• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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  • Zakk Wylde - BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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  • Dream Theater - THE ASTONISHING

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    THE ASTONISHING

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    So, Dream Theater is back with a release that many are calling their most in-depth, and yet polarizing release. Fair enough. With 34 tracks and clocking in at over two hours in length, it’s certainly the most challenging on a listener to fully grasp and comprehend. Along with THE ASTONISHING, you are expected to read the book of lyrics

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  • Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    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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THE FINAL REVOLUTION

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In almost every subgenre of heavy metal, there's a band where you just know what you are going to get before you ever listen to a note of new music from the band.  In hard rock, it's AC/DC.  In modern rock/metal, it would be Disturbed.  In death metal, you could point to Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse or just about anyone else.  In hardcore, it's definitely Pro-Pain.  Before ever playing a single note of THE FINAL REVOLUTION, I had the strongest idea of what was coming.  Needless to say, my hunch was correct.  THE FINAL REVOLUTION is exactly as advertised.  It's violent.  It's a clear spit into the face of authority.  In short, it's Pro-Pain.

The lineup may change all the time, but there's no denying that if Gary Meskil is involved and is the primary songwriter, the music is always going to sound EXACTLY like what you have here on THE FINAL REVOLUTION.  To hear songs like "One Shot, One Kill", you can imagine this being on any release throughout the band's entire career.  Every song here is a definitive middle finger to authority, the government, and humankind at large.  It all works, to be honest.

Vocally, Meskil sounds like Meskil sounds.  He's a guttural rager who gains intensity by trying to outscream the guitars on each and every song.  He's successful most times, including on each song on THE FINAL REVOLUTION.  Songs like "The Final Revolution" showcase Meskil at his best; just spitting hatred toward a society that has fallen apart and needs a good kick in the nuts so it gets it's act together.

The revolving door that is Pro-Pain has continued in the last few years.  That said, today's lineup is pretty solid.  Guitarists Adam Phillips and Marshall Stephens do as good a job of creating the galloping riffs that drive the music as any combination of guitarists did before them.  On drums, Jonas Sanders has become the 8th drummer to sit behind the Pro-Pain kit, and he's as good as any of them.  Songs like "Can't Stop The Pain: could have been placed on any release in the band's career without sounding wildly different, heavier, or out of place.

PITRIFF RATING - 82/100 - If there's an issue with this release, it's that the production is a bit too dirty for my liking.  While Pro-Pain has never been a band steeped in crazy studio polish, THE FINAL REVOLUTION sounds more like a recording at a soundcheck than a true studio effort.  It's not ST. ANGER bad by any stretch, but when played against most of the other material being released today, there's a stark contrast production-wise.  That said, the songs are as strong as ever, and won't disappoint anyone that's been on board with the band for any of their two decades.  THE FINAL REVOLUTION rocks.

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