Category METAL REVIEWS

REVIEW: ANSELMO & The Illegals – “Choosing Mental Illness”





This is the worst album of Phil Anselmo’s career. Former PANTERA vocalist, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, not to be confused with legal citizens, unleash the super stink fest entitled “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue”. Where do I even begin to start telling you why I think this album sucks worse than anything “The Kid” has ever attached his legendary name to?

How about first off pointing out that nobody chooses mental illness. It chooses them.

I should know a bit about the subject. I recently lost my beloved niece to suicide at age 25.

The US government has admittedly mind hijacked its own citizens with its evil pharmaceutical drugs and MK Ultra program to force a false “schizophrenia” label onto an unwitting person, understand?

The album cover itself depicts mind control luna...

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ROCKET REVIEW: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – “Grimmest Hits” (CD)





The bearded Viking from Hell returns with his super biceps of doom, killing it with a slamming display of sonic carnage, befitting somebody like Thor and his mighty hammer. Zakk Wylde’s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY wildly throws down 2018’s “Grimmest Hits” for your entertainment… as if their own damn lives depended on it. “Trampled Down Below” is the gasoline you need to get it all started, for nobody rips up the six strings like the baddest of bad, longtime Ozzy lead guitar player, Zakk goddamn Wylde, dig it?When you put in as much time knocking back booze, slaying sold out arena crowds around the world, there is a point in time when you could literally just phone one in and still get a pass. Zakk is that good...

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ROCKET REVIEW: C.O.C – “No Cross No Crown” (CD)





CORROSION OF CONFORMITY aren’t righteous men… but they do jam with the same conviction as a hundred holy. In 2018, the legendary Southern metal band blows the damn door of its hinges with the long anticipated return of the one and only, the master of disaster, El Diablo of Rock, the minister of death: guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan. This epic fifteen track slammer will have you running with the devil in no time, it’s that unbelievably good. I really found myself digging the crazy ‘acid rock’ vibe, and the fact that the songwriting ventures right back to my favorite C.O.C album ever “In The Arms Of God”, released in 2005...

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ROCKET REVIEW: MARTY FRIEDMAN – “Wall Of Sound” (CD)



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Former MEGADETH lead guitarist, Marty Friedman, is one of the top five electric guitar shredders performing today, and every time this dude puts out an album he seems to even go bigger somehow. Friedman is back in 2017 with a wrecking ball of a mostly instrumental album entitled “Wall Of Sound”. The listener is treated to eleven fireballs (one track includes vocals) shot through your head at high velocity. There truly aren’t many rock albums without vocals that I will listen to, but when it comes right down to it Marty’s shredding is too good each time I check him out that for someone to sing over what he is doing at this point would screw it all up...

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ROCKET REVIEW: LYNCH MOB – “The Brotherhood” (CD)



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American metal band LYNCH MOB has remained one of my favorites over the years. I can recall rolling in my friend’s van to Kern river in California in the early nineties cranking their ass kicking debut album. Those were the good days for sure. In 2017, legendary shredder George Lynch returns with original vocalist Oni Logan to deliver another gem The Brotherhood, and without a doubt this is one of their best releases ever. The listener is treated to twelve smoking hot tunes. Kicking off with the rocking “Main Offender”, next up is the brilliant “Mr. Jekyll And Hyde”, followed by the catchy “I’ll Take Miami” and grooving “Last Call Lady”. However, it is the out of this world good solos by the master Lynch on “Where We Started” that will definitely catch your attention...

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ROCKET REVIEW: Jamey Jasta – “The Lost Chapters” (CD)



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American hardcore metal hero, Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED), returns in 2017 with his second solo album and it features some of the most slamming tunes he has ever released in his epic heavy music career. The forty year old vocalist known for his psychotic sounding, Drill Sergeant vocal style, delivers a fierce flow of neck thrashers no doubt, kicking off with the totally dominating “This Is Your Life” and “Parasitic”. Next up “The Same Flame”, which has one of the best guitar riffs on the whole record, takes the chaos to the next level for sure. The production by Jasta is top notch and the thing I like the most is that there are not as many guest vocalists on this album like the debut...

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ROCKET REVIEW: DEAD CROSS – “Dead Cross” (CD)



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DEAD CROSS is the perfect mix of hardcore punk and the out of this world heavy metal sounds that only the likes of Ex-SLAYER drummer, Dave Lombardo, working with the incomparable Mike Patton of FAITH NO MORE could produce. Michael Crain on guitar and Justin Pearson on bass, come from the punk band RETOX, and together all four men absolutely slay on the ten tracks with their frantic, garageband assault.

Lead vocalist Mike Patton is perhaps the most angry sounding of his entire career on this collection of psychotic ragers. The crazy he breaks out on these songs makes Mr. Bungle look like Romper Room. Kicking off with the head splitting “Seizure and Desist”, the nightmare music party begins with a bang, followed by “Idiopathic” and “Obedience School”...

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ROCKET REVIEW: MARZI MONTAZERI – “The Uprising” EP (CD)



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Houston, Texas shredder, Marzi Montazeri, has returned in 2017 with “The Uprising” EP, and will definitely blow the doors of your damn barn, no doubt. This dude is simply electrifying on the six strings. Former Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens handles the vocal duties and the duo together is absolutely slamming. There is definite PANTERA vibe on this bad boy, and on the title track this sounds probably the closest anyone in metal has sounded to capturing the balls out, meat and potatoes heavy metal riffs of late great Dimebag Darrell Abbott. A lot of fans were worried where Marzi would go after he departed Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals, but I am happy to report he is kicking ass now on his own.

The eerie intro “11” kicks it all off, followed by the epic “Monster Within”...

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ROCKET REVIEW: PRONG – “Zero Days” (CD)



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American metal band PRONG has consistently cranked out great albums over the years but the band’s new studio effort “Zero Days” released in 2017 might just be the best record they’ve cut top to bottom ever. Frontman Tommy Victor is undoubtedly in rare form on this totally slamming collection of eleven brutal to the core rockers. The shit kicker that storms at you out the gate is “However It May End” and the first thing I noticed was how tight Mike Longworth on bass and Art Cruz on drums are together. Seriously, this is some of the heaviest shit I have heard since PANTERA’s legendary “Reinventing The Steel” album from 2000. The title track of the album follows and it does not fuck things up whatsoever...

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ROCKET REVIEW: SOUNDGARDEN – “Ultramega OK” (CD)



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The new remix of Ultramega OK, the Grammy nominated debut studio album by American grunge rock act SOUNDGARDEN originally released in 1988 via SST records has been reissued in 2017, and is by far the most kick ass remix offerings this year in my opinion. This mix has a lot more punch and dynamics to it that you will not get from the original. The late Chris Cornell’s legendary banshee-wail voice now sounds so much more haunting, taking into account his recent death ruled ‘suicide’ in a Detroit hotel room on May 18. Any true fan of this great rock band will want to take the time to hear these jamming cuts. On the grooving “Flower”, shrieking “All Your Lies”, and chaotic “665”, you can’t help but get lost in the harsh beauty of it all.

Up next is the pummeling “Mood for Trouble” and the...

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