• 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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Review - Earth

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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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