• Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

    Image: Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls, Review, Classic Metal, Pitriff, Chris Akin Iron Maiden


    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

    Image: Slayer, Repentless, Pitriff, Review, Thrash Metal, Chris Akin Slayer


    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

    Image: Operation Mindcrime, Geoff Tate, Reviews, Music, heavy metal Operation: Mindcrime


    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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    Image: WASP, Golgotha, Blackie Lawless, Pitriff, Review, Heavy Metal W.A.S.P.


    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

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  • Halestorm - INTO THE WILD LIFE

    Image: Halestorm, Into The Wild Life, Pitriff, heavy metal, reviews, interviews Halestorm


    With the release of THE STRANGE CASE OF…, I fell in love with Lzzy Hale. So much so, in fact, that I jokingly got down on one knee and asked her to marry me at Rock On The Range two years ago (a proposal that she didn’t flat out turn down, so maybe there’s still hope!!). Let’s be

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Image: Scalp, Heavy Metal, Reviews, PitriffScalp

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.

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.

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.

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...

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:

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

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.

Image: Jeff Loomis, Plains Of Oblivion, Pitriff, heavy metal reviews, newsJeff Loomis

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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