• 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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Vista Chino - PEACE

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Financial politics once again ruins a great band. In this case, it's the greatest band of the stoner rock genre, Kyuss. With heated debates about publishing and the payments from such things, Kyuss split up. Part of them became Queens Of The Stone Age, and other parts had various titles like Sloburn, Hermano and, eventually, Kyuss Lives. That wasn't allowed due to more legal bullshit, so Kyuss Lives became Vista Chino. To be blunt about it, I'm still personally pissed off at all these guys for ruining a band I've enjoyed throughout my life as much as any. BLUES FOR THE RED SUN is about as good of a rock album has ever been recorded in my eyes; it never leaves my iPod or goes unattended too long. I've never dug Queens Of The Stone Age much, and to be honest, really wasn't overwhelmed by Hermano or Sloburn either. In short, these guys legal bullshit killed what I, personally, was digging.

Out of nowhere though comes Vista Chino. To say they haven't clawed all the way back would be a lie. In short, Vista Chino is THE definitive album of this genre for 2013, and may just be the very best thing any of these guys have recorded in their entire careers. PEACE not only finds that killer, dirty groove that drives this kind of music, but the vibe is so much more real and believable than anything I've heard this year other than Scorpion Child. Certainly, the old Kyuss spirit is alive and very, very well. Leading the charge is frontman John Garcia. While he's one of the most recognizable singers in stoner rock history, his sound here is richer than on his last few bands. Songs like "As You Wish" have him leading a driving, charging number with more soul than he's exhibited in years. He sounds great on PEACE, but is far from the only great performer here.

In fact, the star performer of PEACE has got to be Bruno Fevery on guitar. This guy is every bit the player that his predecessor in Kyuss was, and to be honest has far more flavor in his work than even the original band did. His riffs on songs like "Dargona Dragona" are simply gigantic, while his fuzzed out soloing on songs like "Planets 1 & 2" will have your head banging and the words "fuck yeah" being whispered if you are listening through headphones at work. He's complimented nicely by longtime drumming legend Brant Bjork, whose rhythmic power puts each song on cruise control as Fevery rocks and Garcia howls. Listening to songs like "Adara", you realize that these guys are as strong, or may just be even stronger, than they ever were before.

PITRIFF RATING - 98/100 - Hail the Chino! Pack the bowl tightly. Get the lighter ready. Take yourself on that trip into stoned enlightenment. PEACE is as good as it gets, folks. There won't be a better stoner metal album than this released this year. I'd argue that this one is in legendary status of the entire genre's history. Smart, fun, powerful and as core to the true sound and tradition of the style, PEACE flat out brings it. You won't be sorry if you buy this one!

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