• 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 - Stick To Your Guns DIAMOND

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For all the hype surrounding the whole “Post Hardcore” scene, there are a collection of up and coming bands that I just don’t get. Stick To Your Guns are one such band. There’s all kinds of hype on this band, but for my money I’ll take the original, Hatebreed, over anything these guys are doing. Listening to DIAMOND, you get a solid dose of their Hatebreed wannabe music with bits of modern vocals thrown in for good measure. To say it’s not working here is an understatement. DIAMOND just isn’t very good.

 

Without question, DIAMOND is a collection of dull songs – plain and simple. I know I keep referencing it, but it really just sounds like bad Hatebreed from a decade ago. Listening to songs like “The Bond”, you can’t help but think they listened to song “Perseverance” over and over again, and tried to write their version of the song. Vocalist Jesse Barnett sounds a lot like Jamey Jasta, and the band fills dead spots in the music with the same gang vocals that Hatebreed uses in their material. Songs like “We Still Believe” have a clean vocal throughout, but that’s even worse than the Jasta worship sound. Coming that with the over the top gang vocals in the chorus make this one an instant skip in my IPod.

Musically, Stick To Your Guns is solid but completely unremarkable on DIAMOND. There’s not a single note on this release – not a drum line, not a guitar riff, not a bass line – that even remotely sticks in your head. After 10 listens to this album, I still can’t pick out a single point where I can say, “the drums on xxxxxx are great” or “the riff on yyyyyyy is unique”. This whole release is dull parody of a genre they aren’t quite good enough to be a part of. That said, I can point to a universally terrible spot. The kids chorus in the song “Ring Loud (Last Hope)” is laughable; a terrible idea. The integration of sound effects is pretty poor as well. It’s not 1985 anymore, and clearly this isn’t a soundtrack to any movie.

PITRIFF RATING – 15/100 - I couldn’t hate this release more if it was accused of child molestation. Stick To Your Guns needs to find their own bullets instead of glomming onto someone else’s sound and doing it poorly. From poorly taking style from Hatebreed and Biohazard, to dull music to ridiculously unnecessary sound clips to try to create any sort of interest in these songs, DIAMOND is a failure.

Chris Akin

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