Monthly Archives: August 2009

Resurrection Remastered

Halford – “Resurrection Remastered” released May 3, 2009 on Metal God Entertainment Rob Halford endured some highs and lows in his years apart from Judas Priest. The 2wo experiment was pretty uneven and although Fight was more of a return to form, it was not until he assembled his eponymous band that the Metal God again aspired to […]

Strange Cousins From The West

Clutch – “Strange Cousins From The West” released July 14, 2009 on Weathermaker Music No other heavy rock band is as fiercely independent and consistently satisfying as Clutch. This is the Maryland band’s first new material on their own imprint (unless you count The Bakerton Group’s El Rojo earlier this year), and you can tell they wanted to […]

United States

Paul Gilbert – “United States” released June 30, 2009 on Mascot There’s few people in the world that are known for their shredding as well as their balladry, but Paul Gilbert has walked that thin line from Racer X toMr. Big and now through solo work. This is his first collaboration with fellow Pennsylvanian Freddie Nelson […]

Eight Ways

Madder Mortem – “Eight Ways” released June 23, 2009 on Peaceville So rarely am I brought to the verge of tears by music these days, least of all by any of the flocking female-fronted metal bands blotting the landscape. Agnete Kirkevaag possesses Grace Slick’s timbre with an even wider range, inviting moving moments that vary […]

Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage – “Killswitch Engage” released July 6, 2009 on Roadrunner It takes some balls to release a second self-titled album (the first being their debut with former vocalist Jesse Leach). Is this truly a defining moment in their career? Absolutely. It reinforces that KsE is too safe, too middle-of-the road, and should not strike even a […]

Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Dream Theater – “Black Clouds and Silver Linings” released June 23, 2009 on Roadrunner The tenth studio album from the first word in prog metal is drenched in death; an exhausting and challenging endeavor that is ultimately satisfying once it processes. Their darkest album to date is also their most unified body of work since Awake, […]

Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Dream Theater – “Black Clouds and Silver Linings” released June 23, 2009 on Roadrunner The tenth studio album from the first word in prog metal is drenched in death; an exhausting and challenging endeavor that is ultimately satisfying once it processes. Their darkest album to date is also their most unified body of work since Awake, […]

A Touch Of Evil

Judas Priest – “A Touch Of Evil” released July 14, 2009 on Epic Records The Metal Gods present their first live offering since reuniting with Rob Halford, and it’s the best since Unleashed In The East. Comprised of a breadth of songs spanning thirty years of their career, seven albums are represented, with all but two […]

Polaris

Stratovarius – “Polaris” released May 20, 2009 on Armoury Records The Finnish power metal quintet undergoes another lineup change for their 12th studio album, replacing longtime guitarist Timo Tolkki and bassist Jari Kainulainen. This inner turmoil renders the result no less effective, perhaps even amplifying their might. Promising indeed, with so much to love: the […]

Providence

Callisto – “Providence” released May 26, 2009 on Fullsteam Records Often referred to as the Finns’ answer to Cult of Luna, the sextet reaches further on their third release, grasping lofty branches and exploring new territories. Once primarily instrumental, the addition of varied vocalist Jani Ala-Hukkala introduces a world of possibility. He sounds like a smoothed-out […]

Sole Lord

Hull – “Sole Lord” released May 26, 2009 on The End It’s good to hear another band besides Nile crafting music steeped in Egyptian mythology. However, rather than death metal, the Brooklyn quintet transports the sounds of southwest American sludge to the deserts of the Middle East. One doesn’t listen to Hull so much as journey with […]

Light Flares

Knot Feeder – “Light Flares” co-released March 10, 2009 on Strings & Hammers / File Thirteen The Pittsburgh quartet boasts some impressive personnel: guitarist Andrew Grossman and drummer/vocalist Rob Spagiare were formerly in Tabula Rasa, and Mike Banfield was the original guitarist for Don Caballero. After three years together with bassist Andy Curl (Southpaw), they […]

