• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    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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    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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    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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    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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THE ULTIMATE DECEPTION

Not being the biggest fan of death metal hybrid bands of any kind, let alone bands that try to fuse black metal and goth together, I didn't have a whole lot of great expectations for THE ULTIMATE DECEPTION by long time Florida metallers Wykked Wytch.  To be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to listening to it.  To be even more honest, the only reason I decided to listen to this was because of the lineage of the past members of the band.  This band has seen some great musicians come through it - especially on drums where both Kevin Talley and Richard Christy have chaired the kit at some point.  Imagine my surprise when this release turned out to be pretty much an unstoppable brutality train.

 While there's been a lot of great talent in this band, it has and always will be the property of female vocalist Ipek.  Her guttural vocals are the driving force behind this band.  On THE ULTIMATE DECEPTION, she is at one point like Dani Filth while at others a vintage Karyn Crisis.  Her best quality though is not which style she uses from point to point in any song, but her clarity throughout.  More than even bands like Cradle Of Filth or Borknagar, Ipek keeps the words understandable which, ultimately, makes things that much more sinister.  Listening to songs like "Birthing The Beast", she mixes up styles while spewing her own brand of hatred at the listener.  It works here.

For me anyway, the "make or break" moment of any album of this type is the drumming.  It's a total "make" here.  Kevin Talley (Daath, Chimaira) is simply one of the best in the business today, and he shows why here.  THE ULTIMATE DECEPTION is full of some of the tightest and fastest drumming you will ever hear, and it just powers each and every song.  His double bass perfection and ability to stop and start on a dime are highlighted on "The Ultimate Deception", as well as almost everywhere else on the disc..  In short, Talley makes THE ULTIMATE DECEPTION.

PITRIFF RATING - 86/100 - Wykked Wytch may be an older band at this point, but they are no less potent than they were the day they started.  In fact, they are probably moreso since they've proven the ability to survive in a nearly dead industry while making music no one will ever hear anywhere but in their own private collection.  Solid effort from The Wytch!

Chris Akin

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