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Black ‘N Blue achieved a large amount of success in the mid ‘80’s with the tune, “Hold On To 18” – they sold more than a million records and received a ton of airplay. Fast forward more than 20 years later to, Hell Yeah!, the band’s first release after an extended hiatus and a few lineup changes. This CD does not stray far from the bands roots and as one would expect it is packed with pop/rock tunes that are decent at best and just never really seem to go anywhere. To me it seems that this is a bit of a rehashing of their older material.

Veteran thrashers and Pennsylvania thrash natives, Believer, are back with their new release, Transhuman. Once again Believer pushes boundaries forging new ground and creating an absolutely killer disc. Fans of Believer have come to expect the band to venture into new musical territory and expound on their previous efforts and that is exactly what they have done here on Transhuman.

I don’t profess to be an expert on the current state of the Seattle music scene, but I would guess it’s at least a little angry and a lot raw. Surprisingly (at least to me), the Pacific North West has managed to foster and develop SweetKiss Momma, a straight ahead Southern style blues-rock band in the vein of 70’s acts like Lynard Skynard, Foghat and Nugent.

Buckle up for one heck of a ride. The debut release from the Alabama based hardcore band Gideon is one heck of a disc. The band establishes their presence from the very first note and what follows is a frantic frenzy that doesn’t let up for a full 28:00 minutes.

A province that has been exploding with metal is Quebec, Canada. Bands such as Beneath The Massacre, Cryptopsy, The Agonist and Blackguard have blown past their French boarders, spreading into the rest of the world. One group who recently has done the same, is The Last Felony. Their mew album, Too Many Humans, should be next in to take over your speakers.