• Slipknot - .5 THE GRAY MATTER

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    .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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  • Opeth - PALE COMMUNION

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    PALE COMMUNION

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    Opeth simply fails as a band, at least to me. While I'll admit to never fully understanding the amazement and awe so many have for this band, I've appreciated them from afar. I've listened, and I've at least wrapped my head around what they were trying to do. Their fusing of death metal with progressive elements always made for an

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  • Cannibal Corpse - A SKELETAL DOMAIN

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    A SKELETAL DOMAIN

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    So really, what does anyone expect when you get a Cannibal Corpse release handed to you? Ballads, love songs and fun? Not hardly. There's an expectation of severe brutality which the band delivers time and time again. Certainly, it comes with different levels of acceptance to one's ears, but ultimately the only thing that matters if it says

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  • Exodus - BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT

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    Unless you call Testament a "thrash band" (which I don't personally), Exodus would rank as my favorite true Thrash band of all time. They have had good times and bad. Occasionally, like on FABULOUS DISASTER, they have misstepped along the way. But overall, they are one of the true powerhouses in the history of thrash metal. Since 2004

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  • Mr. Big - ...THE STORIES WE COULD TELL

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    As a fan of Mr. Big, I can't honestly say that many people thought that their reunion was much more than a cash grab opportunity for the guys in the band who, while immensely talented, failed to find solo success to match their collaborative efforts. It was never a question of if they could still play.

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  • Slash - WORLD ON FIRE

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    WORLD ON FIRE

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    Hey Gene Simmons. The corpse of rock n' roll just had a baby. That baby is not an average baby at all. That baby was not stillborn, but came out kicking and screaming with an intensity rarely seen. This baby is destined for greatness. This infant is out to prove you wrong. While your days of spitting fire and

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  • Davey Suicide - WORLDWIDE SUICIDE

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    I had the pleasure of working directly with Davey Suicide as he prepped his debut release a few years ago for release. I got to work with him on some promotional stuff, some publicity stuff, his website and a lot more of that kind of stuff. In that work, I quickly found him to be far more than the

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  • Ministry - LAST TANGLE IN PARIS

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    LAST TANGLE IN PARIS

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    Al Jourgensen of Ministry has been threatening to take his ball and go home for a long time now. Quite frankly, I'm not sure I believe that he'll ever retire. Every time he says he's retiring, he seems to come right back with more music that's stronger, meaner and just better than anything in his past. Being quite

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  • Kix - ROCK YOUR FACE OFF

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    ROCK YOUR FACE OFF

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    Kix might just be the last of the '80's bands to release new material. By now, it seems like everybody else you could name from the glory days of yesteryear has made a stab at making music in the new millennium. Of course, a lot of them, we wish they hadn't, and just left us to our misty-eyed

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News - The Agonist

Image: The Agonist, Pitriff, Heavy Metal NewsAfter spending many months in the studio, melodic death metallers THE AGONIST will finally be unleashing their long-awaited third studio album, Prisoners, on June 4th in Europe and June 5th in North America via Century Media Records. The band is now ready to give fans their first preview of this upcoming release with the premiere of their new single, "Ideomotor"! Head over to Guitar World.com to hear this track:

http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-agonist-premiere-new-single-ideomotor

Produced by Christian Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY) and mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SUICIDE SILENCE), Prisoners picks right up where 2009's Lullabies for the Dormant Mind left off, with soaring melodies over complex metal passages that fans of thinking-man's metal can appreciate. Throughout their North American tour with KITTIE (which kicks-off today!), THE AGONIST will be selling digital download cards that feature two tracks from Prisoners : "Ideomotor" and the previously limited edition EP-only track "The Escape". These tracks will be available for immediate download, with the remainder of the album available on release date, so be sure to catch the band on the road with the heavy metal maidens in KITTIE. Dates for this trek are below, so check to see when they'll be coming to a city near you!

THE AGONIST tour dates feat. KITTIE
4/10 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
4/11 - Albany, NY - Bogie's
4/12 - Reading, PA - Reverb
4/13 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
4/14 - Portage, IN - Camelot Hall
4/15 - Waterloo, IA - Spicoli's Grill and the Reverb
4/16 - Peoria, IL - Brass Rail
4/17 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave
4/18 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
4/19 - Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
4/20 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
4/21 - Edmonton, AL - Pawn Shop
4/22 - Prince George, BC - The Generator
4/23 - Vancouver, BC - Red Room
4/24 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
4/25 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
4/26 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom
4/27 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
4/28 - Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's
4/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
4/30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vertigo
5/1 - Englewood, CO - Moe's
5/2 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
5/3 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
5/4 - Dallas, TX - Trees
5/5 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
5/7 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Roxy
5/8 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee
5/9 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
5/10 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
5/11 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
5/12 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
5/13 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
5/14 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
5/15 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
5/16 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
5/17 - Hampton Beach, NH - Wally's Pub
5/18 - Worcester, MA - Tammany Hall
5/19 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
5/20 - Auburn, ME - Club Texas
5/21 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes
5/22 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
5/23 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
5/24 - Trenton, NJ - Championship Bar and Grill
5/25 - Providence, RI - The Ruins at Coliseum