• Sammy Hagar - LITE ROAST

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    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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  • Kix - ROCK YOUR FACE OFF

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    Kix might just be the last of the '80's bands to release new material. By now, it seems like everybody else you could name from the glory days of yesteryear has made a stab at making music in the new millennium. Of course, a lot of them, we wish they hadn't, and just left us to our misty-eyed

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Review - Iron Maiden EN VIVO

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EN VIVO

Up the irons! Iron Maiden are back once again with what, according to Wikipedia, would be their 10th live album EN VIVO. That’s right, they are so good live that they require a live album EVERY time they tour these days. I’m sure they will claim that’s how they can reach those that couldn’t attend the tour. I’ll claim it as milking the diehards. it doesn’t matter though. It’s Iron Maiden, and even though someone like me knows it’s an unnecessary release, I’ll be one of those diehards who’s teet is being squeezed once again by England’s finest.

 EN VIVO captures a concert in Chile, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect from Maiden. They sound great, as they always do. Working through music from their fairly average release THE FINAL FRONTIER, the band gets a good portion of the required, but unnecessary material out of the way from the start. “Satellite 15”, “The Final Frontier” and “El Dorado” come and go with a lot more energy than their recorded counterparts, thanks in large part to the neverending intensity provided by vocalist Bruce Dickinson. If you’ve seen Maiden before, you know that Dickinson never stops running throughout a show, and yet he sounds great throughout. The now too familiar cries of “Scream For Me, Chile” permeate most of the material as he engages the crowd and plays off the energy they give back. Both he and the band are hitting on all cylinders by the time they work into “2 Minutes To Midnight”, which comes surprisingly early in the set.

On EN VIVO the band are definitely focused and determined to touch on a good portion of material from most parts of their long career. With all their classic material they have to offer, itt was surprising to see so much latter day material performed in this set. Songs like “Blood Brothers”, “Dance Of Death” and “The Wickerman” all mix in surprisingly well with the classics. Overall, Maiden dedicates 8 of the 17 total songs to material released since 2000; surprising when you consider how much history they have. It all sounds good though. The dual or tri-guitar attack of Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers (if he’s even plugged in…we all wonder that) sound as strong as ever, although a bit more raw than on many previous tours. They tear through the galloping number “The Talisman”.

Still, an Iron Maiden concert tends to convert itself into a massive sing along when the band hits on any of their classics. No change here, as the Chileans are belting it out full force with the band on songs like “The Trooper” and “Fear Of The Dark”. Drummer Nicko McBrain seems to be literally pummelling the drums on the aforementioned “Trooper”, and they sound booming. By the time they finish with a 4 song barrage of their best work – “Iron Maiden”, “The Number Of The Beast”, “Hallowed Be Thy Name” and “Running Free”, it’s clear that they had given Chile another primo show.

PITRIFF RATING – 80/100 – I know that Maiden is now a theme band of sorts with every tour, and they have too many metal classics to play them all and still promote a new record. Still, this tour features nothing from SOMEWHERE IN TIME. It only features one song from POWERSLAVE, SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON and nothing from KILLERS. I’m all for promoting the new album, but those albums demand attention. Still, Iron Maiden is always welcome in my player, and I’m willing to be ripped off every couple of years by them with live releases. As was previously stated, Up The Irons!

Chris Akin

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