• 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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  • Texas Hippie Coalition - RIDE ON

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    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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Review - Dirge Within

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THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Chicago metallers Dirge Within have returned with a brand new release called THERE WILL BE BLOOD.  Does anyone care?  While this band gained some attention because it features former Soil member Shaun Glass, their debut FORCE FED LIES didn't make much of an impression with the masses.  Still, you can't give up that easily, can you?  THERE WILL BE BLOOD seems to have benefitted from the band learning to be a band following the last effort.  Their ProPain meets God Forbid meets Slipknot/Stone Sour sound has really grown a great deal since their debut.  THERE WILL BE BLOOD is pretty solid.

With THERE WILL BE BLOOD, there are a lot of interesting things going on musically here.  Singer Jeremy Genske has really stepped up his game.  His snarling vocals are a near carbon copy for Gary Meskil of ProPain throughout; a very good thing in my book.  While that's solid, it's not enough to really carry this band anywhere.  Songs like "As We Pray" showcase another side of Genske that I'm betting he'll be featuring more and more as this band develops.  He's using a much cleaner vocal here that is very, very similar to Corey Taylor when he's singing in Stone Sour.  It works very well here, and on the album's best track "Memories".  Certainly, most of the music is still heavy, but songs like "Memories" could definitely find this band a way to break through to the more mainstream.

Don't read that as THERE WILL BE BLOOD being a soft, lame radio rock record, because it's anything but.  Musically, these songs are full of all the heaviness you would expect  from a band that has played gigs with Chimaira and Devildriver, among others.  Lead guitarist Chuck Wepfer and Glass roar throughout the overwhelming majority of the disc.  Songs like the punishing "Absolution" will have you moshing around your living room when cranked to maximum volume.  They are driven very nicely by drummer Frankie Harchut, whose precision and double base skills here are as solid as anything you will here in modern metal today.

The thing that's most interesting about Dirge Within could be taken as a positive or a negative depending on your perspective.  As you go from song to song, you can easily pick out current bands that have influenced each track.  As already mentioned, there's distinct sounds that remind of Slipknot, Stone Sour, ProPain, etc.  There's other material that reminds of everything from The Haunted to Hatebreed to God Forbid.  Again, if you are a fan of the modern metal, this could be just cool, or it could put you off as you can hear the original sound with a few finger swipes on your IPod.  In short, this effort is solid, although not all that uniquely creative musically.

PITRIFF RATING - 85/100 - THERE WILL BE BLOOD is a very strong modern metal effort.  While it's not setting any records for creativity, it still captures a lot of the best qualities other bands have perfected.  I'm digging it.  Look at the list of bands in the review.  Odds are if you like most of them, you'll like this.  If you don't...well, don't click any of the links below.

Chris Akin



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