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Friday, March 26 2010 00:00

THE CINEMATICS - LOVE AND TERROR (Album Review)

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51sUuuel4pL. SL160 The second album by Scotland's THE CINEMATICS - a band I was admittedly unfamiliar with - LOVE AND TERROR is a stylish entry into the recent 80's-influenced New Wave revival. Old-school fans of The Cure and Depeche Mode may find something fresh, yet familiar to enjoy - while younger fans of The Killers or Angels and Airwaves will eat this up. Dark and polished, yet still upbeat .
510dHGJxQfL. SL160 PM5K first hit my personal radar with their 1997 release MEGA!! KUNG-FU RADIO, which I still have in my personal archive but rarely revisit. Hitting their stride with 1999's sci-fi infused TONIGHT THE STARS REVOLT!, the band seemed poised to become a staple in the rock mainstream, largely due to the infectious single "When Worlds Collide", which still can be heard in regular radio rotation a decade later.
51O5O-kdUvL. SL160 Taking inspiration from the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger and featuring a cartoon parody of the California Governor named "Ahhhnold" on periodic vocals, playing second-fiddle to AS I LAY DYING's Tim Lambesis. After releasing TOTAL BRUTAL in 2008 followed by the holiday EP A VERY BRUTAL CHRISTMAS (which I actually gave a friend for Christmas last year), most thought that ADM was a load likely spent.
Wednesday, March 17 2010 00:00

DROPKICK MURPHYS - LIVE ON LANSDOWNE (Review)

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61n0b3dVvtL. SL100 The "luck of the Irish" hit me late last week when I discovered a copy of the new DROPKICK MURPHYS CD/DVD release LIVE ON LANSDOWNE, BOSTON MA in my mailbox. Yes, it was like a gracious leprechaun had delivered me a gift - granted me a wish, or left me a pot 'o audio/video gold.
Monday, March 15 2010 00:00

GRIND MADNESS AT THE BBC (Album Review)

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61neSZp7ZeL. SL160 Few (if any) radio shows could ever claim to challenge the legendary status of the late John Peel's THE PEEL SESSIONS on the BBC's Radio 1. Having first discovered them myself while sifting through the import CD racks of several long-gone indie record shops throughout the midwest, these little gems were live performances from some of rocks biggest names along with many underground legends and true sonic innovators.
Wednesday, March 03 2010 00:00

ARMORED SAINT - LA RAZA (Review)

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518hyEg8v3L. SL100 After being on hiatus for nearly a decade, ARMORED SAINT have returned with LA RAZA(due March 16, 2010 on Metal Blade) - their first set of entirely new material since 2000's REVELATION. The on-again-off-again band (due to vocalist John Bush being the in-again-out-again frontman of ANTHRAX) has been taunting fans with the prospect of a new album since 2008 when bassist Joey Vera revealed that he and Bush had started writing together again.
Thursday, January 28 2010 00:00

SIX FEET UNDER - GRAVEYARD CLASSICS 3 (Album Review)

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41tnZhrfVSL. SL100 You know, some bands are best left alone to do what they do and that's that. Once in awhile one of these said bands makes the unfortunate mistake of paying "tribute" to one (or more) of their "influences" with catastrophic results.
Wednesday, January 27 2010 00:00

FEAR FACTORY - MECHANIZE (Album Review)

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51rqGyulVL. SL100 Regardless of what you might've heard over the past year about bickering, legal troubles, lineup changes, and sheer internet gossip - FEAR FACTORY has returned.

Wednesday, January 27 2010 00:00

ROB ZOMBIE - HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 (Album Review)

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61O9YiO4vL. SL100 "All hail Jesus Frankenstein" wails Rob Zombie on the opening track of his long-awaited HELLBILLY DELUXE 2: NOBLE JACKALS, PENNY DREADFULS, AND THE SYSTEMATIC DEHUMANIZATION OF COOL, the fourth studio album from the musician-turned-filmmaker, and his first for Roadrunner's Loud & Proud imprint.

Unless your name is Meatloaf, sequels to albums rarely work, and unfortunately HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 is no exception.

51tfKZlTf2L. SL100 When it was announced in early 2009 that Richard Christy had finished working on music for a new project, hard rock fans were intrigued. Long-known for his drumming chops displayed through DEATH, ICED EARTH, and more, Christy had become known recently not for music, but for his gig on THE HOWARD STERN SHOW, along with acting turns in the direct-to-dvd horror flop ALBINO FARM and the sequel to HAROLD & KUMAR. Caught by curiosity, fans were curious to know exactly what type of project Christy had been assembling.
Wednesday, December 30 2009 12:00

G-FORCE (Blu-ray Review)

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Originally posted on STARLOG

Released theatrically in 3-D this past July, Disney's G-FORCE was met with lukewarm critical reviews despite positive audience reaction and a box office take of over $119M (falling short of it's estimated $150M budget). There's not a lot you can say about a film in which CGI Guinea Pigs fight the forces of evil alongside live-action human counterparts to sell it upon an adult audience without realizing that adults aren't the audience. It's a film distinctly aimed at kids.

Monday, October 26 2009 00:00

Atreyu - CONGREGATION OF THE DAMNED (Album Review)

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610KuyUzHiL. SL160 The metalcore and screamo explosion of the early 2000's brought with it an onslaught of bands that disappeared almost as quickly as they arrived. The few innovators that stuck around have done so by means of evolution rather than extinction, a necessity to avoid becoming lost in a sea of sound-a-like bands with similar vibes and inferior songwriting.
Saturday, October 17 2009 00:00

THE MARSHMALLOW GHOSTS 7"

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grave046 100'Tis the season for all things spooky, and this Halloween-themed 7-inch from Chicago's Graveface Records is a welcome addition to the seasonal playlist. The debut from The Marshmallow Ghosts (a project featuring members of The Appleseed Cast, Casket Girls, Dreamend, and Black Moth Super Rainbow), this self-titled vinyl release is more soundscape than song, but something worth checking out.
Wednesday, August 26 2009 12:00

PETE'S DRAGON "High-Flying Edition" (DVD Review)

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Originally Posted on STARLOG
As far as Disney reissues go, they seem to be breaking that "Seven Years in the Vault" a bit as the last time PETE'S DRAGON hit DVD was a "Gold Collection" release in 2001, just over 8 years ago.
Thursday, August 06 2009 12:00

RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN (DVD/Blu-Ray Review)

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The recent cavalcade of remakes has started filtering down to family films of late, though it's by all means not a new thing for Disney. Having mined their live-action vaults for reboots of THE PARENT TRAP, HERBIE, etc. over the years, it was only a matter of time before the WITCH MOUNTAIN series received a big-budget revival.

Just released on DVD & Blu-Ray this week (reviewed here from the limited 3-Disc DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Copy Combo Pack) is RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN.