Akron Metal Assault is slow, heavy, and low. Mob Scene singer Jeff Zaigen would be a worthy applicant if Halford goes AWOL again. God's Black Revolver features female bassist Kristin Venables, but the Massillon band's "Where's Your God?" is a dirty chunk of cock rock complete with singer-guitarist Jason Huppert's Sunset Strip-style sneer. Led by former N-Factor guitarist Kris Dann, Hatecore Inc. grinds out some simple riffs that let the downtuning do the talking. Ripcored's "Die for You" is a big, dirty biker ballad. If you don't think they make metal like they used to, here's what you've been missing -- without that long drive south.