• 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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Review - Cannibal Corpse TORTURE

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TORTURE

Ahhh...another lullaby for my sickened soul! The masters of horrific death metal are back once again. Here's a surprise - this is heavy and fast! Stunning, right? Honestly, this is one I could probably have written without ever hearing a note of the album. It's heavy. It's fast. It kicks all kinds of ass if you are into this type of thing.

 

Still, there's plenty to appreciate here with TORTURE. First and foremost, TORTURE takes up where KILL failed in my eyes; showcasing a lot of musical ability in the form of interesting transitions and (dare I say it) a hint of rhythm in some of the parts! To be clear, we're not talking about bubble gum, stick in your head Motley Crue rhythmic action here, but for Cannibal Corpse, songs like "Scourge Of Iron" have just a touch of flair that's far more churning and rhythmic than almost all of their back catalog.

Musically, Cannibal Corpse has always been solid, but they never fully gelled after Jack Owen left in 2004 until now. By far, TORTURE is the most cohesive album these guys have done in nearly a decade. In large part, that's due to the absolutely incredible guitar work here. Pat O'Brien and Rob Barrett simply overpower this legendary group's sound on TORTURE with what might be the most fierce guitar attack in the band's history. Listening to material like the happy "Encased In Concrete", you just hear some of the thickest, ripping guitar riffs ever recorded. Throughout the entire release, the riffs are 10 tons thick, while the soloing pierces the songs. Barrett and O'Brien are stellar throughout. The same can be said, as always, of the band's twisted underbelly. Bassist Alex Webster and the nearly mechanized drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz roar throughout. The drumming is just sick on songs like "The Strangulation Chair" and "Instestinal Crank".

Vocally, it is what it is. George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher fits the role just fine. He's always been better than the overrated Chris Barnes as a growler. Let's face it though, picking either to lead your band is like choosing which sort of cancer you want to kill you. As always, Fisher is solid and steady as he barks out his murderous nonsense. He's doing his job, although he's never excelled much further than that in my eyes.

PITRIFF RATING - 87/100 - As Cannibal Corpse goes, this is definitely their best album in recent memory. Well worth a trip into misery, Corpse has unleashed a good one this time around.

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