• Wretch - WARRIORS

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    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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    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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    A 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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    .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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Summer Slaughter Tour Announced

Image: Cannibal Corpse, Pitriff, reviews, interviews, news, heavy metalThe 6th annual Summer Slaughter Tour is now officially slated to run from July 20th through August 25th. It features such heavyweights as CANNIBAL CORPSE, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, THE FACELESS, PERIPHERY, VEIL OF MAYA, JOB FOR A COWBOY, GOATWHORE, EXHUMED and CEREBRAL BORE, with special guests TBA in each city such as THE CONTORTIONIST, RINGS OF SATURN, FALLUJAH and more.

Ash Avildsen (Summer Slaughter Founder) states: "Without a doubt, this is the biggest year in the history of the tour. We are honored to have such an incredible, diverse group of musicians all on the same bill. It's brutal, classic, progressive, fresh and still the most extreme tour of the year. Drink lots of water before you show up and get ready to rage!"

General Admission Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27th. VIP Tickets will be available starting tonight from SoundCheck Hollywood.

July
20 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
21 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
22 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
23 - Scottsdale, AZ - Venue of Scottsdale
25 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
26 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
27 - Mission, TX - Pharr Events Center
28 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
30 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz
31 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution

August
1 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
2 - Knoxville, TN - The Valarium
3 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
4 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
5 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
7 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
8 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
9 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
10 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
11 - Montreal, QC - Heavy Montreal
12 - Toronto, ON - Heavy Toronto
14 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
15 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's
16 - Chicago, IL - House Blues
17 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
18 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
20 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
22 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox Sodo
23 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
24 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
25 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove



Torture - Cannibal Corpse