2008 is going to be, like, the best year for band reunions ever. First Carcass, then At the Gates, and now Extreme have all announced plans to get back together next year (And yes, we realize it’s weird to get excited about Extreme, Carcass, and At the Gates all in one breath – that’s the kind of metalhead we are around here. Deal.).

Frankly, we can’t understand why the fuck it took so long for Extreme to finally patch things up – they’ve been dancing around it forever, and with Nuno Bettencourt’s stint in Perry Ferrell’s best forgotten Satellite Party project out the way, the band has finally been out of excuses for months now. Like Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, and Velvet Revolver (not technically a reunion, but sort of), it took a benefit gig – in this case, a tribute concert for the late Brad Delp – for these dudes to finally realize they can make more money together than apart. But whatever, all that matters is that Vince and I have another cheesy reunion gig to get all teary eyed for in ’08 (I honestly have no idea what Kip’s feelings are on Extreme – but if I had to guess, I’d say they’re not warm and fuzzy).

The big difference, of course, is that Extreme – authors of “More than Words,” the prettiest song ever recorded about trying to get your woman to get all freaky deaky for you – have announced plans for a new studio album right away. And while that may be a major misstep – do these guys have it in them to make a new album worth listening to after all this time? – we’ll choose not to let our excitement about the reunion be tempered with any conflicting emotions… for now. Thus, to celebrate, enjoy the band’s video for “Rest in Peace.” If Nuno’s guitar solo doesn’t get you all hot and bothered, you need to call a doctor, as you may be legally dead.
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