• 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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  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

    Image: Sevendust, Kill The Flaw Sevendust


    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

    Image: Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls, Review, Classic Metal, Pitriff, Chris Akin Iron Maiden


    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

    Image: Operation Mindcrime, Geoff Tate, Reviews, Music, heavy metal Operation: Mindcrime


    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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    Image: WASP, Golgotha, Blackie Lawless, Pitriff, Review, Heavy Metal W.A.S.P.


    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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(Best Buy Collector's Edition)

Make no mistake, I'm a Slash fan.  The guy writes and plays music I like, and he has proven it in multiple bands.  While I'm sure it's more the record company's decision than the band's, this is the third version of this release that I've purchased.  There was the original, then the "deluxe" with two bonus tracks, and now the Best Buy Exclusive Collector's Edition with a bonus acoustic show and a live DVD.  Seriously, is the industry hurting so bad that they have to fuck the hardcore fans into purchasing the same music three times?  Apparently so.

I won't bother to review the main release, as it's reviewed here if you want to search and find it.  It was a 92/100 if I remember right.  It's truly terrific, and songs like "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun" are as good as anything Slash has ever been a part of.  I also won't really bother to review the LIVE FROM NYC DVD, other than to say that much like this year's earlier LIVE IN STOKE release, it's pretty kick ass and showcases the great chemistry between Slash and Myles Kennedy live.  I will however review the eight song acoustic disc that comes with this.  While certainly listenable, these songs really come off pretty tepid and boring; sad considering just how dynamic these guys are live.  Vocalist Myles Kennedy is a chameleon in the live setting, but doing an acoustic live performance such as this where he doesn't have the power of the plugged in music really takes away from his vocal abilities.  Songs like Velvet Revolver's "Fall To Pieces" feature one of the flattest and dull vocal performances ever recorded from Kennedy.  The same can be said about the Guns N' Roses classic "Civil War", where Kennedy almost seems like he can't find the right pitch to sing in.  He goes up and down in register on this song looking for the right fit, and seemingly never finding the right range to perform the song in acoustically.  This is not to say it's all bad, as it's not.  Kennedy shines on songs like "Back From Cali" and "Far And Away".

The other problem here is no one's fault, but at the same time plagues the release.  Slash's distinctive sound is all but gone here thanks to the acoustic performance.  For a guitarist who's every note electic is immediately recognized as Slash, hearing him reduced to little more than an average accompaniment for Kennedy on songs like "Beggars And Hangers On" really takes things backwards when listening to it.  He sounds fine, but not distinctive in the least bit on songs like "Starlight" or "Not For Me".  In short, the thought of purchasing new "Slash" is pretty much nullified by the acoustic dumbing down of the material.

PITRIFF RATING - 85/100 - As a whole, this Best Buy edition of APOCALYPTIC LOVE is very worth having.  It has the great original release, two killer bonus tracks, and a great DVD and it's only $20.  That said, the allure to purchasing this release again was the acoustic disc, and it's pretty boring.  I can't say it's horrible, but if you are like me, already purchased this before and wanted this SOLELY for the acoustic tracks, then save your money, or go buy the ITunes session they did in 2010 for $5.  It's far superior to this.

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