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Jake E. Lee Needs To Reform Badlands With This Singer

Jake E. Lee has put out two records with his Red Dragon Cartel.  I liked his first album, and RDC's latest album didn't excite me too much. Badlands was Jake's best music.  He had Ray Gillen, and their first album is a classic.  Most dismiss when you talk about a Badlands reunion because Ray is deceased.  You'd need someone who'd sound like Ray, right? Let me introduce you to Dino Jelusick.

Dino is the singer for Animal Drive, is part of the Trans Siberian Orchestra, and most recently teamed up with George Lynch on the project Dirty Shirley.  Haven't you heard of Dino?


 After listening to that, one would think to grab Greg and Eric and do some shows.

It would be great if Jake would record some music with Dino on vocals and/or do a few shows.  Nothing will bring back the original Badlands, but teaming up with Jelusick would create some great music and most certainly would be better than anything Red Dragon Cartel has put out.




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Black Star Riders - In The Shadow Of A War Machine

One of the heavier cuts from BSR’s latest, Another State Of Grace, our first track this week comes with a beefy bruiser refrain, strapping vocals and boxer-jabbing guitars that practically dare you to mess with them. Angry, politically engaged and catchy as all hell? Yes please.


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Devilskin - Corrode

Another beefcake with which to hulk up your Monday protein intake, but with more metallic menace and the sort of chorus that Evanescence and Vicious-era Halestorm might have written together. Indeed, the Kiwi quartet have already toured with Halestorm – as well as Slash, Motley Crue and Disturbed – so they’re preaching to a receptive choir...


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Shades Of Gray - I Get Up

The sunshiny, gloriously cheesy new brainchild of Myke Gray – also of Skin, Jagged Edge and UFO – this is a highly danceable shaken-up soda can of glam rock boogie that doesn't take itself too seriously, and sounds all the better for it. Think Status Quo playing Download, in KISS make-up. And yes it’s as fun as it sounds.


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Drive-By Truckers - Thoughts And Prayers

The Georgia-based quintet have never sat on the safe, predictable side of southern rock, and they’re not about to change that. This new one is a mellow but searing, acoustically driven beauty – with nods to Neil Young, blue-collar protest-folk and sweet-as-pie West Coast rock.


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Empyre - My Bad

Empyre continue to defy labels but sound damn good doing it. If we were to compare it to anything we'd venture that My Bad sounds a bit like Alter Bridge at their most gnarly and alternative, with a few prog metal twists in the background. According to frontman Henrik: “My Bad predicts the almost inevitable collapse of a relationship, but is an appeal to salvage it.” Heavy stuff, confidently pulled off.


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H.e.a.t - Come Clean

One for the AOR fans now (or just anyone who likes really big, soaring tunes that shine so brightly you can see you face in them) hot off the upcoming new album from Swedish kingpins H.e.a.t. Check out this and much more on H.E.A.T II, which is out next month.


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Buffalo Summer - Everybody's Out For Number 1

Sounding way grungier and nastier than their southern-rockier-than-thou band name might suggest, Welshies Buffalo Summer are opening the case for their upcoming album Desolation Blue like a bunch of hairy renegades from Nirvana-era Seattle, with their own strutting pace and snarling character. Noice.


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Alien Nosejob - Television Sets

Best band name ever? To be fair it’s more memorable than Jake Robertson (the name of the Aussie dude behind all this). The story goes that Robertson gave up “waiting on others to rock up to practice, write their parts, tune their instruments, yada yada” and decided to go it alone. Part lo-fi indie rock, part Ramones-y punk’n’roll, Television Sets suggests he’ll do just fine.


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Queensryche Release Lyric Video For “Portrait”

Rock icons Queensrÿche release their new lyric video for "Portrait". Watch the video, HERE. The track is off their most recent full-length album, The Verdict, which came out March 2019 via Century Media Records.

"Portrait' is a reflective song about relationship struggles. The ups and downs of loving someone and trying to make the relationship work. there is hope and despair throughout the song as with most relationships," states Queensryche frontman Todd LaTorre about the track.


 Catch Queensryche on the road now for The Verdict 2020 Headline Tour, which includes special guests John 5 and Eve To Adam. VIP tickets are available for select dates HERE. All other information on upcoming tour dates can be found on Queensryche's website, HERE:


 The band has been touring nonstop in support of The Verdict, which debuted at #6 on Germany's Album Chart, #4 on the UK's Rock Chart, #8 on Sweden's Physical Album Chart, #9 on France's Physical Album Chart, #4 on USA's Hard Music Chart, #8 on USA's Rock Chart, #14 on USA's Top Current Chart and #16 on USA's Billboard Top Albums. The Verdict is available to purchase and stream, HERE:



February 5 - Seattle, WA - Neptune

February 7 - Denver, CO - Ogden

February 8 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads*

February 9 - St Louis, MO - Delmar*

February 12 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe

February 13 - Detroit, MI - St Andrew's Hall*

February 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre

February 15 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

February 16 - Boston, MA - Big Night

February 19 - Glensdale, PA Keswick Theatre

February 20 - Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage*

February 21 - North Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues

February 22 - Charlotte, NC - The Underground*

February 25 - Huntsville, AL - Mars Music Hall

February 26 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater*

February 27 - Orlando. FL - Plaza Live

*without John 5


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Joe Satriani’s “Shapeshifting” Album Set For Release On April 10th

JOE SATRIANI's new studio album, Shapeshifting, is set for release on April 10, 2020, via Sony Music/Legacy Recordings.  The first single, “Nineteen Eighty,” is available today on all streaming platforms and at rock radio stations nationwide.  The full tracklist is below.

Pre-order packages are also available beginning today. In addition to the CD and standard black vinyl, the D2C store will offer an exclusive translucent blue colored, signed vinyl.  Additional offerings will include stemless wine glasses, coffee mugs, koozies, crew socks, guitar picks, and a t-shirt - all featuring Joe’s original artwork.  Also available, an autographed CD via pre-order with Newbury Comics online retails store.  Anyone who pre-orders via the D2C will receive early access to the upcoming US tour to be announced shortly.
Shapeshifting Pre-order Link:



 Shapeshifting was co-produced by Satriani and Jim Scott (Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) with longtime associate John Cuniberti onboard handling the mastering duties.  Satriani enlisted a wide range of collaborators, both old and new, to help him bring the songs to life. Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), and keyboardist Eric Caudieux were the core musicians on the new album with additional contributions coming from Lisa Coleman (The Revolution) and Christopher Guest.

The retro feeling sounds of the first single, “Nineteen Eighty” finds Satriani spiritually revisiting the time period when he was working with his first band, the Squares. The future guitar hero the world came to know less than a decade later, would have to wait. He recalls that in those early days, they “dialed back the guitar solos and histrionics to try to create a cooler new wave vibe.” Decades removed from those goals, he was free to go forward and attempt to recapture what was on his mind in 1980.

Staying true to the sounds of the time, he even used a vintage MXR EVH phaser. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Eddie Van Halen,” Satriani says. “In my mind, he just crystallized that era. In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, he kind of saved rock guitar. So that’s what I would have been doing.”

As previously announced, SATRIANI will embark on “The Shapeshifting Tour” beginning April 15, 2020, with a 42-date European leg that currently winds up in mid-June. Additional dates, including the U.S., to be announced soon. The 2020 touring band features celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats), and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) joining SATRIANI on guitar.  Current Shapeshifting Tour Dates HERE:


For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as the founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza.  SATRIANI’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date, and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum. Four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.  His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.


    Big Distortion
    All For Love
    Ali Farka, Dick Dale, an Alien and Me
    Perfect Dust
    Nineteen Eighty
    All My Friends Are Here
    Spirits, Ghosts, and Outlaws
    Falling Stars
    Here The Blue River
    Yesterday’s Yesterday


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Lamb Of God Releases New Music In Five Years, “Checkmate,” Due Out May 8TH

LAMB OF GOD has revealed a brand new single and video, “Checkmate,” from the band’s first release in five years and the first to feature new drummer Art Cruz. The self-titled Lamb Of God is due out May 8via Epic Records.
Watch “Checkmate” now at:


“‘Checkmate’ brings together all the components of the LAMB OF GOD sound that we’ve been developing over the last two decades, but with the ambition and ferocity that comes with the start of a new chapter for our band,” says guitarist Mark Morton. “Re-energized and reignited, this is LAMB OF GOD 2020. We’ve never been more excited.”


