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Gone is Gone – Echolocation

Posted Dec. 11, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

Gone is Gone  – Echolocation

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

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At the Drive-In – In•ter a•li•a

Posted Dec. 11, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

At the Drive-In – In•ter a•li•a

Interminable slack-ass Omar Rodriguez-Lopez only released 12 solo albums this year on Ipecac Records. So to alleviate the presumed guilt, he’s gotten the old band ... read more

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Black Anvil – As Was

Posted Oct. 16, 2017, 5:59 p.m.

Black Anvil – As Was

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

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Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold

Posted Oct. 2, 2017, 5:46 p.m.

Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold

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

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Death From Above – Outrage! Is Now

Posted Sept. 18, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

Death From Above – Outrage! Is Now

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

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GG Allin – My Prison Walls

Posted Aug. 28, 2017, 6:22 p.m.

GG Allin  – My Prison Walls

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

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Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Posted Aug. 21, 2017, 5:51 p.m.

Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

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

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Dead Cross – Dead Cross

Posted July 24, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Dead Cross – Dead Cross

When ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo announced a new hardcore project, this reviewer was on board. When Lombardo later announced that the new vocalist for his ... read more

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Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy

Posted July 4, 2017, 10:33 a.m.

Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy

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

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Arcadea – Arcadea

Posted June 26, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

Arcadea – Arcadea

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

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Flobots – No Enemies

Posted May 15, 2017, 6 p.m.

Flobots – No Enemies

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

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Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

Posted March 21, 2017, 6:15 p.m.

Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

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

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The Melvins – Basses Loaded

Posted Jan. 9, 2017, 5:41 p.m.

The Melvins – Basses Loaded

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

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Bloody Hammers – Lovely Sort of Death

Posted Jan. 2, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

Bloody Hammers – Lovely Sort of Death

Bloody Hammers hail from North Carolina and specialize in doom. The band was founded by Anders Manga, who remains the main songwriter and performer - ... read more

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Gojira – Magma

Posted Jan. 2, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Gojira – Magma

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

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Pixies – Head Carrier

Posted Jan. 2, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

Pixies – Head Carrier

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

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Tricky – Skilled Mechanics

Posted Dec. 26, 2016, 8:25 p.m.

Tricky – Skilled Mechanics

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

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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – Broken Lines

Posted Dec. 26, 2016, 8:21 p.m.

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – Broken Lines

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

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Taylor Hawkins – KOTA e.p.

Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:26 p.m.

Taylor Hawkins – KOTA e.p.

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

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A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here...Thank You For Your Service

Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:21 p.m.

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here...Thank You For Your Service

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

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway

Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:17 p.m.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway

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

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Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:10 p.m.

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

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

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The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

Posted Dec. 12, 2016, 7:06 p.m.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

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

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Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Posted Dec. 12, 2016, 7:01 p.m.

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

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

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White Lung – Paradise

Posted Dec. 5, 2016, 6:02 p.m.

White Lung – Paradise

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

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Metallica – Hardwired...to Self Destruct

Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 7:32 p.m.

Metallica – Hardwired...to Self Destruct

8 years. Jesus. That’s the same length of time as Barack Obama’s two-term administration. That’s the entire lifespan of an 8 year old child. That’s ... read more

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Marillion – F.E.A.R.

Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 8:04 p.m.

Marillion – F.E.A.R.

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

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

Posted Oct. 31, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

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

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King Diamond – The Spider's Lullabye (reissue)

Posted April 4, 2016, 6:11 p.m.

King Diamond – The Spider's Lullabye (reissue)

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

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Kaada & Patton – Bacteria Cult

Posted March 28, 2016, 10 p.m.

Kaada & Patton – Bacteria Cult

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

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Nevermen – Nevermen

Posted March 21, 2016, 10:31 p.m.

Nevermen – Nevermen

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

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Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

Posted March 7, 2016, 5:39 p.m.

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

When Iggy pop parted ways with The Stooges in the mid-seventies, no one really knew what to expect from the man next. If they had ... read more

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Foetus – Soak

Posted Dec. 21, 2015, 6:33 p.m.

Foetus – Soak

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

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Denner/Shermann – Satan's Tomb EP

Posted Dec. 14, 2015, 8:25 a.m.

Denner/Shermann – Satan's Tomb EP

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

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Flotsam and Jetsam – No Place For Disgrace 2014

Posted Dec. 7, 2015, 6:10 p.m.

Flotsam and Jetsam – No Place For Disgrace 2014

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

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Sleaford Mods – Key Markets

Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 5:44 p.m.

