• 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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  • Marilyn Manson - THE PALE EMPEROR

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    THE PALE EMPEROR

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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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ANGELS OF DARKNESS, DEMONS OF LIGHT I

Here’s a fun fact for you.  Earth is a band that, at it’s core, features the ideas of one Dylan Carlson.  What exactly is Dylan Carlson’s claim to fame?  Well, he’s best known as the guy that purchased the gun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself with.   I’ll bet you didn’t hear that one on your wacky morning show just prior to playing “Come As You Are” for the 10 millionth time.  

Sadly, Carlson is forever linked to Nirvana because of that fact instead of appreciated for the music he’s created over the years with Earth.  This nearly instrumental, slow moving music is what I would call aura-setting music.  In many ways, it’s kind of like a modern day Pink Floyd without the vocals.  It’s total soundscape for exploring one’s inner soul, and it’s magnificent through and through.  With ANGELS OF DARKNESS, DEMONS OF LIGHT I, Carlson and company do what they’ve been doing on and off for 20 years now - creating dark, slow, rhythmic tones for exploring one’s inner demons in your mind.  

Unlike previous releases, ANGELS OF DARKNESS, DEMONS OF LIGHT 1 has a feeling that you would expect behind a Rob Zombie horror film, or even behind the action that was going on in Kevin Smith’s RED STATE.  At any given moment, you can explore your own inner fears, habits or demons while stretching out mentally with a track like “Father Midnight”.  The guitar work is so much like that of David Gilmour in an ambient setting sort of way.  The basslines follow the guitars because of their lack of any speed, and the drumming is barely more than tapping out a very slow  4/4 time for Carlson to keep pace with.  Still, it’s terrific.  

PITRIFF RATING - 90/100 - I haven’t done acid in a really long time now, but should the urge to go back ever come over me, you’d better believe I’ll be pulling this release out as it’s backdrop.  If you close your eyes while listening, you can visualize big, slow moving lava in a lava lamp that every once in awhile forms the face of Satan to simply scare the shit out of you.  In essence, I think that might be EXACTLY what Earth is going for.

Chris Akin

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