• Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

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    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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    Image: WASP, Golgotha, Blackie Lawless, Pitriff, Review, Heavy Metal W.A.S.P.


    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

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  • Halestorm - INTO THE WILD LIFE

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    With the release of THE STRANGE CASE OF…, I fell in love with Lzzy Hale. So much so, in fact, that I jokingly got down on one knee and asked her to marry me at Rock On The Range two years ago (a proposal that she didn’t flat out turn down, so maybe there’s still hope!!). Let’s be

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Image: 33 Love Child, Heavy Metal News, Reviews, Interviews33 Love Child

So many times, new bands get all wrapped up trying to reinvent the musical wheel so much that they forget to actually showcase the core influences that made them what they are in the first place. 33 Love Child is a band that features vocalist Whiskey Diamond, who many metalheads might remember as the vocalist behind ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman's solo material some years ago. That said, he's brought his strong voice together with some qualified musicians to create an album chock full of material that doesn't really break any new musical ground, but just kicks ass because of one simple reason - it rocks.

33 LOVE CHILD is a straight forward, in your face rocker that brings forth a lot of old school fare; specifically in the guitar sounds and tones. While Diamond may be the "face" of the band, guitarist Ricky Charles is by far the best reason to get into these guys. Listening to a song like "Give It Up" as an example, you can hear that Charles has taken his cues from both the 80s metal era as well as some of the 90s hard rock bands that mattered. His sound is unique to itself - featuring a lot of the more gallopy 90s styled riffs that powered so much of the active rock radio stations for so many years, but then unexpectedly unleashing a surprisingly 80s-like, almost Tipton-like solo in the middle to give the song that extra bit of blast that will lure both young and old fans into this band's music. Not only does he showcase these styles, but he shows an acoustic flair at times as well. Songs like "21" and "Can't You See" both prove that Charles would be an interesting player to hear regardless of if his guitar required a plug or not. To say the least, Charles is an extremely skilled player whose sound is very unique upon itself. It works in a big way here.

While Charles may be the reason I personally think this band rocks, there really is no denying that Whiskey Diamond is an amazing, compelling singer. He has a bit of rasp to his voice, but that's more coloring than a lack of skill. There's a soul to his sound, and at the same time there's an absolute power when he wants to unleash that only the best vocalists have shown in the last 25 years. Listening to a song like "Bitch", you literally feel the pain and disgust as he spits out the chorus of "I don't need your bullshit, bitch". It's real, and it's pretty obvious that this song came as the product that was said in a very ugly argument. He also brings a full on, soulful experience on the band's cover of The Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See". In short, he brings it strong throughout.

PITRIFF RATING - 87/100 - While there's nothing here that you haven't heard before, 33 Love Child is a solid new band that's virtually a lock to entertain fans of hard rock and heavy metal ranging from the radio friendly harder rock music of the 90s through the more traditional metal of bands from the 80s. Full of cool rockers and a lot of soul, 33 LOVE CHILD is a band that's probably going to be around for awhile.

Chris Akin

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