Sleaford Mods – Key Markets

"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

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Queensrÿche – Condition Hüman

Posted Oct. 5, 2015, 11:27 p.m.

Queensrÿche – Condition Hüman

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

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Scorpions – MTV Unplugged in Athens

Posted Sept. 21, 2015, 5:43 p.m.

Scorpions – MTV Unplugged in Athens

In the interest of full disclosure, this reviewer would like to go on record as saying that he loves The Scorpions. They are exceptional musicians ... read more

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Slayer – Repentless

Posted Sept. 21, 2015, 5:37 p.m.

Slayer – Repentless

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

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Le Butcherettes – A Raw Youth

Posted Sept. 14, 2015, 8:15 p.m.

Le Butcherettes  – A Raw Youth

"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

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A Perfect Circle – Three Sixty

Posted Sept. 7, 2015, 8:58 p.m.

A Perfect Circle – Three Sixty

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

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Motörhead – Bad Magic

Posted Aug. 31, 2015, 11:02 p.m.

Motörhead – Bad Magic

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

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Ghost – Meliora

Posted Aug. 24, 2015, 6:50 p.m.

Ghost – Meliora

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

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Supersuckers – Get The Hell

Posted Aug. 24, 2015, 6:47 p.m.

Supersuckers – Get The Hell

There's very few bands that work as hard to bring the music to the masses as Supersuckers. They're like a sleeper cell. Without warning, they'll ... read more

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Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Posted May 11, 2015, 5:55 p.m.

Faith No More – Sol Invictus

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

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Metallica – Through The Never Soundtrack

Posted March 30, 2015, 8:04 p.m.

Metallica – Through The Never Soundtrack

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

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A Perfect Circle – A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo

Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 8:26 a.m.

A Perfect Circle – A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo

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

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Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 12:41 a.m.

Triptykon  – Melana Chasmata

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

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Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

Posted Jan. 19, 2015, 5:45 p.m.

Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

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

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Trouble – The Distortion Field

Posted March 18, 2014, 1:09 a.m.

Trouble – The Distortion Field

There are few bands that can boast ever having made one of the heaviest albums of all time.Trouble can make that claim not just once, ... read more

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Beck – Morning Phase

Posted March 10, 2014, 8:05 p.m.

Beck – Morning Phase

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

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Old Funeral – Our Condolences (1988-1992)

Posted Feb. 10, 2014, 8:26 p.m.

Old Funeral – Our Condolences (1988-1992)

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

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Hank Williams III – Brothers Of The 4x4

Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 10:50 p.m.

Hank Williams III – Brothers Of The 4x4

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

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Hank Williams III – A Fiendish Threat

Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 10:46 p.m.

Hank Williams III – A Fiendish Threat

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

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Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy

Posted Nov. 11, 2013, 7:14 p.m.

Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy

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

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Nirvana – In Utero (20th Anniversary Reissue)

Posted Oct. 29, 2013, 2:13 a.m.

Nirvana – In Utero (20th Anniversary Reissue)

Some anniversary reissues are like tapas. Small, manageable servings of exactly what you want and you wind up leaving utterly satisfied. Others are like going ... read more

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Motörhead – Aftershock

Posted Oct. 21, 2013, 6:53 p.m.

Motörhead – Aftershock

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

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Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 12:51 a.m.

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

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

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Red Fang – Whales And Leeches

Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 12:47 a.m.

Red Fang – Whales And Leeches

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

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Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington – High Rise EP

Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 12:29 a.m.

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington – High Rise EP

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

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Hessian – Manégarmr

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

Hessian – Manégarmr

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

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Agrimonia – Rites of Separation

Posted Sept. 30, 2013, 8:26 p.m.

Agrimonia – Rites of Separation

In this day and age, if you're going to write 11-15 minute songs about death, decay and other moribund topics you need to make damn ... read more

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Avenged Sevenfold – Hail To The King

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:53 p.m.

Avenged Sevenfold – Hail To The King

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

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Nails – Abandon All Life

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:50 p.m.

Nails – Abandon All Life

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

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Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine – White People And The Damage Done

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 10:51 p.m.

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine – White People And The Damage Done

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

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The Hussy – Pagan Hiss

Posted July 23, 2013, 12:29 a.m.

The Hussy – Pagan Hiss

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

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Black Sabbath – 13

Posted June 11, 2013, 1:30 a.m.

Black Sabbath – 13

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

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Queensrÿche – Frequency Unknown

Posted June 11, 2013, 12:58 a.m.

Queensrÿche – Frequency Unknown

The name on the front of this album says Queensrÿche. It does not say Geoff Tate's Queensrÿche or any other variation. Just Queensrÿche. There is ... read more

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Queensrÿche – Self Titled

Posted June 4, 2013, 12:34 a.m.

