• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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  • Zakk Wylde - BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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  • Dream Theater - THE ASTONISHING

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    THE ASTONISHING

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    So, Dream Theater is back with a release that many are calling their most in-depth, and yet polarizing release. Fair enough. With 34 tracks and clocking in at over two hours in length, it’s certainly the most challenging on a listener to fully grasp and comprehend. Along with THE ASTONISHING, you are expected to read the book of lyrics

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  • Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    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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    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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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



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