• 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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  • Texas Hippie Coalition - RIDE ON

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    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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    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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    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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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."