• 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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    .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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  • Opeth - PALE COMMUNION

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    Opeth simply fails as a band, at least to me. While I'll admit to never fully understanding the amazement and awe so many have for this band, I've appreciated them from afar. I've listened, and I've at least wrapped my head around what they were trying to do. Their fusing of death metal with progressive elements always made for an

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  • Cannibal Corpse - A SKELETAL DOMAIN

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    So really, what does anyone expect when you get a Cannibal Corpse release handed to you? Ballads, love songs and fun? Not hardly. There's an expectation of severe brutality which the band delivers time and time again. Certainly, it comes with different levels of acceptance to one's ears, but ultimately the only thing that matters if it says

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  • Exodus - BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT

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    Unless you call Testament a "thrash band" (which I don't personally), Exodus would rank as my favorite true Thrash band of all time. They have had good times and bad. Occasionally, like on FABULOUS DISASTER, they have misstepped along the way. But overall, they are one of the true powerhouses in the history of thrash metal. Since 2004

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  • Mr. Big - ...THE STORIES WE COULD TELL

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    As a fan of Mr. Big, I can't honestly say that many people thought that their reunion was much more than a cash grab opportunity for the guys in the band who, while immensely talented, failed to find solo success to match their collaborative efforts. It was never a question of if they could still play.

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  • Slash - WORLD ON FIRE

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    Hey Gene Simmons. The corpse of rock n' roll just had a baby. That baby is not an average baby at all. That baby was not stillborn, but came out kicking and screaming with an intensity rarely seen. This baby is destined for greatness. This infant is out to prove you wrong. While your days of spitting fire and

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  • Davey Suicide - WORLDWIDE SUICIDE

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    I had the pleasure of working directly with Davey Suicide as he prepped his debut release a few years ago for release. I got to work with him on some promotional stuff, some publicity stuff, his website and a lot more of that kind of stuff. In that work, I quickly found him to be far more than the

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  • Ministry - LAST TANGLE IN PARIS

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    Al Jourgensen of Ministry has been threatening to take his ball and go home for a long time now. Quite frankly, I'm not sure I believe that he'll ever retire. Every time he says he's retiring, he seems to come right back with more music that's stronger, meaner and just better than anything in his past. Being quite

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  • Kix - ROCK YOUR FACE OFF

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    Kix might just be the last of the '80's bands to release new material. By now, it seems like everybody else you could name from the glory days of yesteryear has made a stab at making music in the new millennium. Of course, a lot of them, we wish they hadn't, and just left us to our misty-eyed

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News-Forbidden

Image: Forbidden, Pitriff, NewsFORBIDDEN founding member / guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero has issued the following update:

"Recently I've been getting bombarded with questions as to what exactly I am doing musically because I have so many updates about my different projects. FORBIDDEN, SpiralArms, Demonica, and now Manmade God have all been thrown out there. So please let me explain a little bit.

"At the end of 2011, I made a commitment to myself: 2012 will be the year I have the most musical gratification and fun I will ever have had in my life. So far my mission is working out pretty well.

"FORBIDDEN. We are writing a record presently and what we have so far is smoking-shit-hot-thrash-attack!  Sasha Horn has been a lightning rod for our original energy since he's joined up.  The only issue we have is the amount of time we get to spend together with Steve Smyth and Sasha both living elsewhere. But we have our "Four Dates of the Apocalypse" coming up here in April and we finish that up in Santiago, Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil!  That will be awesome. While we get together to practice, we also work on new songs. Then, it's Wacken in August and recording the new record before the end of the year for a 2013 release.  I sure hope there is a 2013!

"SpiralArms.  Big plans for this year...FINALLY!  When I joined back up with FORBIDDEN in 2008, we put Spiral on hold longer than we ever intended it to happen.  I love this band, man!  Tim Narducci has been finishing up the mixes for Freedom over the last few weeks and it kicks some MASSIVE ASS!  There's a very positive response to the songs from every turn in the industry right now, and that's exciting, but I think we've all gotten over the idea of becoming huge and just want to do things right. Spiral can be a kick ass cult band and maybe a lot more, but we're cool letting momentum take us wherever we may end up.  Great f'n band and I am committed to seeing things through. Can't wait for everyone to hear it!

"Demonica.  We are in suspended animation while Hank Shermann is killing it in Volbeat and I'm so damn busy.  Need a new drummer eventually.  Maybe this time a guy from Europe that I don't already play with... hmmmm?  But ultimately it's Hank and Klaus Hyr that call the shots in Demonica.  So Marc Grabowski and I will await instructions.

"And yes, Manmade God got together for the first time on March 28th since our crash-and-burn in 2005.  It was a kick-ass experience for all of us and very therapeutic.  The idea is for us to love and respect each other and the music we wrote that hardly anyone got to hear.  It was a surreal and wonderful experience playing the songs again along with some other gems that reminded us of why we did what we did.  On one hand, seems like a small travesty that more people didn't know about MMG when it was happening.  However, it seems like we're better equipped to deal with ourselves this time around.  Honestly, I think we sound much better now!  So we are gearing towards a show in late July and will take it slow. No hurries, no worries but for friendship, respect, and the love of our music.  We made a new Manmade God band page on Facebook if you'd like to be updated.  We're pretty much videotaping the entire process for later use.  Go ahead and check that out.

"So that about covers it.  I guess I've better get back to work."