Reviews Label: Independent

Label: Independent

346 reviews found

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Van Johnson - Holiday Tour EP album cover

Van Johnson

Holiday Tour EP, 2004

7.0 / 10

The first time I heard of Van Johnson, I assumed it was a porn star. Immediately when I got home from seeing Off Minor and overhearing a conversation about them, ...

Dissolute - Demo 2004 album cover


Demo 2004, 2004

7.0 / 10

Every city has that one local band that should be signed to a label and off touring Europe because they are that phenomenal. For Cleveland, that band is a three-piece ...

Rise of Marakara - Rise of Marakara album cover

Rise of Marakara

Rise of Marakara, 2004

2.3 / 10

have the toughest time reviewing material from young bands. For some reason, I feel that just because the band is young, they should have some sort of handicap in terms ...

The Pax Cecilia - Nouveau album cover

The Pax Cecilia

Nouveau, 2004

7.5 / 10

So you're in a rock band and you already look different than other bands with your crazy hair and fingernail polish, but you want to sound different. So you add ...

Dreadful Dollface - Untouched album cover

Dreadful Dollface

Untouched, 2004

8.5 / 10

I first happened upon this group in June of last year, when the lead singer Chris made a thread on a message board I was frequenting about his band. The ...

Sabertooth Zombie / Jumpstreet - Headsplitterz 7" album cover

Sabertooth Zombie / Jumpstreet

Headsplitterz 7", 2005

7.6 / 10

Splits are traditionally a way two bands can get their music recorded/released by combining money. If you read that wrong you might even think bands combine monkeys. Sabertooth Zombie and ...

The Joy Circuit - EP1 album cover

The Joy Circuit

EP1, 2005

8.0 / 10

The Joy Circuit formed out of a unique situation; they were the backing band Ken Andrews hired on for his most recent space/indie/rock outfit Year of the Rabbit. Despite releasing ...

The Uncomfortables - Demo album cover

The Uncomfortables

Demo, 2005

4.0 / 10

When I first started to listen to this demo, I thought it sounded as if Motorhead had a side project that kind of sucked a little, but was still Motorhead, ...

Frostmourn - Fall of Lordaron album cover


Fall of Lordaron, 2005

7.0 / 10

Contrary to what anyone may think, writing an unbiased review is actually a pretty difficult process. I mean, when it comes to certain bands that you may have liked for ...

The Farewell Reason - Demo album cover

The Farewell Reason

Demo, 2005

7.5 / 10

I'm going to start this one by saying that, with very few exceptions, I fuckin' hate metalcore. Has a genre ever spawned so many worthless, generic, formulaic, and uninspired bands? ...

Time for Living - Demo 2k5 album cover

Time for Living

Demo 2k5, 2005

7.0 / 10

Doesn't the Bay Area have enough good hardcore bands? It's like they grow them on trees, or breed them in those large crates on the shipping docks. The truth may ...

The Twilight Collective - All in Due Time album cover

The Twilight Collective

All in Due Time, 2005

8.0 / 10

So lately you've seen a lot of new bands popping up. The first thing you see is 'ex-members of ______ and ______!!!!' HOLY CRAP, you mean this band has members ...

Saltlick - A Face Only a Mother Could Love album cover


A Face Only a Mother Could Love, 2005

5.5 / 10

In recent years country and folk music have had a significant increase in their influence in the genres of indie rock. We have seen albums from Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, ...

Sweetthieves - Demo album cover


Demo, 2005

8.3 / 10

This trio of sweetness comes from the Northeast and resides in a place called Providence, Rhode Island. Dave Martinka (guitar/vocals) and Jay Mayoh (drums), after playing in bands off an ...

Brian Posehn - Nerd Rage album cover

Brian Posehn

Nerd Rage, 2005

8.3 / 10

Stand-up comedians aren't funny. With very few exceptions, this is a truism that has become stronger and stronger over the years with every "I drive my spouse nuts" line and ...

The Starting Point - It's Something You Learn album cover

The Starting Point

It's Something You Learn, 2005

8.5 / 10

It's not often that I sit down to listen to a hardcore record from a band I'm completely unfamiliar with, and fall in love instantly. Two weeks later I'm sitting ...

Crimes of Passion - Demo album cover

Crimes of Passion

Demo, 2005

7.5 / 10

If you made a list of all the bands currently playing the style of music labeled as metalcore, you could fill up 30 or 40 pages in Microsoft Word. There ...

Fight Like Hell - Demo album cover

Fight Like Hell

Demo, 2005

8.5 / 10

Let me just give all of you a big fat heads up: Blood Money Records sold out of this demo, so if you were thinking it wasn't hot shit, or ...

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