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Biosphere – The Petrified Forest

Posted June 26, 2017, 5:36 p.m.

Biosphere – The Petrified Forest

How do you keep the creative juices flowing that allow for composition or creation of any kind of artistic work, and where do you find ... read more

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Wear Your Wounds – WYW

Posted May 22, 2017, 6:31 p.m.

Wear Your Wounds – WYW

Is the world filled with melancholy and sadness that gives way to brief moments of euphoric happiness or joy that carries people from peak to ... read more

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Slowdive – Slowdive

Posted May 15, 2017, 6:22 p.m.

Slowdive – Slowdive

Why do bands or musical partners decide to reconvene to see if the magic can still be conjured? There a slew of bands that have ... read more

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The Slackers – Redlight (20th Anniversary)

Posted May 8, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

The Slackers – Redlight (20th Anniversary)

Has it really been twenty years since this album made its way out into the world? Time does fly by when you are living life, ... read more

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Planning For Burial – Below The House

Posted May 1, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

Planning For Burial – Below The House

Would you rather a musician be great live commanding all manner of powers that conjure spirits and whisk the entire gathering to a place of ... read more

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Ash Borer – The Irrepassable Gate

Posted March 27, 2017, 8:37 p.m.

Ash Borer – The Irrepassable Gate

Haunting, mournful, and soulful, Ash Borer dials in with a killer new slab of music with The Irrepassable Gate; and the band tosses down the ... read more

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Bane – Don't Wait Up

Posted June 9, 2014, 8:24 p.m.

Bane – Don't Wait Up

It has been literally years since I have been so taken with a hardcore record, and I am not talking about saying that you love ... read more

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Planning For Burial – Desideratum

Posted June 2, 2014, 6:58 p.m.

Planning For Burial – Desideratum

We all have our dark places and those journeys to and through and from those midnight shores in the bleak silence of night can produce ... read more

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Swans – To Be Kind

Posted May 26, 2014, 6:12 p.m.

Swans – To Be Kind

Listen, I will fully admit that I am a hopeless Swans fan boy and might even listen to a record filled with sounds of the members defecating ... read more

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Rudimentary Peni – Cacophony (Re-issue)

Posted April 28, 2014, 9:44 p.m.

Rudimentary Peni – Cacophony (Re-issue)

In the darkest recesses of some of our minds lies an unspeakable and unknowable terror, and some artists have brushed against that darkness throughout time ... read more

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Nadja – Queller

Posted April 21, 2014, 10:55 p.m.

Nadja – Queller

As a full on Nadja addict, Queller was immediately on my radar when I heard of its upcoming release; but as a “music critic” (that is what ... read more

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Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors

Posted April 14, 2014, 9:02 p.m.

Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors

Sleepwalking Sailors is just too good, promptly inserting itself at the top of my list for album of the year (for now, and yes, I keep ... read more

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Self Defense Family – You Are Beneath Her

Posted March 3, 2014, 10:16 p.m.

Self Defense Family – You Are Beneath Her

Surely there has been a band (not just a group of musicians) that is as forward thinking about what the concept of being a “band” ... read more

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Set and Setting – Equanimity

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, 8:40 p.m.

Set and Setting – Equanimity

I really enjoy how pretty “Through The Unhindered Break Of Day” is, and the idea that something so simple and borderline repetitive could somehow draw ... read more

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fragment. – Temporary Enlightenment

Posted Feb. 10, 2014, 8:37 p.m.

fragment. – Temporary Enlightenment

Immediately strikingly to the heart with the opening notes of “Cast Out” as if awakening people from sleep with this as an early morning clarion ... read more

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Sunn 0))) – La Reh 012

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:13 p.m.

Sunn 0))) –  La Reh 012

Long and arduous journeys can at times be a right of passage or ritual of progression or even metaphors for life in general, and the ... read more

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Sutekh Hexen – Monument Of Decay

Posted Dec. 30, 2013, 6:48 p.m.

Sutekh Hexen – Monument Of Decay

This is the type of release that you might find yourself anxiously waiting for if, one, you are a hopeless nerd for the band (in ... read more

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Saturday Looks Good To Me – Every Night (Reissue)

Posted Dec. 24, 2013, 1:11 a.m.

Saturday Looks Good To Me – Every Night (Reissue)

Imagine my pleasant surprise when the reissue of the long out of print vinyl version of the Saturday Looks Good To Me album Every Night was announced, and even ... read more

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Saturday Looks Good To Me – One Kiss Ends It All

Posted Dec. 24, 2013, 1:05 a.m.

Saturday Looks Good To Me – One Kiss Ends It All

A void was left in the world for those that enjoyed the jangly indie pop of Saturday Looks Good To Me when the group disbanded sometime following ... read more

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Sutekh Hexen – Become

Posted Dec. 16, 2013, 9:59 p.m.

Sutekh Hexen – Become

Throughout their relatively short tenure, Sutekh Hexen has produced several thought provoking releases that intrigue from both a sonic and an aesthetic perspective; and Become is no different than ... read more

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Aeronaut – Coronal Mass

Posted Dec. 10, 2013, 7:48 a.m.

Aeronaut – Coronal Mass

Aeronaut’s Coronal Mass is one hell of recording, but just saying that does not a hint of justice to the overall quality of this release ... read more

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The Haxan Cloak – Excavation

Posted Dec. 9, 2013, 10:56 p.m.

The Haxan Cloak – Excavation

What dream like states can you imagine, and how exactly might you reach such a trance? Do you use illicit and not so illicit substances, ... read more

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Nadja – Flipper

Posted Dec. 9, 2013, 10:08 p.m.

Nadja – Flipper

Do you find that at times you need to change your perspective on something or someone, and if so how exactly do you gain that ... read more

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Integrity – Suicide Black Snake

Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 10:59 p.m.

Integrity – Suicide Black Snake

Take this raging slab of an album and play it on your stereo at loud volumes until your fragile eardrums explode causing you to bleed ... read more

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Seven Sisters Of Sleep – Opium Morals

Posted Nov. 26, 2013, 12:10 a.m.

Seven Sisters Of Sleep – Opium Morals

Think long and hard and decide just what it takes for a band to enter your own personal rarified air (sure this personal status can ... read more

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Utarm – Apocryphal Stories

Posted Nov. 4, 2013, 10:25 p.m.

Utarm – Apocryphal Stories

What do you do with a record that you just cannot place, and how do you express what you think about such an album when ... read more

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Ash Borer – Bloodlands

Posted Oct. 29, 2013, 2:08 a.m.

Ash Borer – Bloodlands

Do you love tossing on a record that is just crushing from start to finish? I mean regardless of dynamics where even the quiet parts ... read more

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Jesu – Every Day I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came

Posted Oct. 29, 2013, 2:03 a.m.

Jesu – Every Day I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came

When you go travelling for a while (be it physically or mentally), sometimes there is this ache or longing to return to more familiar surroundings ... read more

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Medicine – To The Happy Few

Posted Oct. 7, 2013, 8:53 p.m.

Medicine – To The Happy Few

Imagine being in a band that broke up seventeen years earlier meeting together to divide up copies of re-issues of what are arguably said band’s ... read more

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Medicine – The Buried Life

Posted Sept. 30, 2013, 8:42 p.m.

Medicine – The Buried Life

Give me a few minutes to simply gush about this album (I insist) because while I love the first album from Medicine (Self, Shot Forth Living), I ... read more

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Medicine – Self, Shot Forth Living

Posted Sept. 30, 2013, 8:38 p.m.

Medicine – Self, Shot Forth Living

“Sometimes it rains inside my head / All the words run dry…”She sang so sweetly up there on the big screen, and I had absolutely ... read more

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Psychic Teens – COME

Posted Sept. 23, 2013, 8:17 p.m.

Psychic Teens – COME

So, the three regular adults that make up Psychic Teens has found time in their adult lives to hash out another album of quirky skronking post punk ... read more

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Aidan Baker & Leah Buckareff – Breathing Heavy Breathing

Posted Sept. 9, 2013, 11:11 p.m.

Aidan Baker & Leah Buckareff – Breathing Heavy Breathing

If the droning sounds were not an indication, then certainly the overall sonic motif is definitely all Aidan Baker, at least his solo piece on this ... read more

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Integrity – Systems Overload (A2/Orr Mix)

Posted July 30, 2013, 7:33 a.m.

Integrity – Systems Overload (A2/Orr Mix)

Hail the almighty Integrity and their decision to remix and re-master their classic hardcore album Systems Overlord after teasing us with rumors (when do rumors ... read more

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Black Shape Of Nexus – Negative Black

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:44 p.m.

Black Shape Of Nexus – Negative Black

Wanting to hear more of Black Shape Of Nexus following their split with Kodiak a couple of years back led me to the intense Negative Black, and while I am ... read more

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Jasper TX – An Index Of Failure

Posted July 1, 2013, 9:12 p.m.

Jasper TX – An Index Of Failure

I cannot explain how much I needed to listen to this right at this moment when my heart rate is racing and it feels as ... read more

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Locrian – Return To Annihilation

Posted June 24, 2013, 10:54 p.m.

Locrian – Return To Annihilation

Holy mother of god I was clearly not ready for Return To Annihilation from Locrian, and I guarantee that “Eternal Return” will do the same to you; now, ... read more

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Lovesliescrushing – Glinter

Posted June 17, 2013, 7:11 p.m.

Lovesliescrushing – Glinter

Sitting down with Glinter forces me to ask why loveliescrushing is not more of a go to “band” for my listening habits given the theoretical confluence of sounds that ... read more

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Iron Lung – White Glove Test

Posted May 27, 2013, 11:30 p.m.

Iron Lung – White Glove Test

Sweet jesus did Iron Lung ever “come back” with a bang (seriously it has been six years since the band’s awesome album, Sexless // No Sex and even though ... read more

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Cult of Luna – Vertikal

Posted May 6, 2013, 11:58 p.m.

Cult of Luna – Vertikal

These heavy bands are increasingly showing off their cultural literacy while still bludgeoning their listeners with a heady mix of loud guitars and cavernous sounding ... read more

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Aidan Baker – Closure Axioms

Posted April 30, 2013, 12:50 a.m.

Aidan Baker – Closure Axioms

For as prolific as Aidan Baker is (besides his most known musical endeavor Nadja, he is involved in a slew of other projects as well such as Arc and Infinite Light), ... read more

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Saturday Looks Good To Me – All Your Summer Songs (Re-Issue)

Posted April 9, 2013, 12:44 a.m.

Saturday Looks Good To Me – All Your Summer Songs (Re-Issue)

Have you ever gone to a show for one artist or band that you look forward to seeing so much and, instead, walk away talking ... read more

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Nadja – Corrasion (Reissue)

Posted March 25, 2013, 11:24 p.m.

Nadja – Corrasion (Reissue)

Being an acquired taste is a blessing for some bands as they get to be as adventurous as they could ever want to be and ... read more

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Isis – Temporal

Posted March 19, 2013, 12:41 a.m.

Isis – Temporal

When Isis called it a day, it felt as if a part of me was ending in a similar manner as the band had meant so much ... read more

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fragment. – Home

Posted March 12, 2013, 1:34 a.m.

fragment. – Home

Upon first hearing fragment. on the split / collaboration with Iroha entitled Bittersweet, I began a search for more to hear from this seemingly enigmatic French solo artist because the ... read more

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Unsane – Wreck

Posted March 4, 2013, 11:46 p.m.

Unsane – Wreck

Some days, I just can never get enough Unsane on my headphones, which is the method to which I listen to music while at work and might ... read more

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Dum Dum Girls – End Of Daze

Posted March 4, 2013, 11:35 p.m.

Dum Dum Girls – End Of Daze

Ah the Dum Dum Girls… the Dum Dum Girls are in serious danger of transcending the shtick that the band is partially and maybe unfairly saddled with as ... read more

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My Bloody Valentine – m b v

Posted Feb. 11, 2013, 11:56 p.m.

My Bloody Valentine – m b v

In what might be one of the longest case of collective breath holding since a band’s last previous album, My Bloody Valentine finally release the follow up ... read more

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Iroha – Shepherds & Angels

Posted Feb. 4, 2013, 11:59 p.m.

Iroha – Shepherds & Angels

Sometimes it feels strange championing a band, but I feel as though Iroha are one of those bands that deserve to be heard but people ... read more

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Various Artists – Mamiffer / Pyramids- Split

Posted Jan. 28, 2013, 10:25 p.m.

Various Artists – Mamiffer / Pyramids- Split

Allow me to skip any wind bagging introduction here and just say that this split between Mamiffer and Pyramids is one of those pairings that two like minded musical ... read more

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Greg Prato – Too High To Die: Meet The Meat Puppets

Posted Jan. 14, 2013, 9:37 p.m.

Greg Prato – Too High To Die: Meet The Meat Puppets

Do you know who the Meat Puppets are, or have you ever wondered who the two long-haired guys that appeared on Nirvana’s Unplugged performance were? ... read more

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Amenra – Mass V

Posted Jan. 7, 2013, 3:21 p.m.

Amenra – Mass V

Rituals are deeply ingrained into our shared human experience and the modern ones seemingly thrust us back through the ages to some vaguely remembered race ... read more

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Hot Water Music – Exister

Posted Dec. 10, 2012, 3:24 p.m.

Hot Water Music – Exister

In some ways, you have to seriously respect everything that Hot Water Music has accomplished over the course of their existence from their starting point ... read more

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The Casket Lottery – Real Fear

Posted Dec. 10, 2012, 3:22 p.m.

The Casket Lottery – Real Fear

When bands you adore get back together after breaking up or reconvene following a hiatus, there is both a sense of excitement and a feeling ... read more

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Nadja & Picastro – Fool, Redeemer

Posted Dec. 3, 2012, 6:52 p.m.

Nadja & Picastro – Fool, Redeemer

Hate me for it, but this release was the one that kind of soured me on Nadja and (in particular) all of their collaborations because, ... read more

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Locrian With Christoph Heemann – Self Titled

Posted Nov. 26, 2012, 3:43 p.m.

Locrian With Christoph Heemann – Self Titled

There is definitely an incredibly creeped out vibe coming out of my speakers right now, and I mean that in only the best possible way ... read more

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Posted Nov. 21, 2012, 11:48 p.m.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Sneaking an album out to the public regardless of the mass of information that seems to leak (including albums and other music related info) in ... read more

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Hawks & Doves – Year One

Posted Nov. 19, 2012, 3:46 p.m.

Hawks & Doves – Year One

Not knowing how much in the majority that I am, the passing of Gared O’Donnell’s previous band (Planes Mistaken For Stars for those that were ... read more

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Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy

Posted Nov. 12, 2012, 4:48 p.m.

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy

Black Moth Super Rainbow are a great group of musicians led by one person mysteriously known as Tobacco that pump out some of the most ... read more

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Eagle Twin – The Feather Tipped The Serpent's Scale

Posted Nov. 6, 2012, 12:44 a.m.

Eagle Twin – The Feather Tipped The Serpent's Scale

Sophomore albums are always an intriguing milestone for musicians and bands because they kind of serve notice as to how they react to people’s reception ... read more

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Neurosis – Honor Found In Decay

Posted Oct. 29, 2012, 1:54 p.m.

Neurosis – Honor Found In Decay

The rain is beating on my windows while the wind is whipping the trees into a whirling frenzy as people are declaring a weather apocalypse ... read more

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Various Artists – Vestiges / Ghaust- Split

Posted Oct. 15, 2012, 1:37 p.m.

Various Artists – Vestiges / Ghaust- Split

So this is the immediate follow-up to the debut album The Dissent Of Man for Vestiges, sharing a split record with Ghaust (whom I had ... read more

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Jodis – Black Curtain

Posted Oct. 15, 2012, 1:35 p.m.

Jodis – Black Curtain

It is roughly 5:30 AM at the time of my finally getting down to writing this and the sun is just breaking over the horizon ... read more

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The Casket Lottery – The Door

Posted Oct. 12, 2012, 9:07 a.m.

The Casket Lottery – The Door

There was definitely a time a few years back (or ten if you are keeping score) where I followed (along with my wife) The Casket ... read more

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Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

Posted Oct. 8, 2012, 12:25 p.m.

Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

This is not a review but more a lament, and I am not sure exactly who or what this lament is meant because there is ... read more

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Split Cranium – Self Titled

Posted Oct. 1, 2012, 2:22 p.m.

Split Cranium – Self Titled

So, here we have Split Cranium an interesting project band formed by some of the people behind the acclaimed Circle with the addition of Aaron ... read more

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Nathan Ellis – Self Titled

Posted Sept. 17, 2012, 12:09 p.m.

Nathan Ellis – Self Titled

Mr. Ellis has already accomplished a great deal in his musical “career” (I say it this way because somehow I doubt Nathan Ellis is rolling ... read more

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Swans – The Seer

Posted Aug. 27, 2012, 1:29 p.m.

Swans – The Seer

This is the third review of this that I am writing and the first two were these rather objective and staid ruminations on the music ... read more

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Burning Love – Rotten Thing To Say

Posted Aug. 13, 2012, 1:08 p.m.

Burning Love – Rotten Thing To Say

Leave it to Burning Love to provide an infectiously raucous soundtrack to 2012 (unlike so many of their peers and compatriots) full of the kind ... read more

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Tragedy – Darker Days Ahead

Posted July 2, 2012, 4:26 p.m.

Tragedy – Darker Days Ahead

Having the ability to keep an album under wraps until the band goes out on tour is pretty impressive in this day and age (particularly ... read more

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Quicksand – Manic Compression

Posted June 30, 2012, 2:23 p.m.

Quicksand – Manic Compression

How many people do you know that absolutely love Quicksand (personally, there is not a person that I know who is into music that does ... read more

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Curl Up And Die – …But The Past Might Be Through With Us

Posted June 30, 2012, 2:21 p.m.

Curl Up And Die – …But The Past Might Be Through With Us

Seeing Curl Up And Die the first time has always vividly stuck out in my mind if not for the band’s wild and manic performance ... read more

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Damnation A.D. – Kingdom Of Lost Souls

Posted June 30, 2012, 2:19 p.m.

Damnation A.D. – Kingdom Of Lost Souls

Sometimes over the course of a lengthy tenure in being completely absorbed in music in some fashion, certain bands and musicians can fade in and ... read more

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Bold – The Search

Posted June 30, 2012, 2:16 p.m.

Bold – The Search

Some honesty is required with regards to Bold because while I think some of their music is completely ripping, I have always kind of considered ... read more

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Chain Of Strength – The One Thing That Still Holds True

Posted June 30, 2012, 2:14 p.m.

Chain Of Strength – The One Thing That Still Holds True

“TRUE ‘TILL DEATH!” If you subscribe in any way to the adage that life is about living in the moment, then no matter where the ... read more

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Sick of it All – Self Titled

Posted June 8, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

Sick of it All – Self Titled

Sick Of It All are easily the longest consistently active New York Hardcore band in existence today (both the Cro-Mags and Agnostic Front have broken ... read more

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Burn – Last Great Sea

Posted June 8, 2012, 12:28 p.m.

Burn – Last Great Sea

Burn holds a semi mythical place in the pantheon of the hypothetical New York Hardcore Olympus as they were relatively short lived and only had ... read more

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Texas Is The Reason – Do You Know Who You Are?

Posted June 8, 2012, 12:25 p.m.

Texas Is The Reason – Do You Know Who You Are?

Do You Know Who You Are? is one of the best selling albums that Revelation ever released, and Texas Is The Reason flirted with major ... read more

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Drowningman – Rock 'N' Roll Killing Machine

Posted June 8, 2012, 12:22 p.m.

Drowningman – Rock 'N' Roll Killing Machine

You know that there was never a genre of music that was named something along the lines of sarcastic bastard core or something along those ... read more

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Himsa – Ground Breaking Ceremony

Posted June 8, 2012, 12:20 p.m.

Himsa – Ground Breaking Ceremony

Have you ever had one of those records that you were so extremely excited for that the anticipation was eating at you and you counted ... read more

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A Death Cinematic – The New World

Posted June 4, 2012, 5:10 p.m.

A Death Cinematic – The New World

When you anticipate things, do you find that you build up these lofty expectations that are virtually impossible to reach; or is the anticipation more ... read more

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Better Than A Thousand – Just One

Posted June 2, 2012, 4:21 a.m.

Better Than A Thousand – Just One

Seeing how I feel about Youth Of Today (i.e. I do not really care for them at all), it may come as a surprise that ... read more

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Youth Of Today – Break Down The Walls

Posted June 2, 2012, 4:17 a.m.

Youth Of Today – Break Down The Walls

Please allow me to drop this little disclaimer here before we delve any further; I am not nor was ever a fan of Youth Of ... read more

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Kiss It Goodbye – Choke (EP)

Posted June 2, 2012, 4:15 a.m.

Kiss It Goodbye – Choke (EP)

Waiting for a follow up record from Kiss It Goodbye felt like an eternity, and rumors were rampant regarding a single recorded for Seattle based ... read more

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Shelter – Quest For Certainty

Posted June 2, 2012, 4:11 a.m.

Shelter – Quest For Certainty

Now a days, seeing a bunch of dudes with weird looking tufts of hair sticking out of the back of their otherwise bald heads jumping ... read more

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Judge – Bringin' It Down

Posted June 2, 2012, 4:09 a.m.

Judge – Bringin' It Down

Who has never seen the iconic (OK, iconic in the hardcore punk scene) crossed hammers logo (that shaped an “X” ) of the band Judge? ... read more

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Morning Again – As Tradition Dies Slowly

Posted May 25, 2012, 10:45 a.m.

Morning Again – As Tradition Dies Slowly

Without a doubt, As Tradition Dies Slowly is easily the most metal record that Revelation ever put out (at least so far); and the idea ... read more

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Elliott – False Cathedrals

Posted May 25, 2012, 9:06 a.m.

Elliott – False Cathedrals

There are those records out there where people can point to them as a turning point in their musical taste or a shift in their ... read more

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Burn – Self Titled

Posted May 25, 2012, 9:02 a.m.

Burn – Self Titled

Now this is a classic Revelation release and for some, the classic Revelation release; Burn kind of blew up some people’s sense of what a ... read more

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Himsa – Self Titled

Posted May 25, 2012, 8:57 a.m.

Himsa – Self Titled

Long before this band went the way of the metal ear candy purveyors that they eventually turned into (check out Courting Tragedy And Disaster for ... read more

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The Nerve Agents – Days Of The White Owl

Posted May 25, 2012, 8:52 a.m.

The Nerve Agents – Days Of The White Owl

Though not as revered as the final album from The Nerve Agents, Days Of The White Owl is certainly a turning point for the band ... read more

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Swans – We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Heads

Posted May 21, 2012, 12:10 p.m.

Swans – We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Heads

How do you rate bands, or maybe, how do you determine if you think a band is good or not; is it their longevity or ... read more

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Drowningman – How They Light Cigarettes In Prison

Posted May 20, 2012, 12:57 a.m.

Drowningman – How They Light Cigarettes In Prison

“Try to kill me / motherfucker!” That my friends, is how you kick a record into gear; without a doubt Drowningman laid down a gauntlet ... read more

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Kiss It Goodbye – She Loves Me Not...

Posted May 20, 2012, 12:54 a.m.

Kiss It Goodbye – She Loves Me Not...

Is it the sound of a quarter life crisis? Is the sound of frustration and anger? In their short lived existence, Kiss It Goodbye released ... read more

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Inside Out – No Spiritual Surrender

Posted May 20, 2012, 12:51 a.m.

Inside Out – No Spiritual Surrender

“I reach out my hand and you turn the other way!” The only officially recorded output by Inside Out is also a monster of a ... read more

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The Explosion – Steal This EP

Posted May 20, 2012, 12:47 a.m.

The Explosion – Steal This EP

This EP was my introduction to the world of music business and contracts while also reiterating how wild the weirdo rumor mill that really can ... read more

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Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today

Posted May 20, 2012, 12:47 a.m.

Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today

Simply put, Start Today is one of the greatest hardcore records that has ever been written; and there is no way that you can argue ... read more

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Old Man Gloom – No

Posted May 16, 2012, 8:27 a.m.

Old Man Gloom – No

“THEY PLAYED ‘ZOZOBRA’! THEY PLAYED ‘ZOZOBRA’!” Thank you for allowing me to get that out of my system as the shock of seeing Old Man ... read more

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Blsphm – Prayer

Posted May 14, 2012, 2:53 p.m.

Blsphm – Prayer

Where did all the artists and bands and projects come from that are attempting to project this bleak hopelessness and horrid despair (well, maybe I ... read more

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Blsphm – Horrors Of Heaven

Posted May 14, 2012, 2:48 p.m.

Blsphm – Horrors Of Heaven

Dark and foreboding pieces of sound are more and more intriguing to me with their tense atmospheres, and blsphm took that same sound aspect and ... read more

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Thisquietarmy – Resurgence

Posted May 7, 2012, 12:47 p.m.

Thisquietarmy – Resurgence

Existing purely on the periphery of my personal aural hemisphere due to their touring with and collaborating with several artists and bands that I avidly ... read more

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Torche – Harmonicraft

Posted May 7, 2012, 12:39 p.m.

Torche – Harmonicraft

Torche is back with their third official LP (Songs For Singles is officially an EP as far as the band is concerned) and Harmonicraft might ... read more

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Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power: Live In The Hands Of The Fans

Posted April 18, 2012, 11:18 a.m.

Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power: Live In The Hands Of The Fans

I am a monster Stooges fan, particularly from the Raw Power era on to their incendiary demise (not a long time period in any case, ... read more

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Pharaoh Overlord – Lunar Jetman

Posted April 16, 2012, 8:41 a.m.

Pharaoh Overlord – Lunar Jetman

Sweet jesus did this record ever hit my stereo at just the right time because Lunar Jetman is making its third consecutive journey on my ... read more

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Bubonic Bear – Fleshworld

Posted April 2, 2012, 6:47 a.m.

Bubonic Bear – Fleshworld

Over several very under the radar releases (EPs, splits, half lengths, etc.), the dynamic duo that makes up Bubonic Bear unleash Fleshworld on a mostly ... read more

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House Of Low Culture – Poisoned Soil

Posted March 19, 2012, 1:50 p.m.

House Of Low Culture – Poisoned Soil

Following the demise of Isis (which was a sad day indeed around my household), there was still plenty of material to come potentially as the ... read more

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Thee High Priestess – MMXII Demo

Posted March 12, 2012, 1:15 p.m.

Thee High Priestess – MMXII Demo

The internet contains some weird ways to discover music, and this aspect is a double edged sword because now everyone and their brothers and or ... read more

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Locrian & Mamiffer – Bless Them That Curse You

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 10:57 a.m.

Locrian & Mamiffer – Bless Them That Curse You

Without a doubt in my mind, Bless Them That Curse You is one of those releases that without hearing a single note of music, people ... read more

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The Explosion – Bury Me Standing

Posted Feb. 20, 2012, 9:30 p.m.

The Explosion – Bury Me Standing

Man, I loved the Explosion, still do actually; and it is quite nice to finally see Bury Me Standing (their third album) finally see a ... read more

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Cremation Lily – Sexless Merit

Posted Feb. 13, 2012, 11:27 a.m.

Cremation Lily – Sexless Merit

Sexless Merit is a release that I have been fixating on for some time (listening to all three tapes over and over again, much to ... read more

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Pale Creation – Twilight Haunt

Posted Feb. 6, 2012, 1:42 p.m.

Pale Creation – Twilight Haunt

Twilight Haunt is an album that has been affecting me since before it was originally released in 1999 on CD by East Coast Empire (who ... read more

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Servile Sect – Svrrender

Posted Feb. 6, 2012, 1:22 p.m.

Servile Sect – Svrrender

Sitting down and listening to Servile Sect’s companion album to the great TRVTH has been a sincerely surreal experience in part because I have only just ... read more

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Sutekh Hexen – Larvae

Posted Jan. 30, 2012, 9:35 a.m.

Sutekh Hexen – Larvae

If you have ever heard any Sutekh Hexen release prior to Larvae (and there is a multitude), than there is definitely a surprise in store ... read more

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Life In The Dark – Hushed Bloom

Posted Jan. 16, 2012, 12:01 p.m.

Life In The Dark – Hushed Bloom

I need to stop listening to this, but, wait, no, I really do because it is getting rather ridiculous repeatedly listening to the same piece ... read more

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Panopticon – …On The Subject Of Mortality…

Posted Jan. 9, 2012, 1:10 p.m.

Panopticon – …On The Subject Of Mortality…

Many people (I was going to say all but did not want to over generalize) seem to have certain touchstones with regards to certain styles ... read more

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Helms Alee – Weatherhead

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:26 p.m.

Helms Alee – Weatherhead

Apologies are in order, and before we even get into this, let me be perfectly frank; Helms Alee is a great and terribly underrated band ... read more

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TenHornedBeast – Ten Horned Moses Descended The Mountain

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 1:17 p.m.

TenHornedBeast – Ten Horned Moses Descended The Mountain

Wow, just wow is about the best that I can come up with to describe Ten Horned Moses Descended The Mountain from Tenhornedbeast (yes all ... read more

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Iroha – End Of An Era

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 12:57 p.m.

Iroha – End Of An Era

Now this is exactly what I am talking about right here, bands sneaking releases out from under people’s noses in this day an age is ... read more

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Panopticon – Social Disservices

Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Panopticon – Social Disservices

Did you ever just get constantly impressed with the evolution that an artist or group of artists make through the progression of their work and ... read more

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Crooked Necks – Alright Is Exactly What It Isn't

Posted Dec. 12, 2011, 1:14 p.m.

Crooked Necks – Alright Is Exactly What It Isn't

Going in to this album blind seems like a fun proposition for me (Handmade Birds has introduced me to a plethora of new bands this ... read more

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Greys – Brightly Our Stars Did Shine As The Sea Reached Into The Sky

Posted Dec. 12, 2011, 1:06 p.m.

Greys – Brightly Our Stars Did Shine As The Sea Reached Into The Sky

After being slowly consumed by the subtle graces of In Fades (the debut cassette from this project), the longing for another recording from Greys similarly began ... read more

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Servile Sect – TRVTH

Posted Dec. 8, 2011, 11:02 a.m.

Servile Sect – TRVTH

Do you ever cringe whenever a music critic or what have you precludes a genre of music (which sometimes makes me cringe... crunk-core... seriously?) with ... read more

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Grouper – AIA: Alien Observer

Posted Dec. 8, 2011, 10:59 a.m.

Grouper – AIA: Alien Observer

Oh the dreamy sounds of Grouper, how is it that you so mellifluously consume my both my conscious and subconscious mind while your records turn ... read more

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Grouper – AIA: Dream Loss

Posted Dec. 8, 2011, 10:58 a.m.

Grouper – AIA: Dream Loss

Where have you been all my life, and why in the name of hell have I missed out on you for these last several years? ... read more

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Ash Borer – Ash Borer

Posted Dec. 8, 2011, 10:55 a.m.

Ash Borer – Ash Borer

YES! So this is without a doubt one of the five black metal releases that I can point to as my answer to the question ... read more

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Sutekh Hexen – Daemons

Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 8:02 a.m.

Sutekh Hexen – Daemons

At this point, Sutekh Hexen is one of those groups that has reached full on obsession with me to the point where I could not ... read more

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Locrian – The Clearing

Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 7:52 a.m.

Locrian – The Clearing

OK, so I finally get to sit down with album number four (or three depending on who you ask) from Locrian and not because I ... read more

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Seven Sisters Of Sleep/Children Of God – Split

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, 12:28 p.m.

Seven Sisters Of Sleep/Children Of God – Split

Dear lord is this ever one of the heaviest split records in quite a while, and I am sure that I don’t have to explain ... read more

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A Death Cinematic / Ekca Liena – Preternatural

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, 12:27 p.m.

A Death Cinematic / Ekca Liena – Preternatural

Don’t you just absolutely love when split releases reveal some new band or musician that completely changes how you listen to certain types of music ... read more

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Psychic Teens – TEEN

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, 8:59 a.m.

Psychic Teens – TEEN

“Psychic Teens Are Regular Adults”Let that sink in to your thick skull bit (I know it took me a bit to wrap my head around) ... read more

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Cremation Lily – 2

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, 8:53 a.m.

