Posted May 17, 2021, 10:03 p.m.
Justin Pearson has a lot of irons in the hellfire. If he isn’t playing with any number of his musical projects - The Locust, Dead ... read more
Posted April 19, 2021, 10:50 p.m.
I owe War On Women an apology. This review was due months ago, but some shit circumstances came about and an unplanned hiatus was from ... read more
Posted Oct. 19, 2020, 8:28 p.m.
When Mr. Bungle announced their first shows in nearly 20 years last August, fans worldwide rejoiced that their beloved Bungle had finally awoken after laying ... read more
Posted Aug. 3, 2020, 7:54 p.m.
Simon and Garfunkel.Seals and Crofts.Hall and Oates.Captain and Tennille.Some artists just go together. Sure, they might make music on their own. But once they find ... read more
Posted May 19, 2020, 7:07 a.m.
On paper, it’s really a miracle Saint Vitus was able to last as long as they did. The forefathers of what became “doom” started out ... read more
Posted May 5, 2020, 8:27 a.m.
Kristian Eivind Espedal, otherwise knows as Ghaahl has been a polarizing fixture on the Norwegian Black Metal scene since the mid 90s, fronting bands such ... read more
Posted April 28, 2020, 4:09 a.m.
“If I was honest, there was nothing but shame in the way I lived my life. I was nothing if not an abject failure, a ... read more
Posted March 9, 2020, 9:31 p.m.
In a culture of such immediate gratification, immediate information, and immediate reaction, seven years is a long time to wait for an album. Seven years ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2019, 9:54 p.m.
Calling your band “Cunts” and releasing some sort of grindcore or blackened death album wouldn’t really be a big shocker. It wouldn’t take a whole ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2019, 7:15 p.m.
hype - Informal.nounexaggerated publicity; hoopla.an ingenious or questionable claim, method, etc., used in advertising, promotion, or publicity to intensify the effect.Let’s be real. 13 years ... read more
Posted Nov. 11, 2019, 5:19 p.m.
There’s a kind of anxious immediacy that bleeds through every song on Anima, Thom Yorke’s latest solo album. Normally this would signal a lack of ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2019, 10:33 p.m.
There’s nothing more personal than grief. It affects us all in different ways, but the one commonality often tends to be the insular. We retreat ... read more
Posted Oct. 14, 2019, 7:44 p.m.
In the 13 years that William DuVall has fronted Alice In Chains, sharing vocal duties with Jerry Cantrell he has left an indelible mark on ... read more
Posted Sept. 9, 2019, 11:13 p.m.
As of August 6th, it’s been 23 long, languid year’s since The Ramones played their final show. Since then, all the original members - Joey, ... read more
Posted May 6, 2019, 6:37 p.m.
At the height of the Northwest music explosion of the early 90s, L7 were among many bands branded with the ubiquitous tag of “grunge”. They ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2018, 9:58 p.m.
2018 marks the 30th year of existence for Seattle stalwarts, Mudhoney. 30 years on for most bands usually means one or two tired original members ... read more
Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 5:22 p.m.
There’s been few bands in recent memory as polarizing as The Locust. Upon the first few listens, they sound like the aural equivalent of severed ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2018, 8:43 p.m.
Of all the phrases ever used to describe Ramones, “re-inventing the wheel” was most certainly not one of them. Some took this as disparaging, but what ... read more
Posted Nov. 19, 2018, 9:03 p.m.
With the release of his latest effort Call the Comet, Johnny Marr solidifies himself as one of the strongest solo artists in music today. However, ... read more
Posted Nov. 12, 2018, 7:35 p.m.
It’s ironic that an album entitled World’s Strongest Man should show Gaz Coombes at his most vulnerable, but that’s precisely the point. Subverting expectations as ... read more
Posted Nov. 5, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Taking a page from bandmate Jonny Greenwood’s songbook, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has thrown himself into the breach of film scoring and it really takes only ... read more
Posted Nov. 5, 2018, 8:12 p.m.
Starcrawler vocalist Arrow De Wilde is one of the most arresting vocalists I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing in the last 20 years. When watching ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2018, 7:20 p.m.
Regardless of which band Maynard James Keenan is recording, promoting or touring with - he is usually the one unfairly maligned for holding up the ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2018, 9:40 p.m.
It’s been 12 years since Alice In Chains reactivated with vocalist William DuVall - making his time in the band roughly twice that of Layne ... read more
Posted May 9, 2018, 11:25 p.m.
Whimsical/ˈhwɪm·zɪ·kəl, ˈwɪm-/adjectiveUnusual and alluring. Using imagination in a playful manner.This is admittedly, not a word that would typically be used to describe an album written ... read more
Posted April 30, 2018, 11:43 p.m.
When the Deal sisters re-assembled the lineup from their seminal Last Splash album for a 20th anniversary tour in 2014, they didn’t know how it ... read more
Posted April 9, 2018, 11:40 p.m.
It's easy to be complacent with side projects. At worst, they're self indulgent jam sessions repackaged and sold to indifferent masses. At best, they tend ... read more
Posted March 19, 2018, 6:12 p.m.
