• Wretch - 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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    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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    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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    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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  • Slipknot - .5 THE GRAY MATTER

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    With a ton of speculation and even more wonderment on this band's ability to continue on without founding members Paul Gray and Joey Jordison, Slipknot has returned after far too long of a layoff with .5 THE GRAY MATTER. I've listened to this release multiple times a day for the last week or so that I've had it,

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Review - Kill Devil Hill

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KILL DEVIL HILL

Kill Devil Hill features guys from three of my favorite metal bands (Black Sabbath, Pantera, Pissing Razors) trying their best to not sound like Black Sabbath, Pantera or Pissing Razors. Try all they want, there's no getting rid of elements they brought to other bands. In short, Kill Devil Hill feels like some sort of musical love child of Black Sabbath and Alice In Chains, only with that thick groove that Pantera built a legacy on.

To be very clear here, I'm not comparing this band to any of their more famous parts. This band is definitely unique as an entity, and outside of the booming sound of drummer Vinny Appice's drums, this is not likely to remind you too much of any of their famous bands. To the contrary, you simply feel the undeniable influence from their past. When you listen to a song like "Hangman", there's no denying the influence of the Alice In Chains album DIRT, and specifically the song "Rooster".

To me, the most interesting part of KILL DEVIL HILL is the vocal work of Dewey Bragg. This guy was a monster on guttural wails throughout WHERE WE COME FROM for his old band Pissing Razors, but is much more clean and moody here. Songs like the heavy Sabbath/Chains song "Gates Of Hell" show Bragg to be a singer of great depth and range.

Bragg is not alone here. Guitarist Mark Savon is the unknown of the group, but actually stands apart from the rest of the band with the sheer weight of his riffs and leads. In short, Savon provides a perfect layer of guitar tension and noise that Bragg ably works from. The music is all anchored by Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice and Pantera bassist Rex Brown. Is there any thought that a rhythm section could get much stronger? It's not likely. The thick bottom end commands attention throughout most of the material. Songs like "We're All Gonna Die" feature a monsterous groove for yet another song heavily influenced by the work of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell.

PITRIFF RATING - 85/100 - Kill Devil Hill is a strong band that could easily find an audience for the next decade to come. Their self-titled debut is especially strong, which is really not all that surprising when you consider their lineage. Quality metal from some well established metal veterans.

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