Queensrÿche – Self Titled

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

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Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork

Posted May 27, 2013, 11:06 p.m.

Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork

"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

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

Posted May 20, 2013, 9:49 p.m.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

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

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D.O.A. – We Come In Peace

Posted May 6, 2013, 11:44 p.m.

D.O.A. – We Come In Peace

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

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Iggy & The Stooges – Ready To Die

Posted April 30, 2013, 1:05 a.m.

Iggy & The Stooges – Ready To Die

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

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Cnoc An Tursa – The Giants of Auld

Posted April 30, 2013, 12:34 a.m.

Cnoc An Tursa – The Giants of Auld

I'll admit, I was intrigued by the idea of Scottish Pagan Metal. Even with the full understanding of Pagan Metal by definition of the more ... read more

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Ensemble Pearl – Self Titled

Posted April 23, 2013, 12:22 a.m.

Ensemble Pearl – Self Titled

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

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Mudhoney – Vanishing Point

Posted March 25, 2013, 11:42 p.m.

Mudhoney – Vanishing Point

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

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Various Artists – Sound City - Reel To Reel

Posted March 19, 2013, 12:59 a.m.

Various Artists – Sound City - Reel To Reel

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

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Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance

Posted Feb. 26, 2013, 12:27 a.m.

Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance

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

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Tomahawk – Oddfellows

Posted Jan. 28, 2013, 10:49 p.m.

Tomahawk – Oddfellows

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

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Flobots – The Circle In The Square

Posted Aug. 13, 2012, 11:10 p.m.

Flobots – The Circle In The Square

“A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most ... read more

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Philm – Harmonic

Posted July 18, 2012, 10:38 a.m.

Philm – Harmonic

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

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Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

Posted Feb. 6, 2012, 10:30 p.m.

Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

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

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Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Posted April 11, 2011, 4:07 p.m.

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

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

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PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

Posted March 14, 2011, 9:39 a.m.

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

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

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Omnium Gatherum – New World Shadows

Posted March 7, 2011, 12:33 p.m.

Omnium Gatherum – New World Shadows

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

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Flobots – Survival Story

Posted March 7, 2010, 1:23 p.m.

Flobots – Survival Story

Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels ... read more

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Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot

Posted June 22, 2009, 2:04 p.m.

Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot

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

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Mastodon – Crack the Skye

Posted April 9, 2009, 11:38 p.m.

Mastodon – Crack the Skye

Water. Earth. Russian monarchy? While Mastodon’s previous albums Leviathan and Blood Mountain deal with two of the four elements, their newest, Crack the Skye, deals ... read more

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Ophiolatry – Transmutation

Posted March 10, 2009, 1 a.m.

Ophiolatry – Transmutation

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

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Black Flame – Imperivm

Posted March 3, 2009, 2:22 a.m.

Black Flame – Imperivm

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

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Hank Williams III – Damn Right, Rebel Proud

Posted Jan. 7, 2009, 1:02 a.m.

Hank Williams III – Damn Right, Rebel Proud

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

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Marillion – Happiness is the Road Volume 2: The Hard Shoulder

Posted Dec. 30, 2008, 1:37 p.m.

Marillion – Happiness is the Road Volume 2: The Hard Shoulder

...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

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Marillion – Happiness is the Road Volume 1: The Essence

Posted Dec. 30, 2008, 1:32 p.m.

Marillion – Happiness is the Road Volume 1: The Essence

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

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Mötley Crüe – Saints of Los Angeles

Posted Dec. 28, 2008, 11:29 p.m.

Mötley Crüe – Saints of Los Angeles

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

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Guns N' Roses – Chinese Democracy

Posted Dec. 10, 2008, 11:28 p.m.

Guns N' Roses – Chinese Democracy

It’s been fifteen years since the last release from the “band” known as Guns N’ Roses – seventeen years, that’s not a typo seventeen years ... read more

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Exodus – Let There be Blood

Posted Nov. 4, 2008, 12:57 a.m.

Exodus – Let There be Blood

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

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Metallica – Death Magnetic

Posted Sept. 15, 2008, 3:35 p.m.

Metallica – Death Magnetic

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

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The Fantômas Melvins Big Band – Live in London 2006 DVD

Posted Sept. 11, 2008, 1:03 a.m.

The Fantômas Melvins Big Band – Live in London 2006 DVD

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

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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Have Another Ball

Posted Sept. 9, 2008, 11:46 p.m.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Have Another Ball

We’ve all been to parties where there’s always one guy. One drunk asshole to pooch the proceedings. Either he’s slobbering all over you, back slaps ... read more

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Saul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust

Posted Sept. 7, 2008, 11:48 p.m.