Jeff Gutt has a thankless task before him. Some might say impossible, even. He's replacing Scott Weiland, one of the most loved and recognizable frontmen ... read more
Posted Dec. 25, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
When English duo Royal Blood released their self-titled debut in 2014, i got into an argument with a friend of mine as to how many ... read more
Posted Dec. 25, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
When Living Colour toured earlier this year performing their debut album Vivid for the almost 30 year anniversary, a lot of folks were ecstatic, thinking ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2017, 12:22 a.m.
It's a different world than when Manson made his debut over two decades ago and scared the shit out of everyone. He scared us because ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2017, 12:11 a.m.
All the best albums are made for mood. Some for when you’re feeling happy and carefree, and some for when you’re driving around the city ... read more
Posted Dec. 18, 2017, 11:55 p.m.
Darkness isn’t something everybody can access within themselves. Some are afraid to explore those shadowy recesses, some deny they exist, and some embrace it and ... read more
Posted Dec. 18, 2017, 11:50 p.m.
Matt Cameron has long been the kind of drummer that most drummers wish they were. Seemingly able to play anything - to bounce from project-to-project ... read more
Posted Dec. 18, 2017, 11:45 p.m.
Out of all the bands painted with the seemingly ubiquitous metalcore tag, Converge seem both the most likely to accept the term graciously and rip ... read more
Posted Dec. 18, 2017, 11:41 p.m.
Code Orange are really hardcore. Not the genre, the noun. As a descriptive and an ethos, they wear it well. Forever is the band's first ... read more
Posted Dec. 11, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Mastodon are no stranger to side projects. Hell, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds has released two in the last year alone, with his new Legend of the ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2017, 5:59 p.m.
Black Metal as a musical genre is not known for it's subtlety. The pendulum will usually swing between low-fi heavily distorted guitar and blast-beats or ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
One thing becomes abundantly clear about 28 seconds into "T-Shirt", the first track off Foo Fighters' ninth studio album Concrete and Gold - this will ... read more
Posted Sept. 18, 2017, 10:25 p.m.
So long, 1979. D.F.A. are back without the tag and without the chronological baggage that came along with their previous album, 2014's The Physical World. A ... read more
Posted Aug. 28, 2017, 6:22 p.m.
There's been many words used to describe GG Allin.PunkFelonSado-MasochistShit TerroristOk, in all fairness, that last one was used to describe Mike Patton, but believe me ... read more
Posted Aug. 21, 2017, 5:51 p.m.
au·da·ciousôˈdāSHəs/adjectiveShowing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.The one mission statement that Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age has long established was to ... read more
Posted July 4, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Buzz Osbourne has nothing left to prove. His band, Melvins have sustained the ravages of time and, perhaps even more impressively, the ravages of the ... read more
Posted June 26, 2017, 5:52 p.m.
Remember that movie from the 80's where that little rocker kid got sucked into the video game and found himself on that desert planet, where ... read more
Posted May 15, 2017, 6 p.m.
pro·testnounˈprōˌtest/A complaint, objection, or display of unwillingness usually to an idea or a course of action.It's been 5 long years since Flobots released their 2012 ... read more
Posted March 21, 2017, 6:15 p.m.
There have been few bands as exciting to watch their ascension into music legend than Mastodon. What's that you say? No, the term 'legend' is ... read more
Posted Jan. 9, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
The Melvins are becoming one of the most prolific bands of any in recent memory. One could speculate on the reasons for this, but ultimately ... read more
Posted Jan. 2, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Gojira are an anomaly. Not because they're form France, though French metal is somewhat of a rarity - but Gojira are one of the few ... read more
Posted Jan. 2, 2017, 5:25 p.m.
When the Pixies released 2014's Indie Cindy, it was their first release in the band's history to not include Bassist/Vocalist Kim Deal. It was evident, ... read more
Posted Dec. 26, 2016, 8:25 p.m.
When I think think of one word to describe Tricky, it isn't trip-hop, because that's two words, silly. No, the one that always comes to ... read more
Posted Dec. 26, 2016, 8:21 p.m.
Another week another supergroup, right? Wrong. Nothing is expected on Broken Lines, the debut album from Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (GTO) - the new band featuring ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:26 p.m.
CEO of SPB Inc: "No."Me: "why?"CEO of SPB Inc: "Because we don't include EP's on the top 25 year end list. You were aware of ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:21 p.m.
It's been a year of protests. Whether it's regarding the new president-elect, Black Lives Matter, or sitting down during the national anthem, folks are letting ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:17 p.m.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have seen their fair share of detractors over the years. No need to rehash the descriptives here, but the naysayers ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:10 p.m.
A Radiohead album release has become akin to finding folding money under a seat cushion. It doesn't happen often and when it does, it's usually ... read more
Posted Dec. 12, 2016, 7:06 p.m.
The progression of The Dillinger Escape Plan over the years has truly been a sight to behold. This is taking into consideration that their 1999 ... read more
Posted Dec. 12, 2016, 7:01 p.m.