Cremation Lily – 2

Bear with me here as I am in the middle of sonically orgasming while listening to this tape from Cremation Lily (the aptly titled 2 as ... read more

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Kodiak – Self Titled (Collection)

Posted Nov. 7, 2011, 12:37 p.m.

Kodiak – Self Titled (Collection)

Even in this so-called digital age of information where anyone can have anything delivered right to their mobile phones in the blink of an eye, ... read more

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A Death Cinematic – Your Fate Twisting, Epic In Its Crushing Moments

Posted Oct. 31, 2011, 8:33 a.m.

A Death Cinematic – Your Fate Twisting, Epic In Its Crushing Moments

Ah, another offering from A Death Cinematic in the form of an “EP” (I put this in quotes because it plays longer than some LPs ... read more

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Giles Corey – Self Titled

Posted Oct. 24, 2011, 12:44 p.m.

Giles Corey – Self Titled

People say that the best works of art are born of intense pain and immense suffering and history proves this out to some extent (without ... read more

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Tom Waits – Bad As me

Posted Oct. 24, 2011, 12:18 p.m.

Tom Waits – Bad As me

How many national music treasures come from the United States? You know those ones that are still alive that you can point to and say ... read more

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Celestiial – Desolate North (Re-Issue)

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, 9:13 a.m.

Celestiial – Desolate North (Re-Issue)

Allow me to be quite frank with this one, please; if you do not own the vinyl release of Desolate North from Celestiial (no that is ... read more

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Planning For Burial – Late Twenties Blues

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, 11:09 a.m.

Planning For Burial – Late Twenties Blues

Alright laugh all you want at my horrid addictions, but until you plunge into Late Twenties Blues yourself, you will not have the faintest idea ... read more

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Wreck and Reference – Black Cassette

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, 11:04 a.m.

Wreck and Reference – Black Cassette

I’ll say this, Black Cassette from Wreck And Reference is good, real good; in fact, this debut has a bunch of people really going out ... read more

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Witch-Lord – Atomized In The Black Solarian

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, 9:58 a.m.

Witch-Lord – Atomized In The Black Solarian

All hail the Cult of the Seven Crowns! Witch-Lord is one of a number of destructive musical forces that is just one head of the ... read more

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Gehenna – Land Of Sodom II/Upon The Gravehill

Posted Sept. 19, 2011, 5:56 a.m.

Gehenna – Land Of Sodom II/Upon The Gravehill

Before we get into this, there is always the question that you have to ask yourself; and, with Gehenna, it is a wholly legitimate question ... read more

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Sutekh Hexen – Ordo Adversarial

Posted Sept. 19, 2011, 5:49 a.m.

Sutekh Hexen – Ordo Adversarial

Sutekh Hexen, the name alone has an undeniable air of mystery and darkness that while you may not know exactly what they sound like at ... read more

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Livimorket & Sequences – Voidness

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, 4:26 a.m.

Livimorket & Sequences – Voidness

Do you know why I find collaborative efforts so appealing in musical and other such sonic arenas (besides that they signal more work by artists ... read more

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Locrian & Horseback – New Dominions Split

Posted Sept. 1, 2011, 3:53 a.m.

Locrian & Horseback – New Dominions Split

This collaboration between Horseback and Locrian was a hotly anticipated one in several musical circles (particular if you were a fan of either outfit prior ... read more

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Sequences & Isolated Existence – Graminaea / Poaceae

Posted Aug. 22, 2011, 6:29 a.m.

Sequences & Isolated Existence – Graminaea / Poaceae

Graminaea / Poaceae is one of those releases that I love but have an extremely difficult time explaining just what draws me to the release ... read more

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Cremation Lily – Untitled

Posted Aug. 15, 2011, 10:13 a.m.

Cremation Lily – Untitled

Bar none, I have never heard a more wondrous take on the violence of Power Electronics than the Untitled (which came in an extremely limited ... read more

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Jesuit – Discography

Posted Aug. 1, 2011, 4:04 a.m.

Jesuit – Discography

Jesuit is the kind of band that your older brother (I would say sister, but women should hate this band now just like they did ... read more

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Gridlink – Orphan

Posted July 25, 2011, 10:08 a.m.

Gridlink – Orphan

My money is on the simple fact that it will take you longer to read this than it will to actually listen to Orphan, the ... read more

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Iroha – Self Titled

Posted July 17, 2011, 4:19 p.m.

Iroha – Self Titled

Admittedly, I was knocked off my seat when I first heard Iroha (their split with Fragment, Bittersweet was an engaging listen) and immediately began awaiting the ... read more

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Planning For Burial – Untitled

Posted July 17, 2011, 3:56 p.m.

Planning For Burial – Untitled

Do you listen to music that reflects your mood, or do you listen to music to alter just how you are feeling? A simple question ... read more

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Integrity – Thee Destroy+orr

Posted June 27, 2011, 9:56 a.m.

Integrity – Thee Destroy+orr

Yes, please peel my face off with the punishing blackened hardcore (that only Integrity can provide), please because life might be too comfortable otherwise! A ... read more

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Vestiges – The Descent Of Man

Posted June 13, 2011, 4:11 a.m.

Vestiges – The Descent Of Man

The D.I.Y. ethic has long been a tremendous ideal that has always appealed to my often times ridiculous sensibilities, but what can I say besides ... read more

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Bad Braids – Arrow And Orb

Posted June 6, 2011, 11:20 a.m.

Bad Braids – Arrow And Orb

Intimate little records and intimate settings will stick with people for a while if they are struck in such a way where the performance just ... read more

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Earth – Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I

Posted June 6, 2011, 11:09 a.m.

Earth – Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I

What more can be said about Dylan Carlson and his outfit, Earth (and long time drummer Adrienne Davies), that probably has not been said many ... read more

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Life In The Dark – The Sunya Is Rising / Limbs In Gloom

Posted May 30, 2011, 5:34 a.m.

Life In The Dark – The Sunya Is Rising / Limbs In Gloom

This sucker is loooooong gone in the physical format (but we all know 99% of you just go steal your music anyway), and that is ... read more

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Jesu – Ascension

Posted May 23, 2011, 4:57 a.m.

Jesu – Ascension

Ah Justin Broadrick how you torture my twisted mind with your teasing Jesu EPs and side projects and reunions and remixes (dear lord does this ... read more

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Big China & Little Trouble – Lo-Panning

Posted May 17, 2011, 7:36 p.m.

Big China & Little Trouble – Lo-Panning

Have you ever seen the schlock masterpiece that is Big Trouble In Little China with its crazy martial arts story about an immortal Chinese Ghost ... read more

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The Kills – Blood Pressures

Posted May 9, 2011, 3:36 a.m.

The Kills – Blood Pressures

Allison Mosshart is one sassy bitch (meant only as an endearing term… honestly). What, you doubt this statement or just flat out refuse to believe ... read more

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Tom Vourtsis – Mothhunting

Posted April 25, 2011, 9:24 p.m.

Tom Vourtsis – Mothhunting

Synergy is a tough sell I know because the concept is completely abstract for some, but when I first heard about Mothhunting, I was immediately ... read more

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Rival Schools – Pedals

Posted April 18, 2011, 1:09 p.m.

Rival Schools – Pedals

Have you ever been so excited to hear that a record is coming out after a long wait only to have it delayed longer to ... read more

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Mamiffer – Mare Descendrii

Posted April 11, 2011, 6:37 p.m.

Mamiffer – Mare Descendrii

Every once in a while, after listening to literally hundreds of records, that one record will come along where, when you put it on the ... read more

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Seven Sisters Of Sleep – Self Titled

Posted April 4, 2011, 11:17 a.m.

Seven Sisters Of Sleep – Self Titled

Have you ever heard the expression, “where were you when…” relating to certain events in history, or have you heard people say, “I remember where ... read more

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Jesu – Heartache & Dethroned

Posted March 14, 2011, 9:29 a.m.

Jesu – Heartache & Dethroned

Do you ever remember when you first purchased a record by a band or individual (does not have to be their first record by any ... read more

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Austerity – Self Titled LP

Posted March 7, 2011, 4:30 a.m.

Austerity – Self Titled LP

After some blind stroke of luck and the whims of fate, I picked this cassette tape up along with another because I saw it was ... read more

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Sailors With Wax Wings – Self Titled LP

Posted Feb. 21, 2011, 1:27 a.m.

Sailors With Wax Wings – Self Titled LP

Alright, alright, so this is completely a love / hate affair with this record. It has nothing to do with the music or the sound ... read more

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Various Artists – Planning For Burial / Lonesummer- Split

Posted Feb. 7, 2011, 4:39 a.m.

Various Artists – Planning For Burial / Lonesummer- Split

Could there possibly be any more strange a pairing than the two artists that participate in this split release? Sure, there might be; but you ... read more

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Angel Eyes – Midwestern

Posted Jan. 31, 2011, 10:10 a.m.

Angel Eyes – Midwestern

Having more than a passing appreciation for spaghetti western films, particularly the Man With No Name trilogy A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars ... read more

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Cave In – Anomalies Vol. 1

Posted Jan. 24, 2011, 9:30 a.m.

Cave In – Anomalies Vol. 1

The only phrase that could describe my emotion right now is absolutely gushing, because “Inflatable Dream” is finally playing on my record player after years ... read more

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Locrian – The Crystal World

Posted Jan. 17, 2011, 9:06 a.m.

Locrian – The Crystal World

Hauntingly beautiful, The Crystal World is precisely that; and I seriously cannot believe that this almost slipped beyond my notice because Locrian has just simply ... read more

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Airs – Rainclouds Over The Remains Of Hope

Posted Jan. 17, 2011, 8:55 a.m.

Airs – Rainclouds Over The Remains Of Hope

Have you ever listened to the record at the wrong time and have it just put you off on that record even though your reaction ... read more

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End of a Year – You Are Beneath Me

Posted Jan. 10, 2011, 11:13 a.m.

End of a Year – You Are Beneath Me

“To best enjoy this album… try new things” So starts one of the catchiest records this year this side of the Descendents and Rites Of ... read more

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Envy – Recitation

Posted Jan. 10, 2011, 11:09 a.m.

Envy – Recitation

Knowing full well this album was dropping this year (it was on my albums to look forward to in 2010 list last year), I was ... read more

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Various Artists – House Of Low Culture / Mamiffer - split

Posted Dec. 27, 2010, 11:04 a.m.

Various Artists – House Of Low Culture / Mamiffer - split

Did you ever just want to pop on a record to zone out to while you are either doing work or trying to rest from ... read more

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Wrnlrd – Death Drive

Posted Dec. 20, 2010, 2:03 p.m.

Wrnlrd – Death Drive

Ever hear of the term “outsider” music? I have certainly seen the term thrown around when referring to different albums or artists and never quite ... read more

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108 – 18:61

Posted Nov. 29, 2010, 11:23 a.m.

108 – 18:61

Excellent! 108 is dropping their second post reunion LP (a feat that I think further proves their honest intentions of just creating and playing music), ... read more

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Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power (Re-Issue)

Posted Nov. 29, 2010, 11:19 a.m.

Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power (Re-Issue)

"Raw Power’s got a son named rock n’ roll" Leave it to Iggy Pop to both boast about this record and succinctly describe what an ... read more

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Have a Nice Life – Voids

Posted Nov. 17, 2010, 4:31 a.m.

Have a Nice Life – Voids

Maybe, just maybe, the internet is the reason that some ideas or feats of intellectual wizardry become tangible objects. This could be due to some ... read more

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Trap Them – Filth Rations

Posted Nov. 17, 2010, 1:37 a.m.

Trap Them – Filth Rations

What a seriously excellent release, regardless of its aural brevity, from Trap Them (whom are quickly becoming a stalwart outfit in the independent punk / ... read more

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Three Mile Pilot – The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten

Posted Nov. 3, 2010, 7:01 a.m.

Three Mile Pilot – The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten

Well, all that I can say as this record sits in my hands is that this has certainly been a long, long time coming for ... read more

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Planning For Burial – Leaving

Posted Nov. 3, 2010, 6:59 a.m.

Planning For Burial – Leaving

Are late passes allowed in the internet age where people get to hear the latest music from musicians as soon as 2 minutes (give or ... read more

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Burning Love – Songs For Burning Lovers

Posted Nov. 3, 2010, 6:56 a.m.

Burning Love – Songs For Burning Lovers

Upon the dissolution of Cursed, many people (including myself) let out a proverbial “NOOOOOOOOOOO!” when we saw that it actually had happened and right on ... read more

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Coliseum – House With A Curse

Posted Oct. 25, 2010, 4:16 p.m.

Coliseum – House With A Curse

One of the beautiful things about making music and sonic art, is that the artists and bands can take their work to interesting places at ... read more

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Various Artists – A Death Cinematic / Sons Of Alpha Centaurii - Split

Posted Oct. 25, 2010, 1:40 p.m.

Various Artists – A Death Cinematic / Sons Of Alpha Centaurii - Split

A good split record now and then is a great concept by two collaborating outfits, and even though people might be more familiar with one ... read more

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Year of No Light – Ausserwelt

Posted Oct. 25, 2010, 1:20 p.m.

Year of No Light – Ausserwelt

Ausserwelt is the sophomore album from Year Of No Light following up their excellent debut, Nord; and while this outfit took a bit of time in ... read more

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Swans – My Father Will Guide Us Up A Rope To The Sky

Posted Oct. 20, 2010, 6:11 p.m.

Swans – My Father Will Guide Us Up A Rope To The Sky

Sitting here listening to the new Swans album, My Father Will Guide Us Up A Rope To The Sky, difficult thoughts ripple through my mind ... read more

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Nadja – Autopergamene

Posted Oct. 20, 2010, 4:39 p.m.

Nadja – Autopergamene

Nadja has certainly outdone themselves on this one; Autopergamene is an absolute artistic triumph in every way imaginable (the deluxe CD version of the release is ... read more

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Wrnlrd – Myrmidon

Posted Sept. 13, 2010, 10:09 a.m.

Wrnlrd – Myrmidon

Following the strange intriguing experience of Oneirmantical War, I felt that I had to check out Myrmidon from WRNLRD once it arrived; but instead of ... read more

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KK Null – Oxygen Flash

Posted Sept. 13, 2010, 10:04 a.m.

KK Null – Oxygen Flash

You might not know who or what KK Null is (or his band Zeni Geva), but rest assured his twenty plus years of activity in ... read more

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Hayaino Daisuki – The Invisible Gate Mind Of The Infernal Fire Hell, Or Do You Mean Hawaii Daisuki?

Posted Sept. 13, 2010, 10:02 a.m.

Hayaino Daisuki – The Invisible Gate Mind Of The Infernal Fire Hell, Or Do You Mean Hawaii Daisuki?

Now this is a shock, another Hayaino Daisuki release by which to have all of our brains melted in short order following this hitting our ... read more

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Integrity – The Blackest Curse

Posted July 13, 2010, 4:29 a.m.

Integrity – The Blackest Curse

Finally, after literally years of waiting to hear this new Integrity album and a couple of teaser releases that barely whet my appetite for this ... read more

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Starkweather – This Sheltering Night

Posted July 13, 2010, 4:18 a.m.

Starkweather – This Sheltering Night

Wow, a new Starkweather album, and so soon after their last one (Croatoan)? Seriously, it is exciting to hear another album from this long running ... read more

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Harvestman – In a Dark Tongue

Posted July 13, 2010, 3:57 a.m.

Harvestman – In a Dark Tongue

Being a side project of a member of Neurosis always lends an air of cache to such musical project, and Harvestman is one that is ... read more

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The Love Below – Reproductive Rights

Posted June 16, 2010, 7:37 a.m.

The Love Below – Reproductive Rights

Do you like your hardcore punk raw sounding so that it comes across in absolutely vicious manner? If so, then The Love Below should surely ... read more

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One Starving Day – Atlas Coelestis

Posted June 16, 2010, 7:23 a.m.

One Starving Day – Atlas Coelestis

After catching their last LP, Broken Wings Lead Arms to the Sun, One Starving Day remains on my radar; so, when their latest album, Atlas ... read more

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Nails – Unsilent Death

Posted June 9, 2010, 3:59 a.m.

