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Album Review: The Ashers - "Kill Your Master"

I don't get to hear albums like this very often. Furthermore, I don't know that I would ever go out of my eye to hear one. Still, whenever something like this crosses my desk, I always take a minute to enjoy it for its pure destructive potential and crack a smile at how simple it all can be.

Album Review: Hell Within - "God Grant Me Vengeance"

I find that I like the idea of Hell Within. It seems like they’re built in the same mold as Unearth; a Massachusetts-built strong brand of new age metalcore with flying guitar solos that is coupled with a forceful but unfocused vocal performance. The problem is that the cohesiveness of the band isn't quite there. "God Grant Me Vengeance" has a feeling in parts that each individual musician is playing his line in the proper context, but it’s all so raw and unfiltered as to get snarled up in itself.

Album Review: Iron Maiden - "The Final Frontier"

Metal fans are a fickle lot, aren't we? We demand material worthy of our fandom, and one day's hero can be the next day's goat. Fortunes change both for better or worse in an instant with one album release, one radio hit, or even something as elementary as a haircut.

Album Review: Sister Sin - "True Sound of the Underground"

It's funny to me how the "True Sound of the Underground" sounds suspiciously like the "True Sound of Hot Topic." Everything is a little too arranged, and seems coldly calculated. I wouldn't go so far as to say that the album was assembled behind the soulless doors of a record company marketing meeting, but all the rage and vinegar just seems too convenient.

Album Review: The Showdown - "Blood in the Gears"

Tennessee's take-no-prisoners heavy metal outfit The Showdown starts their new album "Blood in the Gears" with a vengeance. The album begins with "Man Named Hell," a punishing and unrelenting southern metal excursion through a wonderful twist of riff-rocking and virile guitars. It is from there that the rest of the experience is set to launch.

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Concert Review: Slayer and Megadeth

After all the waiting and back surgery and more waiting, how can I best sum up the experience that was the American Carnage tour? Well, with the help of a free (and possibly unreliable) internet translator, here are a few simple phrases in a whole slew of languages:

It kicked ass!
C'était genial
Fue impresionante
Es war toll
Det var awesome
Ito ay mahusay na
E 'stato eccellente
Ni bora
Det var utmärkt
Ez remek volt
Foi excelente

Album Review: "How to Destroy Angels"

Reader beware, I'm wading lightly into dangerous musical territory for me. Trent Reznor's new EP with his brand new bride (who is reportedly expecting,) entitled "How To Destroy Angels" is a foray into the depths of modern electronic music. I am a stranger in a strange land for this, but I shall endeavor to open my mind and do my best.

Album Review: Buckcherry - "All Night Long"

Beginning with their 1999 eponymous release and the subsequent gig opening for AC/DC in the spring of 2000, Buckcherry seemed poised to dominate the party rock scene for at least a decade. Well, it’s been a decade, and with the inclusion of “All Night Long,” there have been four studio albums, and here the journey seems much the same.

Album Review: 10 Years - "Feeding the Wolves"

What a curious little album we have here. Whether that qualifier means “good” or “bad” is solely up to the listener. In 10 Years “Feeding the Wolves,” we see a band that gets caught between directions, but is not without talent.

Obliging the trendy nature of assorted alt-metal, “Feeding the Wolves” capitalizes on the anguished, emotional tropes that dominate the radio waves. Yet, within that somewhat disposable framework there exists a glimpse of creative song writing. The harmonizing that the band uses all too sparingly is a small exhibit of the kind of talent that’s on the table.

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