• 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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    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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  • Sammy Hagar - LITE ROAST

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    LITE ROAST

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    I get it. You are Sammy Hagar. You've seen huge success in virtually every world you've entered. In music, he was the main focus of Montrose. He parlayed that into a very successful solo career. That wasn't enough, so he joined the world's largest band at the time (Van Halen), and took them to commercial heights that even they

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  • Cavalera Conspiracy - PANDEMONIUM

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    There's always good news and bad news whenever Max Cavalera gets busy with new music. The good is that you get a whole lot of new music, seemingly all in a very short time. The bad news is it's generally spotty at best, because he simply writes and releases too much music at the same time. His band Soulfly released

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Review - 3 Inches Of Blood

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LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL

I'll write a full review here in a second, but I can sum up this release in a single sentence.  If you liked them before, get it.  It's as simple as that.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL is another dose of traditional heavy metal with odd vocals that are one part King Diamond and one part Arch Enemy all rolled into one.  While a completely different animal entirely, they are very much like Volbeat in that you will either love them or hate them based almost entirely on if you dig the vocals.  LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL is everything that any fan of Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest or any band in between looks for musically, with those vocals being either the added bonus or the reason you skip them entirely.  Cam Pipes is definitely a unique vocalist to say the least.  His sound on throughout is EXACTLY the same as it was the day these guys first came to prominence.  Songs like "4000 Torches" could have appeared on any one of their albums and no one would know that it was from a different era of the band.

Musically though, there are some subtle developments from the band.  When 3 Inches Of Blood arrived, they were a bit more of a modern band with a lot of classic power metal influence.  With LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL, they seems to have transitioned out to being a full on classic metal band musically.  Songs like "Leave It On The Ice" are as classic as anything you will ever here; complete with overblown area rock solo bursts from guitarist Shane Clark.  One song, "Metal Woman", pays not so subtle homage to "The Hellion" by Judas Priest with Clark classically playing the intro before erupting into a thrashing riff that is one of the most memorable on the disc.

PITRIFF RATING - 82/100 - There's not a ton to say here about LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.  3 Inches Of Blood have moved backward in time a bit stylistically, but have maintained their core sound with LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.  This is a release that, like everything else they do, you will love or hate based almost entirely on the vocals.  Musically, it's right there for the classic metal fan.  Even if you don't like the vocals, a heads up for you would be to go see them live.  They are absolutely fierce in that environment.  Solid effort from these guys.

Chris Akin



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