• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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  • Zakk Wylde - BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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Image: Saints Of Rebellion, New American Dream, Review, Pitriff, Modern MetalSaints Of Rebellion


In a regular week, Pitriff receives about 50 emails from bands out there that are simply looking for exposure. They are all armed with their tales of concertgoer conquest. They all comes with lists of the greatest bands in the world with whom they've shared the stage. They all have their own story as to why they are the next big thing in the music world...if only Pitriff will be the online publication that puts them on the map with some attention. To be honest, I download about 1 out of every hundred releases that I'm offered this way. The sheer volume of music received from established acts just doesn't allow enough time to discover all these bands; even knowing that I'm probably missing a great one every now and again. Sometimes though, one of those requests pays dividends when I do give it a listen.

Out on the newer small label High Volume Music, Baltimore's Saints Of Rebellion is a basic rock n' roll band that hits the right spots for me, personally. In the largest regard, they seem cut from the exact same cloth that has produced another of my favorites of the moment, Black Stone Cherry. Listening to their album NEW AMERICAN DREAM, they really come across as a more raw version of BSC on a lot of the tracks. Songs like "Get You Some", could probably fit on any BSC album without anyone being convinced it was a different band. Vocalist Coby DeShazo has that sound - that powerful wail that's full bellied and just rawks when he let's it loose. He commands attention on the disc's best song, "Wine, Women and Song". What's interesting about DeShazo is that he has a bit of a modern flair to his sound here and there. His low end vocals sound very much like what works on active rock radio, before blasting on the choruses to deliver what works for actual fans of music.

While DeShazo's similarity to Black Stone Cherry vocalist Chris Robertson is easy to recognize as this band's signature, it's strength is, without question, the guitar work of John Adams. This guy can flat out play...period. His riffs and his solos are extremely strong and memorable, especially for this kind of shitkicker rock/metal. On songs like "Matters", his driving riff almost counterbalances his sweet ass soloing throughout the song. There's moments in this song where the riff feels like an old school arena rock jam, and yet other times when the soloing is fresh and unique to itself. This song also showcases the raw power of the rhythm section. Bassist Jay Hittafer really establishes himself here with some cool soloing along with matching the thunder of drummer Ryche Green. All in all, this is a band who works extremely well as a unit, and one who have created a killer disc.

PITRIFF RATING - 92/100 - Maybe it's that I just like rockin' out in a dirty bar with a couple shots of Jack, a smoke machine and bands that bring the dirty rock, but whatever it is, this band fits the bill. NEW AMERICAN DREAM is a very cool release that needs to be experienced by those of you that are fans of stuff like Black Stone Cherry or some of Zakk Wylde's non-BLS stuff (solo stuff or Pride & Glory ring a bell). It's modern day southern rock, and it's truly good.

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