Nails – Unsilent Death

Sheer brute force is the best way to describe this album from Nails (featuring ex-members of Carry On); Unsilent Death (the second release from this ... read more

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She & Him – Volume Two

Posted May 16, 2010, 10:46 p.m.

She & Him – Volume Two

Following up the aptly titled Volume One with an album that has equally fitting title of Volume Two, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward show that ... read more

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Rocky Votolato – True Devotion

Posted April 26, 2010, 10:22 p.m.

Rocky Votolato – True Devotion

Only recently the consensus had been reached in my household that the time for a new Rocky Votolato album was long past due and a ... read more

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Micahel Gira – I am Not Insane

Posted April 26, 2010, 10:15 p.m.

Micahel Gira – I am Not Insane

“Swans are not dead!” So went the headlines across certain dark alleyways of the blogosphere and on the Swans Myspace page and on the Young ... read more

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Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain't No Grave

Posted April 11, 2010, 11:06 p.m.

Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain't No Grave

What an undeniably excellent surprise! American VI: Ain’t No Grave is the remaining recordings (from the same sessions that produced American V: A Hundred Highways) ... read more

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Have a Nice Life – Time of Land

Posted April 11, 2010, 11 p.m.

Have a Nice Life – Time of Land

Has it really been almost two years since Have a Nice Life first burst into our collective consciousness as a band that was talked about ... read more

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Overmars – Born Again

Posted March 1, 2010, 8:16 a.m.

Overmars – Born Again

Yes, yes, there are many bands that descend outward and are influenced in a myriad of ways by a certain band (Neurosis), some more so ... read more

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Chord – Flora

Posted Feb. 16, 2010, 11:45 p.m.

Chord – Flora

What happens when music nerds (hey, I am one of them) get together and bond over their music nerd-dom? Well, besides a great deal of ... read more

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Great Falls – Demo

Posted Feb. 1, 2010, 3:02 a.m.

Great Falls – Demo

The demise of Playing Enemy was a tough pill for me to swallow as they were a band that I had followed for a number ... read more

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The Lotus Eaters – Mind Control for Infants (Reissue)

Posted Jan. 16, 2010, 11:38 p.m.

The Lotus Eaters – Mind Control for Infants (Reissue)

Finally a vinyl release for this album is here, and there has been quite a wait since The Lotus Eaters initially released Mind Control for ... read more

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Bane – Boston 6:58 PM / Los Angeles 3:58 PM / At Both Ends

Posted Jan. 12, 2010, 12:45 a.m.

Bane – Boston 6:58 PM / Los Angeles 3:58 PM / At Both Ends

It has indeed been a number of years since we last heard from Bane; their last full-length - The Note - came out in 2005, ... read more

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A Storm of Light – Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Posted Jan. 12, 2010, 12:20 a.m.

A Storm of Light – Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Following an impressive debut album (And We Wept the Black Ocean Within) and a nice split and collaborative release (see their record with Nadja called ... read more

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Nadja – Under a Jaguar Sun

Posted Jan. 6, 2010, 10:18 p.m.

Nadja – Under a Jaguar Sun

When was the last time that you experienced an extremely impressive musical project that made your jaw drop to the ground in awe of the ... read more

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Everlovely Lightningheart – Sein Weal Tallion Rue

Posted Jan. 6, 2010, 10:05 p.m.

Everlovely Lightningheart – Sein Weal Tallion Rue

Everlovely Lightningheart was a band (even though championed by Hydra Head for some time) that exists in virtual obscurity. And considering what this collective offers ... read more

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A Death Cinematic – A Parable on the Aporia of Vengeance and the Beauty of Impenetrable Sadness

Posted Jan. 6, 2010, 12:24 a.m.

A Death Cinematic – A Parable on the Aporia of Vengeance and the Beauty of Impenetrable Sadness

Every once in a long while there comes a release which takes several listens to sink in to one’s thick skull (particularly my hard head ... read more

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Shrinebuilder – Shrinebuilder

Posted Jan. 4, 2010, 2:02 p.m.

Shrinebuilder – Shrinebuilder

Holy supergroup! Even as that term is overused, for underground metal and heavy music, Shrinebuilder is just that when you read the members that comprise ... read more

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Gaza – He is Never Coming Back

Posted Jan. 4, 2010, 1:39 p.m.

Gaza – He is Never Coming Back

Following an impressive debut album is never an easy undertaking, and Gaza did deliver an impressive debut with I Don’t Care Where I Go When ... read more

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Rabid Rabbit – Rabid Rabbit

Posted Dec. 23, 2009, 1:31 a.m.

Rabid Rabbit – Rabid Rabbit

As certain styles of music catch hold and thus become revered and oft emulated, making or doing something to makes one’s band stand out amidst ... read more

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Nadja / Black Boned Angel – Nadja / Black Boned Angel

Posted Dec. 20, 2009, 6:59 p.m.

Nadja / Black Boned Angel – Nadja / Black Boned Angel

Having these two notable monikers teaming up for a second collaboration is just right up my alley, particularly because their previous collaborative effort, Christ Send ... read more

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Aidan Baker – Gathering Blue

Posted Dec. 16, 2009, 10:40 p.m.

Aidan Baker – Gathering Blue

The amount of work that Aidan Baker produces is absolutely staggering. Besides solo releases like Gathering Blue he releases records as part of Nadja and ... read more

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The Human Quena Orchestra – The Politics of the Irredeemable

Posted Dec. 14, 2009, 7:33 a.m.

The Human Quena Orchestra – The Politics of the Irredeemable

Surprising as it was to me that The Human Quena Orchestra is a project featuring members of Creation is Crucifixion that flew completely under my ... read more

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Battlefields – Thresholds of Imbalance

Posted Dec. 12, 2009, 12:05 a.m.

Battlefields – Thresholds of Imbalance

There are bands and musicians that, when heard, give off the sense that their physical environment informs, influences, and shapes their music. Battlefields is surely ... read more

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Jodis – Secret House

Posted Dec. 8, 2009, 7:55 p.m.

Jodis – Secret House

Jodis is finally making its way onto stereos after a bit of a wait since the group announced its existence. Jodis is a three piece ... read more

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Pyramids with Nadja – Pyramids with Nadja

Posted Dec. 6, 2009, 8:45 p.m.

Pyramids with Nadja – Pyramids with Nadja

How does a group of people who make a decent first album top that album (or theoretically top that album anyway)? Pyramids must have similar ... read more

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Hallowed Butchery – Funeral Rites for the Living

Posted Dec. 1, 2009, 3:40 p.m.

Hallowed Butchery – Funeral Rites for the Living

Funeral Rites for the Living kicks off in just the right way, as “Wake for the Human Race” opens with this absolutely guttural voice until ... read more

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Jesu – Opiate Sun

Posted Nov. 24, 2009, 11:33 p.m.

Jesu – Opiate Sun

Now, here we are. Opiate Sun is yet another EP by Jesu, which seems to be a recurring theme lately with this outfit of Justin ... read more

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Coalesce – Ox (EP)

Posted Nov. 22, 2009, 8:15 p.m.

Coalesce – Ox (EP)

If ever the term spoiled could be used, do it now right now because that is what Coalesce is doing to its listeners with the ... read more

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Yog – Years of Nowhere

Posted Nov. 18, 2009, 11:36 p.m.

Yog – Years of Nowhere

Grind and technical metal are difficult types of music to pull off well as they are the kind of music that have rich histories of ... read more

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Ender – Ender

Posted Nov. 18, 2009, 1:41 a.m.

Ender – Ender

New Zealand is quite a long distance away from the United States, and whenever I hear New Zealand mentioned, Lewis Black’s (the comedian and political ... read more

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Lungs – Lungs

Posted Nov. 15, 2009, 7:55 p.m.

Lungs – Lungs

Being a firm believer that one’s environment can affect one’s mood and demeanor and then subsequently affect the music that one creates, it is always ... read more

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Where the Land Meets the Sea – Listen for the Gulls

Posted Nov. 12, 2009, 11:46 p.m.

Where the Land Meets the Sea – Listen for the Gulls

It surely takes balls to release your own record nowadays (not that it didn't back in the day), but some bands do believe in what ... read more

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Three Mile Pilot – Planets / Grey Clouds

Posted Nov. 10, 2009, 12:10 a.m.

Three Mile Pilot – Planets / Grey Clouds

Thank (insert the deity or spirit or devil that you pay allegiance to here)! Three Mile Pilot is finally giving listeners new music to enjoy, ... read more

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Izah – Finite Horizon / Crevice

Posted Nov. 8, 2009, 8:13 p.m.

Izah – Finite Horizon / Crevice

Europe, as the old continent, contains a great deal of culture and a long history to help shape musicians and the work. Many in the ... read more

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Black Cloud – Demo

Posted Nov. 6, 2009, midnight

Black Cloud – Demo

Sometimes, there are chances that demos can surprise you while at other times they make you wish that you never put it on your stereo ... read more

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Food – Food

Posted Nov. 5, 2009, 12:37 a.m.

Food – Food

Do you know the old bit of folk wisdom that goes something like “Never judge a book by its cover”? Well, substitute record for book, ... read more

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Celan – Halo

Posted Nov. 4, 2009, 1:14 a.m.

Celan – Halo

Celan is an intriguing collection of musicians that is comprised of members of Unsane, Oxbow, Einsturzende Neubauten, and others. Just reading the list of collaborators ... read more

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The Black Heart Procession – Six

Posted Nov. 2, 2009, 8:09 p.m.

The Black Heart Procession – Six

Can anyone truly describe the sound of The Black Heart Procession? At times there is an audible melancholy that seems to wrap itself in the ... read more

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Fall of Efrafa – Inle

Posted Oct. 28, 2009, 10:23 p.m.

Fall of Efrafa – Inle

Fall of Efrafa proves further that there is still a great deal of inventiveness in existence within the underground music scene by basing the entire ... read more

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Kingdom – The Rage That Guides

Posted Oct. 27, 2009, 2:24 a.m.

Kingdom – The Rage That Guides

Remember the mid 1990’s and the vegan straightedge hardcore scene with its horribly over-sized clothes (big pants, basketball jerseys), staunch politics (hardline anyone?), and some ... read more

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The Casualties – We are All We Have

Posted Oct. 26, 2009, 3:51 a.m.

The Casualties – We are All We Have

Yes, this is the same Casualties which have been producing album after album of spiky haired “drunk” punk for some years now. But first, please ... read more

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Gnaw – This Face

Posted Oct. 18, 2009, 1:33 p.m.

Gnaw – This Face

Damn, when reading the former projects of the members of this group, one really starts to understand how insular a music scene can be in ... read more

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Bad Secrets – Bad Secrets

Posted Oct. 13, 2009, 10:48 a.m.

Bad Secrets – Bad Secrets

Considering the make up of this musical project, my interest is rather high with several questions bubbling to the surface, mainly concerning what Bad Secrets ... read more

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David Moore – My Lover, My Stranger

Posted Oct. 11, 2009, 3:30 p.m.

David Moore – My Lover, My Stranger

My Lover, My Stranger is the first solo record from David Moore, formerly of Chamberlain and Split Lip. It is difficult to imagine Moore extricating ... read more

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Jesu – Infinity

Posted Oct. 8, 2009, 12:36 a.m.

Jesu – Infinity

Is it strange that Jesu is finally releasing something new after a gap of some time longer than two months (a small exaggeration surely)? Infinity ... read more

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Wolves in the Throne Room – Black Cascade

Posted Oct. 6, 2009, 11:05 p.m.

Wolves in the Throne Room – Black Cascade

Taking black metal by storm, or maybe pushing black metal out of the basements and into the conscious of many whom have ignored the genre ... read more

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Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves – Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves

Posted Sept. 30, 2009, 7:31 p.m.

Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves – Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves

Over the course of a period of time, Chris Wollard (of Hot Water Music, The Draft, Blacktop Cadence, and Rumbleseat fame) and a gaggle of ... read more

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Marked Men – Ghosts

Posted Sept. 28, 2009, 7:45 p.m.

Marked Men – Ghosts

From time to time certain friends of mine will make the same kind of declarations in the month of February that I do. And when ... read more

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Black Boned Angel – The Endless Coming to Life

Posted Sept. 24, 2009, 2:25 p.m.

Black Boned Angel – The Endless Coming to Life

Sometimes, curiosity completely gets the best of me, as is the case with my musical listening habits. And because of that I do hear quite ... read more

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Disembodied – Psalms of Sheol

Posted Sept. 24, 2009, 5:56 a.m.

Disembodied – Psalms of Sheol

As the crushing, bottom heavy sonic force of “Enochian Prayer” plays, the only thought running through my mind is: “YES! Disembodied rules where would I ... read more

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Cub Country – Stretch That Skull Cover and Smile

Posted Sept. 22, 2009, 11:23 p.m.

Cub Country – Stretch That Skull Cover and Smile

I honestly did not think that Jeremy Chatelain was still active as Cub Country seeing as how it has been some time since his last ... read more

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Cable – The Failed Convict

Posted Sept. 22, 2009, 3:49 a.m.

Cable – The Failed Convict

Exciting is a good term to use to describe the feelings from Cable putting out another album, particularly after they had apparently called it quits. ... read more

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Wino – Punctuated Equilibrium

Posted Sept. 17, 2009, 11:58 p.m.

Wino – Punctuated Equilibrium

What is more difficult to believe? That Wino is releasing his first solo album in his music career or that his music career is as ... read more

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Pussygutt – She Hid Behind Her Veil

Posted Sept. 16, 2009, 8:32 p.m.

Pussygutt – She Hid Behind Her Veil

Pussygutt is a two-piece ambient droning doom outfit. Well, not exactly but a more accurate description may be given as Pussygutt is a group that ... read more

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Big China & Little Trouble – Black Blood of the Earth

Posted Sept. 7, 2009, 10:42 p.m.

Big China & Little Trouble – Black Blood of the Earth

Score one for the witty band name and reference to the cult movie of similar name, and score another for the ridiculously long album title. ... read more

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Asva – What You Don't Know is Frontier

Posted Sept. 2, 2009, 12:53 p.m.

Asva – What You Don't Know is Frontier

Every once in a while, there are albums that are born from such gut wrenching emotional outpouring as a form of personal therapy or personal ... read more

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The Hope Conspiracy – True Nihilist

Posted Aug. 31, 2009, 2:45 p.m.

The Hope Conspiracy – True Nihilist

Always an air of mystery or uncertainty surrounding The Hope Conspiracy due to their status and rare live appearances, the group provides us with a ... read more

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Forensics Sonic Victimization Unit – Deathscream

Posted Aug. 31, 2009, 12:54 a.m.

Forensics Sonic Victimization Unit – Deathscream

About the only comment that I could muster when I saw the existence of this release was an extremely emphatic, "NICE! A new Forensics record," ... read more

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GREYMACHINE – Disconnected

Posted Aug. 28, 2009, 2:58 a.m.

GREYMACHINE – Disconnected

Certainly, GREYMACHINE is a group whose mere existence is enough to generate interest and the inevitable hype considering its composition of some rather prominent members ... read more

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Cave In – Planets of Old

Posted Aug. 25, 2009, 9:22 p.m.

Cave In – Planets of Old

Cave In is back! Yes! The band makes its comeback known with the four-track twelve inch EP, Planets of Old, much to the excitement of ... read more

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Mouthbreather – Thank You For Your Patience

Posted Aug. 24, 2009, 8:57 p.m.

Mouthbreather – Thank You For Your Patience

After hearing a certain amount of buzz surrounding Mouthbreather and their album, Thank You For Your Patience, there seemed a certain pull for me to ... read more

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Nadja – Clinging to the Edge of the Sky

Posted Aug. 5, 2009, 8:58 p.m.

Nadja – Clinging to the Edge of the Sky

Yes, Nadja continues to be a frustratingly prolific group that pumps out records faster and more geographically spread out than most bands could ever dream ... read more

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GREYMACHINE – Vultures Descend

Posted July 27, 2009, 12:52 a.m.

