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#albumoftheday BUTCHER BABIES: GOLIATH

I was curious to hear this 5 piece Los Angeles metal band after learning that they have two female lead vocalists. I figured their sound would have to be pretty unique, that the women would be singing in different styles. After all, what would be the point in having two singers if they...
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#albumoftheday STARKILL: FIRES OF LIFE

Fires of Life is the fist full-length album by the Chicago-based band Starkill, who previously self-released an E.P. in 2010 under the name Massakren. The band was formed in 2008 by Parker Jameson (lead guitar, vocals, keyboards, orchestral programming), Spencer Weidner (drums) and Charlie Federici (guitars). Bassist Mike Buetsch was added later, completing...
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#albumoftheday DARKANE: THE SINISTER SUPREMACY

Hailing from Sweden, Darkane blend melodic death metal and technical thrash metal, yielding a highly energetic and wholly captivating sound that reminds me of early, Kill ‘Em All era Metallica at times, while calling to mind later day Slayer and newer bands like Mastodon and Opeth at others. The Sinister Supremacy sees the...
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#albumoftheday MEGADETH: SUPER COLLIDER

Every time a new Megadeth album comes out, I listen to it and find myself thinking, damn, this is the best Megadeth in years.  Perhaps, then, they’ve been getting progressively better.  It’s also possible — if not probable — that I’ve forgotten how good the previous album was by the time a new...
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#albumoftheday BLACK SABBATH: 13

Initially, I was disappointed that this new Black Sabbath album, the first in something like 20 years to feature Geezer Butler (bass), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), didn’t have any catchy songs like “Iron Man” and “Paranoid.”  I felt like, didn’t they want to hook people?  I’ve been frustrated with Iron...
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#albumoftheday SKID ROW: UNITED WORLD REBELLION: CHAPTER ONE

United World Rebellion: Chapter One is Skid Row’s third release to feature vocalist Johnny Solinger, who’s been their singer for a decade now, which is probably close to how long original vocalist Sebastian Bach was in the band. Their first release with Solinger was called Thickskin and it found the band trying on...
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#albumoftheday ALICE IN CHAINS: THE DEVIL PUT DINOSAURS HERE

If I understand correctly, this is the chorus of “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,” the title track of Alice In Chain’s new album: “The devil put dinosaurs here / Jesus don’t like a queer / The devil put dinosaurs here / No problem with faith just fear.” Now analyze that. Seriously. Because I...
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#albumoftheday Queensrÿche: Queensrÿche (2013)

Back in April a Queensrÿche album called Frequency Unknown was released. And it was terrible. The 10 new songs were so generic that they were painful to listen to. Or maybe it was the production and/or mixing. The drums sounded like tin cans. Actually, that’s an insult to tin cans. I don’t mean...
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#albumoftheday SHINING: ONE ONE ONE

Once upon a time a Norwegian group released a couple of acoustic jazz albums. But, apparently having diverse tastes in music, their next two albums incorporated progressive rock and experimental metal sounds. Then they worked with black metal vikings Enslaved on a concerto that was actually commissioned by a top European jazz festival....
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#albumoftheday DEMON LUNG: THE HUNDRETH NAME

Usually when a band takes its name from another band’s song, they’re doomed to never be as good as the band they’ve gotten their name from. For all of their accomplishments, Godsmack will never be as good as Alice In Chains. At least not in my opinion. Doom metal band Demon Lung have...
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#albumoftheday – EYE RA HAZE: EYE OF THE STORM

Produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Killswitch Engage, Soulfly), Eye of the Storm is the new E.P. by New York City’s Eye Ra Haze and it’s mighty impressive. In fact, its three songs are the most potent female-fronted hard rock I’ve heard since Evanescence’s Fallen, which was released 10 years ago. Since then, an...
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#albumoftheday – DANZIG: THE LOST TRACKS

“You should be dying / dying, dying, dying,” Danzig sings — no, screams — during “You Should Be Dying.”  If that sounds lame to you, then I’m sure this album would not suit you.  But if you have a dark side that those lyrics might appeal to, then I should think you’d really...
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REVIEW: KISS: MONSTER

The KISS album Monster, produced by Paul Stanley & Greg Collins, is the band’s 2012 follow up to 2009’s Sonic Boom. In general I considered Sonic Boom the return to form that the band hadn’t had since Revenge, and also that it was the closest they’d come to an album worthy of those...
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REVIEW: LIBERTY ‘N’ JUSTICE: THE CIGAR CHRONICLES

Liberty ‘N’ Justice is a Christian hard rock/heavy metal band formed in 1991 by Justin Murr and Patrick Marchand. They released four albums as a band, but in 2002 the group broke up. Only Justin Murr, a bassist and songwriter, decided to keep Liberty ‘N’ Justice going by enlisting a who’s who of...
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REVIEW: FACT: BURUNDANGA

FACT released their self-titled major label debut in Japan in 2009 — a decade after they were formed in Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture — and quickly gained a strong national and international following. They have since become one of Japan’s biggest and most-loved rock bands of the decade. In fact, their first two albums...
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