• Black Label Society - CATACOMBS OF THE BLACK VATICAN

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    CATACOMBS OF THE BLACK VATICAN

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    When Zakk Wylde decides to release new music, the metal world definitely stops for a moment and listens. They may not like it all, but they do listen. It's a testament to how unbelievable the man is on guitar; a true legend who stands shoulder to shoulder with the Eddie Van Halen's and Dimebag Darrell's

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  • Lacuna Coil - BROKEN CROWN HALO

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    It's not really much of a secret that two of my favorite bands out there today are fronted by ladies. Those two bands are Halestorm and Lacuna Coil. While it took me awhile to latch onto Halestorm, Lacuna Coil was a band that I latched on the very first time I heard them. I remember getting a sampler

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  • Sevendust - TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES

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    Sevendust are really a band for the fans, and the fans are definitely always there for the band. Case in point - their latest release TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES. This release is one paid for by the latest trend hitting the music business, pre-funding by the fans to pay for a project. The band asked for a lot for

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  • Various Artists: Ronnie James Dio - THIS IS YOUR LIFE

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    As much as I want to take this at face value, it's hard to not at least wonder just how many times Wendy Dio is going to visit the Dio well and mine more material culled from his past work. There's already been multiple live releases, deluxe reissues, an officially sanctioned band playing the

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  • Red Reign - CHASING SHADOWS

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    It's not very often that a band that has zero backing behind it sweeps in and just monopolizes my listening time. Generally, bands like Red Reign get 30 seconds as I quickly scan through their music and I'm on to something else that I'm getting pressured to review by a publicist. For Red Reign, I was asked to review

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  • Steel Panther - ALL YOU CAN EAT

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    They certainly are the joke that just keeps on being retold and being funny, now aren't they? I'm sure there's a lot less people that remember them as Metal Shop, Metal Skool or even way back to the Danger Kitty days, but a whole lot more people have discovered this band since they adopted the name Steel

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  • Sebastian Bach - GIVE 'EM HELL

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    It seems like every time Sebastian Bach releases new music, the first thought that comes to my mind is "this dude comes off like a douchebag ALOT in interviews, but he just kicks ass musically." Amazing how that comes back around. Baz is back, and he's been saying some interesting things in recent interviews. Yet, just ignoring that

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  • Gamma Ray - EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD

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    My affinity for Gamma Ray really predates the band itself, as it's much more of an appreciation for the vocal work of singer Kai Hansen. Be it with Gamma Ray or his legendary work with his previous band Helloween, Hansen has always been not only one of the most elite vocalists in power metal in my eyes,

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  • Vandenberg's MoonKings - VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS

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    Adrian Vandenberg and Jake E. Lee have seemingly the same career path. Both were great in super huge bands (Vandenberg in Whitesnake, Lee in Ozzy), recorded even better material when they broke away (Lee with Badlands, Vandenberg with Manic Eden), and then both walked away and just left music behind for awhile. Now, both are back. Lee's Red Dragon

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    In the epic world of doom metal, there are a lot of pretenders. There are only a few that are truly authentic though. Pilgrim is one of the most authentic I think I've ever heard. Their grinding, slow moving sludge is such from which legends put on this Earth to slay anyone or anything in it's path. Made up

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  • Hatecore Inc. - NO HOPE, NO ESCAPE VOL. 1

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    NO HOPE, NO ESCAPE VOL. 1: WELCOME TO MY WAR

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    Being from the Cleveland area, I've seen a lot of bands get ignored for whatever reason. On the national side of things, most people look at bands north of Columbus as being from "Cleveland". Unfortunately though, that's not how it works. For as long as I've been in this scene, there

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  • KXM - KXM

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    Some points of clarity before I write a single world about the new project KXM, in order that this review is understood and evaluated fairly by anyone reading it. This project features three guys - Dug Pinnick of King's X, George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, and Ray Luzier who is currently the drummer for Korn. Out of fairness, I'll

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Interview - Soil's Tim King

Image: Soil, re-live-ing the scars, pitriff, interviews, reviews, newsAs '90s and '00s metal developed, one of those that had a solid run was the band Soil.  Their distinct brand of universally solid barroom rock was combined with a sense of modern flavor to give them a unique experience that was all their own.  Unfortunately for the band, they had a very, very public fallout between themselves and vocalist Ryan McCombs in 2004 when the vocalist left to join Drowning Pool.  The band continued on to have moderate success, but fans always longed for the day when McCombs would find his way back to the group.