The fact that the band’s eighth studio effort would warrant ‘self-titled’ status is a testament to the band’s pride and satisfaction with these songs and this period in their creativity.
“Putting only our name on it is a statement,” Blythe says. “This is LAMB OF GOD. Here and now.”
A true collaboration between all members of the band, LAMB OF GOD’s eighth studio album is an amalgam of each individual’s contributions, blended to create a singular style. Guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler fuel the album with a mountain of riffs, taking what Lamb of God are known for, and unbelievably, upping the ante to new levels. The rhythm section of John Campbell, looming large as a rhythmic shadow, and drummer Art Cruz, who makes his studio debut with LAMB OF GOD here on this record, underpin the proceedings with passion, sweat and expansive dynamics. Vocalist D. Randall Blythe is as angry, insightful, and informed as ever. Never one to shrink from facing the darker aspects of our nature head-on, Blythe delivers with no punches pulled, and as only he and Lamb of God can in 2020.In celebration of the release of “Checkmate” and the announce of the new album, LAMB OF GOD will appear at a special show at the House of Vans in Chicago on February 14. The event is free and fans can RSVP beginning at 12 noon CST todayat


The event will include a photography exhibit featuring photos from D. Randall Blythe that will be included in the new LAMB OF GOD album artwork. Harm's Way will open the show.
In the midst of writing the ten songs that appear on Lamb Of God, the group hit pause on the works-in-progress to man the stage as main support Slayer’s “The Final Campaign.” After months of playing their best-known songs nightly, LAMB OF GOD returned to the new tracks and began to work with longtime producer Josh Wilbur (Korn, Megadeth, Gojira, Trivium). Special guests Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Chuck Billy (Testament) also make appearances on Lamb Of God.
Lamb Of God pre-orders are available at


Lamb Of God tracklisting:

1. Memento Mori
2. Checkmate
3. Gears
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook

The Richmond, Virginia, quintet propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with the prophetically titled New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s As the Palaces Burn, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Ashes of the Wake, released in 2004, was the first LAMB OF GOLD album to be certified gold by the RIAA, as was 2006’s Sacrament, which also made a Top 10 Billboard 200 chart debut. In 2009, LAMB OF GOD released Wrath, their first with Wilbur at producer, and earned the number one album spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts, with a number two position on the Billboard 200.
Those number one positions were repeated with 2012’s Resolution, which swung effortlessly between thrash, traditional metal, sludgy doom, with flashes of crust punk swagger and bravado. LAMB OF GOD’s last album, VII: Sturm und Drang (2015) made its debut on the Billboard 200 at number three and finished number 2 in the world charts, reaching Top 5 in five countries and six addition Top 15 positions.
In 2020, LAMB OF GOD is re-energized and unrelenting, ready to lay claim to the metal throne.
LAMB OF GOD tour dates:

2/14- Chicago, IL @ House of Vans *Headline show
European tour with Kreator and Power Trip:
3/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Arenan
3/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Black Box
3/30 – Oulu, FI @ Club Teatria
3/31 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall Black Box
4/2 – Kraków, PO @ Tauron Arena
4/3 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
4/4 – Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle
4/5 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
4/7 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
4/8 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
4/9 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
4/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle
4/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
4/15 – Madrid, ES @ Sala Riviera
4/17 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
4/18 – Saarbrücken, DE @ Saarlandhalle
4/19 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
4/21 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol
4/22 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
4/23 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow
4/24 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
4/25 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
5/9 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome to Rockville *US Festival


D. Randall Blythe – Vocals
Mark Morton – Guitar
Willie Adler – Guitar
John Campbell – Bass
Art Cruz – Drums

LAMB OF GOD online:



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Nightwish Release Video For “Noise,” Pre-Order For ‘Human .:II: Nature’ Now

When Finnish sextet NIGHTWISH announce a new studio album people tend to take notice. They know that something special is brewing. The band's new and ninth record "HUMAN. :II: NATURE." will be released on 10th April 2020 and will be a double album containing 9 tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2.