Saul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust

It’s 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

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Bar Kokhba – Lucifer: Book of Angels Vol. 10

Posted Aug. 12, 2008, 12:59 a.m.

Bar Kokhba – Lucifer: Book of Angels Vol. 10

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

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The Melvins – Nude With Boots

Posted Aug. 7, 2008, 2:23 a.m.

The Melvins – Nude With Boots

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

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Lafcadio – Kibosh

Posted Aug. 4, 2008, 11:41 p.m.

Lafcadio – Kibosh

I truly don’t 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

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The Breeders – Mountain Battles

Posted July 30, 2008, 11:25 p.m.

The Breeders – Mountain Battles

I have a huge crush on Kim Deal. There, I said it. Fuck you, don’t judge me. You probably rubbed one out to Vanessa Hudgens ... read more

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Boxcar Satan & Ghostwriter – Hobo Nouveau

Posted July 29, 2008, 12:12 a.m.

Boxcar Satan & Ghostwriter – Hobo Nouveau

I’ll admit - I have a bit of a problem with modern blues. For me, blues, real blues ended in the 1940’s with the likes ... read more

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Secret Chiefs 3 – Xaphan: Book of Angels Vol. 9

Posted July 23, 2008, 11:12 p.m.

Secret Chiefs 3 – Xaphan: Book of Angels Vol. 9

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

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A.P.O.S.T.L.E. – Lyrical Activism

Posted June 5, 2008, 10:42 p.m.

A.P.O.S.T.L.E. – Lyrical Activism

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

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Diamanda Galás – Guilty Guilty Guilty

Posted June 3, 2008, 7:34 a.m.

Diamanda Galás – Guilty Guilty Guilty

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

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Farmers Market – Surfin U.S.S.R.

Posted May 26, 2008, 5:48 p.m.

Farmers Market – Surfin U.S.S.R.

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

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Primordial – To the Nameless Dead

Posted May 26, 2008, 5:44 p.m.

Primordial – To the Nameless Dead

When I think of “folk metal,” I think of the scene in This is Spinal Tap with the dwarf dancing around the tiny Stonehenge. This ... read more

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The Delicious – The Delicious

Posted May 26, 2008, 5:40 p.m.

The Delicious – The Delicious

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

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Shit Outta Luck – Family Tradition

Posted May 26, 2008, 5:37 p.m.

Shit Outta Luck – Family Tradition

Not to be confused with Hayward’s Shit Outta Luck, a ska band - this is Milwaukee’s Shit Outta Luck, a meaty, Midwest “hardcore” band. The ... read more

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Dust is Everywhere – Attics and Catacombs

Posted May 26, 2008, 5:35 p.m.

Dust is Everywhere – Attics and Catacombs

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

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Kurt Cobain: About a Son – DVD

Posted April 29, 2008, 12:38 a.m.

Kurt Cobain: About a Son – DVD

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

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The Armed Forces – Modern Gospel for Modern Men and Women

Posted April 25, 2008, 3:24 a.m.

The Armed Forces – Modern Gospel for Modern Men and Women

wan•na•be [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

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Mike Patton – A Perfect Place

Posted April 23, 2008, 1:03 a.m.

Mike Patton – A Perfect Place

It’s been no secret that for quite some time now, Mike Patton has wanted to broaden his ever-widening horizons into the world of film scoring. ... read more

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The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia

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

The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia

There’s cool and then there’s cool. Mark Lanegan is cool. He was cool fronting the Screaming Trees back in the day. He was cool on ... read more

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Genocide – Apocalyptic Visions

Posted Feb. 21, 2008, 3 p.m.

Genocide – Apocalyptic Visions

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

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Oren Ambarchi – In the Pendulums Embrace

Posted Feb. 18, 2008, 7:45 p.m.

Oren Ambarchi – In the Pendulums Embrace

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

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Sol – Let There be a Massacre

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 12:49 a.m.

Sol – Let There be a Massacre

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

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Souvenir's Young America – An Ocean Without Water

Posted Feb. 11, 2008, 8:08 p.m.

Souvenir's Young America – An Ocean Without Water

From the reviewer’s initial notes made upon first hearing the album: Quiet + Loud + Quiet + Harmonica = Souvenir’s Young America What a sad, ... read more

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U.S.S.A. – The Spoils

Posted Feb. 11, 2008, 12:45 a.m.