GREYMACHINE – Vultures Descend

What do you get when you toss members of Jesu, Isis, Godflesh, House of Low Culture, The Lotus Eaters, Mamiffer nevermind ask the same question ... read more

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Nadja – Belle Bêtes

Posted July 21, 2009, 11:13 a.m.

Nadja – Belle Bêtes

Look out now because Nadja’s release schedule is kicking into high gear with the release of Belle Bêtes via the fine folks of Beta-Lactam Ring ... read more

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Sunn 0))) – Monoliths & Dimensions

Posted July 20, 2009, 7:55 a.m.

Sunn 0))) – Monoliths & Dimensions

Okay, I must say that Sunn 0))) lost me with Oracle, particularly after some mild disappointment in Altar. My eventual listening of Domkirke came quite ... read more

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Cable – Variable Speed Drive (Reissue)

Posted July 16, 2009, 4:11 p.m.

Cable – Variable Speed Drive (Reissue)

Sometimes there is something which goes by the reference of historical revisionism whereby people go back and alter the place of a person, place, thing, ... read more

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Black Moth Super Rainbow – Eating Us

Posted July 15, 2009, 4:22 a.m.

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Eating Us

Wow, just seriously wow, even though Black Moth Super Rainbow has been on my list to check out for a while now, I am glad ... read more

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Gore – Mean Man's Dream (Reissue)

Posted July 12, 2009, 9:18 p.m.

Gore – Mean Man's Dream (Reissue)

A great deal of hyperbole flies around regarding re-issues, which in it of themselves can be very tricky propositions, particularly ones that may or may ... read more

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Monolith – Eclipse

Posted July 8, 2009, 4:36 p.m.

Monolith – Eclipse

A first record for a band taking their first steps is both exciting as well as potentially harrowing when putting one’s work out for others ... read more

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Wrnlrd – Oneiromantical War

Posted June 25, 2009, 4:35 p.m.

Wrnlrd – Oneiromantical War

Wrnlrd drops a dense black metal album on listeners with this limited LP and digital album, Oneiromantical War - which I believe is the sixth ... read more

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Geisha – Die Verbrechen der Liebe

Posted June 25, 2009, 12:15 a.m.

Geisha – Die Verbrechen der Liebe

What a weird mix (sound wise this is really thin sounding without much bottom end) for the opening track to a record because I really ... read more

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Coliseum – True Quiet / Last Wave

Posted June 18, 2009, 11:43 p.m.

Coliseum – True Quiet / Last Wave

Yes, a new Coliseum record! Although they are not as prolific as they used to be, Coliseum continues to give listeners new music at least ... read more

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Coalesce – Ox

Posted June 16, 2009, 9:18 p.m.

Coalesce – Ox

As much as I may or may not be completely objective when attempting record reviews, I must admit that this is probably not capable of ... read more

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Deep Snapper – Into the Ugly

Posted June 11, 2009, 2:15 p.m.

Deep Snapper – Into the Ugly

Deep Snapper is back with another album of almost familiar songs that bring to mind a type of punk rock that is largely forgotten in ... read more

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End of a Year – End of a Year

Posted June 10, 2009, 11:42 p.m.

End of a Year – End of a Year

Yes, End of a Year give us yet another new record into which we can sink our collective teeth (if one so chooses) and its ... read more

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Deep Snapper – A Drowning Man Can Pull You Under

Posted June 9, 2009, 12:50 a.m.

Deep Snapper – A Drowning Man Can Pull You Under

Hailing from Texas, Deep Snapper give listeners A Drowning Man Can Pull You Under, a roiling ten track album that pops the whole time that ... read more

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Nadja – Numbness

Posted June 5, 2009, 12:38 a.m.

Nadja – Numbness

Numbness is an excellent collection of rarities and previously unreleased material from the increasingly prolific two-piece known as Nadja. Aidan Baker and Leah Buckeroff are ... read more

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Akimbo – Jersey Shores

Posted June 3, 2009, 1:21 a.m.

Akimbo – Jersey Shores

A concept album that deals with the real life shark attacks that inspired the landmark movie Jaws, this is the type of heady fair that ... read more

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Narrows – New Distances

Posted May 24, 2009, 11:46 p.m.

Narrows – New Distances

Yes, this is finally out and not a moment too soon! The first Narrows full-length, New Distances, is indeed finally available for the shattering of ... read more

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Romance of Young Tigers – Marie

Posted May 19, 2009, 11:09 p.m.

Romance of Young Tigers – Marie

Marie is an EP-ish release - it is more than a half hour of music - from Romance of Young Tigers. The release is an ... read more

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Thee Oh Sees – The Master's Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night In

Posted May 18, 2009, 1:21 a.m.

Thee Oh Sees – The Master's Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night In

Stumbling upon this band after reading an intriguing interview (albeit several years after it was initially published), I popped The Master’s Bedroom is Worth Spending ... read more

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Romance of Young Tigers – I Have Supped Full on Horrors

Posted May 14, 2009, 7:09 a.m.

Romance of Young Tigers – I Have Supped Full on Horrors

Untold lies need to be averted by explaining that Romance of Young Tigers are an instrumental band that takes their art (and that is exactly ... read more

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The (Fallen) Black Deer – Requiem

Posted May 12, 2009, 12:16 a.m.

The (Fallen) Black Deer – Requiem

This is seriously one of those releases that would normally fall completely into obscurity if not for a few people who champion such records. Please, ... read more

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Isis – Wavering Radiant

Posted May 11, 2009, 12:34 a.m.

Isis – Wavering Radiant

More than ten years have passed since the first time that these eyes witnessed Isis and man does it ever make me feel old. That ... read more

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The Night Marchers – Mystery Machine

Posted May 5, 2009, 9:02 a.m.

The Night Marchers – Mystery Machine

One really has to hand it to John Reis; he surely keeps his work interesting with consistent releases and frequent offerings. Mystery Machine is the ... read more

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A Storm of Light / Nadja – Primitive North

Posted April 29, 2009, 12:51 a.m.

A Storm of Light / Nadja – Primitive North

This split is completely unexpected but still very appropriate as both A Storm of Light and Nadja seem to be rather complimentary in several different ... read more

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Khanate – Clean Hands Go Foul

Posted April 22, 2009, 6:32 a.m.

Khanate – Clean Hands Go Foul

Talk about the last gasp of air from a dead corpse, Clean Hands Go Foul is the final studio recordings from Khanate, and their third ... read more

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Kylesa – Static Tensions

Posted April 20, 2009, 12:43 a.m.

Kylesa – Static Tensions

Is it really time for another Kylesa album? It may only seem like yesterday but it has been quite a while since their last album, ... read more

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Supermachiner – Rust

Posted April 14, 2009, 9:12 p.m.

Supermachiner – Rust

Following the vinyl issue of Rise of the Great Machine (their first full-length album), Supermachiner finally offers more music with Rust. This two CD collection ... read more

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Torche – Healer/Across the Shields

Posted April 13, 2009, 8:24 p.m.

Torche – Healer/Across the Shields

Following up their much acclaimed full-length, Meanderthal, Torche gives the Healer/Across the Shields twelve-inch EP and DVD to tide fans over until their next record. ... read more

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Rudimentary Peni – No More Pain

Posted March 23, 2009, 1:43 a.m.

Rudimentary Peni – No More Pain

Rudimentary Peni are, at least in some circles, a criminally underrated punk band that releases music semi steadily since their inception (besides the seven year ... read more

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Helms Alee – Lionize/Truly

Posted March 16, 2009, 3:58 p.m.

Helms Alee – Lionize/Truly

Hot on the heels of their full-length, Night Terror, Helms Alee provide this two song slab of a record to those who might be infected ... read more

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Tombs – Winter Hours

Posted March 12, 2009, 1:52 a.m.

Tombs – Winter Hours

Following their promising self-titled debut and their split with the European band Planks, Tombs drops Winter Hours (their debut for new label Relapse Records) onto ... read more

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Caithlin de Marrais – My Magic City

Posted March 9, 2009, 1:29 a.m.

Caithlin de Marrais – My Magic City

I will never forget the first time that I heard Caithlin de Marrais' voice; the opening lines of "Rise" off of Rainer Maria's Look Now ... read more

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Fear Falls Burning – Frenzy of the Absolute

Posted Jan. 14, 2009, 12:13 a.m.

Fear Falls Burning – Frenzy of the Absolute

Damn, is there a trend going on with single member bands or am I just now picking up on this long running reality? Fear Falls ... read more

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Rocket from the Crypt – All Systems Go Volume 3

Posted Jan. 12, 2009, 12:05 a.m.

Rocket from the Crypt – All Systems Go Volume 3

Leaving behind a recording legacy as large as Rocket from the Crypt is doing rates fairly high on the impressive scale considering how difficult it ... read more

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Mamiffer – Hirror Ennifer

Posted Jan. 11, 2009, 11:53 p.m.

Mamiffer – Hirror Ennifer

Hirror Ennifer is the debut album from Mamiffer the new project from Faith Coloccia and a revolving cast of co-conspirators including Aaron Turner (Isis, Old ... read more

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Liturgy – Immortal Life

Posted Jan. 7, 2009, 4:11 p.m.

Liturgy – Immortal Life

Describing a band, group, or musical project as transcendental is a dangerously brash decision Without getting into the actual philosophical background of what transcendental means, ... read more

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Git Some – Cosmic Rock

Posted Jan. 4, 2009, 2:31 p.m.

Git Some – Cosmic Rock

Git Some is a band which has been around a bit and actually predates the participation of two of its members (Chuck French and Neil ... read more

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Gnaw Their Tongues – An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood

Posted Jan. 1, 2009, 8:58 p.m.

Gnaw Their Tongues – An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood

Gnaw Their Tongues is almost completely indescribable, it is a project that simply needs to be heard to be believe. Forget understanding it as the ... read more

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Hope and Suicide – Hope and Suicide

Posted Dec. 28, 2008, 11:34 p.m.

Hope and Suicide – Hope and Suicide

Many recent listeners may not remember (nor heard in the first place) the first couple of releases by Florida's Hope and Suicide (1999's Razorblade Smile ... read more

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Celeste – Nihiliste(s)

Posted Dec. 16, 2008, 12:18 a.m.

Celeste – Nihiliste(s)

Celeste is another player on the scene that offers music in similar fashion (although their take on it is much noisier and a bit more ... read more

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True Widow – True Widow

Posted Dec. 8, 2008, 1:52 p.m.

True Widow – True Widow

Talk about coming from proverbially nowhere; after several days of enjoying various streams of this record and eventually tracking this sucker down, I find myself ... read more

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Aughra – Proof of Dark Matter | Light the Lights

Posted Dec. 1, 2008, 8:32 p.m.

Aughra – Proof of Dark Matter | Light the Lights

Ambient music is (in the words of one Brian Eno who is usually credited with coining the term) music that can be either "actively listened ... read more

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Day Without Dawn – Understanding Consequences

Posted Dec. 1, 2008, 2:52 a.m.

Day Without Dawn – Understanding Consequences

I remember The Postman Syndrome; their lone full-length, Terraforming is a hidden gem chock full of references to the landmark Japanese anime Neon Genesis: Evangelion ... read more

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Gods and Queens – Untitled

Posted Nov. 20, 2008, 12:03 a.m.

Gods and Queens – Untitled

Following the untimely demise of Versoma, Gods and Queens springs forth from those ashes (Tombs is another band which formed in the wake of Versoma's ... read more

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Thursday / Envy – Split

Posted Nov. 16, 2008, 9:13 p.m.

Thursday / Envy – Split

Envy is having an extremely busy year in 2008: re-releasing much of their back catalog, the Abyssal EP, a split with Jesu, and now a ... read more

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Grails – Doomsdayer's Holiday

Posted Nov. 11, 2008, 8:51 p.m.

Grails – Doomsdayer's Holiday

Having only just been introduced to the wonder and at times awe inspiring music of the outfit known as Grails, I may be privy to ... read more

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Integrity – Walpurgisnacht

Posted Nov. 11, 2008, 12:24 a.m.

Integrity – Walpurgisnacht

Ah, Dwid, where have you been hiding your mischievous and malevolent musical vehicle Integrity for the last five years? Ever since 2003's To Die For, ... read more

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Helms Alee – Night Terror

Posted Nov. 9, 2008, 11:57 a.m.

Helms Alee – Night Terror

Following up a surprising teaser EP with a limited release earlier this year, Helms Alee drop their debut full-length on a mostly unsuspecting public; Night ... read more

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Deadbird – Twilight Ritual

Posted Nov. 5, 2008, 10:18 a.m.

Deadbird – Twilight Ritual

Right off the bat, allow me to bring notice to the cover art for Deadbird's latest album, Twilight Ritual (following up 2005's The Head and ... read more

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Grey Daturas – Return to Disruption

Posted Oct. 27, 2008, 4:24 p.m.

Grey Daturas – Return to Disruption

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Grey Daturas is an enigmatic trio whose music is an amalgamation of many musical styles from metal all the way to ... read more

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City of Ships – Live Free or Don't

Posted Oct. 21, 2008, 8:57 p.m.

City of Ships – Live Free or Don't

One of the more surprising events or rather instances that I have been able to witness is that of discovering the three piece outfit City ... read more

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Nadja – Desire in Uneasiness

Posted Oct. 21, 2008, 1:21 a.m.

Nadja – Desire in Uneasiness

Where to start with Nadja? To be honest, being inundated with hype from the Internet's hype machine forces my hand into checking out what this ... read more

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Supermachiner – Rise of the Great Machine (Reissue)

Posted Oct. 19, 2008, 11:05 p.m.

Supermachiner – Rise of the Great Machine (Reissue)

Supermachiner is the short-lived project of Jacob Bannon of Converge and Ryan Parker where they eventually enlisted the input of fellow Converge member Kurt Ballou ... read more

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Coffins – Buried Death

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, 8:09 p.m.

Coffins – Buried Death

Hailing from Japan, Coffins play a vicious style of doom that relentlessly pummels listeners while at the same time is raw and unhinged. Buried Death ... read more

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Broadcast Sea – Wounded Soldier

Posted Oct. 12, 2008, 8:58 p.m.

Broadcast Sea – Wounded Soldier

Wounded Soldier might be a concept album of sorts since its lyrical compositions are full of themes dealing with the experiences of the brother of ... read more

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Steve Von Till – A Grave is a Grim Horse

Posted Oct. 7, 2008, 8:49 p.m.

Steve Von Till – A Grave is a Grim Horse

For those who do not know who Steve Von Till is, Von Till is a guitarist and vocalist in the seminal outfit Neurosis. And while ... read more

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Young Widows – Old Wounds

Posted Oct. 5, 2008, 1:15 p.m.

Young Widows – Old Wounds

So, Young Widows makes the jump to a new label and to be perfectly honest, this change of scenery for the band seems much like ... read more

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Battle of Mice / Jesu – Split

Posted Sept. 19, 2008, 3:05 a.m.

Battle of Mice / Jesu – Split

Wow, this split is a long time coming after its initial announcement roughly this time last year as being one of the last of a ... read more

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Envy / Jesu – Split

Posted Sept. 9, 2008, 11:53 p.m.

Envy / Jesu – Split

Slipping under one's nose is not something an Envy or Jesu release tends to do, but somehow, this split between the two is not receiving ... read more

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Amenra – Mass IIII

Posted Sept. 8, 2008, 8:26 p.m.

Amenra – Mass IIII

With no previous exposure to Amenra, the band which I am involved prepares to play a show with them knowing only that they are from ... read more

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Crevecoeur – II

Posted Sept. 4, 2008, 8:57 p.m.

Crevecoeur – II

Crevecoeur are a French three-piece outfit which play a style of music that brings to mind the expansiveness of soundtracks. These nine songs comprise the ... read more

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Narrows – Narrows

Posted Sept. 3, 2008, 9:14 p.m.

Narrows – Narrows

The first mentions of Narrows are enough to give someone chills, particularly if that individual is a fan of any of the groups from which ... read more

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Spitfire – Cult Fiction

Posted Sept. 1, 2008, 10:55 p.m.

Spitfire – Cult Fiction

For some god-awful reason I have a soft spot for what this band does, and the mystifying aspect of it all is that Spitfire are ... read more

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Grails – Take Refuge in Clean Living

Posted Aug. 19, 2008, 11:40 p.m.

