• Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

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    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

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  • Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

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    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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  • W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

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    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

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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.

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