• 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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    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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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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Review - Running Wild

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Well, Running Wild is back!  It wasn't that long ago we were reading about them calling it a day and sailing off into the proverbial sunset.  Apparently they have changed their mind.  Listening to SHADOWMAKER, maybe they shouldn't have reconsidered retirement.

To be fair here, that's a bit misleading.  SHADOWMAKER is, pretty much, a middle of the road album that is as average as steamed rice served with a gourmet dinner.  The hardcore fans that have loved everything from "Victims Of States Power" to "The Fall Of Dorkas" will probably like this.  People that never got these pirate metallers will continue to not care.  As a fan in passing of some of their material, I can say honestly that I'll probably never encounter this release again, but wouldn't turn off a song or two if they came on my Ipod shuffle.  In short, SHADOWMAKER is pretty much standard fare for these feisty Germans.

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