• 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • Pilgrim - II: VOID WORSHIP

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    II: VOID WORSHIP

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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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    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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News - The Agonist

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