Author Archives: DJ Kimby

Hot Snakes – Jericho Sirens [Sub Pop]

First album in 14 years from Garage Rock/Post-Hardcore masters and it does not miss a beat. Contains plenty of their signature frenetic riffs and urgent, shouting vocals. Hard hitting and full of great tracks on par with their previous work. Play: 1,3,4,5,6,9,10 FCC: 2 RIYL: Drive Like Jehu, Shellac, Mclusky Advertisements

Saxon – Thunderbolt [Silver Lining Music]

Classic sound here on the 24th full-length album from one of the pioneering NWOBHM artists. Solid heavy metal that will not push any boundaries but also does not sound remotely stale. Very strong effort with lots of great, playable tracks. Play: 2,3,4,5,7,8,9,11 FCC: None RIYL: Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio  

The Kut – Valley of Thorns [Cargo Records]

British all female group that straddles the line between hard rock and alternative metal. Riff-centric sound reminiscent of the hard rock heyday of the 1980’s, but without the cheese that is so common in that style of music. Hard hitting with lots of great tracks throughout. Play: 2,4,5,6,8,10 FCC: 7,9 RIYL: White Lung, Hole, Le […]

Dramatica – Fall of Tyranny [Record Label Music]

How I imagine Iron Maiden might sound if Paul Di’Anno never left the band and they delved into a more proggish sound. Very apparent influence from classic NWOBHM acts as well as some of the more straightforward heavy metal acts of the 1980’s. Strong effort throughout. Play: 1,2,3,4,5 FCC: None RIYL: Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, […]

Grimskunk – Unreason in the Age of Madness [Indica]

Politically-charged punk music from Montreal-based band. Reminiscent of classic Canadian punk acts such as Nomeansno at times. Sound occasionally gets heavier on some tracks, but for the most part this is straightforward punk rock. Play: 1,2,6 FCC: 3,4,8 RIYL: Nomeansno, Jello Biafra, Turbonegro

Stepping Sideways – Harbinger [Self-Released]

Progressive metal with an atmospheric sound. Clean vocals mixed with occasional death metal growls on some tracks. Features multiple time changes and breakdowns throughout. Play: 2,3,5 FCC: None RIYL: Opeth, Vanden Plas, Dream Theater

Zola Jesus – Okovi (Sacred Bones Records)

Dark and brooding Art Pop with a heavy, almost apocalyptic feel. Atmospheric instrumentation supporting her somber yet ethereal vocals. Play: 2,3,6,10 FCC: None RIYL: Chelsea Wolfe, Purity Ring, iamamiwhoami

Motörhead – Under Cover (Silver Lining Music Ltd)

Compilation of covers over the years made by the Heavy Metal legends. Covers range from David Bowie to Metallica. They have that classic Motörhead sound and do justice to the originals. Play: 1,2,3,5,6,7 FCC: 11 RIYL: Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Kyuss

Death From Above – Outrage! Is Now (Last Gang)

Frenetic Indie Rock centered around heavy bass with energetic tempo. Less steeped in Dance-Punk sound than their previous releases, but still maintaining the unique bass sound and intensity of their previous work. Play: 1,3,4,6 FCC: 5,7,10 RIYL: Royal Blood, MSTRKRFT, The Faint

The Night Game – The Outfield

Debut single from Boys Like Girls frontman, Martin Johnson. Anthemic Pop-Rock that invokes a sound reminiscent of 80’s pop rock from LA and Miami. Play: 1 FCC: None RIYL: Bleachers, Madaila

Guided By Voices – How Do You Spell Heaven (GBV Inc.)

Solid, well-crafted Indie Power Pop from the prolific Robert Pollard and company. Guitar driven shorter pop songs that still have plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. Retains the trademark sound of classic Guided By Voices albums. RIYL: Car Seat Headrest, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Sebadoh Recommended Tracks: 1,2,4,11,15 FCC: None