David Bowie's passing was a huge blow for most of us. But luckily we had his final release, Blackstar to ease us through the loss.Now, ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2016, 6:02 p.m.
Since the 1980s, Vancouver, B.C. has always had a thriving punk scene, but the new millennium came in like a reaper and scythe, decimating live ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 8:04 p.m.
For a Marillion fan, a new album isn’t just a release – it’s an event. And as far as events go, on an ascending scale ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
When it was announced that Nick Cave was releasing a new album Skeleton Tree to accompany the release of his documentary One More Time With ... read more
Posted April 4, 2016, 6:11 p.m.
When King Diamond's album The Spider's Lullabye, his sixth, was first released in 1995, it was a unique entry in the catalog as it was ... read more
Posted March 28, 2016, 10 p.m.
John Erik Kaada and Mike Patton. Two great tastes that taste great together. It's been twelve long years since the pair released Romances - a ... read more
Posted March 21, 2016, 10:31 p.m.
The list of people that Mike Patton has collaborated with over the years is as long as it is diverse. Not so diverse however, that ... read more
Posted Dec. 21, 2015, 6:33 p.m.
When you hear the term "industrial" in regards to music from the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein or Ministry, Foetus (a.k.a. Jim Thirlwell) is ... read more
Posted Dec. 14, 2015, 8:25 a.m.
Murray/Smith King/Hanneman Tipton/Downing These are just a few of the lead guitar duos from Iron Maiden, Slayer and Judas Priest respectively, that dominated heavy metal music of the ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2015, 6:10 p.m.
I can remember very clearly when I first heard of Flotsam and Jetsam. As a young hesher growing up outside of Vancouver, Canada in 1986, ... read more
Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 5:44 p.m.
"worker bees can leaveeven drones can fly awaythe queen is their slave"- Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club When people talk about music (assuming people actually do still ... read more
Posted Oct. 5, 2015, 11:27 p.m.
At the time of the release of their eponymous 2013 full-length album, the Geoff Tate storm had passed and cleanup efforts had begun.It was most ... read more
Posted Sept. 21, 2015, 5:37 p.m.
Since the 1983 release of Slayer's debut album Show No Mercy, guitarists Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo have built ... read more
Posted Sept. 14, 2015, 8:15 p.m.
"secret consciousness of power is far more delightful than open domination"Dostoevsky - The Adolescent. Le Butcherettes came seemingly from out of nowhere a few years ... read more
Posted Sept. 7, 2015, 8:58 p.m.
Buying compilation albums are like going to a family reunion. It starts with a sense of misguided obligation and ends with regret for ever having ... read more
Posted Aug. 31, 2015, 11:02 p.m.
It's been 40 years since the world was first introduced to the name of Motörhead. In that 40 years, they have become seemingly invincible. Impervious ... read more
Posted Aug. 24, 2015, 6:50 p.m.
When Ghost first materialized on the scene in 2010 with their debut album Opus Eponymous, they made quite an impression. First there was the image: ... read more
Posted May 11, 2015, 5:55 p.m.
June, 1997.Hanson's Mmmbop was at the top of the charts. Hype was building for James Cameron's soon-to-be-released new film Titanic. Layne Staley and Princess Diana ... read more
Posted March 30, 2015, 8:04 p.m.
You had to be there. In the grand scheme of box-office existence, Through The Never was a blip. The release was limited, as was apparently, ... read more
Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 8:26 a.m.
Writing a review for a live album can be a daunting task. There's only so much you can say about songs presented in a live ... read more
Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 12:41 a.m.
In his long, storied, and in this mind, legendary career, Thomas Gabriel Fischer (Tom G. Warrior) has been a man of dark talent and darker ... read more
Posted Jan. 19, 2015, 5:45 p.m.
With their newest release, Sonic Highways, we aptly find Foo Fighters at an apparent crossroads and no longer content to write and record music in ... read more
Posted March 10, 2014, 8:05 p.m.
Many musicians can write a sad song. But a sad song is just that. It’s one note - one emotion. Sad-verse-sad-chorus-sad-verse-end. Rare artists can take ... read more
Posted Feb. 10, 2014, 8:26 p.m.
The history of Black Metal has been told ad infinitum. We know that groups like Venom, Posessed, Mercyful Fate and Sarcofago planted the seeds that ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 10:50 p.m.
There's few artists that have been bent over by their record label more than Hank Williams III. That label was Curb, and they fucked the ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 10:46 p.m.
Those who have had the pleasure of seeing Shelton Hank Williams III perform live know that the man always gives his audience more than their ... read more
Posted Nov. 11, 2013, 7:14 p.m.
Gogol Bordello, on their earlier releases, were one of those rare bands that everybody agreed was a must-see live band that and was able to ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2013, 6:53 p.m.
Motörhead have the blues. Sure, they've worn their influences on their sleeves for the entirety of their 40 year career. But on Aftershock, the band's ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
Nobody and I mean NOBODY involved with or familiar with the Seattle scene back in 1991 would have guessed that Pearl Jam would be, with ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 12:47 a.m.
