• 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

    Image: Machine Head, Bloodstone & Diamonds, Pitriff, Review, Thrash Metal Machine Head
    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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    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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    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

    Image: Cavalera Conspiracy, Pandemonium, Pitriff, Death Metal, Review Cavalera Conspiracy
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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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  • Slipknot - .5 THE GRAY MATTER

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    With a ton of speculation and even more wonderment on this band's ability to continue on without founding members Paul Gray and Joey Jordison, Slipknot has returned after far too long of a layoff with .5 THE GRAY MATTER. I've listened to this release multiple times a day for the last week or so that I've had it,

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  • Opeth - 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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    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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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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