• Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

    Image: Megadeth, Dystopia, Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Kiko Loureiro, Chris Adler Megadeth
    DYSTOPIA

    CD
    MP3

    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,

    Read More
  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

    Image: Anthrax, For All Kings, Pitriff, Chris Akin Anthrax
    FOR ALL KINGS

    CD
    MP3

    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

    Read More
  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

    Image: Sevendust, Kill The Flaw Sevendust
    KILL THE FLAW

    CD
    MP3

    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

    Read More
  • Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

    Image: Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls, Review, Classic Metal, Pitriff, Chris Akin Iron Maiden
    THE BOOK OF SOULS

    CD
    MP3

    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

    Read More
  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

    Image: Slayer, Repentless, Pitriff, Review, Thrash Metal, Chris Akin Slayer
    REPENTLESS

    CD
    MP3

    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

    Read More
  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

    Image: Operation Mindcrime, Geoff Tate, Reviews, Music, heavy metal Operation: Mindcrime
    THE KEY

    CD
    MP3

    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

    Read More
  • W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

    Image: WASP, Golgotha, Blackie Lawless, Pitriff, Review, Heavy Metal W.A.S.P.
    GOLGOTHA

    CD
    MP3


    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

    Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7

Image: Megadeth, Dystopia, Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Kiko Loureiro, Chris AdlerMegadeth
DYSTOPIA

CD
MP3

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, just when many were about to write them off, the bounced back with three straight great releases in THE SYSTEM HAS FAILED, UNITED ABOMINATIONS and ENDGAME. Even THIRTEEN wasn’t terrible, although it did have people wondering if they were falling again. ...and they did. SUPERCOLLIDER was pretty lousy, causing fans to once again wonder if this band had finally jumped the proverbial shark.

Image: Anthrax, For All Kings, Pitriff, Chris AkinAnthrax
FOR ALL KINGS

CD
MP3

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 of the melodic elements they had during the Bush era of the band. Simply, I’ve played that album over 1000 times according to my cloud player, so it’s safe to say I love it!

Image: Sevendust, Kill The FlawSevendust
KILL THE FLAW

CD
MP3

When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This is not to say that either of those two bands were bad, but they certainly were not Sevendust. When you look at their career and their catalog, the only flaw most of us can find is the listening public. Not only is their music great, but their catalog is one of the most consistent in hard rock history. And yet, year after year fans are subjected to 30 minute sets opening for bands that don’t have half the talent, staying power or musical integrity that Sevendust possesses. The “flaw”, in my eyes anyway, is the audience.

Image: Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls, Review, Classic Metal, Pitriff, Chris AkinIron Maiden
THE BOOK OF SOULS

CD
MP3

They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that THE FINAL FRONTIER would NOT have been that bang at all, but more of a generic whimper from a band that is capable of so much more. With a lot of hype (generated mostly by the band themselves), THE BOOK OF SOULS comes forth. It’s a LOT of listening to say the least - 2 discs, multiple songs over 10 minutes long, and a ton of nuances to swallow before you can truly form an opinion on it. It’s a daring project for Iron Maiden, especially at a time when it’s destined to be little more than a vehicle that gives them a reason to tour the world once again.

Image: Slayer, Repentless, Pitriff, Review, Thrash Metal, Chris AkinSlayer
REPENTLESS

CD
MP3

Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer fan wondering if there was any reason at all to continue. You have to give it to the “new” Slayer though, they’ve delivered when it counted. While certainly not the best release in the band’s history, it is the best they have done in decades.

Image: Operation Mindcrime, Geoff Tate, Reviews, Music, heavy metal Operation: Mindcrime
THE KEY

CD
MP3

Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the rumored knife attack that people really launched their full on hatred for Geoff Tate. Much like Def Leppard, the greatness of the early work was so overwhelming that fans stood by, waited and hoped for a return to form that never came with Tate in that band. Let’s be honest here, DEDICATED TO CHAOS and FREQUENCY UNKNOWN were abysmal. There were some moments on FREQUENCY UNKNOWN that made you think there could be someething good left, but that just didn’t get the job done. So Tate has left his legacy behind to start a new chapter of his career. It comes in the form of the uninspired group name Operation: Mindcrime, and in the tradition of Tate’s best work - a concept.

Image: WASP, Golgotha, Blackie Lawless, Pitriff, Review, Heavy MetalW.A.S.P.
GOLGOTHA

CD
MP3


W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a long wait (almost 6 years), Blackie Lawless and company return with GOLGOTHA; an album that continues the tradition started by DOMINATOR and BABYLON of integrating less shock and more of the biblical epiphany Lawless has welcomed into his life into the messages of new music.  To be honest, that is not really a problem to me, personally. As someone that truly finds the bible fascinating, I like introspective takes on biblical topics in movies and in music.

Image: Halestorm, Into The Wild Life, Pitriff, heavy metal, reviews, interviewsHalestorm
INTO THE WILD LIFE

CD
MP3

With the release of THE STRANGE CASE OF…, I fell in love with Lzzy Hale. So much so, in fact, that I jokingly got down on one knee and asked her to marry me at Rock On The Range two years ago (a proposal that she didn’t flat out turn down, so maybe there’s still hope!!). Let’s be honest about why though. THE STRANGE CASE OF… was, pretty much a musically perfect album wherein the band found musical themes that were heavy and modern, but with a taste of the old school, traditional melodies and themes. As for Lzzy herself, her vocals were so powerful. Ultimately though, she has a very dirty mouth and listening to her is kind of like having that good chick friend who’s also super hot and you just know would be great in bed because she says it the way a guy wants to hear it. Lzzy and the band still “sound” great on INTO THE WILD LIFE, but that doesn’t stop this release from being a monumental letdown. In short, a good amount of the energy and fire from THE STRANGE CASE OF… has been stripped away by far too slick production, while the songs are just not as good at all.

Search Pitriff

Image: Cause/Effect Metallica, Chris Akin

A look at one of the most polarizing, iconic and best selling albums of all time from author, rock critic and shock jock radio host Chris Akin.

CLICK HERE to learn more about CAUSE/EFFECT: METALLICA.

Buy Now:  Paperback    Digital

Image: Little Victories, Book, Chris Akin

The shockingly honest and emotional first book from radio personality and rock critic Chris Akin.

CLICK HERE to learn more about LITTLE VICTORIES.

Buy Now:  Paperback     Digital

Read Reviews and Excerpts from LITTLE VICTORIES: A TALE OF DIVORCE, DEBAUCHERY AND FINDING HAPPINESS HERE!

Available January 13th in Paperback and Digital Formats on Amazon and iTunes.

 Image: Keel, pitriff, heavy metal, news, reviews, interviews

Want Streets Of Rock N' Roll Radio On Your Phone - CLICK HERE To Download The New App