There's an untold amount of new bands just waiting to be discovered. Some will be discovered and just as quickly forgotten. Some will be discovered, ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 12:29 a.m.
For those who recall, the first time that Stone Temple Pilots got tired of waiting around for Scott Weiland to turn his shit around was ... read more
Posted Sept. 30, 2013, 8:30 p.m.
There are at least two bands named Hessian. As such, one of them is supposed to be referred to as Hessian A.D. I refuse to ... read more
Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:53 p.m.
Look on the interweb and you'll find love for Avenged Sevenfold and you'll find hate. A lot of hate. I understand the love, but I don't quite ... read more
Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:50 p.m.
The only reason Metallica is supposedly used as a torture tactic in Guantanamo is because the C.I.A. doesn't know about Nails. I mean that to sound neither ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 10:51 p.m.
Heisenberg's uncertainty principle dictates that nothing in this universe has a truly defined position or trajectory and by trying to define it, the momentum of ... read more
Posted July 23, 2013, 12:29 a.m.
If Pain Teens and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion fucked and had a baby and that baby grew up to start a two-piece garage band with ... read more
Posted June 11, 2013, 1:30 a.m.
Black Sabbath is well, it. They are the genesis of it all. History is divided as B.C. and A.D., to differentiate what came before and ... read more
Posted June 4, 2013, 12:34 a.m.
An eponymously titled album is somewhat unusual this late into a bands' career and will typically signify that the band in question is, despite all ... read more
Posted May 27, 2013, 11:06 p.m.
"I blow my load over the status quo - here we go".A reading from the book of Homme. It has been 6 since Queens of the ... read more
Posted May 20, 2013, 9:49 p.m.
Nick Cave is an uncaring bastard.He doesn't care if you buy his new album Push The Sky Away, nor does he care if you like it. Of ... read more
Posted May 6, 2013, 11:44 p.m.
in·sti·tu·tion noun \?in(t)-st?-?tü-sh?n, something or someone firmly associated with a place or thingThere are few bands around that can be considered any kind of institution for ... read more
Posted April 30, 2013, 1:05 a.m.
The death of Ron Asheton in 2009 was a sad day in music. Considered by this critic and many others to be one of the ... read more
Posted April 23, 2013, 12:22 a.m.
There's soundtracks to the apocalypse and then there's soundtracks to everything afterward. Ensemble Pearl provides the latter. The din and drone as your mind takes ... read more
Posted March 25, 2013, 11:42 p.m.
25 years later, Mudhoney still know how to kick out the jams. Drummer Dan Peters gets the festivities started with a drum-roll, no less and ... read more
Posted March 19, 2013, 12:59 a.m.
Sound City Studios was a recording studio located in the industrial heart of the Van Nuys district of Los Angeles and was the recent subject ... read more
Posted Feb. 26, 2013, 12:27 a.m.
There's not a whole hell of a lot to be said about Darkthrone that is not already legend. Having survived the Norwegian Black Metal Scene ... read more
Posted Jan. 28, 2013, 10:49 p.m.
It's been over 5 years since the world has been graced with anything new from Tomahawk, the pseudo-supergroup featuring the triumvirate of Duane Denison, Mike Patton ... read more
Posted July 18, 2012, 10:38 a.m.
Philm is not Slayer. Yes, it is a side project of Slayer drummer/legend Dave Lombardo, but it is not Slayer. Lombardo’s other side projects Fantômas ... read more
Posted Feb. 6, 2012, 10:30 p.m.
Let’s get right to it. I think we can all agree that lead-off single “Tattoo” is a shitty song. And any album that has the ... read more
Posted April 11, 2011, 4:07 p.m.
Dave Grohl is a man of the people. For the last 16 years he's been one of the most endearing figures in hard music. Terminally ... read more
Posted March 14, 2011, 9:39 a.m.
I got into a discussion with someone recently over the validity of this latest release from Polly Jean Harvey. They seemed almost offended that PJ ... read more
Posted March 7, 2011, 12:33 p.m.
As I listen to New World Shadows, the latest opus from Finland's Omnium Gatherum, I am awash in triumphant and majestic riffs that are far ... read more
Posted June 22, 2009, 2:04 p.m.
The reviewer of the following album would like to invite his readers to participate in the following drinking game: grab a shot glass, grab a ... read more
Posted April 9, 2009, 11:38 p.m.
Water. Earth. Russian monarchy? While Mastodons previous albums Leviathan and Blood Mountain deal with two of the four elements, their newest, Crack the Skye, deals ... read more
Posted March 10, 2009, 1 a.m.
Ophiolatry is another band that, like their labelmates Black Flame, is a true force in the black arts to be reckoned with. Ophiolatry (the worship ... read more
Posted March 3, 2009, 2:22 a.m.
Black Flame is an Italian black metal trio that holds the distinction of being one of the first bands signed to Forces of Satan Records, ... read more
Posted Jan. 7, 2009, 1:02 a.m.