U.S.S.A. – The Spoils

U.S.S.A. is a relatively new project consisting of Ministry’s Paul Barker, Tomahawk’s Duane Denison and two other guys. Two out of four guys that have ... read more

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Creature Feature – The Greatest Show Unearthed

Posted Feb. 6, 2008, 10:30 p.m.

Creature Feature – The Greatest Show Unearthed

When reviewing an album, it can be difficult to summarize thoughts and feeling elicited from the music you’re listening to, to organize these thoughts and ... read more

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The Absence – Riders of the Plague

Posted Jan. 29, 2008, 8:08 p.m.

The Absence – Riders of the Plague

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

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Imani Coppola – The Black and White Album

Posted Jan. 8, 2008, 3:46 p.m.

Imani Coppola – The Black and White Album

The lights, the sounds, the excitement If you’ve ever been to New York City, you know what I’m talking about. Regardless of the borough, walking ... read more

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Northern State – Can I Keep This Pen?

Posted Jan. 4, 2008, 1:09 a.m.

Northern State – Can I Keep This Pen?

Can I Keep This Pen? is Northern State’s third full-length album and it proves that any and all naysayers dismissing the group as a novelty ... read more

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Tangorodrim – Justus Ex Fide Vivit

Posted Dec. 26, 2007, 7:35 p.m.

Tangorodrim – Justus Ex Fide Vivit

So what are we to think of this “pure, unholy black metal from Israel”? Well for starters, taking into consideration their country of origin doesn’t ... read more

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Eskimo Joe – Black Fingernails, Red Wine

Posted Dec. 16, 2007, 11:51 p.m.

Eskimo Joe – Black Fingernails, Red Wine

“No one in our band is in it for their ego. It’s all about the songs” The above is a quote from guitarist Stuart MacLeod ... read more

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Nirvana – Unplugged in New York

Posted Dec. 13, 2007, 4:23 p.m.

Nirvana – Unplugged in New York

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

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Chosen – Promo 2007

Posted Dec. 11, 2007, 4:02 p.m.

Chosen – Promo 2007

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

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Radiohead – In Rainbows

Posted Dec. 4, 2007, 6:25 p.m.

Radiohead – In Rainbows

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

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Eastern Blok – Folk Tales

Posted Nov. 29, 2007, 2:34 p.m.

Eastern Blok – Folk Tales

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

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The Hives – The Black and White Album

Posted Nov. 27, 2007, 3:33 p.m.

The Hives – The Black and White Album

You either like The Hives or you don’t. Yes, it’s that simple. The whole shtick, the outfits, the ego, be it embellished or not, the ... read more

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Ramones – It's Alive 1974-1996

Posted Nov. 20, 2007, 2:31 p.m.

Ramones – It's Alive 1974-1996

The Ramones are finished. Over. Unlike their peers from the 1970’s, there will be no reunion tours. Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee have passed on. ... read more

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Fueled by Fire – Spread the Fire

Posted Nov. 18, 2007, 11:37 p.m.

Fueled by Fire – Spread the Fire

Let’s not beat around the bush. Despite a valiant effort at bringing thrash back to the masses, Fueled by Fire just aren’t the ones to ... read more

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A Second from the Surface – The Streets Have Eyes

Posted Nov. 15, 2007, 8:10 p.m.

A Second from the Surface – The Streets Have Eyes

There’s 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

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Qui – Love's Miracle

Posted Nov. 13, 2007, 1:57 a.m.

Qui – Love's Miracle

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

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Nebelhexë – Essensual

Posted Nov. 5, 2007, 2:32 p.m.

Nebelhexë – Essensual

For those who find Evanescence’s Amy Lee too goth and Sarah Brightman not quite goth enough, we have Norway’s Andrea Haugen a.k.a. Nebelhexë. Now, “Neb,” ... read more

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Malignancy – Inhuman Grotesqueries

Posted Oct. 31, 2007, 8:39 p.m.

Malignancy – Inhuman Grotesqueries

a) “Neglected Rejection” b) “Benign Reabsorption” c) “Predicated Malformations” d) “Embryological Teratomas” Okay, here’s how it works - you guess which ones are actual titles ... read more

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Manes – How the World Came to an End

Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 12:35 a.m.

Manes – How the World Came to an End

Linkin Park, by and large, are looked upon as a joke. With few exceptions, they are loved solely by young fans who really don’t know ... read more

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Alcest – Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde

Posted Oct. 22, 2007, 11:34 p.m.

Alcest – Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde

To listen to “Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde” (which translates into Memories Of Another World) is to experience a world free of pain, darkness, and despair, ... read more

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Sons of Azrael – The Conjuration of Vengeance

Posted Oct. 22, 2007, 3:02 a.m.

