• 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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    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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POINT OF NO RETURN

The single hardest working new thrash band in the world has returned with a quick four song EP that is designed to do one thing and one thing only - give them a reason to stay on tour!  Mission Accomplished.

Since this is a four song EP, there's not a ton to write about.  POINT OF NO RETURN featured two new songs and two covers.  Starting with the new material, this stuff has to be material that didn't make TIME IS UP.  I have no idea why.  

These two songs, "Point Of No Return" and "Cradle To The Grave" flat out smoke.  "Point Of No Return" is a brilliant song; arguably the best the band has put forth to date.  Lead guitarist Reece Scruggs and rhythm player (and lead vocalist) David "Dirty" Sanchez absolutely destroy on this song.  They are equally vicious on "Cradle To The Grave", although the bass line provided by Jesse De Los Santos drives that tune.  Vocally, Sanchez has developed into more of a Mark Osegueda (Death Angel) clone.  His vocals through this and TIME IS UP remind me a lot of Death Angel's last two or three releases where there's been more screaming and less clean singing.

As for the covers, you have to give Havok a lot of credit.  It takes balls the size of overgrown watermelons to take on classics by Sepultura and Slayer.  Especially with Slayer, you could really hurt your career if you do a bad job.  Not to worry though, Havok drives it home here.  While their cover of Sepultura's "Arise" starts out a bit flat (translation, less dynamic than the original), they quickly find their way and do justice to the signature song from Brazil's best export.  As for the Slayer cover, they more than adequately thrash hard and fast through a blistering cover of "Postmortem/Raining Blood".  Yep...they went after Slayer's biggest "hit" and absolutely nail it.

PITRIFF RATING - 94/100 - There's no one more happy than me that old school, Bay Area sounding Thrash has a whole new collection of bands carrying the torch.   There's a lot of great bands out there now making this  kind of music - Lazarus AD, Warbringer, Municipal Waste...and of course Havok.  Of the new age Big 4, I'd put Havok as the headliner.  This EP just makes me long for another new release.  Killer, killer stuff!

Chris Akin

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