• 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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  • Sammy Hagar - LITE ROAST

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    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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    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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Robert Plant Debuts New Band

Image: Robert Plant, Pitriff, Interviews, Reviews, NewsAccording to Thisisgloucestershire.co.uk, ROBERT PLANT will play an exclusive show in Gloucester, it has been announced.

The former LED ZEPPELIN frontman has booked a date at the Gloucester Guildhall on May 8.

Programming and marketing manager Joe Schiavon said: "It gives me great pleasure to announce Led Zeppelin frontman and award-winning solo artist Robert Plant will be performing an exclusive low-key warm-up show at Gloucester Guildhall next month. This is obviously a massive show for us, and we can't wait to host it."

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New Soundgarden Song Available Free

Image: Soundgarden, Pitriff, Interviews, News, reviewsThe first new SOUNDGARDEN song in fifteen years called 'Live To Rise' - from the major motion picture Avengers Assemble - is available for free download at iTunes.

The Avengers Assemble soundtrack will be available on iTunes on May 1st. The Avengers is scheduled for theatrical release on May 4th in 2D and 3D.

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Review - Scalp

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Well, this is a first for me - a band reaching out and asking me to review their new music by listening to it on Spotify.  I guess that's an OK strategy, although if I really liked the material this would not be acceptable to have to burn up my 3G bandwidth that AT&T robs me for using.  Still, I'm in front of the computer most of the time, so why not give this a listen.

For those that don't know, Scalp is a project who's mere mention probably put Andrew McNeice of MelodicRock.com into convulsions!  This is an AOR supergroup of sorts - featuring members of acts like W.E.T., Insania, Eclipse, Baltimoore and Sabaton).  Unfortunately for Scalp, the amalgamation of a lot of talent doesn't always translate into a great project.  SCALP is a pretty sub-standard AOR rocker that suffers from somewhat murky production as well as fairly drab material.

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Anvil's METAL ON METAL Turns 30

Image: Metal On Metal, Anvil, Pitriff, News, Interviews, reviews30 years ago today (April 15, 1982) Canadian legends ANVIL released their second studio album Metal On Metal recorded by Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY) at Phase One Studios in Toronto, Ontario. Not only did the album change the face of Canadian metal, it's power resonated around the world with molten metal tracks such as 'Mothra', '666', the instrumental 'March Of The Crabs' and the anthemic title track which was featured on the November 14th, 2010 episode of The Simpsons titled Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life.

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Ex-Deo Reveal New Artwork

Image: Ex Deo, Caligvla, Pitriff, CD Review, Interviews, NewsEX DEO, the ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, have revealed the artwork to their forthcoming new album, Caligvla, due for release on August 31st via Napalm Records. Check it out below:

In addition to the previously announced guest appearances from ALL SHALL PERISH guitarist Francesco Artusato, and Mariangela Demurtas from TRISTANIA, the band have now confirmed guest spots from SEPTICFLESH' Seth Siro and GRAVEWORM's Stefano Fiori. Every invited guest on the album will be of Roman or Greek descent.

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Sex Pistols Turn Down Closing Ceremony

Image: Sex Pistols, Pitriff, News, Interviews, ReviewsAccording to the UK's Guardian News, the SEX PISTOLS have declined an invitation to perform at the London 2012 closing ceremony.

The group, according to the Times, had been given the opportunity to play during A Symphony of British Music, due to take place in the Olympic Stadium on August 12th.

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Jerry Gaskill Working On New Release

Image: Jerry Gaskill, King's X, Pitriff, News, Interviews, CD ReviewsNashville-based vocalist, songwriter, producer, guitarist, bassist D.A. KarKos has issued the following update on the Jerry Gaskill (KING'S X drummer) solo record:

"As many of you know, before he had his heart attack, we've been busy demo-ing ideas together for Jerry's upcoming solo record. So let me fill you in with where we're at with it and what the plan is...

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Eluveitie Added To Sabaton Tour

Image: Eleveitie, Tour, Sabaton, Pitriff, CD Reviews, News, InterviewsSwiss folk metal bashers ELUVEITIE have added another leg to their 2012/2013 Helvetios World Tour. Starting in September, the band will hit the road in Europe with SABATON.

Dates are as follows:

September
7 - Hannover, Germany - Capitol
9 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
10 - Osnabrück, Germany - Hyde Park

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