• Slipknot - .5 THE GRAY MATTER

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    .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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    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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    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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    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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  • Slash - WORLD ON FIRE

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    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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    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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    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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    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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News - Modern Day Escape

Image: Modern Day Escape, Tour, Pitriff, NewsModern Day Escape have announced the UNDER THE GUN tour with Dr. Acula and more to be announced. The following tour dates have been announced:

June 7th – The Pirate Bar, Santa Ana, CA
June 8th – The Junkyard, Las Vegas, NV
June 9th – Rock N Roots Festival, Scrambler Park
June 11th – Hell’s Kitchen, Tacoma, WA
June 12th – El Corazon, Seattle, WA
June 14th – Mojos, Ogden, UT
June 15th – Moe’s Original, Englewood, CO

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News - The Cult

Image: The Cult, Pitriff, NewsLOS ANGELES, CA – WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2012 – Venerable rock band The Cult will hit the pavement hard this summer with the first leg of its 2012 North American tour. The 20-date trek is set to kick off on Friday, May 25 in San Diego, CA bringing the band’s incendiary rock energy to major and secondary markets across the continent. In addition, the tour will include headline dates at the Great Canadian Beaverfest in Windsor, ON, and at Buffalo, NY’s Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf Concert Series (see itinerary below). For most of the dates, The Cult will be supported by Against Me! and The Icarus Line. Ticket on-sales begin later this week; log onto http://thecult.us/main/shows/ for all details and to purchase tickets.

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News - Mutilation Rites

Image: Mutilation Rites, Pitriff, NewsBrooklyn-based black metal band MUTILATION RITES will soon head out for another round of touring, this time hitting the midwest. The tour will start April 19 in Pittsburgh, PA and conclude on May 5 in Cleveland, OH.

The self-proclaimed “filthy black metal” quartet will be touring in advance of the release of their debut full-length, “Empyrean.” Due May 22, the album — which features the song “Realms of Dementia,” which Pitchfork recently premiered — was produced by Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD. A pre-order bundle consisting of the CD and t-shirt featuring the album’s cover art is available at the Prosthetic Store HERE.

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News - Krisiun

Image: Krisiun, Pitriff, NewsBrazilian death metallers KRISIUN will be returning to North America next week for an epic tour featuring the legendary Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA, bay area thrash titans DEATH ANGEL, and new breed of thrashers HAVOK! In regards to this upcoming trek, KRISIUN vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo comments: "Hey everyone!!! We in KRISIUN would like to invite all you diehard metal brothers to come on out and support our upcoming shows around the USA and Canada. We are gonna share the stage with our fellow countrymen, the almighty SEPULTURA, for the first time, plus fucking DEATH ANGEL and HAVOK. We guarantee you this combination of bands will unleash hell every night. See you guys out there!!!"

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News - Otherwise

Image: Otherwise, Pitriff, NewsLas Vegas rock breakout OTHERWISE is proud to announce that their debut album True Love Never Dies is set for a North American release date of May 8 via Century Media Records. Produced by the legendary Jay Baumgardener [Bush, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Incubus] and mastered by Howie Weinberg [Soundgarden, Pantera, U2, Aerosmith], the 14-track disc is packed with hard hitting, anthematic rock tracks.

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Review - Wretched SON OF PERDITION

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SON OF PERDITION

There’s a reason that, for the most part, Death Metal stays seeded in the bowels of the underground and can never make a launch outward. There’s a reason that there’s never been a breakout Death Metal band outside of Cannibal Corpse (and, let’s be honest, of those that know their name, maybe 1 of every 1000 could name a song). The reason is, and always will be, the lacking creativity in the vocals. While hardcores will argue the point, it’s pretty much true that death metal vocals are universally the same. They are so much the same that many times when a death metal vocalist can’t make a gig due to illness, another guy in the band just fills in without any loss in quality or sound.

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Interview - Michael Schenker

Image: Michael Schenker, Pitriff, InterviewsPitriff friend Bob Nalbandian sat down recently with the legendary Michael Schenker.  Check out the interview here!

Michael Schenker was talking to Bob Nalbandian in support of his latest album, TEMPLE OF ROCK, which is available now at most major outlets.

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Review - Stick To Your Guns DIAMOND

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DIAMOND

For all the hype surrounding the whole “Post Hardcore” scene, there are a collection of up and coming bands that I just don’t get. Stick To Your Guns are one such band. There’s all kinds of hype on this band, but for my money I’ll take the original, Hatebreed, over anything these guys are doing. Listening to DIAMOND, you get a solid dose of their Hatebreed wannabe music with bits of modern vocals thrown in for good measure. To say it’s not working here is an understatement. DIAMOND just isn’t very good.

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