Light Flares

Knot Feeder – “Light Flares” co-released March 10, 2009 on Strings & Hammers / File Thirteen The Pittsburgh quartet boasts some impressive personnel: guitarist Andrew Grossman and drummer/vocalist Rob Spagiare were formerly in Tabula Rasa, and Mike Banfield was the original guitarist for Don Caballero. After three years together with bassist Andy Curl (Southpaw), they […]

The Apathy of Conformist Thought

Like Industrial electro Pop.  Sound is often like a weird mixture of darker industrial ambience layered with bittersweet synth lines.  Drum programming throughout.   The male vocals leave something to be desired.   Twenty tracks on here…the instrumental ones are probably the best.  FCC Clean Play 1, 5, 9, 15,19 (MLK samples)

Lemons

Ty Segall, former Epsilon singer and guitarist, debuts with his album Lemons.  Mostly lo-fi garage rock, there is some psychedelic and rockabilly mixed in.  The album has a dirty, grungy sound that begs for a mosh pit.

Tall Tall Trees

The Tall Tall Trees self titled debut is a little something different.  It’s something like folk, indie, pop with a little electronica mix in.  The lyrics are very interesting and pull you into the music.  Definitely check it out!

Peach Red

Foster McGinty’s latest, Peach Red, is a straight up rock and roll album.  His sound is similar to Cream, early Led Zepplin and Lynyrd Skynyrd.  With some blues mixed in this is a classic rock revival that pays tribute to the hard rockers of the 60’s and 70’s.

Setting Fire To the Great Unknown

The Grey Coats debut Setting Fire to the Unknown is an emotionally charged, alt rock album.  The lead singer sounds a bit like Bono or Keane’s lead singer Tom Chaplin.  Very melodic pop alt rock album with a smooth dark edge to it.

King Of Jeans

Pissed Jeans– “King Of Jeans” released August 18th, 2009 on Sub Pop Records Described as a noise/grunge band with influences ranging from Black Flag, Fang, Flipper and Shattered Faith among others. “False Jesii Part 2″ starts off with a definite Black Flag feel, especially on the guitars and has a decent crunch throughout that confirms […]

King Of Jeans

Pissed Jeans– “King Of Jeans” released August 18th, 2009 on Sub Pop Records Described as a noise/grunge band with influences ranging from Black Flag, Fang, Flipper and Shattered Faith among others. “False Jesii Part 2″ starts off with a definite Black Flag feel, especially on the guitars and has a decent crunch throughout that confirms […]

Creepshow

Never Got Caught– “Creepshow” released April 20th, 2009 on They Want More Never Got Caught is a band featuring Brian “Uzi” Hinkley, Bill Hinkley (ex-TREE) and Paul Dallaire. “Anyway” starts off with more of a Jane’s Addiction feel to it and picks up a bit of hardcore influence among other styles. It never really strays […]

Ignorance Never Dies

Your Demise– “Ignorance Never Dies” released May 4th, 2009 on Mosh380 Your Demise is a hardcore band from St.Albans, United Kingdom influenced by Hatebreed, Sick Of It All and Suicidal Tendencies. “Antipode” is fast, uncompromising and has the feel of a Hatebreed song. Standard sludgy hardcore. “Black Veins” follows in the same way with sludgy, […]

Gnawledge

Wonderful Spanish guitar, flamenco beats, and Arabic rhythms combine in fresh new ways & distinguish this 16 member band based in Granada, Spain. Musician Canyon Cody received a Fulbright scholarship to develop this project. They offer this CD as a free download to anyone who would like a copy and encourage people to pass it […]

Gnawledge

Wonderful Spanish guitar, flamenco beats, and Arabic rhythms combine in fresh new ways & distinguish this 16 member band based in Granada, Spain. Musician Canyon Cody received a Fulbright scholarship to develop this project. They offer this CD as a free download to anyone who would like a copy and encourage people to pass it […]

Ya Foy!

Algerian Lamine Fellah, now living in Ecuador, creates a fusion of Reggae, Latin, & North African Rai music. Reggae often dominates, but there’s much more to it. Note high profile guest artists. Interesting.

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