• 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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    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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    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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News - Mutilation Rites

Image: Mutilation Rites, Pitriff, NewsBrooklyn-based black metal band MUTILATION RITES will soon head out for another round of touring, this time hitting the midwest. The tour will start April 19 in Pittsburgh, PA and conclude on May 5 in Cleveland, OH.

The self-proclaimed “filthy black metal” quartet will be touring in advance of the release of their debut full-length, “Empyrean.” Due May 22, the album — which features the song “Realms of Dementia,” which Pitchfork recently premiered — was produced by Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD. A pre-order bundle consisting of the CD and t-shirt featuring the album’s cover art is available at the Prosthetic Store HERE.

 MUTILATION RITES confirmed dates:

4/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Kopec’s w/ Moth
4/20 – Raleigh, NC @ Dive Bar w/ Palkoski, RBT, and Man Will Destroy Himself
4/21 – Harrisonburg, VA @ Crayola House w/ Orthrus
4/22 – Dayton, OH @ Casa de Mise w/ Mortals
4/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Witler House w/ Tombstalker and Coelacanth
4/24 – Columbus, OH @ Monster House
4/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vibe’s Music w/ Chinaski, Casque
4/26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters w/ Protestant, No Brainer, Anal Hearse, ARA
4/27 – Madison, WI @ The Wisco w/ Mortals, Enabler, Desolating Sacrilege
4/29 – Osh Kosh, WI – Gilead Fest @ Electric Lounge and Lanes
4/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Medusa w/ Despise, Crusader, No Remorse
5/1 – Omaha, NE @ West Wing w/ Arson
5/2 – Kansas City, MO @ Detto’s Barn w/ No Masters, Nonserviam, Canyons
5/3 – Columbia, MO @ Café Berlin w/ Creaturezoid
5/4 – Chicago, IL @ Ball Hall w/ Last Rites, Ass Brigade, Fin
5/5- Cleveland, OH @ The Tower w/ Cop Problem, Gas Mask (members of Masakari)

Founded in 2009 by Justin Ennis (drums, ex-Tombs) and Michael Dimmitt (guitars), and now featuring bassist Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day), MUTILATION RITES just completed a run of dates that saw the group tour their way to and from South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. There, the band played parties for Brooklyn Vegan and Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy in addition to performing at Prosthetic’s official label showcase. Following SXSW, the band played a Dallas concert with Alcest and a week’s worth of shows alongside Hull. For more on the band, please visit their Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mutilationritesnyc