Tuesday, June 15 2010 00:00


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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


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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, June 08 2010 00:00

GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND (Game Review, XBOX 360)

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510tCc03HtL. SL160 Music Gaming has evolved in ways never thought possible just a few short years ago. With the next generation of games and peripherals slated to debut next week at E3 in Los Angeles, could some visions of the future be included in GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND, which arrived in-stores today?
Tuesday, May 25 2010 00:00


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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


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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


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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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