Grails – Take Refuge in Clean Living

Elusive is the best adjective to describe Grails (a now four-piece outfit from Portland, Oregon) and their unique take on instrumental music. And while that ... read more

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Cult of Luna – Eternal Kingdom

Posted Aug. 17, 2008, 11:41 p.m.

Cult of Luna – Eternal Kingdom

After four albums of progressive refinement of their compositional abilities, sound, themes, and overall work, Cult of Luna is releasing their fifth and latest full-length, ... read more

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Trap Them / Extreme Noise Terror – Split

Posted Aug. 10, 2008, 9:10 p.m.

Trap Them / Extreme Noise Terror – Split

Admittedly, this is one hell of a split record. Seriously, it would be interesting to have been a fly on the wall when this idea ... read more

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Amebix – No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings

Posted July 24, 2008, 9:01 p.m.

Amebix – No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings

So the early Amebix releases are finally becoming more widely available (even though they have been on the bootleg circuit for quite a long while) ... read more

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Coalesce – 0:12.2 Revolution in Just Listening (Reissue)

Posted July 21, 2008, 11:13 p.m.

Coalesce – 0:12.2 Revolution in Just Listening (Reissue)

So the inevitable is occurring as Relapse is reissuing this behemoth of an album (although at right around thirty minutes that is a stretch to ... read more

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The Night Marchers – Scene Report

Posted July 13, 2008, 8:59 p.m.

The Night Marchers – Scene Report

So I finally get to see the new band that has been consistently pumping through my stereo, MP3 player, computer, and car since the songs ... read more

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Daturah – Reverie

Posted July 10, 2008, 9:02 p.m.

Daturah – Reverie

Hailing from Germany, the "post-rock" sounding Daturah offer Reverie, as their first full-length (following a self-titled EP which they self-released in 2005 and Graveface released ... read more

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Stove Bredsky – The Black Ribbon Award

Posted July 9, 2008, 8:49 p.m.

Stove Bredsky – The Black Ribbon Award

No, that is indeed the correct name for this latest album by one, Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Pet Genius, Kid Kilowatt, Converge, etc). And while ... read more

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Indian Summer – Science 1994 (Reissue)

Posted July 7, 2008, 8:44 p.m.

Indian Summer – Science 1994 (Reissue)

Following up the recent release of their live "discography", Hidden Arithmetic, Indian Summer is re-releasing their "studio" discography to make available just about everything that ... read more

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Playing Enemy – My Life as the Villain

Posted July 3, 2008, 12:03 a.m.

Playing Enemy – My Life as the Villain

When Playing Enemy announced their recent demise not long after James Brown shuffled forth this mortal coil, the announcement fell on mostly deaf ears to ... read more

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Helms Alee – Helms Alee

Posted June 29, 2008, 10:18 p.m.

Helms Alee – Helms Alee

So, the news is trickling out that Helms Alee is the new band by Ben Verellen, (Harkonen, Roy, These Arms Are Snakes), which is great ... read more

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Stebmo – Stebmo

Posted June 23, 2008, 8:48 a.m.

Stebmo – Stebmo

This is the first solo record from Steve Moore; no this is not the same Steve Moore that is half of the soundscape group Zombi, ... read more

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The Slackers – Self Medication

Posted June 18, 2008, 10:12 p.m.

The Slackers – Self Medication

You might not like ska music, but The Slackers are the exception to that rule (at least for me and probably should be for anyone ... read more

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The VSS – Nervous Circuits (Reissue)

Posted June 18, 2008, 12:09 a.m.

The VSS – Nervous Circuits (Reissue)

Seriously, The VSS are getting the reissue treatment from Hydra Head. Not only is this a completely unexpected revelation, but it is one that will ... read more

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Achenar – All Will Change

Posted June 15, 2008, 11:13 p.m.

Achenar – All Will Change

One of the more difficult aspects of reviewing records is when an individual reviewer goes into a record completely blind with virtually no knowledge beforehand ... read more

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The Kills – Midnight Boom

Posted June 12, 2008, 12:45 a.m.

The Kills – Midnight Boom

Midnight Boom is the third full-length from the garage duo The Kills - which is VV (Allison Mosshart former lead singer of Discount) and Hotel ... read more

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Fall of Serenity – The Crossfire

Posted June 9, 2008, 12:51 a.m.

Fall of Serenity – The Crossfire

My first exposure to this German outfit is a simple enough experience to recount and that is via the split LP which they have with ... read more

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Moving Mountains – Pneuma

Posted June 1, 2008, 11:42 p.m.

Moving Mountains – Pneuma

Let me get this out in the open right off the bat; I wanted to hear this because the band's name is similar to a ... read more

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Eugene Robinson – Fight

Posted May 22, 2008, 8:08 p.m.

Eugene Robinson – Fight

Okay, so the more that I thought about this, the more ridiculous this concept feels to me, books on tape or CD or whatever. I ... read more

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Pyramids – Pyramids

Posted May 19, 2008, 7:44 p.m.

Pyramids – Pyramids

So Pyramids is one of a slew of new bands making their debuts with Hydra Head recently. However, this outfit seems to have either a ... read more

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Born/Dead – The Final Collapse

Posted May 6, 2008, 3:50 p.m.

Born/Dead – The Final Collapse

Ah, Born/Dead is one of the more notable crust/hardcore bands in the vein of groups like Tragedy (kind of but I would not say this ... read more

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Fight Amp – Hungry for Nothing

Posted May 4, 2008, 7:51 p.m.

Fight Amp – Hungry for Nothing

Fight Amp (recently shortened from Fight Amputation) is a punk/hardcore outfit that plays a distinctly noisy, bottom heavy brand of punk with vocal chord shredding ... read more

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The Night Marchers – See You in Magic

Posted April 29, 2008, 8:52 p.m.

The Night Marchers – See You in Magic

So, John Reis is making his "return" to the indie music with his new outfit, The Night Marchers, following the recent demises of both Hot ... read more

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Cavity – Laid Insignificant (Reissue)

Posted April 29, 2008, 8:44 p.m.

Cavity – Laid Insignificant (Reissue)

Cavity is another one of those criminally underrated bands that toiled for years in obscurity while a select few found that the group and their ... read more

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Today is the Day – Supernova (Reissue)

Posted April 28, 2008, 7:51 a.m.

Today is the Day – Supernova (Reissue)

Supernova is the first album from Today is the Day, which was originally released in 1993 on Amphetamine Reptile Records. Being out of print for ... read more

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Today is the Day – Today is the Day (Reissue)

Posted April 28, 2008, 7:45 a.m.

Today is the Day – Today is the Day (Reissue)

Today is the Day provide us with another reissue of an out of print album, their third full-length, Today is the Day. This album is ... read more

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Amebix – Monolith (Reissue)

Posted April 25, 2008, 3:15 a.m.

Amebix – Monolith (Reissue)

Seriously, Monolith being reissued in a digital format on a donation basis is an incredibly important occasion for several reasons that are worth being mentioned. ... read more

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Torche – Meanderthal

Posted April 23, 2008, 8:41 p.m.

Torche – Meanderthal

By now, most people that care enough to know that Torche's point of origination begins with the fall of Steve Brooks' former band, Floor. Torche ... read more

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Hayaino Daisuki – Headbanger's Karaoke Club Dangerous Fire

Posted April 15, 2008, 1:41 a.m.

Hayaino Daisuki – Headbanger's Karaoke Club Dangerous Fire

Ah, the long awaited return - at least among Discordance Axis fans - of Jon Chang the vocalist of the regrettably extinct grind outfit Discordance ... read more

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Capsule – Blue

Posted April 8, 2008, 8:16 p.m.

Capsule – Blue

Right off the bat, Capsule's Blue - their first full length and first record for Robotic Empire - is visually stunning in a way that ... read more

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5ive – Hesperus

Posted April 7, 2008, 4:01 p.m.

5ive – Hesperus

A two-piece band before the format became de rigueur in hipster circles, 5ive (from Massachusetts not the boy band from the UK) play an instrumental ... read more

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Rocket from the Crypt – R.I.P.

Posted April 7, 2008, 12:35 a.m.

Rocket from the Crypt – R.I.P.

It was a sad, sad day when I learned that Rocket from the Crypt had called it a day. Seriously, here was a band that ... read more

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She & Him – Volume One

Posted April 2, 2008, 7:25 p.m.

She & Him – Volume One

She is Zooey Deschanel, the actress and apparently all around talented individual. I remember the moment that is etched into my retina whenever I think ... read more

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City of Ships – Tour EP

Posted March 31, 2008, 11:12 p.m.

City of Ships – Tour EP

Now, I had only heard of this band's existence and never actually had the opportunity to listen to their music until I was able to ... read more

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The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia

Posted March 26, 2008, 8:30 p.m.

The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia

So here we have the much-anticipated collaboration between Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs/The Twilight Singers fame and Mark Lanegan of Queens of the Stone Age/Screaming ... read more

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Cursed – III

Posted March 25, 2008, 2:38 a.m.

Cursed – III

Finally, I seriously have been waiting for this album since Cursed released last year's furious EP, Blackout at Sunrise. No, scratch that because the wait ... read more

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Jarboe & Justin K. Broadrick – J2

Posted March 23, 2008, 3:32 p.m.

Jarboe & Justin K. Broadrick – J2

After a year like 2007 that Justin Broadrick and his Jesu project had, one has to wonder what J2 (his collaboration with Jarboe who has ... read more

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J. Bannon – The Blood of Thine Enemies

Posted March 19, 2008, 4:34 p.m.

J. Bannon – The Blood of Thine Enemies

A few years back Jacob Bannon took some time from his busy schedule of providing vocals for Converge and design work for a whole lot ... read more

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Envy – Compiled Fragments 1997-2003

Posted March 17, 2008, 2:35 p.m.

Envy – Compiled Fragments 1997-2003

So here it is, Temporary Residence Limited finally is releasing this record stateside negating the need (if you happen to be a hopelessly addicted completist ... read more

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Envy – All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead (Reissue)

Posted March 17, 2008, 2:26 p.m.

Envy – All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead (Reissue)

Besides being a mouthful of a title, All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead is one of my favorite Envy records ... read more

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Earth / Sir Richard Bishop – Split

Posted March 11, 2008, 4:19 p.m.

Earth / Sir Richard Bishop – Split

Being a memento type release to commemorate the tour that these two parties undertook in the early part of 2008, I am surprised to see ... read more

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Earth – The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull

Posted March 6, 2008, 9:14 p.m.

Earth – The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull

Luckily for fans of Earth, Dylan Carlson and company are very productive of late with Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method, Hibernaculum, and a ... read more

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Skullflower – IIIrd Gatekeeper (Reissue)

Posted March 3, 2008, 3:25 p.m.

Skullflower – IIIrd Gatekeeper (Reissue)

Skullflower is the long running project of Matthew Bower, but in its initial incarnation the band did have other members and was a bit more ... read more

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Collapsar – Integers

Posted Feb. 27, 2008, 11:44 p.m.

Collapsar – Integers

Let's be honest here, if a band is going to be an instrumental group that is completely devoid of vocals than they need to be ... read more

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Mother Night – Lifestyle / Deathstyle

Posted Feb. 27, 2008, 12:32 a.m.

Mother Night – Lifestyle / Deathstyle

Hailing from New Jersey (which as The Nerve Agents put it is the "Heart of Hardcore"), Mother Night drops a wicked set of jams on ... read more

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Burning Witch – Crippled Lucifer

Posted Feb. 25, 2008, 4:02 p.m.

Burning Witch – Crippled Lucifer

Hot damn, where have you been all my life Burning Witch! Apparently, as Aaron Turner documents in his liner notes contribution for this two disc ... read more

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Khann – Tofutopia

Posted Feb. 20, 2008, 4:12 p.m.

Khann – Tofutopia

Seriously, Tofutopia? An album called Tofutopia? This is the album title of this record? Surely, this band has to be joking, does it not? As ... read more

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Hot Water Music – Till the Wheels Fall Off

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 4:29 p.m.

Hot Water Music – Till the Wheels Fall Off

People who find this band excellent or entertaining have an intimate love affair with them and their blue collar, dirt under the fingernails, dyed in ... read more

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Planes Mistaken for Stars – We Ride to Fight: The First Four Years

Posted Feb. 12, 2008, 8:31 p.m.

Planes Mistaken for Stars – We Ride to Fight: The First Four Years

One might be hard pressed to envision a band that seems to exemplify a road warrior type touring ethic than that of the hard working ... read more

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Iron Lung – Sexless / No Sex

Posted Feb. 11, 2008, 7:56 p.m.

Iron Lung – Sexless / No Sex

Why in the hell did I sleep on this record last year? Given, this did come out kind of late in the 2007, and with ... read more

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Envy – Abyssal

Posted Feb. 7, 2008, 2:06 p.m.

Envy – Abyssal

Seriously, I think that I am still atoning for not paying more attention to this Japanese band earlier. I mean that I had some of ... read more

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Disfear – Live the Storm

Posted Feb. 6, 2008, 10:41 p.m.

Disfear – Live the Storm

After what is quickly becoming a normative hiatus for this Swedish five-piece band, Disfear delivers their latest blast of d-beat influenced mayhem onto the masses. ... read more

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Able Baker Fox – Voices

Posted Feb. 5, 2008, 6:46 a.m.

Able Baker Fox – Voices

A little over five years ago The Casket Lottery and Small Brown Bike released a collaborative 12" EP that proved to be more than a ... read more

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Have a Nice Life – Deathconsciousness

Posted Jan. 28, 2008, 8:40 p.m.

Have a Nice Life – Deathconsciousness

Have a Nice Life is a two-piece outfit from Connecticut that includes a member of the hardcore band, In Pieces; although, this double CD collection ... read more

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Robots and Empires – Omnivore

Posted Jan. 25, 2008, 8:52 a.m.

Robots and Empires – Omnivore

For a while it seemed like people in hardcore bands would undergo this metamorphosis that changed them from raging balls of adolescent angst into sensitive ... read more

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Young Widows / Plows – Split

Posted Jan. 21, 2008, 8:34 p.m.

Young Widows / Plows – Split

There are certain times when I enjoy championing bands, and Young Widows’ cause is definitely one that I find myself really enjoying. This split, their ... read more

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Tusk – The Resisting Dreamer

Posted Jan. 15, 2008, 1:31 p.m.

Tusk – The Resisting Dreamer

Tusk has long been a side project of the more and more highly esteemed band Pelican, but is much heavier and includes vocals at times. ... read more

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Baroness – The Red Album

Posted Jan. 10, 2008, 8:48 p.m.

Baroness – The Red Album

Forget everything that you have heard from or about Baroness to this point in your life; even their split record with Unpersons (A Grey Sigh ... read more

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Nightrage – A New Disease is Born

Posted Jan. 7, 2008, 8:35 p.m.

Nightrage – A New Disease is Born

Allow me to preface my review with the following disclaimer: I am an avid follower of Tomas Lindberg's projects; so, due to his being the ... read more

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Molia Falls – A Support Entry Title

Posted Jan. 1, 2008, 8:29 p.m.

Molia Falls – A Support Entry Title

This is my first exposure to Molia Falls, as it may be for some others as well, and I am not sure what to expect ... read more

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Jackie Carol – Check Check

Posted Dec. 26, 2007, 7:28 p.m.

Jackie Carol – Check Check

Allow me to get this little factoid out of the way first, I have been listening to Nathan Ellis projects ever since he joined Coalesce; ... read more

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Under Pressure – Black Bile

Posted Dec. 18, 2007, 2:18 p.m.

Under Pressure – Black Bile

Apparently, Under Pressure hails from Winnipeg, Canada - former home of the Jets hockey team before they became the Phoenix Coyotes. Black Bile is the ... read more

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Angel Eyes – ...and for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars

Posted Dec. 15, 2007, 2:14 p.m.

Angel Eyes – ...and for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars

Let me get to this straight away; I love the movie, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, so naming yourself after Lee Van Cleef's ... read more

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Pusher – Pusher

Posted Dec. 12, 2007, 2:51 p.m.

