• Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

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    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

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  • Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

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    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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    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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  • W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

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    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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REGRINDING THE AXES

What could be more useless in 2012 than a new Molly Hatchet studio album?  Clearly the band knew.  The correct answer is: a Molly Hatchet covers album.  Look, I've got no real issues with Molly Hatchet.  Every tractor pull and ribfest has to have their live band entertainment, and Foghat always needs a co-headliner.  As far as recorded music though, I have to assume that Molly Hatchet recorded music stopped meaning anything to anyone around the time the replacement players started outnumbering the original members in the band.  Still, they want to continue on, so God bless 'em.

 

REGRINDING THE AXES couldn't have been more useless a release if Tesla recorded it and called it REAL TO REEL 3.  Here's a word of advice to all the bands out there from a simple nobody that's a music fan.  The overwhelming majority of us DO NOT CARE who your influences were.  Your influences are meant to be a one line thing we read in an interview...not a $15 bill we have to pay if we are catalog collectors.  Another thing - cover songs are meant to be a single song tagged on the end of a great album.  I don't care if you are a fan of Megadeth, Motley Crue or Molly Hatchet - it's a fact that 99.99% of the time fans hate covers albums and feel ripped off by their favorite bands when they put them out.

Now that you know where I'm coming from here, on to the review.  "Freebird" cover - well, no shock that Molly Hatchet would be a. influenced, and b. covering a Lynyrd Skynyrd tune, is there?  Decent cover, although it's almost a note for note replication of the original and, therefore, fairly useless to me.  Hatchet's cover of George Thorogood and the Destroyers' "Bad To The Bone" is embarrassing.  Hearing lead vocalist Phil McCormack struggle with the stuttering "B-B-B-B-Bad" parts is laughable; distracting enough to make me think that they should have scrapped the entire song.  The problem with this whole release is that all the songs are so stereotypical of what you would expect from this that there's nothing fresh or interesting about it.  Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Allman Brothers, Thin Lizzy - all are what every band of this ilk was influenced by.  Yet, all the songs they chose to cover were the most recognizable from each band, so there's no coolness factor there as well.  Even further down the suck trail, every song feels almost note for note like the original.  It's clear the band had NO intention of putting their own spin on this at all.

PITRIFF RATING - 8/100 - Unless I'm mistaken, there's not a single member of this band that's been there for every show and every album.  It's hard to take them as anything but a cover band when there's no member that knows the entire history of the band.  This is what a cover band does - they play cover songs.  If four friends and I got together and recorded these songs, we'd have almost as much right to call ourselves Molly Hatchet.  Interestingly, there's probably be as much interest in that release as there will be in this one.  Molly Hatchet is no longer flirting with disaster.  They are married to it.  Terrible.

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