We have Taylor Swift and then we have Hank III. The former is the public face of country music today. Sweet, sassy, cute-as-a-button and considered ... read more
Posted Dec. 30, 2008, 1:37 p.m.
...and with volume two in the "Happiness is the Road" series, Marillion has the ship back on course. Kicking open the door with Thunder Fly, ... read more
Posted Dec. 30, 2008, 1:32 p.m.
In their twenty-six-year or so history, Marillion have never released a shitty album. Think of other bands that have been around; can they make the ... read more
Posted Dec. 28, 2008, 11:29 p.m.
Sometimes you just want to tear something down, rip it to shreds. To have that attitude when reviewing an album is fucked up, no question. ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2008, 11:28 p.m.
Its been fifteen years since the last release from the band known as Guns N Roses seventeen years, thats not a typo seventeen years ... read more
Posted Nov. 4, 2008, 12:57 a.m.
Why re-record your own album almost twenty-five years later? Some, including this reviewer, find the redundancy almost laughable, but yet it appears to be more ... read more
Posted Sept. 15, 2008, 3:35 p.m.
The Metallica debate has been one of the most hotly contested that music has ever seen. Pro or Anti. Sellouts or one of the few ... read more
Posted Sept. 11, 2008, 1:03 a.m.
The Melvins and Fantômas. Two great tastes that taste great together. This is the first visual release of this clash of the titans. Sure, they ... read more
Posted Sept. 9, 2008, 11:46 p.m.
Weve all been to parties where theres always one guy. One drunk asshole to pooch the proceedings. Either hes slobbering all over you, back slaps ... read more
Posted Sept. 7, 2008, 11:48 p.m.
Its been over sixteen years since the death of Robert Lee Maupin, otherwise known as Iceberg Slim. An African-American author and poet responsible for works ... read more
Posted Aug. 12, 2008, 12:59 a.m.
On the heels of Xaphan: Book of Angels Vol. 9 (well, preceding it, if you wanna get all chronological with the release dates) we have ... read more
Posted Aug. 7, 2008, 2:23 a.m.
Rogers and Hammerstein, Salieri and Mozart, DeNiro and Scorcese. What makes a great partnership? Is it differences in opinion that compliment the end result as ... read more
Posted Aug. 4, 2008, 11:41 p.m.
I truly dont know what to make of this band. Some reviewers might like to scope out the band before claiming the promo (Yes, that's ... read more
Posted July 29, 2008, 12:12 a.m.
Ill admit - I have a bit of a problem with modern blues. For me, blues, real blues ended in the 1940s with the likes ... read more
Posted July 23, 2008, 11:12 p.m.
John Zorn is well on the way to becoming the most prolific artist in music history. Through recordings from Painkiller, Naked City, Masada, and untold ... read more
Posted June 5, 2008, 10:42 p.m.
So the question is: can you teach without preaching? A.P.O.S.T.L.E. believes you can. Despite the connotations the name might produce, the man knows that once ... read more
Posted June 3, 2008, 7:34 a.m.
Diamanda Galás is unlike any artist in music. Take a moment and think about this. That statement is not embellishment. It is not fanboy bias. ... read more
Posted May 26, 2008, 5:48 p.m.
Those familiar with Ipecac Recordings know that regardless of the release, whether the listener likes it or not, it will, above all else, be different. ... read more
Posted May 26, 2008, 5:40 p.m.
Recently signed to Joyful Noise Recordings, The Delicious is a Bloomington, Indiana quartet that just bug the shit out of me more with each subsequent ... read more
Posted May 26, 2008, 5:37 p.m.
Not to be confused with Haywards Shit Outta Luck, a ska band - this is Milwaukees Shit Outta Luck, a meaty, Midwest hardcore band. The ... read more
Posted May 26, 2008, 5:35 p.m.
Dust is Everywhere. D.I.E. Get it? [cough] Anyway it could be worse. Ask their labelmates, Rumplestiltskin Grinder. D.I.E. is a band in the black metal ... read more
Posted April 29, 2008, 12:38 a.m.
Documentaries in this day and age have become a dime a dozen. Gone are the days of documentaries as an event i.e. waiting for the ... read more
Posted April 25, 2008, 3:24 a.m.
wannabe [won-uh-bee, waw-nuh ] noun. Informal. One who aspires, often vainly, to emulate another's success or attain eminence in some area. The Armed Forces are ... read more
Posted March 26, 2008, 8:30 p.m.
Theres cool and then theres cool. Mark Lanegan is cool. He was cool fronting the Screaming Trees back in the day. He was cool on ... read more
Posted Feb. 21, 2008, 3 p.m.
Wow. These guys really hate Jesus. Well, I mean, they seem to hate a lot of things but they really hate Jesus. This is Genocide. ... read more
Posted Feb. 18, 2008, 7:45 p.m.
When I hear this album I smell dust. It might not make sense to you, or to me for that matter, but it is what ... read more
Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 12:49 a.m.
You know how to work that evil shit when you can make an accordion sound sinister. Even by the strictest of doom metal standards this ... read more
Posted Feb. 11, 2008, 8:08 p.m.