Pusher – Pusher

Pusher hails from Louisville and features an impressive cast of ex-members as Steve Sindoni (vocals) comes to the band after handling vocals in Breather Resist ... read more

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Tombs – Tombs

Posted Dec. 9, 2007, 2:52 p.m.

Tombs – Tombs

Tombs is the latest project from Mike Hill (former member of the criminally underrated bands Anodyne and Versoma). Tombs seemingly picks up from where Hill's ... read more

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The Great Deceiver – Life is Wasted on the Living

Posted Dec. 3, 2007, 3:01 p.m.

The Great Deceiver – Life is Wasted on the Living

The Great Deceiver is the long running project of Tomas Lindberg, also of Disfear and formerly of At the Gates, The Crown, and others, and ... read more

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Grave in the Sky – Cutlery Hits China: English for the Hearing Impaired

Posted Nov. 26, 2007, 7:28 p.m.

Grave in the Sky – Cutlery Hits China: English for the Hearing Impaired

Grave in the Sky is a three-piece from Israel that plays thick, but still raw doom-y music. The tempos are slow and the sound is ... read more

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Akimbo – Navigating the Bronze

Posted Nov. 18, 2007, 11:41 p.m.

Akimbo – Navigating the Bronze

Navigating the Bronze is Akimbo's fifth full-length since their inception in about seven years ago and their first for new label Alternative Tentacles (AT did ... read more

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High on Fire – Death is this Communion

Posted Nov. 13, 2007, 1:51 a.m.

High on Fire – Death is this Communion

What else can you expect from High on Fire other than an album with a thick, punishing sound that just sort of rumbles on across ... read more

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108 – A New Beat from a Dead Heart

Posted Nov. 4, 2007, 3:47 p.m.

108 – A New Beat from a Dead Heart

Eleven years! It has been roughly eleven years since 108 last released a studio effort discounting last year's one-oh-eight demo. That is a long time ... read more

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Cobalt – Eater of Birds

Posted Oct. 31, 2007, 8:29 p.m.

Cobalt – Eater of Birds

Cobalt is a two-piece black metal band hailing from the United States. They have a surprisingly full and "polished" sound that sets them apart from ... read more

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The Lotus Eaters – Wurmwluv

Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:06 p.m.

The Lotus Eaters – Wurmwluv

I love The Lotus Eaters. Not many people know the surprisingly laid back side project of Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, House of Low ... read more

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Jesu – Pale Sketches

Posted Oct. 25, 2007, 1:43 p.m.

Jesu – Pale Sketches

Pale Sketches is the second full-length that Jesu has released this year, and it marks an important step for Justin Broadrick. Broadrick started recording new ... read more

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Jesu – Lifeline

Posted Oct. 25, 2007, 1:31 p.m.

Jesu – Lifeline

As unbelievable as it may sound Lifeline is Jesu's fifth (and possibly the sixth if Robotic Empire gets the split with Battle of Mice out ... read more

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The Fucking Wrath – Season of Evil

Posted Oct. 17, 2007, 11:35 p.m.

The Fucking Wrath – Season of Evil

I would not know the guys from The Fucking Wrath from Adam if they were walking down the street. Maybe that's the point, three working ... read more

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Coalesce – There is Nothing New Under the Sun (Reissue)

Posted Oct. 10, 2007, 1:53 p.m.

Coalesce – There is Nothing New Under the Sun (Reissue)

Yes, Hydra Head has been pumping out the reissues of late (look to Botch having American Nervoso and We are the Romans re-released in super ... read more

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Angels of Light – We are Him

Posted Oct. 4, 2007, 8:22 p.m.

Angels of Light – We are Him

When Michael Gira disbanded Swans in 1997, he declared himself free of the connotations that came with being in that group who were considered the ... read more

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Coalesce – Salt and Passage

Posted Oct. 1, 2007, 2:19 p.m.

Coalesce – Salt and Passage

It scares me to think that some people reading this were still in grade school when Coalesce put out their last album 0:12 Revolution in ... read more

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Caïna – Mourner

Posted Sept. 24, 2007, 2:13 p.m.

Caïna – Mourner

This is the kind record that I enjoy from time to time, a big surprise; it is not what I expected in any way, shape, ... read more

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Coliseum – No Salvation

Posted Sept. 18, 2007, 3:42 p.m.

Coliseum – No Salvation

In less than four years, Coliseum has proven to be a busy band with their touring crisscrossing the United States as well as Europe, undergoing ... read more

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Black Cross – Severance Pays

Posted Sept. 13, 2007, 2:53 p.m.

Black Cross – Severance Pays

Where the hell have you been for the last four years Black Cross? The circumstances that have hampered this woefully underrated band need not be ... read more

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Torche – In Return

Posted Sept. 12, 2007, 2:48 p.m.

Torche – In Return

Without a doubt, this just might be one of the more beautifully packaged records to come out in recent memory; Torche's latest record, In Return ... read more

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One Starving Day – Broken Wings Lead Arms to the Sun

Posted Sept. 9, 2007, 1:56 p.m.

One Starving Day – Broken Wings Lead Arms to the Sun

Hailing from Italy, One Starving Day are a four-piece band that, at times, sounds more like ten or fifteen people playing music. Their sound is ... read more

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Year of No Light – Nord

Posted Sept. 4, 2007, 3:19 p.m.

Year of No Light – Nord

As our global society is brought closer and closer as a result of the Internet and other lightning fast communicative technologies, the influx and exposure ... read more

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Massacre of the Umbilical Cord / Control – Split

Posted Aug. 29, 2007, 11:20 p.m.

Massacre of the Umbilical Cord / Control – Split

Having never been exposed to Massacre of the Umbilical Cord, I find myself wondering exactly what to expect from half of this split album. Control, ... read more

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Jesu / Eluvium – Split

Posted Aug. 21, 2007, 8:33 p.m.

Jesu / Eluvium – Split

Arriving home at approximately 5:30 PM EST, I walk up to my door to see the familiar Temporary Residence logo on the front of an ... read more

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Rocky Votolato – The Brag and Cuss

Posted Aug. 16, 2007, 8:14 p.m.

Rocky Votolato – The Brag and Cuss

Rocky Votolato has been a busy man of late. He released last year's Makers to wide acclaim and only just recently re-issued A Brief History ... read more

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Bad Religion – New Maps of Hell

Posted Aug. 12, 2007, 8:49 p.m.

Bad Religion – New Maps of Hell

Bad Religion may not need any introduction due to their notoriety in punk, hardcore, and various independent and even some mainstream circles, but there are ... read more

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Baroness / Unpersons – A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk

Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 2:49 p.m.

Baroness / Unpersons – A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk

Baroness and Unpersons team up for A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk. For Baroness, it serves as a precursor to their forthcoming album for ... read more

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Indian Summer – Hidden Arithmetic (Reissue)

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:05 p.m.

Indian Summer – Hidden Arithmetic (Reissue)

It just does not come anywhere near as enigmatic as this. Indian Summer was a very short-lived band from the early to mid 1990's that ... read more

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Declan de Barra – Song of a Thousand Birds

Posted July 24, 2007, 11:29 p.m.

Declan de Barra – Song of a Thousand Birds

Now, this is a pleasant surprise. I have not been previously introduced to Declan de Barra or previous outfits (Clann Zu and Non Intentional Lifeform). ... read more

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Damnation A.D. – In This Life or the Next

Posted July 15, 2007, 8:07 p.m.

Damnation A.D. – In This Life or the Next

Seeing Damnation A.D. for the first time in years at New Year’s reunion in Syracuse a couple of years back awoke something in me that ... read more

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Rocky Votolato – A Brief History (Reissue)

Posted July 8, 2007, 5:52 p.m.

Rocky Votolato – A Brief History (Reissue)

It is real nice that Rocky Votolato's A Brief History is available again. With the original label - Your Best Guess Records - going the ... read more

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Unsane – Visqueen

Posted July 4, 2007, 10:43 p.m.

Unsane – Visqueen

Damn, it is real hard to believe that Unsane is still going strong (minus a break from 2000-2003) almost twenty years after initially forming. Like ... read more

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Neurosis – Given to the Rising

Posted July 1, 2007, 7:47 p.m.

Neurosis – Given to the Rising

This is a Neurosis record through and through. Given to the Rising ultimately destroys any notion that this long running, innovative band are getting soft. ... read more

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Pelican – City of Echoes

Posted June 19, 2007, 11:30 p.m.

Pelican – City of Echoes

Yeah, the guys in Pelican are busy dudes. City of Echoes is the band's third full-length and seventh record released since 2001. I admire their ... read more

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Napalm Death – Scum (Reissue)

Posted June 12, 2007, 7:37 p.m.

Napalm Death – Scum (Reissue)

Surely by now, almost everyone within the underground music community has heard of Napalm Death. If you have not yet (what rock have you been ... read more

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Earth – Hibernaculum

Posted May 31, 2007, 7:47 p.m.

Earth – Hibernaculum

It is not often that a band is willing to revisit prior recorded works in a new musical style. With Hibernaculum, the lauded Earth do ... read more

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The Locust – New Erections

Posted May 13, 2007, 3:40 p.m.

The Locust – New Erections

The Locust is an extremely polarizing group. On one hand, people take them as a complete joke. On the other, people take them extremely seriously. ... read more

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Jesu – Sundown/Sunrise

Posted April 24, 2007, 12:50 a.m.

Jesu – Sundown/Sunrise

Justin Broadrick and company has been extremely busy. Sundown/ Sunrise is a two-song 12" EP that Aurora Borealis is releasing. These songs are also available ... read more

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Aughra / Mosh Patrol – Is There Anyone Else Outside

Posted April 18, 2007, 3:11 p.m.

Aughra / Mosh Patrol – Is There Anyone Else Outside

Is There Anyone Else Outside is the split effort between Aughra and Mosh Patrol. Aughra is the ambient/electronic solo-project of Brent Eyestone (member of Forensics, ... read more

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Wold – Screech Owl

Posted April 12, 2007, 2:44 p.m.

Wold – Screech Owl

Ever hear of Wold? No? I too am hearing them for the first time. I will say that this is a disturbing record. I understand ... read more

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The Hidden Hand – The Resurrection of Whiskey Foote

Posted March 26, 2007, 8:39 p.m.

The Hidden Hand – The Resurrection of Whiskey Foote

Let's be up front with this right off the bat. For all of Wino's - the guitarist and vocalist of the Hidden Hand - history ... read more

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Menomena – Friend and Foe

Posted March 14, 2007, 5:13 p.m.

Menomena – Friend and Foe

Wow, this is really rare. Admittedly, this is my first exposure to Menomena - in a nostalgic sort of way; I love their band name. ... read more

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Cursed – Blackout at Sunrise

Posted March 11, 2007, 5:26 p.m.

Cursed – Blackout at Sunrise

Cursed are one of those hardcore/punk bands that are genuinely worth people's time and attention. Their music is vicious, honest, and gloriously consistent. The lyrics ... read more

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iamthethorn – You are the Lamb

Posted March 7, 2007, 2:30 p.m.

iamthethorn – You are the Lamb

Nevermind the seeming monopoly that John Pettibone has on vocals for metal and hardcore bands in the Seattle area. The band, dubbed iamthethorn, that began ... read more

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Cassius – I Am Jim Jones

Posted March 4, 2007, 3:06 p.m.

Cassius – I Am Jim Jones

My first impression of Cassius is "Oh no, not another metalcore band." As time wears on, I hope that a lot of the kids in ... read more

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Clouds – Legendary Demo

Posted Feb. 27, 2007, 5:02 p.m.

Clouds – Legendary Demo

When Cave In went on hiatus, who would have thought that the principal players would all decide to throw down "solo" records? Steve Brodsky had ... read more

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Burning Skies – Desolation

Posted Feb. 26, 2007, 9:07 p.m.

Burning Skies – Desolation

Damn... Burning Skies has a ton of grind influence as well as some good old death metal influence to boot. I guess Misery Index and ... read more

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Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

Posted Feb. 21, 2007, 4:44 p.m.

Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

To call Explosions in the Sky's new record, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, expansive would be a horrendous understatement. The guitars swirl around ... read more

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Jesu – Conqueror

Posted Feb. 19, 2007, 4:29 p.m.

Jesu – Conqueror

Okay, I am saying it. This just might be my number one album of 2007. Whatever I thought of Jesu prior to this record went ... read more

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Agalloch – Ashes Against the Grain

Posted Feb. 15, 2007, 2:24 p.m.

Agalloch – Ashes Against the Grain

Agalloch formed in the mid to late 1990's as a studio project of sorts and have actually maintained that distinction for the most part, as ... read more

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Cable – Last Call

Posted Feb. 12, 2007, 2:33 p.m.

Cable – Last Call

Cable might be one of the best bands that you have never heard. In today's punk and hardcore atmosphere there is a serious lack of ... read more

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Zozobra – Harmonic Tremors

Posted Feb. 11, 2007, 2:55 p.m.

Zozobra – Harmonic Tremors

Zozobra is a tantalizing idea for a band. They are a two-piece outfit that is comprised of Cave In member Caleb Scofield and a member ... read more

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Seemless – What Have We Become

Posted Feb. 7, 2007, 2:49 p.m.

Seemless – What Have We Become

Seemless is a hard rock band, straight up hard rock. Boasting ex-members of Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, and Overcast, this is kind of unexpected. What ... read more

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Stabbed by Words – Stabbed by Words

Posted Feb. 4, 2007, 4 p.m.

Stabbed by Words – Stabbed by Words

Why has no one heard of Stabbed by Words? A better question might be why is no one really talking about them? Seriously, when a ... read more

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Skullflower – Tribulation

Posted Jan. 30, 2007, 3:01 p.m.

Skullflower – Tribulation

Most people can't handle the devastating beauty that Skullflower has been known for since its inception in 1987. This latest offering, Tribulation, shows Skullflower in ... read more

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Ladyfinger (ne) – Heavy Hands

Posted Jan. 24, 2007, 5:54 p.m.

Ladyfinger (ne) – Heavy Hands

First off, I have to say, "wow." This is really on Saddle Creek? That is totally unexpected. Being unfamiliar with what Ladyfinger (ne) is capable ... read more

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The Esoteric – Subverter

Posted Jan. 23, 2007, 2:32 p.m.

The Esoteric – Subverter

Call it a sickness. Call it sheer stupidity. I have to admit that I have a soft spot I my heart for The Esoteric; I ... read more

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Kylesa – Time Will Fuse its Worth

Posted Jan. 18, 2007, 2:18 p.m.

Kylesa – Time Will Fuse its Worth

Kylesa is a conundrum. They straddle so many genres and styles of music that it is almost fruitless to attempt to classify them. However, I ... read more

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Playing Enemy – Accessory

Posted Jan. 14, 2007, 2:55 p.m.

Playing Enemy – Accessory

Playing Enemy is a three-piece band made up of ex-members of Kiss it Goodbye and Rorschach. I do not bring that up as a selling ... read more

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Switchblade – Switchblade

Posted Dec. 20, 2006, 6:10 p.m.

Switchblade – Switchblade

Switchblade is a completely enigmatic group to me. They do not seem to consistently release records with the same labels. I was first introduced to ... read more

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Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards

Posted Dec. 10, 2006, 2:52 p.m.

Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards

What are your criteria for a good album, a good record, a good song even? For me, the criteria are many; but there is one ... read more

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Coliseum / Young Widows – Split

Posted Dec. 3, 2006, 1:40 p.m.

Coliseum / Young Widows – Split

First off, the packaging on this limited release is top notch. It's a screen-printed, foil stamped, cardboard "case" that is all folded like a bit ... read more

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Goatwhore – A Haunting Curse

Posted Nov. 23, 2006, 1:51 p.m.

Goatwhore – A Haunting Curse

This album is a devastating wake up call if you put it on before your 7:00 AM morning commute. I almost swerved in surprise when ... read more

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Sunn 0))) & Boris – Altar

Posted Nov. 15, 2006, 4:25 p.m.

Sunn 0))) & Boris – Altar

Have you ever wondered what happens when two heavenly bodies get too close to each other? Usually in the scientific world, if the bodies are ... read more

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Heaven Shall Burn – Deaf to Our Prayers

Posted Nov. 12, 2006, 4:02 p.m.

