• Sweet & Lynch - ONLY TO RISE

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    ONLY TO RISE

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    Being completely honest here, I really didn't expect a whole lot out of this. I'm not the biggest Stryper fan in the world by a long shot, and the truth is that I just never could fully get into Michael Sweet's vocals. There's just always been something about him. I'm not sure what it is. I guess

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  • AC/DC - ROCK OR BUST

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    ROCK OR BUST

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    In a year that has see a foundational piece of AC/DC succumb to a debilitating illness and another to his own personal insanity, AC/DC emerges after seemingly forever away with ROCK OR BUST. To be fair and truthfully honest, expectations on this release were pretty low. I know that AC/DC is a band that's been in business almost 50

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  • Whitesnake - BACK TO THE BONE

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    LIVE IN '84 - BACK TO THE BONE

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    David Coverdale and company have had a very long and successful history that started even before he formed Whitesnake. There's no denying the legacy here. Coverdale has had a fantastic career with Whitesnake, and his time in Deep Purple was every bit as strong to that band as a Sammy Hagar was to Van Halen

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  • Wretch - WARRIORS

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    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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    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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    A 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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    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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Review - Shadows Fall

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FIRE FROM THE SKY

There's definitely some credit that has to be given to Shadows Fall.  Without question, they are one of the most recognizable band from a collection of extreme metal bands to have broken out in the early 2000s.  When you look at their contemporaries - God Forbid, Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage - they fit perfectly in there with that small collection of bands that a lot of modern metalheads actually care about from release to release.  To me personally, they've done the most with the least amount of "it" factor.  To their credit (or discredit if you must), they have always featured a sound that's all their own while merging pieces parts from everything else around them.

Shadows Fall did put out a strong effort in 2009 with RETRIBUTION, and with FIRE FROM THE SKY they seem to have picked up where they left off.  Full of song with chunky riffs, the combination of modern guitar mixed with old school riffs and fills, and the somewhat generic scream - sing - scream vocals, FIRE FROM THE SKY continues what was started with their last release.  To be perfectly honest, this is a damn solid effort that showcases almost nothing new, unexpected or overly interesting...if that makes any sense at all.  To explain that, the songs are all good, but you really don't even need to know the names of them as they all sound the same on this album and with virtually everything else these guys have done on the last 3 or 4 albums.  There's some very mild differences, but they don't really lead you to think that something new and great has occurred.  Songs like "Save Your Soul" could easily be mistaken for a Trivium outtake by any average fan of this musical genre.  Vocalist Brian Fair mixing his screaming, singing and death metal barking around nicely to fit all the right spots on each song.  Songs like "Weight Of The World" are standard issue for Fair, who is one of the more versatile vocalists making this style of music.

As always though, Fair is only one piece of the Shadows Fall puzzle.  Jonathan Donais and Matt Bancand are, to me anyway, the sole reason to listen to Shadows Fall.  They are about as good as any guitar duo today at mixing the downtuned modern riffage with a clear and undeniable showcase of respect to the old school metal riffing of the 80s metal thrashers.  They put it all together on "Blind Faith"; a thrashing headbanger with an intricate intro that leads into an all out speed metal riff attack.  As always, the band is rounded out solidly on every song by the much respected Jason Bittner on drums and Paul Romanko on bass.  Bittner is a terrific drummer, and his excellent skills show through as they always do on every song he plays on.

PITRIFF RATING - 80/100 - Let's be honest here.  Shadows Fall is never going to be the most creative or the "best" band in anyone's collection.  That said, they are one of the most consistent, serviceable and entertaining acts in modern metal today.  FIRE FROM THE SKY really doesn't do a lot as far as breaking any kind of new ground.  I doubt it's meant to.  Workmanlike effort from Fair and company.

Chris Akin



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