• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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  • Zakk Wylde - BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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  • Dream Theater - THE ASTONISHING

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    So, Dream Theater is back with a release that many are calling their most in-depth, and yet polarizing release. Fair enough. With 34 tracks and clocking in at over two hours in length, it’s certainly the most challenging on a listener to fully grasp and comprehend. Along with THE ASTONISHING, you are expected to read the book of lyrics

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  • 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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    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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I really don't think that, of all the bands out there, Tankard could ever do anything I don't appreciate in some way or another. Let's face it, if ever there was a "Chris Akin" band, Tankard would be it. They make the kind of metal that is closest to my heart - Thrash with just a touch of melody to make it completely compelling. And all of their releases are themed around drinking, beer, drinking and drinking. If this band was renamed "The Chris Akin Experience" is about the only way I could like them anymore. For the last several years, Tankard has been cranking out some of the best music of their career at a furious pace. In fact, they have had a new release out every 2 years since 1998! That's golden if you are a fan of any band. Tankard simply gives you enough time to digest the last one before coming forth with a new dose of drunken debauchery.

With R.I.B. (Rest In Beer for those uninitiated), Tankard takes their game up a bit from their last, someone average release, A GIRL CALLED CERVEZA. With R.I.B., the songs are a bit more ferocious. While they are never going to be accused of raising the intellectual bar (lyrics like "liver, you will have to pay" on "Breakfast For Champions" pretty much solidifies that), there's no denying that the music is every bit as strong as most of the thrash being created by the old guard today. The previously mentioned "Breakfast For Champions" is a monstrous thrasher that stands as one of the best songs of the band's entire career. Vocalist Andreas "Gerre" Geremia has been around since the inception of the band, and has lost none of his aggression in over 30 years fronting this band. Listening to songs like "War Cry", you realize that Geremia still has the fire for this style of music.

Geremia is just part of the answer to the question of "what makes R.I.B. so good". More than any other release in this band's long history, the guitars demand attention and respect. Guitarist Andreas Gutjahr is an absolute beast on this release. Songs like "R.I.B. (Rest In Beer)" start with a huge, doomy guitar intro before launching into a full-on thrash riff that would make bands like Death Angel blush. He works so well with the rhythm section of bassist Frank Thorwarth and drummer Olaf Zissel that you can't help but be sucked into the incredible power of songs like "Enemy Of Order" or "No One Hit Wonder".

PITRIFF RATING - 97/100 - It's simple. Tankard, and R.I.B. rule. There's not a lot more than that that needs to be said. If you like thrash metal, it's hard to even imagine you wouldn't love this release. Tankard has cranked out another gem, and you can bet they are getting loaded at the bar celebrating that fact.

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A look at one of the most polarizing, iconic and best selling albums of all time from author, rock critic and shock jock radio host Chris Akin.


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The shockingly honest and emotional first book from radio personality and rock critic Chris Akin.

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Available January 13th in Paperback and Digital Formats on Amazon and iTunes.

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