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Jane's Addiction Prepping New Album, Plus More!

*Icons of alternative and rock Jane's Addiction are prepping their new album, "The Great Escape Artist." The album will be the first studio material from the band in eight years, and features the iconic trio of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins (notice the lack of Eric Avery...evidently that bridge couldn't be rebuilt.) While there's no cement release date, the album is anticipated for a late summer arrival.

Album Review: Limp Bizkit - "Gold Cobra"

As a reviewer and music journalist, sometimes the toughest task is to remain impartial and objective about a new project that slides across your desk. I’ve run into this conundrum a handful of times, where I thought I already knew that a band would be great or reprehensible; it’s hard to stifle your natural inclination and judge something on its own merits.

Album Review: Arch Enemy - "Khaos Legions"

After the release of the comparatively successful “Root of All Evil,” it became evident from the fans’ clawing that they wanted new material from Arch Enemy, and they wanted it fast. That album’s re-recordings of early AE songs was a fun romp, but only served to whet the crowd’s appetite.

So, “Khaos Legions” comes barreling out of the din, the first new studio material from the band since 2007’s “Rise of the Tyrant” which landed to generally positive but ultimately mixed reviews.

Album Review: Graveyard - "Hisingen Blues"

Under normal circumstances, when someone hears the words “Swedish band” and “graveyard” used in conjunction, it generally portends a musical world of spiked bracelets, corpse paint and songs about demons.

In this case, that summary estimation couldn’t be farther from the truth. Graveyard’s debut “Hisingen Blues” is one of the finest blues-rock albums this year, despite coming from perhaps the least likely source.

Album Review: Autopsy - "Macabre Eternal"

Over all the years, projects, lineups, albums and EPs, Chris Reifert has become nothing if not the picture of consistency. Reunited with original Autopsy members Danny Coralles and Eric Cutler, and joined by Joe Trevisano of Abscess, Autopsy has released “Macabre Eternal,” the band’s latest unapologetic assault on musical convention, trend and quite possibly good taste.

Album Review: Gallhammer - "The End"

Huh. *shrug*

That’s my reaction to Gallhammer’s new album, “The End.” Cut down from three members to two after the departure of Mika Penetrator, the all-girl Japanese metal band has set out to try and push the boundaries of black and doom metal.

What’s become clear about Gallhammer over their existence is that front woman Vivian Slaughter does not give a damn about image, convention or traditional roles. She and the band are much more preoccupied with musical atmosphere and trolling the deep corners and shadowy depths of doom metal.

Album Review: Red Fang - Murder the Mountains

Red Fang’s sophomore effort “Murder the Mountains” is a wonderfully experimental, anything-goes affair that approaches the mores of kick-ass rock and roll with open eyes and robust vitality.

A product of musically oft-overlooked Portland, Oregon, Red Fang inked a deal with reprise Records, and was immediately paired with known producer Chris Funk. Funk’s previous experience with the Decemberists raises some eyebrows, but his steady hand makes a difference on the overall consistency of “Murder the Mountains” without changing the music’s intent.

Concert Review - Danzig

It seemed somehow appropriate that a crowd had gathered for a Danzig show on what Edward Bulwer-Lytton once called "a dark and stormy night." As the winds howled and raged and rain pounded upon gathered concertgoers awaiting admittance, those inside were greeted by the cloaked vestiges of Danzig's staging.

Album Review: Adelitas Way - "Home School Valedictorian"

Adelitas Way has done a lot of maturing since their very raw, emotionally melodramatic debut from 2009. While “Home School Valedictorian” maintains the genre’s penchant for self-deprecation, it’s not nearly as needlessly apologetic or adolescently bitchy as others in the vein.

Heavy Metal News Updates!

*Camp OZZY will be releasing a 30th anniversary remastered edition of "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman." The two will release on May 31st in multiple editions, and will be available on CD or vinyl. A 30th anniversary limited edition box set will also be released, featuring a coffee-table book, double-sided wall poster, replica of Ozzy's gigantic gold cross, previously unreleased studio and live tracks, and the "Thirty Years After the Blizzard" DVD.

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