• 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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  • 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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Review - Prong CARVED INTO STONE

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CARVED INTO STONE

Tommy Victor once told me that Prong was “the cockroach of Rock N’ Roll”. As he put it, there wasn’t really anything that could truly cause Prong to go away. Not poor sales. Not changes in the industry. Not even changes in the band itself. He has proven that statement right for years now. While Prong is more of a part time thing for Victor at this point with other obligations to everyone from Glenn Danzig to Ministry, it’s still always a good thing when Prong reconvenes for a new album.

 

CARVED INTO STONE is, really, the most straightforward effort of the band’s career. It’s still moody, and the songs are stereotypically Prong, but the normal twists and turns are not showing like in the past. This material would never be mistaken for albums like WHOSE FIST IS IT ANYWAY or RUDE AWAKENING. That said though, if you like straight up metal with a dark undertone, CARVED INTO STONE will more than satisfy you. Songs like “Revenge Served Cold” are the closest thing on the new release to sounding like the classic era stuff. Specifically on the riff to that song, it’s clear that it was written and recorded by Victor as it possesses the exact signatures that have defined Prong (for me, that’s the transitions between riffs in the guitar lines). As the leader of Prong, Victor sounds about as solid as he ever had. His voice is still strong, and his guitar playing has a pretty recognizable sound. He plays well throughout as do bassist Tony Campos (Static-X, Soulfly) and Alexei Rodriguez (3 Inches Of Blood).

The thing about CARVED INTO STONE though is that the music is fairly unidimensional. That’s not to say that Prong has ever been an uber-creative, artsy type of band, but there were always some elements that stretched things away from the standard sound other bands were doing. CARVED INTO STONE doesn’t possess that. The odd rhythms and any thought of electronics are not present here. It’s almost like Victor and company made a purposeful decision to do a stripped down, no frills version of Prong for CARVED INTO STONE. It’s solid enough, but a bit dulled down by comparison to the rest of the catalog.

PITRIFF RATING - 76/100 - Like it...don’t love it. CARVED INTO STONE is a solid effort, although there’s not a whole lot of anything that separates it from the past catalog. It is what it is - a decent effort from the cockroaches of Rock N’ Roll.

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