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With a name like "The Thousandfold Epicentre," it probably goes without saying that the new album from The Devil's Blood is not to be taken likely. I feel no shame in admitting to you that this review has taken me longer than any review I have ever composed. The album is a dense tapestry of elements both sanguine and chaotic, hypnotic and variable, fragile and durable. After the fifth time through this album, I looked back at my collected notes to see what thoughts I would put to paper.

This is Jane’s Addiction. Or is it? Truly, it depends on what the name “Jane’s Addiction” means. If the name is synonymous with west-coast style funk influenced near-psychedelic alternative rock and roll, then “The Great Escape Artist” is not Jane’s Addiction. Contrarily, if the name “Jane’s Addiction” is less about the serialized sound of a band and more about a cadre of musicians constantly looking to experiment and broaden their aural horizons, then “The Great Escape Artist” is perfectly adept at carrying the umbrage of the title “Jane’s Addiction.”

To get to this show, I had to board a boat. Wait, a boat? Yes, a boat. Essentially, the show was a rock and roll river cruise, which is an astoundingly simple and yet profoundly novel concept. You got metal in my recreational boating! You got recreational boating in my metal! It continues to amaze me that this kind of synergy isn’t more realized by adventuresome promoters. Tell me you wouldn’t go to a metal show at a paintball park. In any event, it was like attending the “70,000 Tons of Metal” cruise, but much much colder and smaller. So, more like “7 Tons of Metal.”

Eve to Adam's new album "Banquet for a Starving Dog" is an exercise in new-era emotional rock. Now, that does not mean the album is emo. Rather, this is twenty-first century rock in the style of the Foo Fighters with a thick layering of attempted emotion.

It's been nothing short of an odyssey for Jane's Addiction, winding their way through breaking up and reuniting, hiatuses and activations, albums and tours. Out to prove that the band is still evolving and just as robust as Day One, Jane's Addiction returns for their fourth studio album "The Great Escape Artist." It was our honor to sit down with legendary guitarist and rock God Dave Navarro to get the scoop on "The Great Escape Artist", and where Jane's Addiction stands now.

Here's a brief smattering of things to catch you all up on!

--In response to a leak of their new album "Wasting Light," the Foo Fighters have decided to stream the entire new effort on their website. Dave Grohl was seen to say on Twitter: "Leak ? Rad. Was starting to think no one cared. Our version sounds better." "Wasting Light" officially drops April 12th.

Normally, greatest hits albums, whether they're masked as "career retrospectives" or some other convoluted term, go unnoticed by me. I remember coming to the conclusion at a younger age that most greatest hits albums are simply shams by record labels to perpetuate sales of a band that might have gone stale. This was the principle reason that Soundgarden's "A-Sides" release in 1997 garnered no interest from me, even though it contained the previously unreleased (and pretty solid) track "Bleed Together."

I’m not much of a lyrics guy. I don’t tend to study them, and I certainly don’t tend to read much into them. Still, when the first chorus of the first track of Alice In Chains’ new album came out of my speakers, I listened. “There’s no going back to the place we started from.” While not a deep metaphor, it is a poignant reminder of the band I’m listening to, a continual needle pricking the wounded tissue of what must feel to Jerry Cantrell like unfinished business.