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Album Review: Airbourne - "No Guts, No Glory"

After a stream of seemingly never-ending tours, Airbourne somehow found time to record a monster new album. I can't help but feel like a compelling documentary could be made concerning the kind of odyssey that the writing of this album entailed. More than likely, it was written in dark alleys, road hotels, long bus trips, far out bars and after parties, and in varying states of sobriety.

Album Review: Darkthrone - "Circle the Wagons"

Well, this sure is something. This is the first album review I’ve done in a while where that’s all I can come up with. Veteran duo Darkthrone’s new album “Circle the Wagons” is akin to listening to a random mash-up of the Misfits, GWAR and Venom. Although, it’s assembled out of pieces of those three, more than a proper accumulation of their talents.

Album Review: Devil to Pay - "Heavily Ever After"

Devil to Pay is a band who has crafted their sound from one sweat-soaked gig in a dingy, disgusting roadhouse after another. The more the exercise continues, the dirtier the band's sound becomes. Constant exposure to the insatiably hungry dregs of ugly riff-based metal fandom has caused Devil to Pay to embark on an endless quest to find the deepest, nastiest, most infectious and punishing riff ever devised. To that end, they've released their new album, "Heavily Ever After."

Peter Steele, Lead Singer of Type O Negative, RIP

Type O Negative and Carnivore lead singer Peter Steele passed away Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 at age 48. Spokesmen for the family, label and band have confirmed that Steele died of apparent heart failure.

Concert Review - Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies are a confident band with a walking, natural swagger that pours out from the stage to their audience.

Concert Review - Overkill, Warbringer

The Webster Theater in Hartford is not an especially friendly venue. It doesn't boast any particular character or amazing features. Rather, it is just an open space with a stage and some bars, painted over to make it look grander than it is. The walls are decked with signs telling customers in no uncertain terms what they cannot do; no smoking, no moshing, no crowd surfing, no stage diving, etc. Lucky for the Webster Theater, that doesn't prevent the shows inside from being excellent. So, I walked in for Killfest 2010.

New Cypress Hill Video With Tom Morello!

Featured below is the new video for Cypress Hill's "Rise Up," which is a remarkably generic name for both the song and the album (it's the title track,) but expectations are running high (no pun intended,) as the album's been in the cooker for three years. Apart from "Rage" guitarist Tom Morello, the album is also set to feature Mike Shinoda, Daron Malakian, Everlast, Cheech and Chong, and a small handful of others. Enjoy!

Forgotten Classics - Devil to Pay

Even if you've never heard Devil to Pay's 2004 album "Thirty Pieces of Silver," you've probably heard it. It might have been under a different name, or written in a different era, but it will set off alarms of familiarity from first dense note to last.

Every note of dirty, ugly drudgery is like a visit from an old, familiar friend. Each phrase is taken from the textbook of sludge metal, and the distortion is up so high that there aren't notes or chords so much as emotional responses.

Album Review: Fireball Ministry - "Fireball Ministry"

I hate it when this happens. You have a band that's at a creative crossroads. They can take their music in one of two directions, and they pick the wrong one.

And so we see Fireball Ministry, I band I have credited with a forgotten classic on these very pages, headed the wrong way on their new, self-titled album. Confronted with the intersection of edgy rock and roll and country-shaded metal, Fireball Ministry took the path of toward mainstream rock and the possibility of commercial appeal.

Album Review: Jimi Hendrix - "Valleys of Neptune"

Sometimes, you go back to what you know. It doesn’t matter if it’s been five days, five months, five years, or five decades. Sometimes, you just need a visit from an old familiar friend.

Enter Jimi Hendrix and “Valleys of Neptune.”

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