• Wretch - 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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    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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    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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  • 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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Sebastian Bach - GIVE 'EM HELL

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It seems like every time Sebastian Bach releases new music, the first thought that comes to my mind is "this dude comes off like a douchebag ALOT in interviews, but he just kicks ass musically."  Amazing how that comes back around.  Baz is back, and he's been saying some interesting things in recent interviews.  Yet, just ignoring that silliness and digging into his latest, GIVE 'EM HELL, he hits the proverbial musical home run.  Easily the best release of his solo career and only topped in my eyes by SLAVE TO THE GRIND from his era of Skid Row, GIVE 'EM HELL is a blistering yet surprisingly melodic hard rock/heavy metal release.  Not that I'm surprised since I pretty much loved ANGEL DOWN and KICKING AND SCREAMING, but this is still about five steps beyond those releases.  Fans of Bach are sure to be VERY well entertained.

What's most surprising about GIVE 'EM HELL is the songwriting strength.  Not that Baz has ever been a great songwriter, but he's always found a way to create catchy, memorable songs since leaving Skid Row.  I read all the nonsense that he wasn't a writer and couldn't write for years, and yet songs like "By Your Side" from ANGEL DOWN are as good as anything that Skid Row came up with when it comes to ballads.  While there's not in the way of softer ballads on GIVE 'EM HELL, "Push Away" has a dark edge to it that's powered by Bach's crazy range as a vocalist.

For the most part though, GIVE 'EM HELL just rocks...hard.  First single "Temptation" is just an ass kicking rocker in the vein of "Mudkicker" from the Skid Row years, but with a bit more melody and a lot more of an addictive guitar line in the song.  Other songs, like the disc's best track "Taking Back Tomorrow", just sizzle with white heat.  This one has a touch more of a modern radio metal feel to it, but it slams just the same.  Bach's voice has degraded a touch since the glory days, but he still sounds damn good; especially when compared to so many of his contemporaries from the same era.  Hearing him bring the goods on songs like "Disengaged" or the nasty "Dominator", you can't help but know that Sebastian Bach is about as good at making hard rock as he ever has been.  Certainly, he's the best he's ever been as a solo artist.

PITRIFF RATING - 97/100 - I know I didn't mention it, but Bach has a world class band on this release as well.  Duff McKagan, Bobby Jarzombek, Steve Stevens, John 5 and Devin Bronson all lend their considerable talents to this release, which only makes the sound that much better.  For GIVE 'EM HELL though, it's really all about Bach, and he delivers the best of his solo career.  A must have for any fan of Bach, Skid Row's past, or the 80s hard rock and hair metal scene.

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