• Blues Pills - BLUES PILLS

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    It's not a secret that this whole retro movement in the worlds of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal has been an absolutely God sent for my musical palette. For so many years now, probably 20 or more, the ONLY band I've had to hold onto when I wanted new music from a band who's influences were steeped into the

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  • Unbreakable - KNOCKOUT

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    Retro has become in these days, and there are more and more bands creeping up that have harkened their sound back to a time that left well over 30 years ago. The last 2 years have seen an influx of bands reaching back to the '70s. Bands like Blues Pills, Vista Chino, Scorpion Child and Rival Sons have all emerged with

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  • The Treatment - RUNNING WITH THE DOGS

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    Admit it: you've just about given up on England when it comes to producing quality rock 'n' roll. The land that brought us the Beatles, the Stones, Zeppelin, and of course the revered NWOBHM--in the past twenty-five years, what have they given us? The Wildhearts? Come on. The Darkness? Come the fuck on!

    The Treatment are a

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  • Arch Enemy - WAR ETERNAL

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    The big story surrounding Arch Enemy's ninth studio album is that the band has done the impossible. They replaced their lead singer calmly, quietly, and without anybody knowing about it until it was already done—and somehow didn't miss a beat in the process. It's hard enough to replace a singer just once, but Arch Enemy has done it twice, and while

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  • California Breed - CALIFORNIA BREED

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    It definitely sucks when you watch a band that you are REALLY a fan of implode. For me, that's just what I had to do with Black Country Communion. As the band that I think a lot of people compared head to head with Sammy Hagar's supergroup Chickenfoot, BCC stormed out quickly and recorded three tremendous releases. Still, as

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  • MuckRaker - KARMAGEDDON

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    One of the hardest things I'm tasked to do when reviewing bands is to look past the individual history of the members when a new project pops up. Many times, you really can't help but to think about a guy's past work in another band. That's especially true when the guy is the singer. MuckRaker is one of those bands for

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  • Judas Priest - REDEEMER OF SOULS

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    Judas Priest has a lot to atone for in the eyes of all fans except for Jim "Nostradamus" Bartek. Given the fact that Bartek's 524 day listening streak to NOSTRADAMUS probably doubled the count of the rest of the Priest fanbase combined, it's clear that the once Mighty Priest needed to do something very, very metal this time

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  • Quiet Riot - 10

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    I'm generally excited when Jizzy Pearl fronts any band. He's one of my favorite singers out there from the classic metal era; a distinct sounding guy who has proven to be a chameleon while maintaining a sound there is no mistaking. Jizzy joining Quiet Riot was a welcome thought to me, personally. While I've never been a huge Quiet Riot

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  • Black Stone Cherry - MAGIC MOUNTAIN

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    Well, they finally did it. After nearly a decade of being hailed as the new kings of southern rock, and receiving favorable comparisons to Zeppelin and Skynyrd, western Kentucky's Black Stone Cherry have released an album that's worthy of all the praise.

    I've always liked the IDEA of Black Stone Cherry. I mean, what's not to like about

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  • American Dog - NEANDERTHAL

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    God bless American Dog! For fifteen years, a bunch of blue-collar working stiffs from Columbus, Ohio have been churning out their brand of greasy, grimy redneck metal, and doing it all themselves. You gotta respect a band with American Dog's tenacity, toiling away in obscurity while other, much lesser bands soak up the major-label success. Oh yeah, and the tunes

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  • Hurtsmile - RETROGRENADE

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    For so many people, they hear Gary Cherone's name and immediately think about the failed Van Halen album III that he fronted. I get it. How can you not? It was such an unbelievably bad effort, and really should never have had the Van Halen name on it at all. Unfortunately though, Cherone has always been the blamesake of that release,

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  • U.D.O. - STEELHAMMER: LIVE FROM MOSCOW

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    I really have no idea why U.D.O. is not a much, much bigger band than they are. Without question, everyone is all too quick to celebrate Accept, both with and without vocalist Udo Dirkschneider in the band. And yet, for all the love fans have for Dirkschneider's era of Accept, U.D.O. has really remained an afterthought instead of

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  • Ronny Munroe - ELECTRIC WAKE

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    One of the most disrespected singers in all of heavy metal, Ronny Munroe has more than ably fronted Metal Church for a decade now. Fronting Metal Church since 2004, the band has been a touch inconsistent (A LIGHT IN THE DARK and GENERATION NOTHING being great, WEIGHT OF THE WORLD and THIS PRESENT WASTELAND being a bit forgettable), but

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  • Vader - TIBI ET IGNI

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    I could write all kinds of stuff about how Vader are the icons of Polish Death Metal. I could put all kinds of praise on them, and talk about how they and Behemoth are the trendsetters that allowed people to understand that Poland had some death metal brilliance coming out of their country. I could talk for a long

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  • Tesla - SIMPLICITY

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    Even as a fan of Tesla, it's not hard to look at the band and find them to be somewhat less than energetic when it comes to putting out new music. They've now come forth with just their 7th studio album of new material since 1986. Let's be honest here, folks...that's not a lot of material over a VERY LONG period

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  • Tankard - R.I.B.

