• Opeth - PALE COMMUNION

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    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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  • Mr. Big - ...THE STORIES WE COULD TELL

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    ...THE STORIES WE COULD TELL

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    As a fan of Mr. Big, I can't honestly say that many people thought that their reunion was much more than a cash grab opportunity for the guys in the band who, while immensely talented, failed to find solo success to match their collaborative efforts. It was never a question of if they could still play.

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  • Slash - WORLD ON FIRE

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    Hey Gene Simmons. The corpse of rock n' roll just had a baby. That baby is not an average baby at all. That baby was not stillborn, but came out kicking and screaming with an intensity rarely seen. This baby is destined for greatness. This infant is out to prove you wrong. While your days of spitting fire and

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  • Davey Suicide - WORLDWIDE SUICIDE

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    I had the pleasure of working directly with Davey Suicide as he prepped his debut release a few years ago for release. I got to work with him on some promotional stuff, some publicity stuff, his website and a lot more of that kind of stuff. In that work, I quickly found him to be far more than the

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  • Ministry - LAST TANGLE IN PARIS

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    Al Jourgensen of Ministry has been threatening to take his ball and go home for a long time now. Quite frankly, I'm not sure I believe that he'll ever retire. Every time he says he's retiring, he seems to come right back with more music that's stronger, meaner and just better than anything in his past. Being quite

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  • Kix - ROCK YOUR FACE OFF

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    Kix might just be the last of the '80's bands to release new material. By now, it seems like everybody else you could name from the glory days of yesteryear has made a stab at making music in the new millennium. Of course, a lot of them, we wish they hadn't, and just left us to our misty-eyed

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  • Evergrey - HYMNS FOR THE BROKEN

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    In the world of progressive metal, there are exactly 2 bands which I worship. Those bands are Symphony X and Evergrey. Both bands are immensely talented, feature incredible musicianship, and come full of great lyrical and musical representations that tell amazing stories to the listeners. Following their last release GLORIOUS COLLISION, it really seemed like Evergrey may have

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  • Ace Frehley - SPACE INVADER

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    Am I the only one that is tired of not only Ace Frehley, but all members of Kiss past and present? Since they were nominated for the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF CORPORATE, it has been a steady stream of nonsense, bickering, anger, hurt feelings and now emotional trauma. It's over already. Get over it. It's 2014. Kiss is

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  • Blackberry Smoke - LEAVE A SCAR

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    Right up front, Blackberry Smoke is not a metal band. They are a southern-rock band, in the classic, original sense. These days, the term "southern rock" has been applied to everybody from Black Stone Cherry to Nashville Pussy to Crowbar, all sounds that would be alien and extreme in the days of Skynyrd and

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  • Skid Row - UNITED WORLD REBELLION, CHAPTER 2

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    Part two of the three part Skid Row series known as UNITED WORLD REBELLION has been unleashed. Dubbed as RISE OF THE DAMNATION ARMY, UWR2 picks up where the first EP left off. There's simple math here. Over the course of these two EPs you have 14 songs. If you put the two together, you've got

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  • Downset - ONE BLOOD

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    As a fan of Downset, I wasn't really surprised when the band split up in 2009. They claimed that "the band has run it's course". As a fan, I believe that. They definitely had a huge influence on a lot of the bigger nu-metal bands of the 2000s. Certainly, anyone that heard releases like DO WE SPEAK A DEAD LANGUAGE

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  • Madball - HARDCORE LIVES

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    As a total fan of hardcore metal, it's a genre that doesn't always make a lot of sense. Certainly, there's no real questioning why a band like Agnostic Front is the "Black Sabbath" of the genre. Equally, it's not much of a surprise that Biohazard was so well regarded as they broke the style into the mainstream with the big

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  • Accept - BLIND RAGE

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    Accept continue to rage on. Since his debut with the band, it's as clear as can be that vocalist Mark Tornillo has completely revitalized this band. His first two discs with the band, BLOOD OF THE NATIONS and STALINGRAD, were both masterpieces that sit near the top of the Accept catalog...regardless of who the singer is. This is not to

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News - Little Caesar

Image: Little CaesarLITTLE CAESAR vocalist Ron Young recently provided BraveWords.com with an exclusive update, stating that the band's fifth full length album will be titled American Dream. There will 11 new tracks and they are working with Bruce Witkin, Ryan Dorn and Carlos 'Apple G' Orellana in a co-production effort with the band.

