• 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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Ronny Munroe - ELECTRIC WAKE

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One of the most disrespected singers in all of heavy metal, Ronny Munroe has more than ably fronted Metal Church for a decade now. Fronting Metal Church since 2004, the band has been a touch inconsistent (A LIGHT IN THE DARK and GENERATION NOTHING being great, WEIGHT OF THE WORLD and THIS PRESENT WASTELAND being a bit forgettable), but that inconsistency really can't be blamed on Munroe. Having seen him a couple of times with Metal Church, he honors the work of Both David Wayne and Mike Howe without being a mere copycat clone of either. In short, he's taken the reigns of a legacy position and rode it ably into the future. Still, every time Munroe opens his mouth, there's some assclown on Blabbermouth screaming that he's not Wayne or Howe. No shit, Sherlock! His solo efforts though have been his places to shine on his own, and he's been especially strong there. ELECTRIC WAKE is definitely a strong metal effort. While not the best thing Munroe has done, it's a far cry from the worst.

Without question, Munroe knows how to sing metal songs well. Listening to songs like "Turn To Stone", this is exactly the kind of metal that old school metalheads are into now, and have always been into. His vast range is also on display on songs like "My Shadow", which opens up with a scream that sounded an awful lot like Ralf Sheepers of Primal Fear. Other songs, like "Ghosts", rock pretty hard and find Munroe in fine vocal form. This song also features Dokken/Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch laying down a solid, albeit generic solo that reminds me of Kreator for some reason. Throughout the entire disc though, Munroe is powerful; his strong vocals dominate each and every song on the disc.

On a negative front though, the songs are good, but not great like on his last release LORDS OF THE EDGE or his solo debut THE FIRE WITHIN. There are several songs here that are kind of flat and feel more like songs left off the last Metal Church release than something written solely for this project. That could very well be the case though, and if Munroe believed in these songs, why should they die on the cutting room floor? Still, songs like "Not You Not Me" are very flat and lacking tracks. Another real issue with ELECTRIC WAKE is the overall lack of flair from the band; specifically Stu Marshall on guitar. That's not to say he plays poorly anywhere, as he doesn't. But the performance is just flat from Marshall; surprising when you consider just how nasty and dynamic he played when teamed with Ross The Boss on 2013's WAR MASTER from Death Dealer.

PITRIFF RATING - 81/100 - I know I wrote a good amount of negative stuff here, but this is not a bad release at all. If you are a Metal Church fan, it's an instant winner. Munroe has done better in both the solo environment and with Metal Church, but that's not to say that ELECTRIC WAKE is a subpar effort. In a way I think he might suffer a bit from "Zakk Wylde Syndrome" that occurred when he was trying to do both BLS and Ozzy at the same time. After awhile, one was a shell of the other. I certainly recommend this to metal fans. It's the lead singer of Metal Church. For God's sake, it's not going to suck!!

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