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Hinder, ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’ – Album Review

Hinder

Hinder exploded upon the scene with their 2005 debut ‘Extreme Behavior,’ which sold over 3 million copies and spawned five singles that landed on the rock charts including the massive hit ‘Lips of an Angel.’ Their following two albums also did well and had top 10 rock singles, and now the Oklahoma band returns with their fourth effort, ‘Welcome to the Freakshow.’

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Adler, ‘Back From the Dead’ – Album Review

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In the past few years, Steven Adler has made more headlines for his wacky one-liners and past substance abuse than he has from his musical endeavors, but all that's about to change with the release of his new disc ‘Back From the Dead.’ With a title that’s as literal as it is figurative, it delivers one of the purest, straight-up rock albums of the year -- chock full of the grit and grime that only comes with experience.

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Kylesa, ‘From the Vaults Vol. 1′ – Album Review

Season of Mist
Season of Mist

Records consisting only of B-sides, rarities and demos are usually geared only to a band's established fanbase - often strung together with no real creative goal in mind. Sometimes acts even release efforts like this solely to fulfill contractual obligations without having to write a new album. But in the case of Kylesa's 'From the Vaults, Vol. 1,' the band has issued a truly meaningful collection, both rich in quality and addictive in substance.

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Green Day, ‘¡Dos!’ – Album Review

Green Day
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Green Day have got love on the brain, while their toes are firmly dipped in the influences of eras gone by on '¡Dos!, the second album of their new trilogy. The disc even has a old-school pacing, clocking in at just under 40 minutes, but taking 13 tracks to get there. The quick-hitting nature of the songs makes the album a more immediate listen that seems to fly by.

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Soundgarden, ‘King Animal’ – Album Review

Soundgarden
SoundgardenWorld.com

With a monstrous 16 year hiatus between Soundgarden's last studio release and their newest offering ‘King Animal,’ the group's fans likely had a lot of questions leading up to the return of one of rock’s most beloved bands.

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Deftones, ‘Koi No Yokan’ – Album Review

Deftones
Reprise Records

The guiding principle of Deftones albums is the push and pull between singer Chino Moreno and guitarist Stephen Carpenter. That's an age-old rock 'n' roll construct -- the tension between singer and guitar player -- and Moreno and Carpenter being at consistent sonic odds is what makes Deftones music so dynamic. They employ this technique on their new album 'Koi No Yokan.'

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All That Remains, ‘A War You Cannot Win’ – Album Review

All That Remains

All That Remains are a polarizing band. Frontman Phil Labonte isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and as the group’s success has increased, so have the haters. ‘A War You Cannot Win’ will have those critics complaining louder than ever, but the album should draw legions of new fans that will embrace ATR’s style.

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Cradle of Filth, ‘The Manticore and Other Horrors’ – Album Review

Cradle of Filth
Peaceville

Tracking a band's progress throughout 10 studio albums is a long and complex process. The growth and change of a band, especially that of a cult phenomenon like Cradle of Filth, is forever branded within their many works, and without fail, shines the brightest of lights on an act's strengths and weaknesses.

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Flyleaf, ‘New Horizons’ – Album Review

Facebook: Flyleaf
Facebook: Flyleaf

‘New Horizons’ is the third studio album from Flyleaf, and the final one for vocalist Lacey Sturm. Just a few days before the album’s release, it was announced Sturm would be leaving the band and would be replaced by Kristen May.

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Pig Destroyer, ‘Book Burner’ – Album Review

Pig Destroyer
Relapse

Pig Destroyer are the embodiment of metal's most purely aggressive breed. The genre of grindcore doesn't allow for much breathing room or any sort of mainstream accessibility due to its speed, incoherence and sonic violence, but for bands like Pig Destroyer, grind serves as a foundation for profound originality.

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