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Monday, May 24 2010 00:00

LOW TWELVE - SPLATTER PATTERN (Review)

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splatter-pattern---final-coFor over a decade, Illinois' LOW TWELVE have been hiding in the underground, emerging on occasion to share the stage with the likes of GWAR and PRO-PAIN. On their latest release, SPLATTER PATTERN (their first on their own DBC records), the band takes a thematic approach to their diabolic and drudging sound. Opening with "Stain," the concept of the Splatter Pattern is explained through spoken word as a virtual map of devastation, death, and chaos left behind through the actions of man.
BearerofthedarkestplaguesloIf your darkened heart burns with the feverish desire for some new death metal that recalls the early 90's Florida scene, then BLASPHEMOUS has something for you. With BEARER OF THE DARKEST PLAGUES (out now via BAAR/FORCES OF SATAN), the band has crafted a 10-track, 55-minute set of straight-up old school death metal.
Monday, May 24 2010 00:00

ANEW REVOLUTION - iMERICA (Review)

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anewANEW REVOLUTION released their latest album iMERICA last week via E1 Music, and after sitting on it for a week I'm still not sure who the audience for this is.

The album opens with the rather bland "Broken Bones," which sounds exactly like the same generic "hard rock" you can hear in bars across the country on any given weekend. For the next 42 minutes, things don't get much better.

Wednesday, May 19 2010 00:00

DANZIG - DETH RED SABAOTH (Advance Review)

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mzi.pajfmxvb.170x170-75The thing about a DANZIG record that happens to be both beautiful, and problematic, is that every Danzig record sounds like a Danzig record. Regardless of which players happen to be in the studio or on the stage with Danzig at any given time, they always seem to have little-to-no influence in the overall sound of the band. On their latest effort, DETH RED SABAOTH (due out June 22 on The End Records), the band - singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig, along with PRONG mainman Tommy Victor once again on guitar, and TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly (Glenn played bass on the album) find themselves in traditional territory that's bound to please longtime fans.
Thursday, May 13 2010 00:00

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE - FEVER (Review)

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41QAQL1zn2L. SL160 Although the album has been out for a couple of weeks now, a copy of FEVER just arrived on my desk this past week. I have to be honest and admit that I'd not been very familiar with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE in the past. Aside from hearing a few tracks here and there, I'd never picked up a BFMV album. In fact, the thing I remember most about the band is their "war of words" with ROB ZOMBIE back in 2006. Ultimately, there was no real reason why I'd not delved into their back catalog, but based on what I've been spinning in constant rotation the past few days, that will change.

Thursday, May 13 2010 00:00

NITROMINDS - KILL EMO ALL (Review)

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nitro rev2There's a good chance you've never heard of NITROMINDS. The Brazilian trio has been cranking out music with an old-school punk vibe since the mid-90's, and while known in their homeland and having toured Europe extensively, they've never really made a huge splash here in the 'States. Earlier this spring, the band released KILL EMO ALL - a full album of cover tunes that despite bearing a METALLICA-inspired title and artwork, contains no Metallica cover. What you will find, however is a stellar set that manages to pay tribute to SACRED REICH, DOWN BY LAW, PENNYWISE, and more. Intrigued yet?
Thursday, May 13 2010 00:00

STIGMA - CONCERTO FOR THE UNDEAD (Review)

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stigmacryptBeing a notorious fan of the horror genre, CONCERTO FOR THE UNDEAD by Italian metallers STIGMA intrigued me right away. You see, this entire album has a theme... it revolves around TALES FROM THE CRYPT. Although it opens with a likely-unlicensed sample of John Kassir doing his Crypt Keeper laugh from the HBO Series, "Chop His Head Off!" is a hardcore opening for an album not based on the series, but inspired by the EC COMICS series from the 1950's.

Wednesday, May 12 2010 00:00

ANCHORED - LISTEN TO THIS (Review)

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anchoredcoverThere was a moment about thirty seconds into the first track on ANCHORED's LISTEN TO THIS when I realized something: If it's not already, "Dirty in Texas" will soon be found blaring through the P.A. speakers in sporting arenas throughout "The Lonestar State." The album opener is just anthemic enough to find itself being used as such, while it's also just sleazy enough to be found looping on repeat in smoke-filled bars and strip clubs that reek of baby oil.

Gather 'round the fire true believers, because right now you're about to hear a tale of a legendary beast from the land of Maryland. Yes indeed, that beast is CLUTCH, and they've returned once more to carry a torch and raise a flag for the legions of ears that can only have their sonic thirst quenched by the sounds of genuine pure rock fury...

Thursday, April 29 2010 00:00

DEAD COUNTRY - EP (Review)

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51hymOjZCL. SL160 Four songs are seldom enough to judge the overall quality of a band, but if the quartet presented on this EP is any indication - DEAD COUNTRY are off to a fine start.
Tuesday, April 27 2010 00:00

PUNK GOES CLASSIC ROCK (Review)

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61AFPO3mPlL. SL160 A few weeks ago I took a look back at the past decade's worth of PUNK GOES... collections from FEARLESS RECORDS. If you missed that or aren't familiar with the series, you may want to click here to catch up before reading the rest of this review, as today is the day that PUNK GOES CLASSIC ROCK, the ninth installment of the Punk Goes... series hit's the streets.
Monday, April 26 2010 00:00

SEASONS AFTER - THROUGH TOMORROW (Album Review)

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61cl5A9O3L. SL160 THROUGH TOMORROW, the debut release from Kansas natives SEASONS AFTER has quickly risen to the top of my "surprising albums" of 2010 pile. Originally self-released by the five-piece band early last year, the album was picked up by Dirtbag Music who reissued the set with an additional track last month, and promptly began giving the album the push it deserved.
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