From the reviewers initial notes made upon first hearing the album: Quiet + Loud + Quiet + Harmonica = Souvenirs Young America What a sad, ... read more
Posted Feb. 6, 2008, 10:30 p.m.
When reviewing an album, it can be difficult to summarize thoughts and feeling elicited from the music youre listening to, to organize these thoughts and ... read more
Posted Jan. 29, 2008, 8:08 p.m.
The Absence hails from Tampa, Florida. Anyone with a sense of history knows that in the late eighties this meant something. Death, Obituary, Deicide, and ... read more
Posted Jan. 8, 2008, 3:46 p.m.
The lights, the sounds, the excitement If youve ever been to New York City, you know what Im talking about. Regardless of the borough, walking ... read more
Posted Jan. 4, 2008, 1:09 a.m.
Can I Keep This Pen? is Northern States third full-length album and it proves that any and all naysayers dismissing the group as a novelty ... read more
Posted Dec. 26, 2007, 7:35 p.m.
So what are we to think of this pure, unholy black metal from Israel? Well for starters, taking into consideration their country of origin doesnt ... read more
Posted Dec. 13, 2007, 4:23 p.m.
At the risk of sounding like a filthy hippie droning on about the sixties and how you had to be there to understand it, the ... read more
Posted Dec. 11, 2007, 4:02 p.m.
HEY YOU! Metal Blade! Century Media! Lifeforce! Earache! All you record labels down with the metal: LISTEN UP! Chosen is an independent metal band hailing ... read more
Posted Dec. 4, 2007, 6:25 p.m.
What Radiohead have done with the release of In Rainbows will be talked about for years to come. At best, and only time will tell, ... read more
Posted Nov. 29, 2007, 2:34 p.m.
World music is a funny thing. It begins with the purest of intentions: to invite the listener to explore the country of its origin by ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2007, 3:33 p.m.
You either like The Hives or you dont. Yes, its that simple. The whole shtick, the outfits, the ego, be it embellished or not, the ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2007, 11:37 p.m.
Lets not beat around the bush. Despite a valiant effort at bringing thrash back to the masses, Fueled by Fire just arent the ones to ... read more
Posted Nov. 15, 2007, 8:10 p.m.
Theres been a lot of words used to describe Minneapolis A Second from the Surface: metalcore, grindcore, crustcore. All of them are very specific genres, ... read more
Posted Nov. 13, 2007, 1:57 a.m.
Paul Christensen. Matt Cronk. David Yow. The former two names you have not heard before. The latter name you probably have. The latter name is ... read more
Posted Nov. 5, 2007, 2:32 p.m.
For those who find Evanescences Amy Lee too goth and Sarah Brightman not quite goth enough, we have Norways Andrea Haugen a.k.a. Nebelhexë. Now, Neb, ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2007, 8:39 p.m.
a) Neglected Rejection b) Benign Reabsorption c) Predicated Malformations d) Embryological Teratomas Okay, heres how it works - you guess which ones are actual titles ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2007, 11:34 p.m.
To listen to Souvenirs Dun Autre Monde (which translates into Memories Of Another World) is to experience a world free of pain, darkness, and despair, ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2007, 3:02 a.m.
Trail of Flesh, Sweet Blasphemy, and Scent of a Dead Whore. Sure, we all know these titles as classic childrens books, but did you know ... read more
Posted Oct. 14, 2007, 11:36 p.m.
Beginning with her 1992 debut album Dry, much has been made of Polly Jean Harvey seemingly reinventing herself with every release that followed. For anyone ... read more
Posted Oct. 10, 2007, 12:02 a.m.
Amy Winehouse. Lily Allen. Jenny Lewis. All are media darlings. Despite any and all current public backlash, neither lady could release an album of humming ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2007, 10:45 p.m.
This is the only album Ive ever heard that sounds like it should have been wrapped in a shroud. Relentlessly bleak and resoundingly brilliant, this ... read more
Posted Sept. 30, 2007, 8:44 p.m.
In their twelve or so years as a band, Foo Fighters have had a more than respectable career. This is equally impressive as it would ... read more
Posted Sept. 27, 2007, 7:44 p.m.
Alright, lets look at the stats: Name: Death Breath. A truly ridiculous name for a band of any genre Albums: Stinking Up the Night, Let ... read more
Posted Sept. 20, 2007, 1:58 p.m.
Every era has seen the chocolate/peanut butter combination of music and activism mixed together to create the tasty sensation of protest music. Long derided as ... read more
Posted Sept. 17, 2007, 2:51 p.m.
For the most part, humor is always subjective. Not in this case, however. If Patton Oswalt doesnt make you laugh, then you, my sad little ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2007, 2:35 p.m.
Soul (noun) : A sense of ethnic pride among Black people and especially African Americans, expressed in areas such as language, social customs, religion, and ... read more
Posted Sept. 6, 2007, 1:35 p.m.
Municipal Waste likes to party. How do I know this? Well, theres the album title. Couple that with songs like Beer Pressure, Born to Party, ... read more
Posted Aug. 22, 2007, 4:08 p.m.
