• Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

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    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

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  • Iron Maiden - 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

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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    Image: WASP, Golgotha, Blackie Lawless, Pitriff, Review, Heavy Metal W.A.S.P.


    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

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Image: Doro, Under My Skin, Pitriff, heavy metal, cd reviews, news, interviewsDoro

Contrary to popular belief and a lot of silly bits that I've done throughout the years on THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW and THE METAL SHOW respectively, I really am a fan of Doro. I loved her work in Warlock, and I like her work even more as a solo artist. I'm one of those guys that even liked that period where she tried to stop being metal and attempted to be more of a vocalist than the reigning queen of metal. But all that said, at what point do we just say "enough" to all these rehashes, reissues, and repackaging of her's (or any artists) greatest hits? I think now is as good a time as any.

UNDER MY SKIN is what it is - a collection of Doro tunes that fans have liked for years, have paid for at least twice, and really will only buy to support their favorite female artist. Again, love Doro and love the music, but grow tired of these retread double disc sets to introduce fans to "new" versions of classic songs or hits that we've already heard far too many times.

If you are into Doro, then you will immediately know most of these songs. You will also recognize that several of the better ones are new version which, quite frankly, are less appealing than their originals. The 2007 remake of "All We Are" is decent enough. To her credit, Doro sounds as good now as she did when she debuted back in the 80s. Also to her credit, she's built a best band she's ever had around her right now. All that said though, do we really need a new version of "All We Are", or is this just one of those royalty swaps so that she can get paid for the song under her name instead of splitting it with the old Warlock camp? Even worse is "I Rule The Ruins", a song that comes complete with the symphonic accompaniment. To me, this is the best song she ever did, and the last thing I ever want to hear is a bastardized version of the original. Throughout this two disc collection, you get hits, misses, remixes, re-recordings...a little bit of everything from Doro's career. If you own none of it, then this might be interesting for you. If you are like me, it's wasted space on a hard drive that already contains this with better packaging, better surrounding songs, and better versions of songs in a lot of occasions.

PITRIFF RATING - 60/100 - If you are a completist, give Doro's record company your $15 and get this. If not, buy the albums instead. Doro's career has been great for a very long time, so there's no need to really buy amalgamations of her career when the originals are far better.

Chris Akin


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