Sons of Azrael – The Conjuration of Vengeance

“Trail of Flesh,” “Sweet Blasphemy,” and “Scent of a Dead Whore”. Sure, we all know these titles as classic children’s books, but did you know ... read more

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PJ Harvey – White Chalk

Posted Oct. 14, 2007, 11:36 p.m.

PJ Harvey – White Chalk

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

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Carrie Biell – When Your Feet Hit the Stars

Posted Oct. 10, 2007, 12:02 a.m.

Carrie Biell – When Your Feet Hit the Stars

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

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The Ruins of Beverast – Rain Upon the Impure

Posted Oct. 3, 2007, 10:45 p.m.

The Ruins of Beverast – Rain Upon the Impure

This is the only album I’ve ever heard that sounds like it should have been wrapped in a shroud. Relentlessly bleak and resoundingly brilliant, this ... read more

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Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace

Posted Sept. 30, 2007, 8:44 p.m.

Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace

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

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Death Breath – Let it Stink

Posted Sept. 27, 2007, 7:44 p.m.

Death Breath – Let it Stink

Alright, let’s 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

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Flobots – Fight with Tools

Posted Sept. 20, 2007, 1:58 p.m.

Flobots – Fight with Tools

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

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Patton Oswalt – Werewolves and Lollipops

Posted Sept. 17, 2007, 2:51 p.m.

Patton Oswalt – Werewolves and Lollipops

For the most part, humor is always subjective. Not in this case, however. If Patton Oswalt doesn’t make you laugh, then you, my sad little ... read more

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Public Enemy – How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???

Posted Sept. 12, 2007, 2:35 p.m.

Public Enemy – How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???

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

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Municipal Waste – The Art of Partying

Posted Sept. 6, 2007, 1:35 p.m.

Municipal Waste – The Art of Partying

Municipal Waste likes to party. How do I know this? Well, there’s the album title. Couple that with songs like “Beer Pressure,” “Born to Party,” ... read more

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Stalaggh – Projekt Misanthropia

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 8:11 p.m.

Stalaggh – Projekt Misanthropia

When John Zorn released his Kristallnacht album, it contained one track of sheer horror, anger, and sorrow all rolled into one. Entitled “Never Again,” Zorn ... read more

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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – In Glorious Times

Posted Aug. 22, 2007, 4:08 p.m.

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – In Glorious Times

If you’ve 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

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Goon Moon – Licker's Last Leg

Posted Aug. 9, 2007, 8:13 p.m.

Goon Moon – Licker's Last Leg

Let’s not beat around the bush. Licker’s Last Leg is the album Queens of the Stone Age should have put out instead of the bands ... read more

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Matadors – Flame the Whisper

Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 12:18 a.m.

Matadors – Flame the Whisper

Yippeeeee! It’s Matadors time! Plug it in and lets party like it’s 1992! Yes, that’s right. 1992! Forget those bands of way back when. Gas ... read more

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Glorior Belli – Manifesting the Raging Beast

Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 12:15 a.m.

Glorior Belli – Manifesting the Raging Beast

See: Obscurus Advocam Just kidding. But let’s face it. They are pretty interchangeable, no? Both bands are the vision of French musician Infestuus. Both bands ... read more

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Obscurus Advocam – Verbia Daemonicus

Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 12:11 a.m.

Obscurus Advocam – Verbia Daemonicus

I’ve been told that France has been home to a few good bands over the years, but like you, aside from Air I’d be hard ... read more

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By Night – A Shape of New Desperation

Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 12:08 a.m.

By Night – A Shape of New Desperation

Where to begin, where to begin... For starters they’re Swedish, which would normally be a plus, but in this case it is not because they ... read more

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Hell Within – Shadows of Vanity

Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 12:05 a.m.

Hell Within – Shadows of Vanity

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

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Child Abuse – Child Abuse

Posted Aug. 1, 2007, 11:39 p.m.

Child Abuse – Child Abuse

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

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King Diamond – Give Me Your Soul...Please

Posted July 18, 2007, 11:14 p.m.

King Diamond – Give Me Your Soul...Please

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

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Tomahawk – Anonymous

Posted July 10, 2007, 12:08 a.m.

Tomahawk – Anonymous

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

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Queens of the Stone Age – Era Vulgaris

Posted June 21, 2007, 7:41 p.m.

Queens of the Stone Age – Era Vulgaris

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

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Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet

Posted June 18, 2007, 11:19 p.m.

Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet

I've been hoodwinked. Hornswaggled, if you will. Lied to for years. About what, you ask? Well, I'll tell you, you nosey sons of bitches. Porcupine ... read more

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Impious – Holy Murder Masquerade

Posted May 20, 2007, 8:37 p.m.

Impious – Holy Murder Masquerade

For the most part, there is no concept to Death Metal other than…..well, death. Lofty ideas or "concepts" are usually left to the Power Metal ... read more

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Marillion – Somewhere Else

Posted May 6, 2007, 2:26 p.m.

Marillion – Somewhere Else

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

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Mayhem – Ordo Ad Chao

Posted April 25, 2007, 7:19 p.m.

Mayhem – Ordo Ad Chao

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

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Skindraft – Demos

Posted April 10, 2007, 9:11 p.m.

Skindraft – Demos

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

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Celestia – Apparitia-Sumptuous Spectre

Posted April 3, 2007, 10:54 p.m.

Celestia – Apparitia-Sumptuous Spectre

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

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The Stooges – The Weirdness

Posted March 28, 2007, 2:28 p.m.

The Stooges – The Weirdness

This metaphor has been used in other instances and with different figures at the head of the punchline. But believe me when I say that ... read more

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Short Sharp Shock – Short Sharp Shock

Posted March 20, 2007, 5:18 p.m.

Short Sharp Shock – Short Sharp Shock

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

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Striborg – Nefaria

Posted March 14, 2007, 4:54 p.m.

Striborg – Nefaria

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

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Abel is Dying – Gazing from the Abyss

Posted Feb. 22, 2007, 5:08 p.m.

Abel is Dying – Gazing from the Abyss

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

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This Ending – Inside the Machine

Posted Feb. 14, 2007, 2:33 p.m.

This Ending – Inside the Machine

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

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I Killed the Prom Queen – Music for the Recently Deceased

Posted Jan. 30, 2007, 2:52 p.m.

I Killed the Prom Queen – Music for the Recently Deceased

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

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Celebrity Murders – Time to Kill Space

Posted Jan. 3, 2007, 2:26 p.m.

Celebrity Murders – Time to Kill Space

There are a few music "fans" that may be in denial, but I think most schooled individuals can attest that there is a tremendous dearth ... read more

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Urgehal – Goatcraft Torment

Posted Jan. 3, 2007, 2:08 p.m.

Urgehal – Goatcraft Torment

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

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Deicide – The Stench of Redemption

Posted Dec. 29, 2006, 2:06 p.m.

Deicide – The Stench of Redemption

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

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Eyes of Ligeia – A Fever Which Would Cling to Thee Forever

Posted Dec. 25, 2006, 9:02 p.m.

Eyes of Ligeia – A Fever Which Would Cling to Thee Forever

Ask the founding member of Eyes of Ligeia about his band history and you're likely to get this response… In the cursed year 1998 of ... read more

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Gorgoroth – Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam

Posted Dec. 19, 2006, 3:52 p.m.

Gorgoroth – Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam

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

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Kaada – Music for Moviebikers

Posted Dec. 13, 2006, 3:24 p.m.

Kaada – Music for Moviebikers

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

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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

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

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Foo Fighters – Skin and Bones

Posted Dec. 7, 2006, 7:22 p.m.

Foo Fighters – Skin and Bones

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

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Pretty Girls Make Graves – Élan Vital

Posted Dec. 3, 2006, 1:50 p.m.

Pretty Girls Make Graves – Élan Vital

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

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Voivod – Katorz

Posted Oct. 5, 2006, 1:32 p.m.

Voivod – Katorz

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

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New York Dolls – One Day it Will Please Us to Remember Even This

Posted Sept. 6, 2006, 10:54 p.m.

New York Dolls – One Day it Will Please Us to Remember Even This

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

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Rob Zombie – Educated Horses

Posted Aug. 28, 2006, 3:42 p.m.

Rob Zombie – Educated Horses

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

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Cattle Decapitation – Karma. Bloody. Karma

Posted Aug. 21, 2006, 3:27 p.m.

Cattle Decapitation – Karma. Bloody. Karma

Well what can you say about a group like Cattle Decapitation? First and foremost…they're not emo. Secondly, they have a new album out called Karma. ... read more

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Angel Eyes – Something to Do with Death

Posted Aug. 14, 2006, 12:24 a.m.

Angel Eyes – Something to Do with Death

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

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The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia

Posted Aug. 1, 2006, 1:37 p.m.

The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia

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

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Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped

Posted July 25, 2006, 3:03 p.m.

Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped

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

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Scanners – Violence is Golden

Posted July 16, 2006, 1:16 p.m.