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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

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Interview - Wolfbrigade

Image: Wolfbrigade, pitriff, news, reviews, interviews, pitriffWolfbrigade are a band of some irony.  They are a punk meets metal band, and yet, they have landed on a stoner rock label like Southern Lord to release their latest album, DAMNED.  While heavily punk influenced, their latest release is far more brutal than you would expect from a band of this ilk.  Checking in from the road, Dadde from Wolfbrigade checked in to explain just what's going on with the band, with DAMNED, and with their decision to take a full year off before reconvening with DAMNED.

PITRIFF - DAMNED is such a brutal release, seemingly more than PREY TO THE WORLD or COMALIVE. What changed to crank the intensity up so far?

DADDE -  That's what we needed to do to not feel like we were doing the same record again, if you listen to PREY and then COMALIVE, you notice that it's angrier and more metallic, and now it's even more so. Next one I want to make even rawer than DAMNED, but also try to make a more varied record, this one is pretty much like a runaway train...wreck!

PITRIFF - Why did you decide to take a year off completely from touring?

DADDE -  To make this album, basically. We know our band too well, if we have gigs they take up too much time in the rehearsal place, arguments over setlists, etc. ha ha.

PITRIFF - What is bringing you back to recording and hitting the road once again?

DADDE -  Well, that was our intention with the year off, to make a record and play live again, to feel hungry. It worked.

PITRIFF - With so many stoner metal bands being signed with them, Southern Lord seems like a somewhat odd fit for you guys. What did the label bring to the table that made you decide to sign with them?

DADDE -  Lots and lots of money and promises of sex drugs and rock n roll! Just kidding. To be honest, we have felt like we needed a bit of a bigger label involved in order to make a record we want to do. With Southern Lord we have that. And besides that, Greg is a hardcore punk guy at heart so it was a easy decision.

PITRIFF - While DAMNED is brutal, it also has some old school thrash elements in it. Songs like "Road To Dreams" almost sound like they have some KILL EM ALL era Metallica like riffs in them. That's a far cry from your more punk influenced roots. What possessed you guys to lean the material more toward a full on metal sound and less toward the punk vibe of early material?

DADDE -  Well, we have always been into metal, especially Jocke and Erik comes from a metal background, having Obscure Infinity prior to doing Wolfpack, so influences like Entombed, Napalm Death, Grave, Bathory, Venom, Repulsion, have always been there, mixed with Motorhead and our punk and hardcore influences.

PITRIFF - You recorded with Fredrik Nordstrom, who is great. What did he bring out on DAMNED that you don't think was captured on previous albums?

DADDE -  He insisted we should record live because we "are a punk band trying to be a metalband". We recorded the album more or less live to get that punky feel with the big metal sound and a classic Swede death metal distortion pedal.

PITRIFF - Music like you are doing seems a lot more widely accepted now than maybe a decade ago when really the only band doing this type of thing with any sort of notoriety was Napalm Death. Do you see it being more accepted than when you first started, and do you care either way?

DADDE -  Crust and D-beat as they call it nowadays (we just called it "Käng" or "D-takt" or "hardcore") is more well known today, many metalbands have gotten into it because of many old metal bands namedropping Discharge, Anti Cimex, Mob 47 etc, and later us, Skitsystem etc, and the obvious d-beat influences of bands such as Entombed and Napalm Death. I think it's cool, the scenes are making a crossover again, but to be honest, for me personally nothing have changed. I'm still into the same type of bands. I need some punk in my metal and no sketchiness, can't stand the nationalistic bullshit some metal bands are into, while I have a hard time with punk bands that have their heads too far up their own asses. All of us are very much political beings in Wolfbrigade(going the left hand path), and DIY is very important to us, but there are grey zones and it seems that a lot of bands (and fans) doesn't seem to understand that. Or pretend to not understand it at least.

PITRIFF - What are your plans for the rest of 2012?

DADDE -  Play live! Write more music!

PITRIFF - In three words or less, describe the band Stryper.

DADDE -  Sucky!

PITRIFF - What am I missing that you want people to know?

DADDE -  Well, you covered that we have a new album out on Southern lord called "Damned". It's a angry punk metal album and a good effort from a band that has been around for 17 years. We hope to see you on the road. Cheers // Dadde Wolfbrigade

Visit Wolfbrigade online at www.wolfbrigadeofficial.wordpress.com



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