• Sweet & Lynch - ONLY TO RISE

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    ONLY TO RISE

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    Being completely honest here, I really didn't expect a whole lot out of this. I'm not the biggest Stryper fan in the world by a long shot, and the truth is that I just never could fully get into Michael Sweet's vocals. There's just always been something about him. I'm not sure what it is. I guess

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  • AC/DC - ROCK OR BUST

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    ROCK OR BUST

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    In a year that has see a foundational piece of AC/DC succumb to a debilitating illness and another to his own personal insanity, AC/DC emerges after seemingly forever away with ROCK OR BUST. To be fair and truthfully honest, expectations on this release were pretty low. I know that AC/DC is a band that's been in business almost 50

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  • Whitesnake - BACK TO THE BONE

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    LIVE IN '84 - BACK TO THE BONE

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    David Coverdale and company have had a very long and successful history that started even before he formed Whitesnake. There's no denying the legacy here. Coverdale has had a fantastic career with Whitesnake, and his time in Deep Purple was every bit as strong to that band as a Sammy Hagar was to Van Halen

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  • 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

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    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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Ministry - FROM BEER TO ETERNITY

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FROM BEER TO ETERNITY

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Ministry has been retired before, but this time might really be it. With the death of guitarist and collaborator Mike Scaccia just three days after the initial sessions for FROM BEER TO ETERNITY were completed, this might just be the final statement that Al Jourgensen wants to make to the world under the moniker of "Ministry". If so, he goes out in very strong fashion. While certainly not the best Ministry album, FROM BEER TO ETERNITY is an angry effort that is every bit as reminiscent as anything Jourgensen and company have done.

One of the true joys of my professional life as a radio guy was an on-air debate I had with Jourgensen back around 2005 or so to argue politics. At that point, I was a hard leaning conservative, while Jourgensen proudly waved the flag of a liberal democrat. We battled on the air - yelling and screaming at each other our positions on war and world economics. Jourgensen spent three full albums bashing former president George W. Bush. So, to be honest, it's pretty surprising to hear a song like "Permawar" where he's now taking some serious smacks at President Obama. No argument from me. In all honesty, I think the two of us might have grown up enough now to understand that there is no "good" or "bad" party...just bad politicians on both sides of the aisle. FROM BEER TO ETERNITY seems to be more steeped in the Alex Jones philosophy of the Illuminati taking things over. Listening to songs like "Perfect Storm", you can hear it in the lyrics about population control and environmental destruction on the world. Throughout all the messages, you get some killer metal mixing it up. Guitarists Sin Quinn and Scaccia bring the now defined Ministry industrialized guitar sound to each and every song, with material like "Punch In The Face" and "Lesson Unlearned" just ripping your face off. Vocally, Jourgensen sounds pretty much like he has over the last several albums - gravelly but not quite as deep and effect enhanced as he did in the heyday of the band. That makes it that much easier to digest his messages. The frenetic "Fairly Unbalanced" cracks hard at the media and the Republicans, and it's easy to get this from both Jourgensen's lyrics and the most appropriate clips toward his message that he could find. It works.

PITRIFF RATING - 86/100 - FROM BEER TO ETERNITY is what you would expect from Ministry - a politically charged, punishing industrialized metal album that's as strong musically as it is in it's message. While you may not agree with all his politics (I don't), you can't deny that the presentation is such that even the most casual metalhead has to take notice of it. If this is the final release from Ministry, they go out with a bang.

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