Category METAL REVIEWS

ROCKET REVIEW: OVERKILL – “The Wings Of War” (CD)

Legendary American thrash metal band, OVERKILL, returns in 2019 with their 19th studio album titled “The Wings Of War.” It is the first to feature new drummer, Jason Bittner, and fans will not be disappointed in the final product. The last few albums have seen the band somehow continue to develop the heaviest sound in extreme metal, led by vocalist, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth”, and although Ron Lipnicki is no longer behind the drums, this album is a testimony to how truly great these dudes are, in my opinion. This album is better than the last three, easily. And I love each of those albums for the raw, kick your ass over and over again delivery.

It all kicks off with the totally slamming “Last Man Standing...

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ROCKET REVIEW: “The Dirt” (Movie)

The Low Budget Netflix Romp Is A Smash Success!

After watching the trailer for the long awaited Mötley Crüe biopic, I was not initially impressed. Couple that with the fact that they did not even get The Dirt into the movie theaters also got me to thinking that this was going to turn out to be a low budget stinker released straight to DVD. While they certainly were never going to compete with QUEEN’s film that won the Oscar for best actor, I feel the Crue has delivered a slamming good flick. Although it definitely has its ups and downs, just like each band member once they achieved international rock stardom in the late eighties, the overall production is actually top notch and a must see for fans of the band and rock music in general...

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ROCKET REVIEW: METALLICA – ‘Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic At The Masonic (Vinyl)

On February 1, 2019, the mighty METALLICA released the limited-edition vinyl release of “Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic At The Masonic”. It is a double album, perfectly mixed by Greg Fidelman and mastered for vinyl by Reuben Cohen at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Fans are treated to the inaugural “Helping Hands” benefit concert that was held in San Francisco, California on November 3, 2018. Proceeds go to the All Within My Hands Foundation...

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ROCKET REVIEW: JUNGLE ROT – “Jungle Rot” (CD)





American death metal veterans, JUNGLE ROT, are back in 2018 with their self titled studio effort, and I will be the first to salute this band for cutting what I feel is their heaviest album ever. I have always dug the immensely psychotic sound of this band, because not many in the metal scene can create such an evil landscape with their music. I’m talking this is the kind of shit that serial killers listen to when they go to bed at night. Lead vocalist/guitarist, Dave Matrise, sounds like the devil has launched himself deep inside his throat. He is absolutely putrid on the microphone… and I mean that in a good way.

Launching into the belly of the beast right out the gate with one helluva A-game opener, “Send Forth Oblivion”, the listener gets their face ripped off and fed to them...

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ROCKET REVIEW: NINE INCH NAILS – “Bad Witch…” (CD)





Industrial metal icon, Trent Reznor, returns with NINE INCH NAILS in 2018. The new album is titled “Bad Witch…,” and after one listen of the record in its entirety I feel this is definitely the most blatantly disturbing work ever released by the Satanist noise maker. You don’t really get much in the form of a traditional rock song, or anything cohesive for that matter. The genius in what Reznor has achieved here is layered synth sounds that carries you off into his version of Hell, and with its moody textures tied to one grotesque vision, Bad Witch is a breakthrough in modern music. Certainly the David Bowie influence Reznor has relied upon over the years is more evident than ever, although the mastermind takes the earlier NIN sound and expands upon it...

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ROCKET REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – “Burn It Down” (CD)





Former THE SCREAM/MOTLEY CRUE vocalist, John Corabi, is like a good old pair of boots. You always know you can count on them, and they keep doing the job after most have broken down. John’s current band THE DEAD DAISIES formed in 2013, and he set out to make the biggest impression on his fans yet. With three jamming studio albums cut previously by the group, including: “The Dead Daisies” (2013), “Revolución” (2015), and “Make Some Noise” (2016), there is no doubt that 2018’s “Burn It Down” is the defining moment of this rock veteran’s career. Lead guitarist Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE) simply rips up the six strings with authority on every crushing track...

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ROCKET REVIEW: DIMEBAG DARRELL – “The Hitz” (EP)





Late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott was truly one of a kind and this ass kicking collection of five tunes from the ‘pink beard in the sky’ will light you up like a black tooth from Hell no doubt.

The guitar playing on this album is far beyond goddamn electric and as good as it gets. Brother Dime, doing the vocals as well, takes us on an out of this world rocking trip jamming his crazy style of Southern metal with an extra heavy dose of blues playing being thrown into the mix. Starting off the party, Dime breaks out “Twisted”, and then rolls y’all up next with “Ain’t No Struggle”, which is my favorite song out of the handful. It sounds like something from Rebel Meets Rebel album with David Allan Coe.

On the track “True”, jokingly produced with one of those cheap Ca...

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ROCKET REVIEW: JUDAS PRIEST – “Firepower” (CD)





Legendary New Wave of British heavy metal band, JUDAS PRIEST, is back to dominate the rock music scene with an absolutely unrelenting assault of head banging greatness, unleashing their new studio effort in 2018 entitled “Firepower” and it is without a doubt one of the best records of their entire career. Lead vocalist Rob Halford is like fine wine, with each year his voice only seems to get more powerful and frightening sounding. Somehow this guy’s range has still not dropped off. How is that even possible? This man has been singing his balls off for over the past four decades.

As the story goes, for the production of this album Priest went back to the ‘organic way’ of recording where the entire band plays together in a room. It paid off big time...

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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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