• Sweet & Lynch - ONLY TO RISE

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    ONLY TO RISE

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    Being completely honest here, I really didn't expect a whole lot out of this. I'm not the biggest Stryper fan in the world by a long shot, and the truth is that I just never could fully get into Michael Sweet's vocals. There's just always been something about him. I'm not sure what it is. I guess

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  • AC/DC - ROCK OR BUST

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    ROCK OR BUST

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    In a year that has see a foundational piece of AC/DC succumb to a debilitating illness and another to his own personal insanity, AC/DC emerges after seemingly forever away with ROCK OR BUST. To be fair and truthfully honest, expectations on this release were pretty low. I know that AC/DC is a band that's been in business almost 50

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  • Whitesnake - BACK TO THE BONE

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    LIVE IN '84 - BACK TO THE BONE

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    David Coverdale and company have had a very long and successful history that started even before he formed Whitesnake. There's no denying the legacy here. Coverdale has had a fantastic career with Whitesnake, and his time in Deep Purple was every bit as strong to that band as a Sammy Hagar was to Van Halen

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  • Wretch - WARRIORS

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    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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    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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News - Mutilation Rites

Image: Mutilation Rites, Pitriff, NewsBrooklyn-based black metal band MUTILATION RITES will soon head out for another round of touring, this time hitting the midwest. The tour will start April 19 in Pittsburgh, PA and conclude on May 5 in Cleveland, OH.

The self-proclaimed “filthy black metal” quartet will be touring in advance of the release of their debut full-length, “Empyrean.” Due May 22, the album — which features the song “Realms of Dementia,” which Pitchfork recently premiered — was produced by Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD. A pre-order bundle consisting of the CD and t-shirt featuring the album’s cover art is available at the Prosthetic Store HERE.

 MUTILATION RITES confirmed dates:

4/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Kopec’s w/ Moth
4/20 – Raleigh, NC @ Dive Bar w/ Palkoski, RBT, and Man Will Destroy Himself
4/21 – Harrisonburg, VA @ Crayola House w/ Orthrus
4/22 – Dayton, OH @ Casa de Mise w/ Mortals
4/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Witler House w/ Tombstalker and Coelacanth
4/24 – Columbus, OH @ Monster House
4/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vibe’s Music w/ Chinaski, Casque
4/26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters w/ Protestant, No Brainer, Anal Hearse, ARA
4/27 – Madison, WI @ The Wisco w/ Mortals, Enabler, Desolating Sacrilege
4/29 – Osh Kosh, WI – Gilead Fest @ Electric Lounge and Lanes
4/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Medusa w/ Despise, Crusader, No Remorse
5/1 – Omaha, NE @ West Wing w/ Arson
5/2 – Kansas City, MO @ Detto’s Barn w/ No Masters, Nonserviam, Canyons
5/3 – Columbia, MO @ Café Berlin w/ Creaturezoid
5/4 – Chicago, IL @ Ball Hall w/ Last Rites, Ass Brigade, Fin
5/5- Cleveland, OH @ The Tower w/ Cop Problem, Gas Mask (members of Masakari)

Founded in 2009 by Justin Ennis (drums, ex-Tombs) and Michael Dimmitt (guitars), and now featuring bassist Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day), MUTILATION RITES just completed a run of dates that saw the group tour their way to and from South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. There, the band played parties for Brooklyn Vegan and Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy in addition to performing at Prosthetic’s official label showcase. Following SXSW, the band played a Dallas concert with Alcest and a week’s worth of shows alongside Hull. For more on the band, please visit their Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mutilationritesnyc