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Stone Sour, ‘House of Gold & Bones Part 2′ – Album Review

Stone Sour
Roadrunner Records

Stone Sour set the bar high with their 'House of Gold & Bones Part 1' disc in 2012, and they don't disappoint with the concept album's conclusion. What listeners get on 'Part 2' is a hard-hitting collection that digs deeper into the storylines that are laid out in the opening disc. And, as Corey Taylor has stated, the second portion plays more like a soundtrack than the first release.

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Killswitch Engage, ‘Disarm the Descent’ – Album Review

Killswitch Engage
Roadrunner

Killswitch Engage have returned in a big way -- not only with their new album ‘Disarm the Descent,’ but also with original frontman Jesse Leach. The new disc is Leach’s first album with the band since 2002’s ‘Alive or Just Breathing.’

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Suicidal Tendencies, ‘13’ – Album Review

Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Records

When it comes to crossover thrash, it doesn’t get much more influential than Suicidal Tendencies. Formed back in 1981, the band helped pioneer the genre along with groups like D.R.I. and S.O.D. They have split and reunited a few times, and after being back together for several years now have finally released a new album. '13' is their first studio effort since 2000's 'Free Your Soul...and Save My Mind.'

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Kvelertak, ‘Meir’ – Album Review

Meghan McInnis, Facebook: Kvelertak
Meghan McInnis, Facebook: Kvelertak

Having experienced a massive groundswell from their self-titled debut album, Norwegian metallers Kvelertak were destined to have their sophomore release examined by the world's largest magnifying glass.

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Sevendust, ‘Black Out the Sun’ – Album Review

Sevendust
Photo by Davo

Sevendust are back with a new album, ‘Black Out the Sun,’ and the band's ninth studio disc does not disappoint. The follow-up to 2010's 'Cold Day Memory' features the Atlanta rockers at the top of their game.

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Buckcherry, ‘Confessions’ – Album Review

Buckcherry
Photo by Stevie D.

When envisioning new music from Buckcherry, you know there'll be some foot-stomping, high-energy songs, typically about partying, women and heartbreak -- all delivered by singer Josh Todd's perfectly rock-weathered voice. On their new 'Confessions' album, they definitely have some of those touchtones, but that being said, Buckcherry also deserve a great deal of credit for delivering a well thought out concept album.

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Bullet for My Valentine, ‘Temper Temper’ – Album Review

BFMV

Bullet for My Valentine are clicking on all cylinders on their new album, though the band readily admits the title 'Temper Temper' comes from some of the internal friction within the group. But rather than letting things fester, they turned lemons into lemonade by allowing it fuel the creative process.

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‘The Bronx (IV)’ – Album Review

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Los Angeles hardcore quintet the Bronx have been the masters behind modern hard rock gems such as 'False Alarm,' 'Heart Attack American' and 'They Will Kill Us All (Without Mercy).' After a five-year break to create punk rock ma

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Hatebreed, ‘The Divinity of Purpose’ – Album Review

Hatebreed
Razor & Tie

Hatebreed are back in a big way in the form of 'The Divinity of Purpose,' the Connecticut mosh 'n' stomp hardcore band's first disc for new label Razor & Tie. It's anthemic, full of sing-along choruses and lyrical declarations, chunky riffing, battering ram drumming and more breakdowns than an insane asylum. It's a totally moshable affair, comprised of tight, efficient and make-their-point-and-move on songs.

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Bad Religion, ‘True North’ – Album Review

Bad Religion
Epitaph

Bad Religion are to punk rock what Iron Maiden are to heavy metal. Along with both groups brandishing unparalleled quality within their genres in over three-decade-long discographies, both Bad Religion and Iron Maiden are storytellers at heart who paint vivid visual pictures through their music. Fans are able to immerse themselves into the worlds birthed by Bad Religion with even greater intensity than their own personal realities, which is a testament to how many pairs of eyes Bad Religion are able to lend their fans for short bursts of multidimensional insight.

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