Heaven Shall Burn – Deaf to Our Prayers

For the uninitiated, Heaven Shall Burn is a German metal band that is heavily influenced by Bolt Thrower. Deaf to Our Prayers is their fourth ... read more

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Isis – In the Absence of Truth

Posted Nov. 6, 2006, 10:24 p.m.

Isis – In the Absence of Truth

Isis has easily become a standard for the "post-" jet setter. Their latest album, In the Absence of Truth is a good example why this ... read more

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Intronaut – Void

Posted Nov. 2, 2006, 9:13 p.m.

Intronaut – Void

Intronaut is a four piece from California made up of members of Uphill Battle, Impaled, Exhumed, and Anubis Rising, although they sound nothing like I ... read more

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Versoma – Life During Wartime

Posted Oct. 22, 2006, 11:36 a.m.

Versoma – Life During Wartime

With Versoma's debut offering, Life During Wartime, it would be extremely easy to make assumptions about the sound based off the previous bands of its ... read more

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Planes Mistaken for Stars – Mercy

Posted Oct. 15, 2006, 1:32 p.m.

Planes Mistaken for Stars – Mercy

Mark this down. This is the comeback record of the year for me. Planes Mistaken for Stars dropped the ball with Up in Them Guts ... read more

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Micah P. Hinson – Micah P. Hinson and the Opera Circuit

Posted Oct. 3, 2006, 3:02 p.m.

Micah P. Hinson – Micah P. Hinson and the Opera Circuit

So, my brother calls me out of the blue one day and excitedly explains to me that he has discovered the most "amazing" singer-songwriter that ... read more

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Young Widows – Settle Down City

Posted Sept. 26, 2006, 2:33 p.m.

Young Widows – Settle Down City

You could see this coming. You could see it from miles away if you listened closely and or fanatically collected the 7"s and albums from ... read more

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The Hope Conspiracy – Death Knows Your Name

Posted Sept. 24, 2006, 1:39 p.m.

The Hope Conspiracy – Death Knows Your Name

For those that did not hear The Hope Conspiracy's recent teaser 7" Hang Your Cross (which was later released as a CD and in digital ... read more

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Mastodon – Blood Mountain

Posted Sept. 18, 2006, 2:20 p.m.

Mastodon – Blood Mountain

Mastodon is on a major label. Does anyone else think this is weird? Good for them, I just think it is strange. So what do ... read more

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Cult of Luna – Somewhere Along the Highway

Posted Sept. 10, 2006, 2:11 p.m.

Cult of Luna – Somewhere Along the Highway

Cult of Luna is a guilty pleasure of mine. They are a good band that has the tendency to get hammered by the music press ... read more

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The Vows – The Vows

Posted Sept. 4, 2006, 1:19 p.m.

The Vows – The Vows

The Vows is the latest hardcore "super-group" to include Rob Moran of Unbroken. After his departure from the impressive Some Girls, he moved to Seattle, ... read more

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108 – Creation. Sustenance. Destruction.

Posted Aug. 27, 2006, 12:47 p.m.

108 – Creation. Sustenance. Destruction.

108 may have been one of the major proponents of the "Krishna core" movement of the early to mid 1990's in the hardcore and punk ... read more

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Mastodon – Call of the Mastodon

Posted Aug. 21, 2006, 3:17 p.m.

Mastodon – Call of the Mastodon

The first time that I saw Mastodon was at Hellfest 2001, the same year of Earth Crisis' last show. Some friends of mine told me ... read more

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Johnny Cash – American V: A Hundred Highways

Posted Aug. 15, 2006, 4:36 p.m.

Johnny Cash – American V: A Hundred Highways

Johnny Cash might as well be an American institution. Many revere him and his recent death following the passing of his beloved wife, June Carter, ... read more

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Dance Floor Justice – Breaking the Silence

Posted Aug. 11, 2006, 2:56 p.m.

Dance Floor Justice – Breaking the Silence

There are three things that make me like this band. One, they have a ton of Star Wars references in their music. Actually, besides having ... read more

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The Draft – In a Million Pieces

Posted Aug. 9, 2006, 2:01 a.m.

The Draft – In a Million Pieces

What happens when you are part of an established, kind of well-known (definitely well-known in all manner of independent music circles) band and one of ... read more

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Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped

Posted July 25, 2006, 3:03 p.m.

Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped

Rather Ripped showcases a slight stylistic shift for Sonic Youth. Their trademarked noisy dirge rock has been subdued a bit to allow a bit of ... read more

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The Hope Conspiracy – Hang Your Cross

Posted July 24, 2006, 3:14 p.m.

The Hope Conspiracy – Hang Your Cross

Okay, okay, yes The Hope Conspiracy is back and Hang Your Cross is the clarion call for their abrasive take on hardcore. Keeping with the ... read more

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Starkweather – Croatoan

Posted July 13, 2006, 5:45 p.m.

Starkweather – Croatoan

The enigmatic metal behemoth that is Starkweather has been erratically dropping musical bombs sporadically for well over a decade. An uncompromising band of musicians that ... read more

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Zao – The Fear is What Keeps Us Here

Posted July 11, 2006, 4:18 p.m.

Zao – The Fear is What Keeps Us Here

The Fear is What Keeps Us Here is the umpteenth full-length from this chaotic and erratic off and on metalcore act. The fact that they ... read more

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Tragedy – Nerve Damage

Posted July 2, 2006, 2:23 p.m.

Tragedy – Nerve Damage

Honestly, Tragedy has to be considered one of the best punk bands going right now. Their music is super tight and just awesome. Their lyrics ... read more

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Sinking Ships – Disconnecting

Posted June 29, 2006, 1:56 p.m.

Sinking Ships – Disconnecting

This is a pleasant surprise. This is a hardcore record, a good hardcore record. The vocals are just the right fit for the music. I ... read more

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Saviours – Crucifire

Posted June 25, 2006, 12:05 p.m.

Saviours – Crucifire

I had been listening to this record for almost three weeks trying to place the sounds and get some kind of footing for writing about ... read more

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Casey Jones – The Messenger

Posted June 14, 2006, 2:16 a.m.

Casey Jones – The Messenger

Casey Jones, for those not in the know, is an unapologetically straightedge hardcore band. Originally a side project of Evergreen Terrace, this Florida based five-piece ... read more

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The Black Heart Procession – The Spell

Posted June 6, 2006, 8:23 a.m.

The Black Heart Procession – The Spell

The Black Heart Procession has been producing challenging, dark indie rock for almost ten years now. Formed by members of the band Three Mile Pilot ... read more

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Disappearer – Disappearer

Posted May 30, 2006, 12:25 a.m.

Disappearer – Disappearer

Disappearer is the latest creative outlet for the majority of the short lived band, There Were Wires (which also includes a member of Doomriders). Whereas ... read more

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Elphaba – Any Land But This

Posted May 22, 2006, 2:44 p.m.

Elphaba – Any Land But This

Elphaba is a noisy band that at times is reminiscent of the sound of The Blood Brothers mixed with No Kill No Beep Beep-era Q ... read more

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Sick of it All – Death to Tyrants

Posted May 18, 2006, 3:41 p.m.

Sick of it All – Death to Tyrants

Does this band honestly need any kind of introduction? Seriously, Sick of it All is an institution in the punk and hardcore scene. Having been ... read more

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Path of Resistance – Can't Stop the Truth

Posted May 10, 2006, 10:57 p.m.

Path of Resistance – Can't Stop the Truth

Okay, Path of Resistance was a more hardcore project of Earth Crisis and their friends that convened the first time while certain members of Earth ... read more

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Avail – Dixie / 4 AM Friday / Over the James (Reissues)

Posted May 5, 2006, 9:01 a.m.

Avail – Dixie / 4 AM Friday / Over the James (Reissues)

It's about damn time. Avail is a much beloved punk band out of Richmond, Virginia known for their blue collar style and attitude. They are ... read more

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Jesu – Silver

Posted April 27, 2006, 9:09 p.m.

Jesu – Silver

The truth needs to be said. The self-titled Jesu record was an almost masterpiece that topped many critics' and fans' top records lists last year ... read more

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Rainer Maria – Catastrophe Keeps Us Together

Posted April 25, 2006, 8:55 p.m.

Rainer Maria – Catastrophe Keeps Us Together

Finally. This record has taken forever to actually see the light of day. Rainer Maria is normally consistent (at least that is the way it ... read more

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Mean Season – The Memory and I Still Suffer in Love

Posted April 21, 2006, 8:08 a.m.

Mean Season – The Memory and I Still Suffer in Love

It must have been over a decade on since I picked up Grace, the debut and what would be the last full-length from California's Mean ... read more

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Integrity – Those Who Fear Tomorrow (Reissue)

Posted April 14, 2006, 10:04 a.m.

Integrity – Those Who Fear Tomorrow (Reissue)

Growing up on a steady diet of Sabbath, the darker aspects of music always held so much appeal to me. Yeah, I liked punk rock, ... read more

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Ghost Buffalo – Ghost Buffalo

Posted April 10, 2006, 3:34 a.m.

Ghost Buffalo – Ghost Buffalo

Ghost Buffalo is an alt-country-ish band from Colorado. They lean more to the "alt" side of that genre as they don't really use (at least ... read more

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Cathedral – Garden of Unearthly Delights

Posted April 4, 2006, 4:59 a.m.

Cathedral – Garden of Unearthly Delights

If you are into doom, stoner, or sludge metal and you don't know who Cathedral is, you fail at life. For the sonically impaired, Cathedral ... read more

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The Appleseed Cast – Peregrine

Posted March 29, 2006, 12:28 a.m.

The Appleseed Cast – Peregrine

Rising from the wreckage of a failed record label and the departure of their drummer, The Appleseed Cast makes their return with Peregrine. This record ... read more

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Spitfire – Self-Help

Posted March 26, 2006, 9:10 a.m.

Spitfire – Self-Help

Before we begin, allow me to digress and give a bit of background on the monstrosity that is Spitfire, because I want to get some ... read more

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In Flames – Come Clarity

Posted March 16, 2006, 2 p.m.

In Flames – Come Clarity

In metal circles, In Flames need little introduction, if any at all. The once vaunted band was at the forefront of the "New Wave of ... read more

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No Idols – Low (Swing the Pyramid Hands)

Posted March 15, 2006, 1 p.m.

No Idols – Low (Swing the Pyramid Hands)

No Idols is a roaring, incendiary band that combines a fuzzed out dirgey guitar attack (a la Cursed) with speed, raw emotion, and enough sociopolitical ... read more

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The Slackers – Peculiar

Posted March 9, 2006, 10:29 p.m.

The Slackers – Peculiar

Yes, this could be considered a ska record, and yes, ska really is not as popular as it was a short time ago. But forget ... read more

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Engineer – Reproach

Posted March 1, 2006, 9:32 a.m.

Engineer – Reproach

Hot off the heels of their split with labelmates Achilles, Engineer serves up Reproach. This album was born from the varying manners of hardship and ... read more

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The Hidden Hand – Devoid of Color

Posted Feb. 28, 2006, 6:04 a.m.

The Hidden Hand – Devoid of Color

Being the latest creative outfit of one Scott "Wino" Weinrich (formerly of The Obsessed, St. Vitus, Spirit Caravan, and more), people have a sound and ... read more

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The Sword – Age of Winters

Posted Feb. 24, 2006, 10:47 a.m.

The Sword – Age of Winters

Wow, talk about under the radar. Friends of mine have been telling me about this band for sometime, including IDB's (Industry Douche Bags) at that. ... read more

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Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Ballad of the Broken Seas

Posted Feb. 21, 2006, 10:36 p.m.

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Ballad of the Broken Seas

I must admit that I was shocked to hear of this collaboration, being familiar with Mark Lanegan and his work in Screaming Trees, Mad Season, ... read more

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Himsa – Hail Horror

Posted Feb. 18, 2006, 12:20 a.m.

Himsa – Hail Horror

In 2003 Himsa dropped Courting Tragedy and Disaster on an unsuspecting hardcore and metal scene. It was an intense follow up to and a major ... read more

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Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat

Posted Feb. 14, 2006, 9:42 p.m.

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat

Rabbit Fur Coat is the first solo album by Jenny Lewis, the former child actress who also fronts indie darlings Rilo Kiley. Taking a break ... read more

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Ryan Adams – 29

Posted Feb. 12, 2006, 11:51 a.m.

Ryan Adams – 29

Ryan Adams is about as prolific as a songwriter can be. 29 is the latest of the three albums he released in 2005, Cold Roses ... read more

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Fall River – Lights Out

Posted Feb. 8, 2006, 12:48 p.m.

Fall River – Lights Out

I have come to the realization that if any band has Sean Ingram sing on their record, it will make that band sound stronger than ... read more

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Some Girls – Heaven's Pregnant Teens

Posted Feb. 5, 2006, 1 p.m.

Some Girls – Heaven's Pregnant Teens

Some Girls is an enigmatic conglomerate of musicians that produce incredibly grating and challenging pieces of music. Considering the pedigree of this band, expectations for ... read more

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Forensics – Hogback Mountain Sessions Vol. 1

Posted Jan. 30, 2006, 11:25 a.m.

Forensics – Hogback Mountain Sessions Vol. 1

Let me be frank. Picking up records based off of the information given on the record sleeve is usually (99.9% of the time) a tenuous ... read more

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Ed Gein – Judas Goats and Dieseleaters

Posted Jan. 20, 2006, 7:30 a.m.

Ed Gein – Judas Goats and Dieseleaters

Dear Lord, this album is a mess. It is tough to get a handle on what is going on initially, partially because Ed Gein had ... read more

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Pageninetynine – Document #8 (Reissue)

Posted Jan. 4, 2006, 11:34 a.m.

Pageninetynine – Document #8 (Reissue)

"Punk Rock should mean freedom, liking and accepting everything that you like, playing whatever you want, as sloppy as you want as long as it's ... read more

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Lords – Swords

Posted Dec. 28, 2005, 8:12 p.m.

Lords – Swords

Don't blink, or it will all be over before you even realize what hit you. Swords is what a hit and run car wreck feels ... read more

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Criteria – When We Break

Posted Dec. 15, 2005, 8:07 a.m.

Criteria – When We Break

Let's get a few obvious bits of information out of the way. Criteria is the latest vehicle by one half of the early Cursive writing ... read more

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Achilles – The Dark Horse

Posted Dec. 10, 2005, 8:45 a.m.

Achilles – The Dark Horse

Rising from the ashes of another Hex Records band, Building on Fire, Achilles has made a loud statement with their first full-length, The Dark Horse. ... read more

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The (International) Noise Conspiracy – Armed Love

Posted Dec. 6, 2005, 12:02 a.m.

The (International) Noise Conspiracy – Armed Love

Taking what seems like years, in fact almost two, to come out on the shores of the United States, The (International) Noise Conspiracy's latest album ... read more

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Coliseum – Goddamage

Posted Nov. 30, 2005, 8:39 p.m.

Coliseum – Goddamage

Coliseum's Goddamage EP must be listened to in order to be believed. Hell, looking at the cover art, one has to know what to expect. ... read more

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Propagandhi – Potemkin City Limits

Posted Nov. 21, 2005, 12:10 p.m.

Propagandhi – Potemkin City Limits

Propaghandi has always held a place in many people's hearts for their impassioned and political stances that they take on their record, and I always ... read more

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Coliseum / Doomriders – Not of This World

Posted Nov. 10, 2005, 4 p.m.

Coliseum / Doomriders – Not of This World

At a recent Coliseum show, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Patterson made mention that Glenn Danzig was a big influence and source of inspiration for him for years. ... read more

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Sunn 0))) – Black One

Posted Oct. 30, 2005, 9:27 p.m.

Sunn 0))) – Black One

This is the sound of being stalked by some unnamed horror that you are too afraid to turn around and see. The suspense builds and ... read more

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Elliott – Photorecording

Posted Oct. 19, 2005, 7:24 p.m.

Elliott – Photorecording

This is not a re-release. Photorecording is Elliott's last testament. Allow me to regress a few years. I had always dismissed them as overrated. US ... read more

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Earth – Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method

Posted Oct. 11, 2005, 7:07 p.m.

Earth – Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method

Opening with a sound not unlike some kind of spaghetti western death knell, Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method, the comeback album of noise ... read more

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