• 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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    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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GnR Members Reunite

Image: Guns N' Roses, Hall Of Fame, Pitriff, CD Reviews, News, InterviewsFormer GUNS N' ROSES band members Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke reunited on stage last night (Friday, April 13th) at the House Of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, where McKagan was celebrating the paperback release of his new memoir, It's So Easy (And Other Lies). The event - dubbed A Punk's Review - featured a book reading and saw musical accompaniment by Mike Squires on guitar, Jeff Rouse on bass and Paul Huxtler on pedal steel guitar.

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Review - Jeff Loomis

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PLAINS OF OBLIVION

It didn't seem like a coincidence that after the critical praise Jeff Loomis received from his last release, ZERO ORDER PHASE, that he left his main project Nevermore shortly afterward.  Admittedly, I have no idea how the story goes.  I don't know if Loomis was unhappy in Nevermore and was feeling out his options outside of the project, or if he just did a solo album and saw he could have success outside of the band.  To be fair, it might just have all fallen into place without either of those two scenarios playing out.  Whatever the case, Loomis left Nevermore a while ago, and now that puts all the pressure on his latest album, PLAINS OF OBLIVION, to launch his new career past the great band he was once a member of.

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Primal Fear Announce Graspop

Image: Primal Fear, Pitriff, heavy metal, news, innterviews, reviewsPRIMAL FEAR is the latest act confirmed for the 2012 edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting, which will be held from June 22nd - 24th in Dessel, Belgium. They will play on June 23rd. For tickets and event information visit the fesival'sFacebook page.

The band's European festival schedule is now as follows:

June
23 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
30 - Jaromer, Czech Republic - Rock Rebellion 2012

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Van Halen Debut New Video

Image: Van Halen, Pitriff, News, Heavy Metal, CD Reviews, InterviewsAccording to the VAN HALEN News Desk, Van Halen have premiered the second single off their new album, A Different Kind of Truth, for the song 'She's The Woman'.

Says VHND: "A fun and nasty rocker with a synchronized guitar/bass intro that nearly knocks you cold, 'She's The Woman' is an instant reminder that Van Halen can still work the heavy bag. This tune is one of six new songs that originated from older material from the seventies and is one of the most prototypical VH songs on the album. The driving riff is a cross between 'Mean Street' and 'Outta Love Again' and could have easily found a comfortable home on any early DLR-era material."

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Havok Release EP Tracklisting

Image: Havok, Pitriff, heavy metal news, pitriff, cd reviews, interviewsHAVOK will unleash a new EP titled Point Of No Return. Set for release on May 14th in Europe, the EP was recorded by the band with final touches by James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT) and contains two new songs plus two Havok-ized cover tunes. The Point Of No Return will coincide with the band's first European adventure beginning early May with GOATWHORE, ANGELUS APATRIDA and headliners 3 INCHES OF BLOOD.

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Willie Basse Forms Gypsy Experience

Image:  Willie Basse, Pitriff, news, cd reviews, interviews, heavy metalFormer BLACK SHEEP frontman Willie Basse has been forced to put his metal super group, COMMUNION - with singer Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TED NUGENT), drummer Bobby Rondinelli (RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH), guitarist Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON) and keyboardist Ed Roth (Halford, GLENN HUGHES) - on hiatus as "the timing wasn't right."

However, in lieu of Communion, Basse has created THE GYPSY EXPERIENCE.

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Megadeth Countdown To Chile

Image: Megadeth, CD Reviews, Interviews, news, PitriffMEGADETH have confirmed that they will perform the album Countdown To Extinction in its entirety, at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on September 7th. Tickets are now on sale at puntoticket.com.

A poster for the show can be seen below:

Megadeth and ROB ZOMBIE will embark on a co-headlining US tour next month. Confirmed dates are as follows:

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Richie Kotzen Cancels Shows

Images: Richie Kotzen, Interviews, CD Reviews, Pitriff, News, Poison, Mr. BigRICHIE KOTZEN has regretfully cancelled his shows planned for later this month in New York City, Long Island, Baltimore, and Redondo.

"Since I came back from Europe I have been struggling with my voice. Last Saturday's gig in San Juan Cap was a vocal disaster.

I thought it was fatigue from the brutal schedule in Europe however the voice is getting worse and now I am having pain even speaking.

Today I went to my doctor in Beverly Hills. He is an ear, nose, and throat specialist.

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