If youve never seen Sleepytime Gorilla Museum live, do yourself the favor the next time they come to your town, berg or hamlet. They might ... read more
Posted Aug. 9, 2007, 8:13 p.m.
Lets not beat around the bush. Lickers Last Leg is the album Queens of the Stone Age should have put out instead of the bands ... read more
Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 12:18 a.m.
Yippeeeee! Its Matadors time! Plug it in and lets party like its 1992! Yes, thats right. 1992! Forget those bands of way back when. Gas ... read more
Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 12:15 a.m.
See: Obscurus Advocam Just kidding. But lets face it. They are pretty interchangeable, no? Both bands are the vision of French musician Infestuus. Both bands ... read more
Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 12:11 a.m.
Ive been told that France has been home to a few good bands over the years, but like you, aside from Air Id be hard ... read more
Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 12:05 a.m.
Taken verbatim from the initial notes of the reviewer: Starts out promisingly enough with Derek Jay beating the snare like he just caught it pooching ... read more
Posted Aug. 1, 2007, 11:39 p.m.
Sometimes when a reviewer receives an album, it can be difficult to decide how best to approach the review. The spin so to speak. Is ... read more
Posted July 18, 2007, 11:14 p.m.
When writing reviews, the job of the reviewer is to judge the album on its own merits. Only then and even this is in ... read more
Posted July 10, 2007, 12:08 a.m.
When Hank III goes on tour, he leaves no stone unturned, playing anywhere that would have him: cities, towns, hamlets, burgs and more than a ... read more
Posted June 21, 2007, 7:41 p.m.
Over the years, Queens of the Stone Age have managed to carve a deep niche into the hard stubbornness of mainstream music. Like his previous ... read more
Posted May 20, 2007, 8:37 p.m.
For the most part, there is no concept to Death Metal other thanÃ¢â¬Â¦..well, death. Lofty ideas or "concepts" are usually left to the Power Metal ... read more
Posted May 6, 2007, 2:26 p.m.
Throughout their over twenty-five year history, Marillion and their music have maintained what many thought impossible: prog without pretension. This has been a key component ... read more
Posted April 25, 2007, 7:19 p.m.
Black Metal: (n) a subgenre of heavy metal music that uses screamed Satanic lyrics, fast guitar playing and drumming, and heavily distorted music with a ... read more
Posted April 10, 2007, 9:11 p.m.
Skindraft's compilation of previous and new demos oddly titled Demos is a very telling slice of a young, new band finding their way in the ... read more
Posted April 3, 2007, 10:54 p.m.
More melody than mayhem, France's Celestia is a band that catches your ear immediately because while they can definitely fly the black flag over their ... read more
Posted March 20, 2007, 5:18 p.m.
Anyone who's read any of my reviews probably has a pretty good idea of my old-school sensibilities when it comes to music. I've been listening ... read more
Posted March 14, 2007, 4:54 p.m.
When all else is said and done, I like my metal like I like my coffee: black, bottomless, and smelling like the inside of a ... read more
Posted Feb. 22, 2007, 5:08 p.m.
Lasagna. Pizza. Mario Bava. This is what I think of when I think of Italy. Oh, and the mafia. No wait - that's when I ... read more
Posted Feb. 14, 2007, 2:33 p.m.
This Ending's Inside the Machine is a creeper. The first time I heard it, I really didn't care for it. It was alright, but the ... read more
Posted Jan. 30, 2007, 2:52 p.m.
I'm not going to lie to you, kids. I have an affinity for most things from Down Under. I had family who lived there for ... read more
Posted Jan. 3, 2007, 2:08 p.m.
God bless Southern Lord Records. For many years the label has been the last bastion for all things sludgey and doomish. But as some of ... read more
Posted Dec. 29, 2006, 2:06 p.m.
My only beef is with God. I wake up every day, I curse Him every day, because there is only on person who's responsible for ... read more
Posted Dec. 25, 2006, 9:02 p.m.
Ask the founding member of Eyes of Ligeia about his band history and you're likely to get this responseÃ¢â¬Â¦ In the cursed year 1998 of ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2006, 3:52 p.m.
Disclaimer: Whenever a reviewer has no idea how to end a review - a more common occurrence than the reader might think - the reviewer ... read more
Posted Dec. 13, 2006, 3:24 p.m.
There are few artists from the last few years that I have enjoyed more than John Erik Kaada. Woefully under-informed was I of his band ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2006, 2:52 p.m.
I'm not going to lie to you. This review isn't going to be unbiased. It isn't going to be impartial. It isn't going to be ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2006, 7:22 p.m.
Though I can't speak for my colleagues, I find it isn't unusual for an album to be given a great review or a poor review, ... read more
Posted Dec. 3, 2006, 1:50 p.m.
When Pretty Girls Make Graves released their 2003 album The New Romance, I didn't think there was any way for it to not make the ... read more
Posted Oct. 5, 2006, 1:32 p.m.
As tragic as it was, the death of founding member and guitarist Dennis "Piggy" D'Amour in 2005 was not the death of Voivod. The final ... read more
Posted Sept. 6, 2006, 10:54 p.m.
