• 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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  • 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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  • Opeth - PALE COMMUNION

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    Opeth simply fails as a band, at least to me. While I'll admit to never fully understanding the amazement and awe so many have for this band, I've appreciated them from afar. I've listened, and I've at least wrapped my head around what they were trying to do. Their fusing of death metal with progressive elements always made for an

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  • Cannibal Corpse - A SKELETAL DOMAIN

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    So really, what does anyone expect when you get a Cannibal Corpse release handed to you? Ballads, love songs and fun? Not hardly. There's an expectation of severe brutality which the band delivers time and time again. Certainly, it comes with different levels of acceptance to one's ears, but ultimately the only thing that matters if it says

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  • Exodus - BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT

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    Unless you call Testament a "thrash band" (which I don't personally), Exodus would rank as my favorite true Thrash band of all time. They have had good times and bad. Occasionally, like on FABULOUS DISASTER, they have misstepped along the way. But overall, they are one of the true powerhouses in the history of thrash metal. Since 2004

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Review - Exumer

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FIRE & DAMNATION

How can a band that openly acknowledges their influence as Slayer be bad?  Obviously, it could be, but it certainly isn't here.  Having not released an album since 1987, Exumer storms back onto the scene with a killer collection of Thrash that will have fans of everyone from Slayer to Havok moshing around in ecstasy.  FIRE & DAMNATION is a seriously punishing thrash album powered by ripping riffs and chord changes that the mighty Slayer would be proud of had they written them themselves.

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Ted Nugent To Meet With Secret Service

Image: Ted Nugent, Pitriff, Interviews, News, ReviewsAccording to Globalpost.com, TED NUGENT has given his US Secret Service admirers backstage passes to a show Thursday in Oklahoma, Bloomberg reported today.

The rocker and gun control opponent has to explain why he called President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “criminals” on the weekend.

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Accept Debut On Billboard Charts

Image: Accept, Pitriff, news, reviews, interviewsGerman metal legends ACCEPT's Stalingrad has entered the US Billboard Top 200 chart debut at #81 and selling over 5,000 units. Stalingrad is also #13 in the Top Independent Current Albums chart, #76 in the Top Current Albums chart, #7 in the Top Hard Music Albums chart, #7 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart and #29 in the Top Current Rock Albums chart.

The follow-up to Accept's Blood Of The Nations has entered the charts in the following countries:

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Review - Trixter

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NEW AUDIO MACHINE

Definitely an interesting release, to say the least.  While I consider guitarist Steve Brown a music friend of sorts, I can't say in any way that I was EVER a Trixter fan.  Being completely honest, they were kind of like the pilot light of bands that came after all the good ones were out and established in the 80s.  After the "name" bands of the 80s - Dokken, Ratt, Poison, Warrant, Motley Crue, etc., you had this wave - Trixter, Kik Tracee, Alias, and to some degree Firehouse.  That's not to say that I hated every song that second wave had, but I can pretty honestly say I hated all of their albums.

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Former GNR Manager Wins Lawsuit

Image: Alan Niven, Pitriff, Great White, Guns N' Roses, The Angels, Pitriff, News, Interviews, CD ReviewsThe Hon. Gary A. Feess, Judge of the US District Court sitting in Los Angeles, CA, has entered a default judgment against Rick and John Brewster of THE ANGELS for their wrongful appropriation of eleven songs written by Alan Niven, a songwriter and the former manager of GUNS N' ROSES and GREAT WHITE. Niven had also briefly managed The Angels, securing them their last major label deal in the United States. The Court found that the duo's acoustic side project, THE BREWSTER BROTHERS, had wrongfully used Niven's compositions, some of which were released in three different versions. The judgment also applies against Flashpoint Music Pty Ltd., a music publisher associated with Harry Vanda, the famed producer of AC/DC's early work.

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Def Leppard Tour Dates Announced

Def Leppard, Pitriff, Reviews, Interviews, NewsDEF LEPPARD recently announced that they will make a return to North America this June with a massive summer tour with POISON and LITA FORD in tow. More dates have been confirmed and the complete schedule can be viewed below.

"We had such a good time going out with Poison in 2009 that we thought it only right to do it again!" says Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott.

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Red Lamb Release Track For Autism

Image: Red Lamb, Pitriff, CD Reviews, Interviews, NewsRED LAMB, created by founder and former guitar player for ANTHRAX Dan Spitz, have released the track 'Puzzle Box' to raise awareness for Autism.

According to a press release: 'Puzzle Box' is a walk through the daily life of a family with identical mirror image twins who are both Autistic. It is a moving experience of reality that the Spitz family lives. The video is a short movie with statistical data, showing thousands of Autstic families, including the CEO of AutismSpeaks.org Suzanne and Bob Wright."

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Kataklysm Announce Summer Tour

Image: Kataklysm, Pitriff, News, CD Reviews, interviewsMontreal-based metallers KATAKLYSM have announced dates for their summer headlining tour, The Iron Will Tour 2012, with support from ORIGIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, ROSE FUNERAL and VITAL REMAINS.

Dates include:

August (with Origin, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Rose Funeral)

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