• 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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Review - Six Feet Under - UNDEAD

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Six Feet Chimaira arrives with their first effort featuring more than half of at least one of the Chimaira touring lineups (drummer Kevin Talley and guitarist Rob Arnold). In all seriousness, this is definitely still Six Feet Under, but with the biggest single upgrade in musicianship any band of this ilk has ever seen. Personally, I couldn't be more happy for Arnold. Having spent time just hanging out and talking death metal with Arnold on several occasions, I know first hand how much he respected Six Feet Under and Chris Barnes, so joining this band to him had to be the equivalent of winning the lottery.

As far as the new album UNDEAD goes, what exactly were you expecting? Something that sounded like Chimaira, but with a much more sinister barking vocal? Nah, not happened in Chris Barnes' band. While the guitar work is infinitely better and the drumming is much more stylish and intricate than any other effort in the band's catalog, UNDEAD is still a Six Feet Under effort that's driven home by the signature grunting of death metal legend Chris Barnes. That's not to say that Arnold's sound doesn't make a big impression though. It does. His riffs and fills on songs like "18 Days" could very well have first emerged on his previous band's INFECTION album without anyone thinking they were out of place. In fact, there are several points on UNDEAD where the music takes a decidedly more modern extreme metal slant from time to time. That said, it's always brought back to the center where Barnes snarls and rants about every unmentionable act his sick mind can come up with. Thankfully, Barnes stays at a level of inaudible where I don't have to translate what he's saying. I'd imagine that I really don't want to know exactly what's being described on songs like "Molest Dead" and "Delayed Combustion Device".

Obviously, I respect Barnes' career even if I'm not a fan of it. That said though, UNDEAD is by far the most musical effort the band has done since WARPATH. Talley is one of the single best drummers in the world, and you have no way to not recognize that here. His speed and ability to completely change pacing in the middle of a movement, like he does on "Blood On My Hands", is simply amazing to hear. He teams beautifully with ex Chimaira guitarist turned bassist Matt Devries throughout, thickening the bottom half on songs like the punishing "Near Death Experience".

PITRIFF RATING - 86/100 - Six Feet Under is a band that, to me, has long been the definition of what I want to hear from a death metal band (with the exception of the vocals). Barnes' voice will never hit home with me, but musically UNDEAD is powerful, musical and yet distinctly death metal. This is a solid effort here.

Chris Akin



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