Today, the band releases the first single and video clip for the song "Noise":
Watch the video here:


Order the song digitally here:




Listen at "This is Nightwish-Playlist"


The album will be available as: 2CD, 2CD-Digi, 3LP (different colours), Earbook, Boxset, Digital
You can pre-order all formats + check new merchandise here:



The tracklisting will read as follows:

Disc 1:

01. Music
02. Noise
03. Shoemaker
04. Harvest
05. Pan
06. How's The Heart?
07. Procession
08. Tribal
09. Endlessness

Disc 2:

01. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Vista
02. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - The Blue
03. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - The Green
04. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Moors
05. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Aurorae
06. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Quiet As The Snow
07. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Anthropocene (incl. "Hurrian Hymn To Nikkal")
08. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World - Ad Astra

‘HUMAN. :II: NATURE.’ was recorded from August to October 2019 at Röskö campsite, Petrax Studios and Troykington castle, as well as Finnvox Studios, by Tero Kinnunen, Mikko Karmila and Troy Donockley. The mixing was done by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox, with Tuomas Holopainen and Tero Kinnunen. Mastering was done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox


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Ricochets - Bad Behaviour

Ricochets kick off this week’s list with their first single in 15 years. Depending on how clued-in you are to the Norwegian rock scene this may or may not be news to you, but either way we can confidently say the gap appears to have served them well. Bad Behaviour is an upbeat, slightly Afghan Whigs-y mesh of pounding keys, enveloping guitars and an urgent lead vocal. Clearly taking a step back really can help.



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Tomorrow Is Lost - Wildchild

A galloping, biting addition to the new wave of rock’n’roll from Newcastle Upon Tyne, this headbanger is propelled by strident vocals, bracing modern rock melody (with a whisper of symphonic metal), and the kind of furious guitars that’d saw through your face given half the chance. Like it? Check out this and more on their debut LP Therapy, which is out on March 13.


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Bluhauz - Purify My Soul

His name might sound vaguely Germanic, but the former Stone Giant singer/guitarist is a Berklee graduate currently based in Miami, and Purify My Soul is all ‘Murca (with a healthy side of British classic rock) – think dirty but decadent slabs of blues rock riffage, boot-stomping delta swagger and a cocksure voice that can’t quite decide whether it wants to be in Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith. There are worse conundrums, to be fair.


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H.e.a.t - Dangerous Ground

The melodic rock Swedes have been on something of a winning streak lately, drip-feeding tasters of their follow-up to 2017’s excellent Into The Unknown. Now they come bearing something so gleefully in thrall to 1986 it could go head to head with The Final Countdown and Top Gun (for godssake they actually sing ‘heading for the danger zone’...). As with all their best tracks, though, there’s still enough snarl and sharpness to stop them sliding into tribute territory. We can't help loving it.


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Mother Vulture - Tell Me

Buzzy, noisy but oomphy sounds from South West rockers Mother Vulture now. If the blues had a baby with punk – and then hung out with the Hives and Wolfmother at their most caffeinated – it would have sounded like this. Keep your eyes peeled for the full debut album in Spring.


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Anchor Lane - Dead Run

There's an aromatic whiff of Pennsylvania rockers Crobot in this latest tune from Brit rockers Anchor Lane; currently riding high on their just-released debut Casino. A grungy, classy fist-raiser with gnarly verses and a palate-balancing chorus that invites singalongs. Plus when you’ve got Ricky Warwick popping by to lay down some backing vocals, you know you’re doing something right.


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The Rocket Dolls - The Grip

Metallic grooviness with flashes of the Foo Fighters? Check. Spiky verse chops that call to mind Marilyn Manson's The Beautiful People? Check. Tasty gear-change in the bridge? Check. Brighton trio The Rocket Dolls flit between various heavy music camps, but they make it look easy; in a manner that should keep old-school heavy grungers and younger metal heads alike happy. Having a load of fire in your video is no bad thing either.


