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Wednesday, June 16 2010 00:00

EYES SET TO KILL - BROKEN FRAMES (Review)

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71EfK0hzeQL. SL160 On their third album, Phoenix band EYES SET TO KILL finds themselves at a crossroads of genre and popularity with much of the attention often falling on the looks of sisters Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez than the band's musical output. After a tumultuous few years that has seen the band burn through an almost comical number of members (around 9 currently hold the "ex-ESTK" title), EYES SET TO KILL seems to have locked in a solid lineup following the departure of Keyboardist/Scream Specialist Brandon Anderson.

Tuesday, June 15 2010 00:00

THE STEVE MILLER BAND - BINGO! (Review)

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514NOclJmbL. SL110 The opening line of THE STEVE MILLER BAND's latest bio proclaims that "The Gangster is Back!" - a statement that is much more than simple record label PR hype. On his first album since 1993's WIDE RIVER, Miller and Co. take a trip back in time to recapture the essence of Miller's time in the Chicago blues scene, and turn out a collection that makes you wonder what took them so long?

Thursday, June 10 2010 00:00

OZZY OSBOURNE - SCREAM (Album Review)

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51YEVzbt-OL. SL500 AA300 There's something to be said about going out on top, and at this point there's no guarantee that OZZY OSBOURNE will be able to pull that off. After my first listen to Ozzy's latest album SCREAM, I told the first person I spoke to afterward that the album was "pretty terrible." After listening to it again, that statement was not accurate. The album is actually pretty solid, but not for OZZY.

Tuesday, May 25 2010 00:00

SKYFORGER - KURBADS (Review)

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mainalbumkurbadsWhat's more metal than swords, cloaks, and tales of mystical beasts and legends? NOTHING.
In that, SKYFORGER is about as metal as they come. The "Latvian Pagan Metal" band brings Baltic folk music into their guitar-driven fury, creating an album worthy of a hearty mosh and the anger of an Orc. Indeed my black-shirted brothers and sisters, if Bilbo Baggins was a thrasher, KURBADS would likely be blaring from the entrance to his tree-based hut.
Monday, May 24 2010 00:00

BRAINDRILL - QUANTUM CATASTROPHE (Review)

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517u4WmvzL. SL160 There's a genre being touted as "Tech Metal" or "Technical Metal" that's being used to describe death metal bands that have some serious progressive playing skills, yet use their powers questionably. Too often "Tech Metal" can also mean "unorganized sonic babble to annoy James with." Truth is, there's only a handful of bands and players that manage to combine virtuoso playing with extreme music and make it work. Off the top, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, CANDIRIA, and (sometimes) BUCKETHEAD come to mind. The reason? The can actually write songs.
Monday, May 24 2010 00:00

IT'S ALIVE - HUMAN RESOURCES (Album Review)

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51wWoLsYJKL. SL160 Wind-Up Records is a label responsible for releasing a lot of shit over the course of the past decade. All of the Creed, Scott Stapp, and Alter Bridge albums, along with 12 Stones, Evanescence, and the lackluster soundtracks to DAREDEVIL, ELEKTRA, FANTASTIC 4, etc. were pumped-out by Wind-Up, marketed en masse, and gobbled up by the "Top 40" crowd. To me they were nothing more than the equivalent of emotionless audio diarrhea.
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