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    CATACOMBS OF THE BLACK VATICAN

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    When Zakk Wylde decides to release new music, the metal world definitely stops for a moment and listens. They may not like it all, but they do listen. It's a testament to how unbelievable the man is on guitar; a true legend who stands shoulder to shoulder with the Eddie Van Halen's and Dimebag Darrell's

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  • Lacuna Coil - BROKEN CROWN HALO

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    BROKEN CROWN HALO

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    It's not really much of a secret that two of my favorite bands out there today are fronted by ladies. Those two bands are Halestorm and Lacuna Coil. While it took me awhile to latch onto Halestorm, Lacuna Coil was a band that I latched on the very first time I heard them. I remember getting a sampler

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  • Sevendust - TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES

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    TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES

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    Sevendust are really a band for the fans, and the fans are definitely always there for the band. Case in point - their latest release TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES. This release is one paid for by the latest trend hitting the music business, pre-funding by the fans to pay for a project. The band asked for a lot for

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  • Various Artists: Ronnie James Dio - THIS IS YOUR LIFE

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    RONNIE JAMES DIO: THIS IS YOUR LIFE

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    As much as I want to take this at face value, it's hard to not at least wonder just how many times Wendy Dio is going to visit the Dio well and mine more material culled from his past work. There's already been multiple live releases, deluxe reissues, an officially sanctioned band playing the

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  • Red Reign - CHASING SHADOWS

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    CHASING SHADOWS

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    It's not very often that a band that has zero backing behind it sweeps in and just monopolizes my listening time. Generally, bands like Red Reign get 30 seconds as I quickly scan through their music and I'm on to something else that I'm getting pressured to review by a publicist. For Red Reign, I was asked to review

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  • Steel Panther - ALL YOU CAN EAT

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    ALL YOU CAN EAT

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    They certainly are the joke that just keeps on being retold and being funny, now aren't they? I'm sure there's a lot less people that remember them as Metal Shop, Metal Skool or even way back to the Danger Kitty days, but a whole lot more people have discovered this band since they adopted the name Steel

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  • Sebastian Bach - GIVE 'EM HELL

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    GIVE 'EM HELL

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    It seems like every time Sebastian Bach releases new music, the first thought that comes to my mind is "this dude comes off like a douchebag ALOT in interviews, but he just kicks ass musically." Amazing how that comes back around. Baz is back, and he's been saying some interesting things in recent interviews. Yet, just ignoring that

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  • Gamma Ray - EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD

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    EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD

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    My affinity for Gamma Ray really predates the band itself, as it's much more of an appreciation for the vocal work of singer Kai Hansen. Be it with Gamma Ray or his legendary work with his previous band Helloween, Hansen has always been not only one of the most elite vocalists in power metal in my eyes,

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  • Vandenberg's MoonKings - VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS

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    VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS

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    Adrian Vandenberg and Jake E. Lee have seemingly the same career path. Both were great in super huge bands (Vandenberg in Whitesnake, Lee in Ozzy), recorded even better material when they broke away (Lee with Badlands, Vandenberg with Manic Eden), and then both walked away and just left music behind for awhile. Now, both are back. Lee's Red Dragon

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  • Pilgrim - II: VOID WORSHIP

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    II: VOID WORSHIP

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    In the epic world of doom metal, there are a lot of pretenders. There are only a few that are truly authentic though. Pilgrim is one of the most authentic I think I've ever heard. Their grinding, slow moving sludge is such from which legends put on this Earth to slay anyone or anything in it's path. Made up

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  • Hatecore Inc. - NO HOPE, NO ESCAPE VOL. 1

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    NO HOPE, NO ESCAPE VOL. 1: WELCOME TO MY WAR

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    Being from the Cleveland area, I've seen a lot of bands get ignored for whatever reason. On the national side of things, most people look at bands north of Columbus as being from "Cleveland". Unfortunately though, that's not how it works. For as long as I've been in this scene, there

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  • KXM - KXM

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    KXM

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    Some points of clarity before I write a single world about the new project KXM, in order that this review is understood and evaluated fairly by anyone reading it. This project features three guys - Dug Pinnick of King's X, George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, and Ray Luzier who is currently the drummer for Korn. Out of fairness, I'll

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News-Forbidden

Image: Forbidden, Pitriff, NewsFORBIDDEN founding member / guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero has issued the following update:

"Recently I've been getting bombarded with questions as to what exactly I am doing musically because I have so many updates about my different projects. FORBIDDEN, SpiralArms, Demonica, and now Manmade God have all been thrown out there. So please let me explain a little bit.

"At the end of 2011, I made a commitment to myself: 2012 will be the year I have the most musical gratification and fun I will ever have had in my life. So far my mission is working out pretty well.

"FORBIDDEN. We are writing a record presently and what we have so far is smoking-shit-hot-thrash-attack!  Sasha Horn has been a lightning rod for our original energy since he's joined up.  The only issue we have is the amount of time we get to spend together with Steve Smyth and Sasha both living elsewhere. But we have our "Four Dates of the Apocalypse" coming up here in April and we finish that up in Santiago, Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil!  That will be awesome. While we get together to practice, we also work on new songs. Then, it's Wacken in August and recording the new record before the end of the year for a 2013 release.  I sure hope there is a 2013!

"SpiralArms.  Big plans for this year...FINALLY!  When I joined back up with FORBIDDEN in 2008, we put Spiral on hold longer than we ever intended it to happen.  I love this band, man!  Tim Narducci has been finishing up the mixes for Freedom over the last few weeks and it kicks some MASSIVE ASS!  There's a very positive response to the songs from every turn in the industry right now, and that's exciting, but I think we've all gotten over the idea of becoming huge and just want to do things right. Spiral can be a kick ass cult band and maybe a lot more, but we're cool letting momentum take us wherever we may end up.  Great f'n band and I am committed to seeing things through. Can't wait for everyone to hear it!

"Demonica.  We are in suspended animation while Hank Shermann is killing it in Volbeat and I'm so damn busy.  Need a new drummer eventually.  Maybe this time a guy from Europe that I don't already play with... hmmmm?  But ultimately it's Hank and Klaus Hyr that call the shots in Demonica.  So Marc Grabowski and I will await instructions.

"And yes, Manmade God got together for the first time on March 28th since our crash-and-burn in 2005.  It was a kick-ass experience for all of us and very therapeutic.  The idea is for us to love and respect each other and the music we wrote that hardly anyone got to hear.  It was a surreal and wonderful experience playing the songs again along with some other gems that reminded us of why we did what we did.  On one hand, seems like a small travesty that more people didn't know about MMG when it was happening.  However, it seems like we're better equipped to deal with ourselves this time around.  Honestly, I think we sound much better now!  So we are gearing towards a show in late July and will take it slow. No hurries, no worries but for friendship, respect, and the love of our music.  We made a new Manmade God band page on Facebook if you'd like to be updated.  We're pretty much videotaping the entire process for later use.  Go ahead and check that out.

"So that about covers it.  I guess I've better get back to work."

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