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Collateral - Merry Go Round

To finish, check out the latest single from NWOCR rising stars Collateral – a gleaming Chevy-full of Bon Jovi brushstrokes, big guitars and L'Oréal hair flicks. All slickly executed with gusto. Will it win any prizes for lyrical ingenuity? No. Does it really matter? No. Find more on their self-titled album, out on February 21.


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Psykotribe Takes You On A Twisted Ride With “The Devil’s Complex”

"The world suffers violence, and the violent shall take it by force."~Reverend Jim Jones

  Now, this right here is right up my alley. Extreme metal group Psykotribe is from Tampa, Florida. As the weathered veterans of metal remember, Florida was once the breeding ground for the US death metal scene. Over a few short years of doing reviews, it seems that I am seeing a revival of extreme "underground " metal from our southern friends. PSYKOTRIBE has recently completed a tour supporting Six Feet Under as well as thrashers Master. The band members are vocalists Dana Darkly and Jakob Sin, guitarists Jamez Madness, John Williams, and Chris Lewis, bassist Chad Zielesch, and drummer Adam Zielesch. Known for their vast amounts of energy, they have also shared the stage with Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, The Faceless, Combichrist, Cradle of Filth, Mushroomhead, Doll Skin, Goatwhore, The Agonist, Soilwork, Doyle, Mortiis and Thy Art is Murder, among many others.


On to the album "The Devil's Complex," a twisted ride through tortuous riffs, aggressive vocals, and pure pandemonium. What I enjoy even most about PSYKOTRIBE is they cannot be pigeonholed into one category of metal. They blend some thrash, elements of black metal, death metal, and even some traditional metal.

  In the song "End It," we even feature some bass riffs by Dave Ellefson (Megadeth). With this track, I get a black n' roll vibe, and it would almost fit perfectly on an early Wednesday 13 or a Murderdolls album. Another noteworthy song is "Faceless Killers" admittedly because I dig the war-ready drumming.  This song will hype you up in the pit with its eccentric ascending style. "Devil's Complex " is sure to breed, chaos and I imagine it sounds badass played live. Definitely some hints of black metal mixed in.

   I also dig "Vengeance," and it is undoubtedly a song one can refer to when that one person drives you to the brink. Be warned; it's not going to calm you. Nothing on this album is calm, but it's steeped in the darkest creative juices that I have heard in a very long while. Not to be missed.

Score: 9.5/10





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Guitarist Mark Zavon’s Self-Titled Debut Album Shows Off His Musical Talent

Mark Zavon appeared in Guitar Player Magazine's "Spotlight" column and has been recognized nationwide for his incredible style and approach. He has performed with the band Scream Parade as well as forming JRZ System described as a funk meets hard rock instrumental band. He has toured and performed with vocalist Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, including performing as a guitarist for Ratt. Mark was also the guitarist and principal songwriter for LA-based hard rock 40 Cycle Hum.  He later performed with WWIII featuring Mandy Lion, Vinny Appice, and Jimmy Bain. He's also been busy with Kill Devil Hill, featuring former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown, ex-Pissing Razors frontman Dewey Bragg and Type O Negative and Danzig drummer Johnny Kelly. On November 23, 2018, Mark released his self-titled debut solo album via EMP Label Group, founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. Within this album, Mark is the magician behind the keyboards, bass, guitar, and vocals. Major respect to multi-instrumentalists.


 In my few years of reviews of rock and metal, I've always preferred the more extreme stuff. The shit that makes the churchgoers down the road cringe. Sometimes it is good to take a break and jam out to some hard rock and traditional metal. The stuff that reminds you of the debauchery of your younger years. Mark Zavon has illustriously captured that feeling with his self-titled album.

   Check out his brash and gritty cover of a Billy Joel classic, "Big Shot," as he gives it some modern kicked up fuel. We also have good time music to wreck the house to such as "South of the Border" and "Whiskey Tango". The album is heavy on riffs but certainly not in the sense of a guitarist noodling around in his bedroom. The compositions are fun yet well- thought out. This is definitely something to start a bonfire and kick it with a few friends and a couple of cold ones.


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