• 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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Saints Of Rebellion - New American Dream

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In a regular week, Pitriff receives about 50 emails from bands out there that are simply looking for exposure. They are all armed with their tales of concertgoer conquest. They all comes with lists of the greatest bands in the world with whom they've shared the stage. They all have their own story as to why they are the next big thing in the music world...if only Pitriff will be the online publication that puts them on the map with some attention. To be honest, I download about 1 out of every hundred releases that I'm offered this way. The sheer volume of music received from established acts just doesn't allow enough time to discover all these bands; even knowing that I'm probably missing a great one every now and again. Sometimes though, one of those requests pays dividends when I do give it a listen.

Out on the newer small label High Volume Music, Baltimore's Saints Of Rebellion is a basic rock n' roll band that hits the right spots for me, personally. In the largest regard, they seem cut from the exact same cloth that has produced another of my favorites of the moment, Black Stone Cherry. Listening to their album NEW AMERICAN DREAM, they really come across as a more raw version of BSC on a lot of the tracks. Songs like "Get You Some", could probably fit on any BSC album without anyone being convinced it was a different band. Vocalist Coby DeShazo has that sound - that powerful wail that's full bellied and just rawks when he let's it loose. He commands attention on the disc's best song, "Wine, Women and Song". What's interesting about DeShazo is that he has a bit of a modern flair to his sound here and there. His low end vocals sound very much like what works on active rock radio, before blasting on the choruses to deliver what works for actual fans of music.

While DeShazo's similarity to Black Stone Cherry vocalist Chris Robertson is easy to recognize as this band's signature, it's strength is, without question, the guitar work of John Adams. This guy can flat out play...period. His riffs and his solos are extremely strong and memorable, especially for this kind of shitkicker rock/metal. On songs like "Matters", his driving riff almost counterbalances his sweet ass soloing throughout the song. There's moments in this song where the riff feels like an old school arena rock jam, and yet other times when the soloing is fresh and unique to itself. This song also showcases the raw power of the rhythm section. Bassist Jay Hittafer really establishes himself here with some cool soloing along with matching the thunder of drummer Ryche Green. All in all, this is a band who works extremely well as a unit, and one who have created a killer disc.

PITRIFF RATING - 92/100 - Maybe it's that I just like rockin' out in a dirty bar with a couple shots of Jack, a smoke machine and bands that bring the dirty rock, but whatever it is, this band fits the bill. NEW AMERICAN DREAM is a very cool release that needs to be experienced by those of you that are fans of stuff like Black Stone Cherry or some of Zakk Wylde's non-BLS stuff (solo stuff or Pride & Glory ring a bell). It's modern day southern rock, and it's truly good.

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