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Judas Priest: Redeemer of Souls

“Judas Priest have been looking for redemption since their 2008 concept album, Nostradamus, fell flat with fans. Their follow-up goes back to guitar-bludgeoning basics on songs that explore vengeance, virility and Valhalla – classic metal themes that might feel tired if it wasn’t for the fact that Priest are one of the bands that helped [...]

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“Def Leppard dove into the classic-albums-in-their-entirety trend via an 11-date residency at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, performing 1987′s Hysteria from start to finish, adding other classic hits to round out the set….Def Leppard show their glam rock heart, which is one reason their music has aged so well and why it still sounds [...]

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Motörhead: Aftershock

“In the history of music, there are few true mavericks on the level of the legendary Lemmy, a man who seems to do his own thing without any concern for what anyone else thinks about it. This level of confidence has made Motörhead a timeless institution in the world of rock & roll, and on Aftershock, the band’s 21st [...]

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“There is shade and light within Reznor’s immaculate constructions, there is the ebb and flow of life, there is joy within the sheer sheets of sound. Hesitation Marks makes it quite clear that Trent Reznor is no longer an angry young man but rather a restless, inventive artist who is at peace with himself, and [...]

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Aerosmith: Gold

“[T]his remains a pretty good, but not perfect, overview of latter-day Aerosmith, containing hits, album tracks, concert favorites, rarities, non-LP B-sides, and cuts only available on compilations.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Black Sabbath: 13

“13 comes closest to recapturing the desperate feel, plodding grooves, and unparalleled metal magic of those first classic Sabbath records than anything the members of the band have done since, in any permutation or combination…. The influence of early Sabbath has become so omnipresent that it’s come back to influence its very creators four decades [...]

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“It’s complex, harder, and catchier than anything QOTSA have done in a decade, and more song-oriented, too, but that’s a sign of maturity: [Josh] Homme has marshaled all of his strengths on …Like Clockwork and has found a way forward, a way to deepen his music without compromising his identity.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Soundgarden: King Animal

“King Animal is a big, bright album, executed with precision and professionalism… Simply put, Soundgarden sound like they belong together; Cornell sounds richer, fuller when anchored by drummer Matt Cameron, bassist Ben Shepherd, and the deceptively sinewy and brainy guitarist Kim Thayil… [T]his is a surprisingly strong reunion, one that puts the band back on [...]

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Wolf Gang: Suego Faults

“A sparkling debut album with echoes of Byrne and Bowie. …Londoner Max McElligott’s debut has been a long time in the nurturing and crafting, and it shows. …[I]t will be interesting to see where a talent like Wolf Gang’s travels to next” –NME Check Our Catalog

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Kiss: Monster

“As Kiss approach 40 years of ridiculously dumb rock & roll fun, it makes sense that their 20th studio album, Monster, is more self-referential than anything. …[F]or the innumerable fans of multiple generations who grew up with and lived their glory days listening to Kiss, the familiarity is what will make the record a keeper. [...]

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“More than a quarter century may have gone by since singer Michael Monroe’s band Hanoi Rocks passed from existence, but Monroe continues to carry the flag for their style of hard rock, with his solo album Sensory Overdrive being another example. …[A]nyone who loves rock & roll that’s loud and fast will enjoy Sensory Overdrive.” [...]

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