Young checked in again today (April 8th) with another exclusive round-up:

Day One: "We got some great drum sounds and 2 basic tracks cut last night... Hoping for a marathon productive day."

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News - Dragonforce

Image: Dragonforce, Pitriff, NewsDRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li and new vocalist Marc Hudson are featured in a new interview with Niclas Müller-Hansen at Sweden's Metalshrine. An excerpt is available below:

Q: Do you consider this album more different than the previous ones? How do you look at it?

Herman Li: "I think it´s definitely a different type of dynamics than the last album. I mean, we definitely touch on different kind of musical ways that we haven´t done before. The speed is obviously still there, but we´ve expanded our boundaries on this album. We´ve actually broken our own rules book as we said we would never do certain things in Dragonforce, and we actually did."

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News - The Spittin' Cobras

Image: The Spittin' Cobras, Pitriff, NewsOn the heels of the release of their debut album Year Of The Cobra, Seattle's The Spittin' Cobras have announced tour dates in support of the album. The tour is comprised of headlining dates as well as several supporting the Reverend Horton Heat.

"We can't wait to visit exotic distant lands such as Madison, Chicago, Austin and everywhere in between and really bring this record to life. We're very honored to share the stage on this tour with The Reverend Horton Heat. Watching him play is like taking Rock N' Roll 101," says frontman Alx Karchevsky of the upcoming dates.

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News - Sabaton

Image: Sabaton, Pitriff, NewsVocalist Joakim Brodén and bassist Pär Sundström of the Swedish heavy metal band SABATON have issued the following statement:

"To end all rumors that SABATON will stop touring or even act/perform as a band, we can now present that SABATON's new lineup will be as follows:

Joakim Brodén - Vocals, Pär Sundström - Bass, Chris Rörland - Guitars, Tobbe Englund - Guitars, Robban Beck - Drums

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News - It Boys! Release Debut

Image: It Boys, Pitriff, News, Reviews, InterviewsLos Angeles rock-pop group IT BOYS! are excited to announce the release of their debut album, INTRODUCTION, out June 5th on Hollywood Waste Records. INTRODUCTION , a 12-song record built on the band's credible strengths as musicians and songwriters, offers listeners tightly crafted songs and floor-shaking rhythms that burst with big hooks and unforgettable melodies.

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News - Dilana Releases "Sexaholic"

Image: Dilana, Pitriff, Heavy Metal NewsSouth African rocker DILANA is ready to reclaim the spotlight. The multi-talented singer, songwriter and actress, well known for her runner-up performance on Rockstar: Supernova, has just released her latest single 'Sexaholic', and is busy putting the finishing touches on her new music video for the dynamic and provocative song. 'Sexaholic' brings the dark side of the disease known as sex addiction to the forefront. The eye-catching video, presented by Eardish.com, promises to be a dark, disturbing and unique look at this often overlooked affliction. The track is currently available for purchase on iTunes and at other digital outlets, and the video is due to be released in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout.

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News - Gojira

Image: Gojira, Pitriff, Heavy Metal NewsNew York, NY: French metal act Gojira, easily one of the most buzzed about and beloved extreme bands of the past five years, have revealed L'Enfant Sauvage as the title of their Roadrunner Records debut. The title translates to "The Wild Child." The album, which features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal, is scheduled to land at retail on June 26.

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News - All Else Fails

Image: All Else Fails, Pitriff, NewsEdmonton, Alberta's premiere metal troop, All Else Fails released their latest album of aural attack, The Oracle: What Was, Is, and Could Have Been, on August 19, 2011 on Suicidal Bride Records. The new 13-track disc has been received extremely well by fans and critics alike, even recently being nominated "Best Metal Album of The Year" at this year's upcoming Edmonton Music Awards. In this exclusive world premiere by PureGrain TV, the band showcases their new music video "Obsidian Walls" directed by AEF vocalist / guitarist Barrett Klesko who also runs the video production company FadeBack Studios United.

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