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Live In Baltimore is a CD/DVD that captures this semi-iconic band performing some of their greatest hits. Kix has not released a studio album in years and I think it’s a bit odd that after so long they’ve decided to release a live record instead of a new material, nevertheless Live In Baltimore is a decent release. The set list is pretty much what I would have expected and includes the extremely popular classic ’80s tunes “Blow My Fuse,” “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” and “Cold Blood.”

This disc was recorded live in 1984 when Twisted Sister was at the height of their success and were dominating the airwaves. I have been a huge Twisted Sister fan since their early bar days and I have seen them on numerous occasions. I can say with all honesty that this disc comes about as close as you can get to actually being there in the audience.

Over the last 20 years, Halifax has become known for a very particular coastal music scene, churning out explosions of slick, melodic indie-pop. Yet below the sheen of the limelight, Halifax has also been home to an underbelly of angular and aggressive music that has excelled on the fringes. Bands such as The Plan, North of America, and Equation Of State carved out the gritty niche for others like Contrived, Slight Return, Attack Mode, and Radarfame – paving the way for a new generation of musicians embedded in the history of start-stop rhythms, atypical time signatures, and dissonant guitar riffs.

Leaving behind a 2011 charged with drama and speculation, especially after his break-up with original bassist Terry Butler and drummer Greg Gall, the infamous Death Metal legend, horror enthusiast and vocalist Chris Barnes, brings Six Feet Under back from the depths of the underworld – now as a five piece – to conjure a blistering new album, strategically titled Undead.

A Dreadful Decease is a full on fuzzy, filthy death metal assault. The very first song, “Chaosbreed” hit me like a battering ram to the head and I spent the better part of forty minutes trying to figure out what had just happened. This is death metal, but it sounds a bit different from the norm. Aside from the horror-inspired themes of zombies and blood these guys put a slight twist on the traditional sound; the overall production is sparse and the record just sounds intentionally dirty.