Reviews Label: Independent

Label: Independent

349 reviews found

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Death is Not Glamorous - Demo album cover

Death is Not Glamorous

Demo, 2005

7.5 / 10

Death is Not Glamorous comes at you from the swamps of...Oslo, Norway? Yes, that's right, Norway. The country most well-known for producing myriad Black Metal bands has given us one ...

Stop This Fall - Scream Till You're Free album cover

Stop This Fall

Scream Till You're Free, 2005

7.0 / 10
200 Words Or Less

Stop this Fall performs a unique mix of melodic hardcore and punk. The closest contemporaries that come to mind are The Suicide File and With Honor, but even those are ...

Sabertooth Zombie - The Only Good Politician is a Dead Polititian album cover

Sabertooth Zombie

The Only Good Politician is a Dead Polititian, 2005

8.5 / 10

Biting through the flesh of the unwilling. Fingering eye sockets and spilling vast volumes of blood. Some want to smash the system; others want to skull fuck it with barbed ...

Ambitions - No Limits album cover


No Limits, 2005

8.0 / 10

Demos can be funny sometimes. They are called a demo for a reason; it's by no means a finished product. And yet many times these demos end up becoming just ...

Exit the King - Exit the King album cover

Exit the King

Exit the King, 2005

7.5 / 10

While most publications seem to avoid reviewing independent releases, I actually enjoy covering bands that aren't joined to a label. It refreshing to hear from passionate artists - it says ...

Wait in Vain - Demo album cover

Wait in Vain

Demo, 2005

9.0 / 10

Wait in Vain was a band that featured ex-members of Trial and Champion who released a four-song demo back in 2005. A substantial buzz grew over this band and the ...

Sweetthieves - View From a Glass Tower album cover


View From a Glass Tower, 2006

8.9 / 10

Not too long ago, I was talking about a small band out of Providence, Rhode Island making references to some of my favorite bands, and telling you how this said ...

Aoria - If I Slow Down Everything Will Disappear album cover


If I Slow Down Everything Will Disappear, 2006

8.0 / 10
200 Words Or Less

I love unsolicited review materials, especially when it's a band I've never heard before, and even more so when said band turns out to be surprisingly good. Aoria is a ...

Invade - Invade album cover


Invade, 2006

6.0 / 10

My roommate likes to call early 90's hardcore "The Dark Ages of Hardcore" with its metal influences, all the way to the left neo-hippie politics, poetic non-sense, and mosh parts. ...

My Dad Vs. Yours - After Winter Must Come Spring album cover

My Dad Vs. Yours

After Winter Must Come Spring, 2006

7.8 / 10

I don't know when it happened, although I think it might have been around the time the movie Friday Night Lights came out and word got out that Explosions in ...

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Plagiarism album cover

The Dillinger Escape Plan

Plagiarism, 2006

2.0 / 10

Some bands churn out albums like they have nothing better to do and some bands release an album every couple of years. The Dillinger Escape Plan is neither of these ...

Future Primitive - Expression Sessions album cover

Future Primitive

Expression Sessions, 2006

8.5 / 10

Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck. Fuck! Fuck! No, I'm not quoting Ceremony, but instead referring to the blistering pain in my pinky toe. What could have caused my toe to ...

The Pledge - Distress album cover

The Pledge

Distress, 2006

7.5 / 10

I don't really consider myself to be a professional journalist by any means. But in my position as an "in my spare time journalist" I frequently come across fairly unknown ...

Dangers - Anger album cover


Anger, 2006

8.6 / 10

It's all been done before. I'm not being jaded; I'm referring to what bands do to be "edgy." Hair in mohawks, boys wearing makeup, and eating your own (or someone ...

Theta Naught & Alex Caldiero - Sound Weave album cover

Theta Naught & Alex Caldiero

Sound Weave, 2006

7.4 / 10

Sound Weave is a collaboration between Theta Naught and poet Alex Caldiero. Combining cello and bass ambiance with occasional drum theatrics, bewildering soundscapes, and the ardour and insanity of improvisational ...

Brian Simpson - Postcard from L.A. album cover

Brian Simpson

Postcard from L.A., 2006

7.2 / 10

Brian Simpson plays that sort of music that you feel like you've heard before but can't really remember when or who else plays that sort of music. It carries all ...

Jefferson Third - This is Only a Test album cover

Jefferson Third

This is Only a Test, 2006

7.0 / 10

Oh the joys of a local band starting to make it big! I've been a friend of two members of Jefferson Third since I was a freshman in high school. ...

Eyes Averted - Paralyzing Passion and Motion album cover

Eyes Averted

Paralyzing Passion and Motion, 2006

7.1 / 10

It seems strange that a band like Eyes Averted would end up having to self-release their debut album. Before Paralyzing Passion and Motion was completed, the band was abruptly dropped ...

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