• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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  • Zakk Wylde - BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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KENTUCKY

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This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind when you hear them. “Man, this fuckin’ rocks!” Showcasing a lot more depth in songwriting as well as growth within the confines of what they already did extremely well, Black Stone Cherry’s KENTUCKY shines brightly in a catalog that was already filled with musical floodlights.

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Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

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THE BOOK OF SOULS

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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 THE FINAL FRONTIER would NOT have been that bang at all, but more of a generic whimper from a band that is capable of so much more. With a lot of hype (generated mostly by the band themselves), THE BOOK OF SOULS comes forth. It’s a LOT of listening to say the least - 2 discs, multiple songs over 10 minutes long, and a ton of nuances to swallow before you can truly form an opinion on it. It’s a daring project for Iron Maiden, especially at a time when it’s destined to be little more than a vehicle that gives them a reason to tour the world once again.

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W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

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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 long wait (almost 6 years), Blackie Lawless and company return with GOLGOTHA; an album that continues the tradition started by DOMINATOR and BABYLON of integrating less shock and more of the biblical epiphany Lawless has welcomed into his life into the messages of new music.  To be honest, that is not really a problem to me, personally. As someone that truly finds the bible fascinating, I like introspective takes on biblical topics in movies and in music.

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Lynch Mob - SUN RED SUN

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SUN RED SUN

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On THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, George Lynch is regularly a topic of conversation. Maybe that has to do with the fact that Neeley is a personal friend of Don Dokken and I work for Don on his website, but I like to believe that he becomes a topic because, first and foremost, we are big fans of the guy's work...sometimes. When George Lynch is being the George Lynch of old, he falls into that untouchable place that's reserved for only the smallest list of amazing guitar players. I'll give him credit for consistently trying new things, but won't lie and say that things like Souls Of We or Microdot have been very appealing. When he straps it on and unleashes his brand of driving hard melodic rock, he's as good as it gets.

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U.D.O. - DECADENT

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DECADENT

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I'm sure I'm not in the minority here, but I'm glad that we now have a killer version of Accept with Mark Tornillo as well as the continuation of U.D.O. with Udo Dirkschneider. In short, it's led to both bands stepping up their game and creating great music. While neither side will admit competition with the other band, the fans certainly listen to each new release and compare it to what the other side is doing. Both sides have released new music in rapid fire fashion, and both have been at their creative best for several years now. It's a damn good thing as a fan.

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