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''I hate nostalgia,'' declares PRONG frontman Tommy Victor when discussing CARVED INTO STONE, the eighth full-length studio album to bear the band's name. ''But this record literally has  every strand of PRONG's DNA spliced together in a way that feels more exciting than it has in some time.'' While it's commonplace and cliche for bands to tell you how much...
“You can’t consider yourself a hardcore kid or a metalhead without owning a Roadrunner album.” - Jamey Jasta, HATEBREED. In 2004, Cees Wessels, founder and owner of Roadrunner Records, approached longtime A&R chief Monte Conner about creating a project and event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the label. Roadrunner had humble beginnings, launching in 1980 under the name Roadracer, as an...
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman SCOTT WEILAND recently released a Christmas album, and there's quite a lot to say about it. Released for the 2011 Holiday season by Softdrive Records via Rhino, THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR is an interesting conversation piece that contains a couple decent renditions of classic tunes alongside some of the most... unique. When I first posted Weiland's video...
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...
Earlier this summer, Surfdog Records made the announcement that they'd begun raiding the archives for some new releases of Brian Setzer live recordings - "some new, some old." While live material from Setzer, his Orchestra, and Stray Cats has been released with relative frequency in the past, artists ranging from The Dave Matthews Band, to Metallica, Pearl Jam, and The Grateful Dead have...
MAROON 5 will probably have the #1 album in the country by this time next week. Having seemingly recorded the same album for the third time, the Los Angeles band has managed to increase the pop factor with each session, producing consistently safe music aimed at the most mainstream of audiences. There's nothing particularly offensive, nor remarkable about HANDS...
Released elsewhere in the World nearly a year ago, SILENT MACHINE, the full-length debut from Australia's TWELVE FOOT NINJA has quietly been available via iTunes in the 'States despite having no "official" U.S. release. That changes on October 1, when SILENT MACHINE gets a physical release in the United States (complete with a pair of acoustic bonus tracks) and...
Few (if any) radio shows could ever claim to challenge the legendary status of the late John Peel's THE PEEL SESSIONS on the BBC's Radio 1. Having first discovered them myself while sifting through the import CD racks of several long-gone indie record shops throughout the midwest, these little gems were live performances from some of rocks biggest names...
You'd think that bringing together some of the finest voices in rock to pay tribute to some of the most recognizable songs of all time would make for a must-have album, especially when their backing band is led by a world-class guitarist such as CARLOS SANTANA. Sadly, on GUITAR HEAVEN, said combination yields a payoff that is far less than...
There's something slightly evil brewing just beneath the surface of CHARLATAN, the Victory Records debut from Chicago's VICTORIAN HALLS. Stealthily working it's way underneath the danceable pop-rock hooks is a twisted new-wave groove of electronic adrenaline that fuels the album to unexpected heights. In fact, not since THE FAINT released DANSE MACABRE in 2001 has a band in this sonic...