and speed of the riffs on songs like "Trenches" is absolutely compelling.

PITRIFF RATING - 96/100 - There's literally one reason this band isn't signed - they haven't tried to be. With so much absolute garbage being put out in this musical genre, it's amazing to me that these guys are still tucked away in Cleveland playing local gigs and hoping for that big break. Being a fan of bands like Job For A Cowboy or Whitechapel, I find it hard to believe these guys aren't standing far atop that collection of bands. EXTINCTION PROTOCOL proves they are a better band.

Chris Akin

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