• 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

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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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  • 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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UFO - SEVEN DEADLY

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SEVEN DEADLY

I think to give a fair analysis of my musical taste when it comes to UFO.  I am not, on any level, a fan that's been there from the start of this band.  They are OK, but certainly not a band I've ever considered to be great by any level.  I never really followed them, so the who's who of the lineup is not of great concern to me like it might be to other fans of the band.  Further, I'm definitely not one of those guys that celebrates Michael Schenker as the god of the six strings like so many do.  I have all his work, and I'm yet to be really bowled over by anything he's done.  As it relates to UFO, I'm not one of those guys that will immediately dismiss an album with Vinnie Moore on it because it simply doesn't feature Schenker.

With all that said, we come to SEVEN DEADLY - one of the very worst albums in the UFO catalog.  While the last couple of records have been passable without really being overwhelming, SEVEN DEADLY is remarkably drab, dull and surprisingly undynamic album that feels a lot more like a Vinnie Moore blues rock solo project than anything in UFO's catalog.

To be fair though, the problem is not Moore.  The problems are twofold - the musical direction itself and vocalist Phil Mogg.  Having caught the band on one of their recent tours, it's clear that Mogg has turned more and more into a rock n' roll vagabond hippie than ever before.  He's all the way there lyrically here.  To put it bluntly, much of this album comes off as fairly incoherent rambling from a stoned lunatic.  Some of these songs, like "The Fear" really sound like they were put together by writing the last word of every line first so they all rhymed, then going back and filling in the rest of the words so there was something to sing.  Add to that the fact that this song is closer musically to Blues Traveler than UFO and you can start to realize the problem here.  When they do find it musically, like on "Wonderland", Mogg again pollutes the song with rantings that just don't translate to anyone with lucid thought process.  He goes on and on about "The Monkey" - whatever that is.  I tried to figure it out, thinking it could be anything from a drug addiction to an actual monkey, and none of it makes any sense at all.

Musically, it's just not there on this release either.  I've always thought that every heritage band that's been out for 20 plus years should have to spend a day or two in a room just hanging out and listening back to their entire catalog before ever writing a single note of music.  Never has that been more clear than on SEVEN DEADLY.  This music has literally nothing to do and/or not a single moment in common with the sound and style UFO built their career on.  Songs like "Mojo Town" could easily win you a bar bet trying to get an unsuspecting fan with an MSG shirt on to guess who the band playing was.  "This sounds like Phil Mogg, but that's definitely not UFO" - most probable answer you would get if playing that game with a fan.

PITRIFF RATING - 30/100 - Musically dull and lyrics so bizarre at times they make Lou Reed's LULU lyrics seem well defined and thought out, SEVEN DEADLY is a disaster of a project.  To their credit, UFO is still cranking out new music every few years.  To their demise, UFO is still cranking out new music every few years.  Sad to say, but this is pretty lame.

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