Scanners – Violence is Golden

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

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Celtic Frost – Monotheist

Posted July 6, 2006, 2:45 p.m.

Celtic Frost – Monotheist

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

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Hank Williams III – Straight to Hell

Posted June 25, 2006, 11:44 a.m.

Hank Williams III – Straight to Hell

Weak. Shallow. Lame. Insipid. All of these words have been used at some point (by me) to describe country music. I fucking hate what passes ... read more

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Apiary – Lost In Focus

Posted June 20, 2006, 10:01 p.m.

Apiary – Lost In Focus

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

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Peeping Tom – Peeping Tom

Posted June 12, 2006, 7:53 p.m.

Peeping Tom – Peeping Tom

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

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Serpe – A Night in Gin's Hollow

Posted May 31, 2006, 3:42 p.m.

Serpe – A Night in Gin's Hollow

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

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Cherubs – Uncovered by Heartbeat

Posted May 24, 2006, 1:25 p.m.

Cherubs – Uncovered by Heartbeat

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

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Venom – Metal Black

Posted May 17, 2006, 2:19 a.m.

Venom – Metal Black

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

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Cross Examination – The Hung Jury

Posted May 9, 2006, 2:40 p.m.

Cross Examination – The Hung Jury

Everybody's so political these days. Protesting this, boycotting that. Hell, there are more hippie protest songs out now then there ever was in the 60's. ... read more

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Angel Blake – Angel Blake

Posted April 26, 2006, 8:51 p.m.

Angel Blake – Angel Blake

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

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Ennio Morricone – Crime and Dissonance

Posted April 12, 2006, 11:58 p.m.

Ennio Morricone – Crime and Dissonance

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

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Let Planes Circle Overhead – Let Planes Circle Overhead

Posted April 5, 2006, 7:51 a.m.

Let Planes Circle Overhead – Let Planes Circle Overhead

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

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Brian Posehn – Nerd Rage

Posted Nov. 27, 2005, 7:45 a.m.

Brian Posehn – Nerd Rage

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

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Exodus – Shovel Headed Kill Machine

Posted Nov. 6, 2005, 9:30 p.m.

Exodus – Shovel Headed Kill Machine

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

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Neshamah – Communicating in Heartbeats

Posted Oct. 31, 2005, 8:44 p.m.

Neshamah – Communicating in Heartbeats

If you ask me, there's no musical genre more ripe to be picked from the tree of potential and placed into the basket of commercial ... read more

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Drowningman – Don't Push us When We're Hot

Posted Oct. 10, 2005, 4 p.m.

Drowningman – Don't Push us When We're Hot

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

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How it Ends – Beloved

Posted Oct. 2, 2005, 4 p.m.

How it Ends – Beloved

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

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Mad Sin – Sweet and Innocent? Loud & Dirty!

Posted Sept. 24, 2005, 11:51 a.m.

Mad Sin – Sweet and Innocent? Loud & Dirty!

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

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Foetus – Love

Posted Sept. 5, 2005, 11:03 a.m.

Foetus – Love

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

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Twenty Inch Burial – How Long Will We Laugh and Smile?

Posted Aug. 20, 2005, 9:56 a.m.

Twenty Inch Burial – How Long Will We Laugh and Smile?

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

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Amora Savant – The Immaculate Misconception

Posted July 20, 2005, 11:20 a.m.

Amora Savant – The Immaculate Misconception

Sometimes, perspective is a good thing. There's not always time to gain significant perspective, but when you do have the time, it makes an informed ... read more

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The Residents – Animal Lover

Posted July 16, 2005, 9:08 a.m.

The Residents – Animal Lover

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

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The Murder City Devils – The End

Posted July 9, 2005, 8:15 a.m.

The Murder City Devils – The End

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

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Vio-lence – Eternal Nightmare

Posted July 6, 2005, 12:24 a.m.

Vio-lence – Eternal Nightmare

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

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Foo Fighters – In Your Honor

Posted June 16, 2005, 4 p.m.

Foo Fighters – In Your Honor

"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

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Hollow Ground – Cold Reality

Posted June 10, 2005, 4 p.m.

Hollow Ground – Cold Reality

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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Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth

Posted June 5, 2005, 4 p.m.

Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth

Pretty Hate Machine, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile - you name any of these titles to a Nine Inch Nails fan and they could probably ... read more

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A Day To Remember – And Their Name Was Treason

Posted June 5, 2005, 4 p.m.

A Day To Remember – And Their Name Was Treason

We've all done it - you mention a band unfamiliar to your friend and they'll ask "What does it sound like?" and being lazy North ... read more

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