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Somewhere in the mid 1990's something happened. Whenever someone would ask me to name my favorite bands, HELMET became a part of that list. First time I saw them live? September 22, 1992 at the Col Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa - opening for FAITH NO MORE on the same day my trial-by-fire in the music business took place.  MEANTIME had just...
This is some old-school grind right here. With songs ranging from 0:05 on the short end to 15:21 on the long end, BRUTAL TRUTH have delivered another punishing set of American Grindcore on their sixth studio album, END TIME.  Taking a cue from their WAR OF THE WORLDS-inspired cover art, the band descends upon your stereo like an alien force...
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...
When LINKIN PARK first hit the scene with HYBRID THEORY ten years ago, many automatically tossed the band aside as a part of the growing "nu-metal" movement, which at the time was already showing signs of age. Despite hit singles like "One Step Closer" and "Crawling," the future prospects for the band were highly questionable. was an...
What a shame. A concept with vast potential is met with poor execution to equal a sonic travesty... When I first mentioned back in January that there was a metal tribute to FRANK SINATRA on the way, I said I'm not quite sure how I feel about this - curious, worried, or excited. When we previewed the first three tracks a few weeks ago, I was...
Traditionally, WEEZER albums are at their best when they have no title and are only identified by the color of the background present on the cover. The "blue album", the "green album," the "red album." Fact is, while those might be their best, Weezer have never made a bad album. While their last album, RADITUDE was a bit of a...
Something odd happened last Fall in the world of ROB ZOMBIE. The PR department at GEFFEN/UNIVERSAL had ramped up in preparation for the release of HELLBILLY DELUXE 2: NOBLE JACKALS, PENNY DREADFULS, AND THE SYSTEMATIC DEHUMANIZATION OF COOL and then came the abrupt announcement that Zombie was leaving his longtime label in favor of a deal with ROADRUNNER through their LOUD...
With a quick rise and fall marked by a pair of Geffen-released albums, Alabama'sTRUSTcompany quickly dropped off the mainstream radar, announcing a hiatus in the Fall of '05. Six years later, the band is back with their first album for eOne Music. If you dug TRUSTcompany during their fast burn in the early 2000's, you may love their new album, DREAMING...
For 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...
'Tis the season for all things spooky, and this Halloween-themed 7-inch from Chicago's Graveface Records is a welcome addition to the seasonal playlist. The debut from The Marshmallow Ghosts (a project featuring members of The Appleseed Cast, Casket Girls, Dreamend, and Black Moth Super Rainbow), this self-titled vinyl release is more soundscape than song, but something worth checking out....