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CD Reviews
Dark Roots of Earth
Review by Mike Korn
Testament made a great, hard-hitting comeback with The Formation of Damnation four years ago.

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The Formation of Damnation
Review by Gary Hill
This CD represents Alex Skolnick’s studio return to the world of Testament. What they have produced is an album that takes no prisoners.
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DVD Reviews
Testament - Live In London DVD
Review by Josh Turner
It's the classic line-up in a trouble-free DVD. Drenched in blood red and decorated with gold trim, this simple gatefold booklet contains nothing more than a single disc.
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Concert Reviews
Testament - Live in Chicago, October, 2011
Review by Mike Korn

Thrash is back and you better get used to it.


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Testament - Live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 2013
Review by Kat Heitzman

Testament blew away their audience once again!


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Testament - Live inTinley Park, IL, August, 2008
Review by Mike Korn
Many more pics from this show are available in two galleries in our members area.
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Interviews
Testament
Interview by Mike Korn
Interview with Chuck Billy of Testament From 2007


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Alex Skolnick Trio
Review by Gary Hill and Mike Korn
Interview with Alex Skolnick From 2005

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Alex Skolnick Trio
Review by Gary Hill
Interview with Alex Skolnick from 2009
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Joe Deninzon - Adventures in the Stratospheerius
Review by Gary Hill
Released under the name of Joe Deninzon, this album is by the same group who also record under the band name Stratospheerius. That group is composed of Deninzon, Scott Chasolen, Grisha Alexiev, Rufus Philpot, DJ Big Wiz, and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Attention Deficit, Testament).
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Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake
Review by Mike Korn
The last few years have seen the rise of a new generation of American metal bands. The new blood has included Shadows Fall, God Forbid and without a doubt the most vicious of the bunch, Lamb of God.
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Attention Deficit - Attention Deficit
Review by Gary Hill
Described as "mad scientist rock", this album contains very intriguing instrumental music. With strong leanings toward modern King Crimson, the album covers progressive territory in a dark, gritty and somewhat chaotic manner.
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Dublin Death Patrol - DDP 4 Life
Review by Mike Korn
Ah, the joys of small town living - a relaxed pace, the comfort of knowing all your friends and neighbors, a closeness to the land...and raging thrash metal? Well, if you happened to live in Dublin, California (not to be confused with the rather more notorious Dublin, Ireland...though you will find pictures of shamrocks and leprechauns in this album) back in the 80's, heavy metal was definitely part of the town's fabric.
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Dublin Death Patrol - Death Sentence
Review by Mike Heitzman

Most of these guys, if not directly related by blood, have known each other since 1980 when they used to hang out in Dublin, California


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Various Artists - Drum Nation Vol. 2
Review by Gary Hill
The concept is simple but unique: put together a number of tracks from various artists showcasing influential and potent drummers. This was the concept for Magna Carta's first drum nation CD, and they continue it here - why mess up a good thing?
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Joe Deninzon - Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius - Guilty of Innocence (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill

It seems so appropriate that this review is running in MSJ's final issue of 2018 because the CD of this was reviewed in the first issue of the year.


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Alex Skolnick Trio - Last Day in Paradise
Review by Gary Hill
This new album by Alex Skolnick Trio is more than just a continuation. Sure there's a lot of great jazz trio music with elements of rock – the reason I put this under prog.
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Various Artists - Live at Wacken 2012 DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

Whenever I see one of these sets – they have the Wacken Festival every year and always release it for video later – I am amazed at the range of sounds presented.


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Various Artists - Magna Carta Guitar Greats – Volume I
Review by Grant Hill
These Magna Carta sampler discs serve as a great way for people to sample a number of their releases without having to shell out the cash for each and every one of them. I'd have to say that as these things go, this is one of the better ones – and they are all quite good.
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Various Artists - MetalMania 2007 DVD and CD Set
Review by Gary Hill
So, you didn’t make it to Poland last year to check out the MetalMania Festival? Or maybe you did and want a chance to relive the show.
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Various Artists - New World Man: A Tribute to Rush
Review by Gary Hill
Here we have a new Rush tribute album from the fine folks at Magna Carta.

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Vapourspace - Sonic Residue from Vapourspace
Review by Steve Alspach
Here's an interesting concept - take songs from various releases from a progressive rock record label and let the music be transformed by a techno mix until it's nearly unrecognizable from the original source.
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Various Artists - Subdivisions - A Tribute To Rush
Review by Gary Hill
Subdivisions is a new Tribute album devoted to the music of Rush from Magna Carta Records. Those paying close attention and with a good memory, may be saying now; "didn't they do one before?"
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Attention Deficit - The Idiot King
Review by Gary Hill
Attention Deficit's second album, this one continues their trend of fusion oriented instrumental music. The album should appeal to fans of bands like King Crimson, Djam Karet and Frank Zappa.
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Various Artists - The Merciless Book of Metal Lists written by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins
Review by G. W. Hill

I suppose how you feel about this book has a lot to do with how seriously you take it.


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Various Artists - The Suite Music World of Gary Hill: Collected Articles Originally Published at Suite101 written by Gary Hill
Review by Greg Olma
This book is not really new material but rather a collection of Gary Hill's articles for a website called “Suite 101."  Some might not like dated material, but I find these types of books enjoyable for a number of reasons. 
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Nevermore - This Godless Endeavour
Review by Mike Korn
The American heavy metal scene is healthier than ever, with bands such as Mastodon, Shadows Fall and High On Fire each making a mark in their own unique style.
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Various Artists - Thriller - A Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson
Review by G. W. Hill

I know the title says this is a “metal” tribute, but I question whether the person who gave it that title knows what “heavy metal” is.


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Alex Skolnick Trio - Transformation
Review by Gary Hill
Alex Skolnick is a true artist, not content to sit still in one musical genre. Certainly he is probably best known as the guitarist for the metal band Testament, his first professional gig.
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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Christmas And a Headbanging New Year (2010 Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of a CD I’ve already reviewed – with a few extra cuts.
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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Xmas...and a Headbanging New Year
Review by Gary Hill

So many times discs like this are really uneven. Well, that’s not the case here.


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