Other than that, there's not much "new" to be had on HI-FIVE SOUP!, and this is one of those cases where that's just fine.
THOMAS GILES' PULSE (out February 1, 2011 via Metal Blade) is a curious record, a nearly unclassifiable sonic oddity. The latest solo effort from BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME frontman Tommy Rogers (Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr - hence, THOMAS GILES) is nothing like BTBAM in terms of execution, but is exactly like BTBAM in terms of composition. Most that could get past his band's metallic crust to see the beauty often hidden under layers of crunch and thunder would appreciate the complexity of BTBAM on every level (think 2007's COLORS album). In that, PULSE is a similar beast, but one that sounds completely different.
In life there's certain things that are consistent, staying the same for better or for worse. The same goes for rock, and for the better there is Motörhead. For over 35 years, Lemmy Kilmister and crew have been cranking out the jams,with dirty, booze-fueled rock and roll. A little metal here and there, a little punk on the side, but it's all pure rock.
With thrash metal in the midst of a resurgence these past few years, it's no wonder that some of the original heroes from the genre's first go are coming back around to assault the ears of new listeners. While they never achieved the kind of commercial success as their Bay-Area peers like METALLICA, TESTAMENT has been a constant force in metal for nearly three decades. After reissuing an expanded version of their LIVE AT EINDHOVEN '87, Prosthetic Records has now given the same remastering treatment to TESTAMENT's 1995 album, LIVE AT THE FILLMORE.
There's a lot to be said about persistence and sticking to one's guns, and in that you have to credit GLEN BENTON of DEICIDE for keeping his satanic crew going for over two decades. With the release of TO HELL WITH GOD, their first release through Century Media, DEICIDE deliver yet another another blast of death metal fury that will surely please the most die-hard of listeners.
Florida ska-punkers LESS THAN JAKE have a long history of bringing some light-hearted humor into their music, and that same attitude takes center stage on their latest release, the TV EP. Crafted in terms of "Channels" as opposed to songs, the TV EP is meant to give listeners the experience of flipping channels on television, jumping from show-to-show, complete with commercial breaks in-between with the difference being that all of these are theme songs and jingles as covered by LTJ. Though undoubtedly throwing a nod to the 80's/early 90's, newer fare is here as well, all delivered as if you were still checking out your favorite shows on an analog set adorned with rabbit ears on top.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: DR. ACULA is an acquired taste. Think Cannibal Corpse being fondled by Mr. Bungle while watching TMZ and you're on the right track. The New York band has been kicking around in various incarnations for over half a decade, and you're either going to love 'em or hate 'em with no in-between. When they first hit my radar with an early demo of "Shocker on Shock Street" (later re-recorded for their 2008 album BELOW ME), I found them amusing and rockin' at the same time. Since then, they've changed members like most change underwear, but their brand of "party grind" has remained largely the same.
Those high-flying superheroes from Aquabania are back. Indeed, the legend is true, THE AQUABATS! have returned with a new album called HI-FIVE SOUP!, released this week via Fearless Records. So what's new from the 'Bats? Well, they've added Auto-Tune to their sonic arsenal...
TRENT REZNOR aka NINE INCH NAILS has never sounded better, as evident in the recent reissue of his 1989 debut PRETTY HATE MACHINE. Released this past November through the Bicycle Music Company/UMe after a long process of tracking down who owned the rights to what, the landmark debut from NINE INCH NAILS has been remastered from the original tapes and the result is a Reznor-approved revamping of the record, complete with a new digipack encased in a plastic slip-sleeve.