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After a succesful run on their self-released EP, THE ROAD LEADS TO NOWHERE, New Mexico's LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT have returned with AMONG FLIES, their first full-length set of horror-influenced metal for Siege of Amida/Ferret Records. Kicking off with the almost obligatory instrumental syth intro Overture of the Maleficia, LAST HOUSE rolls into the crunchy Forever Dying, a tale of a...
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. This week we have a repeat offender, charged with another 10 counts of crimes against their elders....
What'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...
NOTE: As of 2011 - James is now managing Product of Hate. This review was written a year prior. Early last year I headed up to Kenosha, Wisconsin to cover a record release performance from LAZARUS A.D. for their METAL BLADE debut. Beside the show being held in a surprisingly unconventional venue - an elementary school gym - the real...
In many ways, GOOD CHARLOTTE's 2002 single "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous" has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the band's relocation to Los Angeles, and their embrace of the glossy Hollywood lifestyle has in many cases caused their music to take a backseat to brothers Joel and Benji Madden's tabloid-fodder romances with a variety of starlets. Earlier...
It's a rare occasion when something lands in my lap and commands that it skip the queue and go right into the player. It's even more of a rarity when I review said album so quickly after receiving it. For the long-awaited GOLD COBRA, the new album from LIMP BIZKIT exceptions have been made. When a band moves over 20 million records...
If you spin things back twenty years, 1996 was a strange time for me. It was the year I moved back to Illinois from Iowa, a time of self-discovery and a year before I met the girl who I'm married to today. Thing is, despite being released formally in '96, NERF HERDER's self-titled debut was very much a part...
Has it been 10 years already? It's hard to imagine, but I guess it has. When MAROON 5 first burst onto the scene with their debut album, SONGS ABOUT JANE in 2002, I was managing a Sam Goody store and was at the forefront of the musical battlefield, introducing the masses to new sounds on a weekly basis. In-between...
PRONG is one of my Top Five Favorite Bands of All-Time - a fact I feel necessary to point out every single time I have news from them to share. Now, ahead of their spring touring activities (including dates with HELMET and Powerflo), the crew over at SPV/Steamhammer has unleashed the latest music video from PRONG... "Forced into Tolerance." ...
I was first exposed to the music of WHITE ZOMBIE through a blind buy of their 1989 Caroline Records release MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY (the spine of the CD oddly says “Let Them Die Slowly”). At the time, I didn’t really enjoy it, and I later went on to trade in the disc at a local record store in...