Okay, let's run down the list, shall we? Billy Murcia (1951 - November 6, 1972) Johnny Thunders (July 16, 1952 - April 23, 1991) Jerry ... read more
Posted Aug. 28, 2006, 3:42 p.m.
It's been four and a half years since Mr. Zombie last released an album of new material. That album was The Sinister Urge and I ... read more
Posted Aug. 14, 2006, 12:24 a.m.
There's not a whole lot you can say about Angel Eyes that hasn't already been said about Isis. If Isis were an actual person, Angel ... read more
Posted Aug. 1, 2006, 1:37 p.m.
Disclaimer: Any use of the term "gay" in the following review is, in this context a derogatory term to denote a substandard listening experience and ... read more
Posted July 25, 2006, 3:03 p.m.
I love Sonic Youth. I've been a fan from the beginning. So it is with a heavy heart I say that their newest album Rather ... read more
Posted July 16, 2006, 1:16 p.m.
You, faithful SPB readers as I, listen and tend to prefer music that can best be described as "heavy". This is quite possibly the music ... read more
Posted July 6, 2006, 2:45 p.m.
There are few bands that had as much of an impact on my youth as Celtic Frost. Rising from the ashes of Hellhammer, Thomas Gabriel ... read more
Posted June 20, 2006, 10:01 p.m.
Lost in Focus is the debut release from a Southern California five-piece know as Apiary. I listen to a lot of music, and have jaded ... read more
Posted June 12, 2006, 7:53 p.m.
It's been a long wait for the debut album of Mike Patton's Peeping Tom project. About six years to be exact, but let's cut him ... read more
Posted May 31, 2006, 3:42 p.m.
I don't think I can do it. I consider myself to be at least a capable writer, but it's going to be hard as hell ... read more
Posted May 24, 2006, 1:25 p.m.
There's been a trend as of late among American bands to become popular by sounding British, most notably The Killers, The Bravery and Interpol. This ... read more
Posted May 17, 2006, 2:19 a.m.
Anton LaVey, Richard Ramirez, and Phil Knight. Three famous individuals who, despite being all about the evil and doing their part to ensure eternal damnation, ... read more
Posted April 26, 2006, 8:51 p.m.
The Crown was a good band; Angel Blake, not so much. Guitarist Marko Tervonen's decision to record a solo album seemed like an interesting move ... read more
Posted April 12, 2006, 11:58 p.m.
This is a biased review. Fuck you, you don't know me. I refuse to review this on the same bell curve as your lame little ... read more
Posted April 5, 2006, 7:51 a.m.
Tantric music has its charms, but more often than not, it's boring as shit. What's tantric music you ask? Well I'll tell you, you nosey ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2005, 7:45 a.m.
Stand-up comedians aren't funny. With very few exceptions, this is a truism that has become stronger and stronger over the years with every "I drive ... read more
Posted Nov. 6, 2005, 9:30 p.m.
We've all heard the stories. Someone leaves your favorite band and the remaining members have two choices.... carry on or pack it in. It doesn't ... read more
Posted Oct. 10, 2005, 4 p.m.
I'll admit, when I first heard of Drowningman back in the day, I had a whole lot of preconceived notions. It was in a magazine, ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2005, 4 p.m.
There's something to be said for bands that get right to the point. Literally within the first ten seconds of "11th and Arch", Philadelphia's How ... read more
Posted Sept. 24, 2005, 11:51 a.m.
First released in 1998 und das Vaterland, Mad Sin's album Sweet and Innocent? Loud & Dirty! finally gets a "proper release" on North American Shores, ... read more
Posted Sept. 5, 2005, 11:03 a.m.
Fire extinguishing foam, cortisone and physostigmine. All highly relevant in today's society and all created by one man, a man you've never heard of. Clint ... read more
Posted Aug. 20, 2005, 9:56 a.m.
Like all of you, when i think of Portugal, I think of three things: the architect Miguel von Hafe P'rez, tungsten mines, and metal. I ... read more
Posted July 16, 2005, 9:08 a.m.
The Residents are an anomaly. This is an age where most music is the same regardless of how deep the scratch is. But whether their ... read more
Posted July 9, 2005, 8:15 a.m.
Cost of ticket: $15.00 Cost of gas to drive to Seattle: $23.50 Doctor bill from cracked ribs received: $89.10 Seeing the Murder City Devils perform ... read more
Posted July 6, 2005, 12:24 a.m.
Thrash: (verb) To move wildly or violently. In 1986, in the genre known as "Thrash Metal", there were what was known as the "Big 4", ... read more
Posted June 16, 2005, 4 p.m.
"When someone comes up to you and asks which Led Zeppelin album they should buy, you should say 'Physical Graffiti'. And in 20 years, when ... read more
Posted June 10, 2005, 4 p.m.
An open letter to Hollow Ground and Organized Crime Records I'm not a detective or a mind-reader. I am neither Columbo, Criswell, nor Veronica-fucking-Mars. I'm ... read more
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