• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    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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    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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THE AGE OF REMIX HELL

I like Mark Hunter.  I consider him a friend, and I'm pretty sure he considers me as a friend as well.  That said, "what the fuck, bro?"

Maybe I'm just getting old and am no longer in tune with what the kids want to hear today.  I get that.  I understand that this whole Dubstep crazy is in right now.  I get that today's kids are just as content to listen to the work of a DJ that never touches an instrument as they might be to an actual band that plays their instruments and creates their music organically.  I get all that.  I just don't get why.

 So look, there's the long and the short of this review.  I know I'm supposed to kill my friend Mark Hunter's work to show some kind of integrity and willingness to say what I think, no matter if they are a friend or not.  Fine.  I, personally, don't like this and won't ever listen to it again.  That said though, there's a couple of things that need to be clarified here.  First it was free; given away to fans with no risk or cost.  If you hate it, it's not like you got ripped off.  It was experimental, and as such it was priced appropriately as it's not, in any way, a representation of what Chimaira is.  Secondly, for what it is, it's not terrible.  The meshing of Chimaira music into a darker, more evil version of Skrillex-heavy does not totally suck.  If you are into this type of tthing, then you won't be offended.  If you are offended, well...I'm sure Hunter as the perfect spot on his asshole sorted out for you to kiss.

PITRIFF RATING - 80/100 - It's free.  It's cool for what it is.  It's not a representation of what Chimaira is or is going to be.  I'm done with it and going back to THE AGE OF HELL in my IPod, but for those of you that are riding this new trend, you will probably dig this as it fits perfectly next to other bands of this style doing the same thing.

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