• Sweet & Lynch - ONLY TO RISE

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    ONLY TO RISE

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    Being completely honest here, I really didn't expect a whole lot out of this. I'm not the biggest Stryper fan in the world by a long shot, and the truth is that I just never could fully get into Michael Sweet's vocals. There's just always been something about him. I'm not sure what it is. I guess

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  • AC/DC - ROCK OR BUST

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    ROCK OR BUST

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    In a year that has see a foundational piece of AC/DC succumb to a debilitating illness and another to his own personal insanity, AC/DC emerges after seemingly forever away with ROCK OR BUST. To be fair and truthfully honest, expectations on this release were pretty low. I know that AC/DC is a band that's been in business almost 50

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  • Whitesnake - BACK TO THE BONE

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    LIVE IN '84 - BACK TO THE BONE

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    David Coverdale and company have had a very long and successful history that started even before he formed Whitesnake. There's no denying the legacy here. Coverdale has had a fantastic career with Whitesnake, and his time in Deep Purple was every bit as strong to that band as a Sammy Hagar was to Van Halen

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  • 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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Asia Announce 30th Anniversary Tour

Image: Asia, Pitriff, heavy metal, hard rock, news, interviews, reviewsThirty years after its eponymous debut album, ASIA ascended to the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart (where the album remained No.1 for 9 consecutive weeks). The legendary British classic rock band returns with a new studio album, a 30th Anniversary edition of their debut album, two DVDs, and a world tour that includes UK, Europe, Japan and America.

ASIA will release their new studio album XXX (pronounced Triple X) via Frontiers Records, on Monday July 2nd. The new album, produced by Mike Paxman, has been hailed as ASIA's best album since its classic early 80s releases. The album will be released on CD, collector's edition CD/DVD (featuring new music videos and behind the scenes footage), and on a limited edition vinyl. 

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Kill Devil Hill Announce Tour Dates

Kill Devil Hill, pitriff, news, heavy metal, interviews, reviewsKILL DEVIL HILL - the band featuring Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) on drums, Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) on bass, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P.) on guitar and Jason "Dewey" Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) on vocals - have announced a string of European tour dates this September. The band's upcoming live itinerary can be found below.

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Edguy Added To Bang Your Head!

Edguy, Pitriff, news, reviews, interviews, heavy metalEDGUY are the latest acts confirmed for this year's edition of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, which scheduled to take place July 13th - 14th in Balingen, Germany.

Acts confirmed now include: ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ATLANTEAN KODEX, AXXIS, BREAKER, THE DEVIL'S BLOOD, DIAMOND HEAD, EDGUY, EXODUS, GOTTHARD, KAMELOT, MOONSORROW, ORDEN OGAN, PAIN, PRIMAL FEAR, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SISTER, SUICIDAL ANGELS, TANKARD, THIN LIZZY, VANDERBUYST, VENOM, WARBRINGER.

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Manowar Issue Preview Of New Music

Image: Manowar, Pitriff, news, reviews,  interviews, heavy metalOn March 12th, a select group of special fans known as The Circle, who represent MANOWAR's worldwide fan base, were invited to a private pre-listening session of the forthcoming new Manowar album, as well as a tour of Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands where the album will be mixed and mastered.

A second preview of the new album has surfaced from the session. A sample of the track 'Expendable' can be heard below:

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Juan Crocier To Rejoin Ratt For M3

Image: Ratt, Pitriff, news, interviews, reviews, heavy metalAccording to BraveWords.com sources, original RATT bassist Juan Croucier will be rejoining the Californian hard rockers for their upcoming show at the M3 Rock Festival, which will take place on May 11th and 12th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

Dave Castagno from Radio Screamer spoke with Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer at the 2012 NAMM show which was held in Anaheim, California earlier this year.

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Metallica Brings Back The Snake Pit

Image: Metallica, Pitriff, news, reviews, interviews, snake pitMETALLICA are announcing the return of their famed snake pit stage setup. In a new update, the band reports:

"As you may have heard, the theme of our summer trek through Europe is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the Black Album by playing it in its entirety at all 16 shows. And what would a tour of the Black Album be without a snake pit?

For those of you who were with us almost 20 years ago for the summer of '92-'93 tours, you might recall that diamond shaped pit extending from the middle of the stage, well it's baccccckkkk for our little summer vacation!

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Benedictum Works With Jeff Pilson!

Image: Benedictum, Pitriff, reviews, news, interviewsBENEDICTUM has announced their continued collaboration with ex-DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson on the development of their next release for Frontiers Records.

The result will bring back the magic Benedictum and Pilson captured during their earlier releases Seasons Of Tragedy and Uncreation.

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Tremonti To Release Solo Album

Image: Tremonti, pitriff, news, reviews, interviews, alter bridgeALTER BRIDGE and CREED guitarist MARK TREMONTI will release his debut solo album, All I Was, in July via Fret 12.

Two limited pre-orders are currently available, the All I Was Special Bundle, as well as the All I Was Special Disc Pack .

Thus far, the working song titles for All I Was are as follows:

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