Posted Oct. 14, 2010, 11:09 a.m.
Supergroups tend to be either spectacular successes or spectacular failures. Either the musicians work well together, or they dont. Creative differences, personal drama or overgrown ... read more
Posted Dec. 20, 2009, 7:03 p.m.
Gentry Densley is somewhat of a living legend in the metal world. Unfortunately I am not as familiar with his work in Iceburn as I ... read more
Posted Nov. 4, 2009, 1:11 a.m.
A couple of years ago, through my involvement with this website, I crossed paths with Down-Stares independently released album The Watershed. This was an album ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2009, 11:02 p.m.
Sirhan Sirhan plays groovy hardcore punk with a bit of a noise rock bent and maybe even some of that vintage rock n roll vibe ... read more
Posted Aug. 17, 2009, 3:38 p.m.
This is an album that I wanted to like as soon as I saw the cover art, but in the back of my mind I ... read more
Posted July 27, 2009, 4:51 p.m.
Apocalyptic is a word thrown around a lot in reviews, to the point where readers could really stop putting any stock in it. But many ... read more
Posted June 10, 2009, 12:26 a.m.
Isnt it ironic that a band whose name means kindred spirits in French is broken up? As depressing as that fact is, at least Amesoeurs ... read more
Posted March 31, 2009, 4:52 p.m.
Each song of the Malevolent Grain EP, A Looming Resonance and Hate Crystal, comprises one side of an exquisitely packaged 12. Both songs are top-notch ... read more
Posted Jan. 28, 2009, 11:43 p.m.
Neurot Recordings has lately been putting out releases from some great and surprisingly diverse bands such as U.S. Christmas, A Storm of Light, and Grey ... read more
Posted Jan. 4, 2009, 2:41 p.m.
Dømkirke is a live Sunn 0))) album recorded at Bergen Cathedral of Bergen, Norway as part of the Borealis Festival 2007. The twelfth-century cathedral was ... read more
Posted Sept. 15, 2008, 3:21 p.m.
I dont get the chance to review Croatian bands very often. And I definitely dont get many chances to review Croatian noise rock bands (try ... read more
Posted July 30, 2008, 11:19 p.m.
Black metal is one of the last bastions of progression and experimentation in the metal community. Fifteen years ago that statement would have been laughable, ... read more
Posted July 22, 2008, 11:31 p.m.
Minimalistic drone/doom is a hit-or-miss kind of genre. When you are relying on only one or two riffs to carry an entire song, the results ... read more
Posted June 5, 2008, 10:53 p.m.
One of the latest Sunn 0))) incarnations goes by the name of Pentemple - an unholy alliance between the usual Sunn 0))) boys (Stephen OMalley ... read more
Posted May 22, 2008, 2:25 a.m.
Russian Circles Enter was practically a life-changing album for me. Never had I heard a heavy instrumental band with such a fluid, narrative style before. ... read more
Posted April 1, 2008, 11:31 p.m.
The profound influence of punk on the grunge movement should not be understated. By the time it had reached national recognition, that lineage wasnt as ... read more
Posted March 2, 2008, 11:29 p.m.
Now here is an album that deserves some attention. This review was actually a long time in coming because I originally discovered it via a ... read more
Posted Feb. 24, 2008, 2:19 p.m.
Blunderbuss may at first be notable to some because it contains a member of Don Caballero, Jeff Ellsworth. But trust me, this album ought to ... read more
Posted Dec. 23, 2007, 3:25 p.m.
There is a parenthetical addition to this albums title that states This Might Take More Than You Can Brave. Ironically, this statement has turned out ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2007, 12:10 p.m.
There seems to be an unhealthy amount of metalcore originating from the usually respectable country of Germany. And they all seem to be on Lifeforce. ... read more
Posted Dec. 15, 2007, 1:43 p.m.
Ive come across some weird avant-garde bands, but its a rare occurrence that I hear a band as bizarre and creepy as My Flea Circus. ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2007, 3:55 a.m.
Sleep was great. High on Fire is pretty good. But Om consistently impresses me, and seems to gain momentum with every album. Om seems to ... read more
Posted Aug. 22, 2007, 4:03 p.m.
Some would argue that post-rock has, in recent years, become overpopulated with carbon copies of Explosions in the Sky. Although I am not so sure ... read more
Posted Aug. 13, 2007, 11:02 p.m.
Wow, I havent been keeping up with Deathspell Omega. I was lucky to end up with a promo copy of the Kénôse EP from 2005 ... read more
Posted Aug. 2, 2007, 8:25 p.m.
I dont know much about the Swedish band Naglfar, but I get the impression that they are well respected in black metal circles. But what ... read more
Posted July 10, 2007, 8:29 p.m.
Over the past decade or so toughguy hardcore has gotten more obnoxious by the second, but one of the bands that spawned this shitstorm, Madball, ... read more
Posted June 6, 2007, 11:24 p.m.
About two months ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Altered Beast play a quick, understated, but totally badass set in my friend Paul's basement. ... read more
Posted May 2, 2007, 11 p.m.
There are a lot of bands out there that sound like nothing more than the sum of their influences, without adding anything particularly interesting to ... read more
Posted April 5, 2007, 8:40 p.m.
This is the catchiest Three One G release I have ever heard. Coming from a label that normally specializes in the extreme outer reaches of ... read more
Posted March 25, 2007, 1:49 p.m.
I have a soft spot for those noise punk and grindcore albums that blaze by in ten minutes or less. You know the kind. They're ... read more
Posted Feb. 19, 2007, 4:18 p.m.
You, the Scene Point Blank readers, are probably tired of reading about how awful metalcore is these days. But as stagnant and formulaic as the ... read more
Posted Feb. 6, 2007, 2:08 p.m.
There is little disputing that Sleep was the quintessential stoner metal band. After breaking up due to the band's now infamous falling out with London ... read more
Posted Jan. 3, 2007, 2:16 p.m.
In my experience, there is no such thing as a bad one-man black metal project. Every single one I have heard has impressed me in ... read more
Posted Dec. 17, 2006, 7:03 p.m.
I don't think I've ever heard an album come from this far out in left field and still come together flawlessly. The general consensus seems ... read more
Posted Nov. 20, 2006, 4:02 p.m.
Let me begin by saying I have a soft spot for early '80s hardcore. There was something special that happened in those few short years ... read more
Posted Oct. 16, 2006, 3:09 p.m.
One of the things I love about reviewing is that sometimes I come across bands that are real gems that I would never have known ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2006, 3:21 p.m.
There are a lot of hardcore bands out there who claim to be old-school, but the truth of the matter is that an insane amount ... read more
Posted Sept. 21, 2006, 3 p.m.
Lamb of God and I go back a long way. Their second album, As the Palaces Burn, was the album that really got me into ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2006, 2:11 p.m.
It has finally arrived. It is something I have been searching for months now and feared did not exist. It is the ultimate doom metal/post ... read more
Posted Sept. 7, 2006, 2:46 p.m.
There aren't many drone and ambient bands out there that can hold my interest for more than a couple of minutes. There has to be ... read more
Posted Aug. 15, 2006, 4:15 p.m.
I like Between the Buried and Me, a lot. But The Anatomy of is a perfect example of a covers album gone bad. I really ... read more
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