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Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic Review

The ups and downs of Annihilator’s 35-plus year career are dizzying on every level, from lineup churn, label changes, and good old fashioned album quality. The one consistent, of course, has been mastermind Jeff Waters,

Another Abbott Gone Too Soon: Remembering Vinnie Paul

“Back in 2004, I had the privilege of interviewing Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul during a local stop with Damageplan on the Headbanger’s Ball Tour. Two of the nicest guys you could ever hope to

The Sword – Used Future Review

I didn’t get the hype surrounding The Sword when they released Age of Winters. In fact, I largely tried to ignore it. The flood of similar bands during that time had soured me on their

Best Of 2017 – Dave Pirtle: Blitz – The Expurgated Version (The One Without Venenum)

To say it’s been a rough year would be an understatement. I don’t even have to dive deep into the current socio-political climate. This is about ME, goddamnit. Hell, I’ve been so self-involved that I

Cannabis Corpse – Left Hand Pass Review

It’s been awhile since I’ve personally checked in with Cannabis Corpse. Back when I reviewed Tube of the Resinated, they were exactly what they appeared to be: a Cannibal Corpse clone with a weed fetish.

Alestorm – No Grave But The Sea Review

So things got pretty dark the last time we met. Belated thanks to everyone for their support. I’ve taken a few more hits since then, but I think I’ve finally found the answer; a lucrative

Life Of Agony – A Place Where There’s No More Pain Review

It’s been over a decade since Life of Agony released Broken Valley. I don’t remember what the critical response was, but it didn’t matter. One of the most important bands from my youth was back,

Bill + Phil – Songs of Darkness and Despair Review

“Bill” is Bill Mosely, noted horror movie icon. Bill is no stranger to music, having previously collaborated with Buckethead on a project called Cornbugs; he also has a solo album entitled Spider Mountain. He wrote