That day is today.  The band recently announced that McCombs has rejoined the fold.  The band are playing shows again, writing new music, and preparing a brand new DVD called RE-LIVE-ING THE SCARS.  Through the glory and ease of Email, PITRIFF caught up with bassist Tim King to get some insight into the reunion, and just how the band got past some of the public negativity they let loose on each other a decade ago in order to work together again.

PITRIFF - Talk about how the band comes back together with Ryan?  Was it as simple as a phone call and a couple of drinks at the bar, or were there a lot of issues that had to be worked out to come back together?

TIM KING (TK) - We had been talking about it for awhile and it was time to do it.  There were some issues that had to be worked out and we sat down and discussed everything.  We all decided that the past was in the past and that we had missed playing together. We decided to leave all the problems of the past behind us and start fresh with a new outlook and viewpoint.

PITRIFF - Obviously a large part of Soil's career featured AJ Cavalier as the vocalist.  Songs like "Lesser Man" and "Like It Is" have become fan favorites.  Will those songs be retired or will Ryan do the "Bruce Dickinson" thing and put his spin on those songs?

TK - Ryan is the original voice of soil. The decision would be up to him. Right now we are focused on the older favorites and working on new material.

PITRIFF - Is this a reunion, or a reunion for the DVD and some shows only?

TK - We at first wanted to 'play it by ear' and see how the UK tour went.  It has since blossomed into a full commitment with us and we are moving forward with more shows and writing new material.

PITRIFF - Why is Shaun Glass not part of the reunion?

TK - It was not a consideration.

PITRIFF - If I remember right, there weren't the kindest words exchanged about each other from Ryan or from the remainder of the band when Ryan first left.  Specifically, you called out Ryan pretty harshly for lying to the fans about his reasons for leaving Soil.   How did the band get past that, especially when things were said so publicly?

TK - Well like I said in the beginning of this interview, we had some things to work out.  In life, sometimes your emotions get the best of you and you say or do things you don't necessarily mean or you regret.  This is one of those times. We are fortunate enough to all be adults and forgive and learn from past mistakes. The past is in the past and we are looking forward to a new era and new changes.

PITRIFF - My "outsider looking in" thought has always been that the band changed direction a bit too quickly from THROTTLE JUNKIES to REDEFINE.  Specifically, you went from a more organic "shitkicker" sound early to a much more produced, modern metal sound which eventually proved to be a trend that faded.  Obviously with hindsight being 20/20, do you ever look back and wish you would have stayed with the more straight up rock n' roll sound of THROTTLE JUNKIES?

TK - No. We have always written songs from the heart and what we were feeling at the time. We grew as a band, and SCARS was our most successful album to date, so why would we regret it?

PITRIFF - For Ryan, how has working so closely with our troops changed you as a person and a performer?  Will you try to incorporate that spirit of giving back to our service members in Soil?

TK - Since I'm not Ryan I can't answer the first part, but because Ryan has such a close tie to the troops and the cause, we will definitely be incorporating what we can into Soil.

PITRIFF - What are your thoughts of Dirge Within?

TK - No thoughts...hope they enjoy doing what they do.

PITRIFF - What's next for Soil?

TK - We are playing many USA festival dates, going back to the UK for Download, releasing the DVD 're-LIVE-ing The Scars', writing new material and have many more surprises to come.

PITRIFF - Give a review of Motorhead in 3 words or less.

TK – Fucking Lemmy!

PITRIFF - What am I missing that you want people to know?

TK - Well i think you just asked every awkward question you could for this interview...so kudos on that!!!!   Lmfao!!!  Soil is back, and back with a vengeance!



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