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Mechanik War III: “Xtermination” Review

Mechanik War III’s new album “Xtermination” is definitely a hardcore industrial metal that will have fans head banging. It is definitely for hardcore industrial metal fans. The band has taken industrial metal to a whole new artistic direction. The direction ...

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Witch Casket – Hatred Index (Album Review)

When I was asked to review an album by a band from Southern California, I was expecting something influenced by Guns N’ Roses or Mötley Crüe. One quick look at the band name and logo quickly changed that: Witch Casket, ...

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Saxon – Thunderbolt (Album Review)

One of the most resilient metal bands in the scene, Saxon is back with a new album, entitled Thunderbolt. After two excellent efforts, Sacrifice (2013) and Battering Ram (2015), expectations were high for their new record, and they surely lived ...

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Corrosion Of Conformity – No Cross, No Crown (Album Review)

Whenever CORROSION OF CONFORMITY releases a new album, people take notice. It’s been a dozen years since CORROSION OF CONFORMITY recorded new material with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan at the helm. In that time, there have been rumors, whispers, and outright ...

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Daydream XI – The Circus of The Tattered and Torn (Album review)

By Joel Barrios, Photos from the Pit’s Top Reviewer I’ve said numerous times that am very far from being the pro-metal advocate I once was. There’s nothing essentially wrong with the sub-genre, other than the clear majority of the bands ...

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Souldrinker – War is Coming (Album review)

SOULDRINKER, is German-Austrian band, active already since 2012 and formed around singer Iris Boanta and guitarist Markus Pohl (Mystic Prophecy). They have released a couple of EPs earlier in the decade and took until now to release their first full ...

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Album review: Paradise Lost – Medusa

British band Paradise Lost, is considered by many (myself included) the Godfathers of gothic-doom metal. With almost 30 years of hard work and a back catalog spanning 15 records each one encompassing different music paths without ever losing their beat, ...

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Album Review: Edguy – “Monuments”

25 years ago in the small Germany town of Fulda four teenagers friends, Tobias Sammet, Jens Ludwig, Dirk Sauer, and Dominik Storch, decided to unite to become of what we know today as EDGUY. From the very beginning consistency have ...

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Album Review: Epica – “The Solace System” EP

Founded in 2002, Dutch Symphonic Metal sextet Epica have never been a band I have followed closely. Their core team — Simone Simons, Mark Jansen and Coen Janssen (and drummer/vocalist Arien van Weesenbeek, who has been around since 2007) have ...

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Album Review: The Dropkick Murphys – “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory”

The Dropkick Murphys have delivered sturdy, shout-along anthems for more than 20 years. While at the same time they never strayed too far from a mix of their Irish and punk heritages. The Murphys returned  with their ninth studio effort, 11 Short ...

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