• 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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CD REVIEW Slash Best Buy Set

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(Best Buy Collector's Edition)

Make no mistake, I'm a Slash fan.  The guy writes and plays music I like, and he has proven it in multiple bands.  While I'm sure it's more the record company's decision than the band's, this is the third version of this release that I've purchased.  There was the original, then the "deluxe" with two bonus tracks, and now the Best Buy Exclusive Collector's Edition with a bonus acoustic show and a live DVD.  Seriously, is the industry hurting so bad that they have to fuck the hardcore fans into purchasing the same music three times?  Apparently so.

I won't bother to review the main release, as it's reviewed here if you want to search and find it.  It was a 92/100 if I remember right.  It's truly terrific, and songs like "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun" are as good as anything Slash has ever been a part of.  I also won't really bother to review the LIVE FROM NYC DVD, other than to say that much like this year's earlier LIVE IN STOKE release, it's pretty kick ass and showcases the great chemistry between Slash and Myles Kennedy live.  I will however review the eight song acoustic disc that comes with this.  While certainly listenable, these songs really come off pretty tepid and boring; sad considering just how dynamic these guys are live.  Vocalist Myles Kennedy is a chameleon in the live setting, but doing an acoustic live performance such as this where he doesn't have the power of the plugged in music really takes away from his vocal abilities.  Songs like Velvet Revolver's "Fall To Pieces" feature one of the flattest and dull vocal performances ever recorded from Kennedy.  The same can be said about the Guns N' Roses classic "Civil War", where Kennedy almost seems like he can't find the right pitch to sing in.  He goes up and down in register on this song looking for the right fit, and seemingly never finding the right range to perform the song in acoustically.  This is not to say it's all bad, as it's not.  Kennedy shines on songs like "Back From Cali" and "Far And Away".

The other problem here is no one's fault, but at the same time plagues the release.  Slash's distinctive sound is all but gone here thanks to the acoustic performance.  For a guitarist who's every note electic is immediately recognized as Slash, hearing him reduced to little more than an average accompaniment for Kennedy on songs like "Beggars And Hangers On" really takes things backwards when listening to it.  He sounds fine, but not distinctive in the least bit on songs like "Starlight" or "Not For Me".  In short, the thought of purchasing new "Slash" is pretty much nullified by the acoustic dumbing down of the material.

PITRIFF RATING - 85/100 - As a whole, this Best Buy edition of APOCALYPTIC LOVE is very worth having.  It has the great original release, two killer bonus tracks, and a great DVD and it's only $20.  That said, the allure to purchasing this release again was the acoustic disc, and it's pretty boring.  I can't say it's horrible, but if you are like me, already purchased this before and wanted this SOLELY for the acoustic tracks, then save your money, or go buy the ITunes session they did in 2010 for $5.  It's far superior to this.

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