• Wretch - 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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    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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    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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  • Texas Hippie Coalition - RIDE ON

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    I tell this story often, but it's one of my favorites of the past year. I had the chance to interview the Texas Hippie Coalition earlier this year at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio. I was in a small tent with a bunch of photographers. The tent was fairly quiet really, as the much bigger adjacent

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  • Sammy Hagar - LITE ROAST

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    I get it. You are Sammy Hagar. You've seen huge success in virtually every world you've entered. In music, he was the main focus of Montrose. He parlayed that into a very successful solo career. That wasn't enough, so he joined the world's largest band at the time (Van Halen), and took them to commercial heights that even they

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  • Cavalera Conspiracy - PANDEMONIUM

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    There's always good news and bad news whenever Max Cavalera gets busy with new music. The good is that you get a whole lot of new music, seemingly all in a very short time. The bad news is it's generally spotty at best, because he simply writes and releases too much music at the same time. His band Soulfly released

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  • Slipknot - .5 THE GRAY MATTER

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    With a ton of speculation and even more wonderment on this band's ability to continue on without founding members Paul Gray and Joey Jordison, Slipknot has returned after far too long of a layoff with .5 THE GRAY MATTER. I've listened to this release multiple times a day for the last week or so that I've had it,

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Review - Lamb Of God

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Being honest here, a lot of people didn't like WRATH a whole lot, although I didn't fully understand why. Sure they ventured a touch from the tried and true, but ultimately it sounded pretty close to what Lamb Of God has generally sounded like. If anything, it may have been too close to being a sequel to SACRAMENT, but certainly wasn't an album that caused this band to need of a "comeback". That said, Lamb Of God have delivered what some will call a comeback, and what others will call the great next step from the band.

From the start, RESOLUTION beats you over the head like a home invader with a ball bat and nothing at all to lose. The intro "Straight For The Sun" sets the tone for the absolutely vicious "Desolation". From the moment they start playing, it's clear that you are in for far more than a listening of some heavy metal. You are in for an all out attack. These songs are heavy, full of groove, and featuring some of the most brutal vocals that Randy Blythe has ever laid down.

Throughout their career, Lamb Of God have cut their own place in the heavy metal paradigm on the strength of a sound that they have defined as uniquely theirs. That has, and continues to be, based on the unique guitar tone they have. Mark Morton and Willie Adler have defined their sound over the years, and there's no letting up here. Their downtuned, Dimebag-esque riffs dominate songs like "The Number Six" and "Insurrection". To be clear here, I'm not saying the stereotypical "they are new age Pantera" that so many like to falsely tag this band as. There is no denying though that some of that groove does remind of the great Dimebag's playing in the past.

While the album certainly hammers hard, there are moments that don't feel especially fresh. The first single, "Ghost Walking", is a solid tune but will rightly be called this album's "Redneck". It's very, very similar to that track from SACRAMENT, which isn't bad since that's a solid tune. Still, it's hard to not judge it as a bit of a retread.

PITRIFF RATING - 85/100 - They are one of the few consistently great metal bands from the last decade, and RESOLUTION does nothing to change that. A much stronger album than their last couple, Lamb Of God have created another punishing release that will please their hardcores, and even some of those that aren't too cool to listen to some metal that's both extreme and popular. Count me in!

Chris Akin

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