• Halestorm - INTO THE WILD LIFE

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    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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    Let’s just call it the way it is. It’s been a very, very long time since Marilyn Manson recorded a really good, memorable release that any of us still listen to on a regular basis. To many, the would probably says that it’s been since MECHANICAL ANIMALS back in 1998. For me personally, I’ll be a bit more

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  • Black Star Riders - THE KILLER INSTINCT

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    When Black Star Riders made their decision to record under a new name instead of as Thin Lizzy, it was met with a lot of opinions. For most, I would assume they were happy that they decided to move away from the name they had been touring under. For many, I'm sure there was a lot of

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ONE BLOOD

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As a fan of Downset, I wasn't really surprised when the band split up in 2009. They claimed that "the band has run it's course". As a fan, I believe that. They definitely had a huge influence on a lot of the bigger nu-metal bands of the 2000s. Certainly, anyone that heard releases like DO WE SPEAK A DEAD LANGUAGE knew the band was onto something good. There were a small number of bands that had a minute, but ultimately didn't last though. Downset was clearly one of them. To be honest, as a fan, I think I was OK with them ending the band when they did. Their last release, UNIVERSAL, was completely unmemorable, and most of the bands of the time had developed the sound far past the Biohazard-influenced material they had always showcased.

Listening to ONE BLOOD, I almost wish they would have stayed retired. This is not to say that ONE BLOOD is bad. It's OK. But as a comeback release from a band that only had a niche following in the first place, it's just not good enough to warrant a return. Listening to songs like "It's Your World", you realize that this material is fairly bland and uninspired. Vocalist Rey Oropeza barks out commands as he did in the old days, but he just lacks a lot of impact. Songs like "Why Can't We Wait" sound very forced and somewhat incomplete. This, again, is not to say it's a bad release. Guitarist Ares is a solid player who creates monstrous hardcore riffs throughout. His nasty tone on songs like "Champion" and "Without" quite literally carry those songs and most of the other material. The rhythm section of James Morris (bass) and Chris Hamilton (drums) certainly know how to backend a hardcore tune. In short, there's nothing truly bad here. There's just not much memorable either.

PITRIFF RATING - 60/100 - Again, no hate of this here, but no real love for it either. It's missing that heart and soul that powered their early releases. As a hardcore fan, I respect what these guys did in the day. As someone that appreciated nu-metal, their influence was clearly undeniable on the Linkin Parks of the world. But as a comeback release, this one just falls very flat.

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