• 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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Image: The Agonist, Pitriff, Heavy Metal NewsAfter spending many months in the studio, melodic death metallers THE AGONIST will finally be unleashing their long-awaited third studio album, Prisoners, on June 4th in Europe and June 5th in North America via Century Media Records. The band is now ready to give fans their first preview of this upcoming release with the premiere of their new single, "Ideomotor"! Head over to Guitar World.com to hear this track:

http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-agonist-premiere-new-single-ideomotor

Produced by Christian Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY) and mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SUICIDE SILENCE), Prisoners picks right up where 2009's Lullabies for the Dormant Mind left off, with soaring melodies over complex metal passages that fans of thinking-man's metal can appreciate. Throughout their North American tour with KITTIE (which kicks-off today!), THE AGONIST will be selling digital download cards that feature two tracks from Prisoners : "Ideomotor" and the previously limited edition EP-only track "The Escape". These tracks will be available for immediate download, with the remainder of the album available on release date, so be sure to catch the band on the road with the heavy metal maidens in KITTIE. Dates for this trek are below, so check to see when they'll be coming to a city near you!

THE AGONIST tour dates feat. KITTIE
4/10 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
4/11 - Albany, NY - Bogie's
4/12 - Reading, PA - Reverb
4/13 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
4/14 - Portage, IN - Camelot Hall
4/15 - Waterloo, IA - Spicoli's Grill and the Reverb
4/16 - Peoria, IL - Brass Rail
4/17 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave
4/18 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
4/19 - Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
4/20 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
4/21 - Edmonton, AL - Pawn Shop
4/22 - Prince George, BC - The Generator
4/23 - Vancouver, BC - Red Room
4/24 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
4/25 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
4/26 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom
4/27 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
4/28 - Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's
4/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
4/30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vertigo
5/1 - Englewood, CO - Moe's
5/2 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
5/3 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
5/4 - Dallas, TX - Trees
5/5 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
5/7 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Roxy
5/8 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee
5/9 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
5/10 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
5/11 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
5/12 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
5/13 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
5/14 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
5/15 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
5/16 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
5/17 - Hampton Beach, NH - Wally's Pub
5/18 - Worcester, MA - Tammany Hall
5/19 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
5/20 - Auburn, ME - Club Texas
5/21 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes
5/22 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
5/23 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
5/24 - Trenton, NJ - Championship Bar and Grill
5/25 - Providence, RI - The Ruins at Coliseum