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California Guitar Trio Andromeda Review

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
California Guitar Trio Andromeda Andromeda California Guitar Trio Karate Body Records & Inner Knot 2010 Genres: Acoustic, minimalist, progressive instrumental rock RIYL: Steve Reich, Andreas Kapsalis/Goran Ivanovic, John Fahey 7.6 If Robert Fripp was your guitar teacher, it’s very likely that you’re a very accomplished guitarist. And California Guitar Trio (CGT) are no exception; Bert Lams, Paul Richards, and Hideyo Moriya have been going strong for over 19 years and will surprise very few with Andromeda, their latest recorded effort. Point of interest being, that this is CGT's first record to feature absolutely no covers, and the original works are stacked with a slew of improvisational pieces. The trio often performs live with three acoustic guitars, as their technical mastery is ...

Way Yes Herringbone review

Saturday, November 27th, 2010
Herringbone Album Cover by Way Yes Herringbone Way Yes Self-Released Available Dec. 14, 2010 Review By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor It’s hard to say no to Way Yes. Whether it’s the Muppet-like vocals or the island inspired beats - the duo has managed to create one of the year’s most unique releases while living in the land of the bland. Columbus, Ohio, an often overlooked Midwestern rose between two urban thorns, isn’t necessary the first location that you might associate with a breezy worldbeat indie band, but Glenn Davis and Travis Hall have transformed the banks of the Scioto River into Kokomo. The band is set to formally release Herringbone, a ...

Killing The Dream release Lucky Me LP Today

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Killing The Dream Lucky Me Album Cover Lucky Me Killing The Dream DeathwishInc Avail Nov 23, 2010 FFO: Comeback Kid, Bane, Cave In California's Killing The Dream are releasing their latest recorded effort today, a 7-song L.P. entitled Lucky Me via longtime label DeathwishInc. Killing the Dream broke onto the scene in 2004 with their blazing Self-titled E.P., which quickly garnered the attention of New England's DeathwishInc, where the band would quickly find a welcoming home. In 2005, Killing The Dream laid down their breakthrough album In Place, Apart with God City Studios' mastermind Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them, Disfear). The 12-song L.P. would go on to be hailed by critics and fans from ...

Broughton’s Rules Bounty Hunter 1853 & Interview

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Bounty Hunter 1853 out now on Relapse Records by Boughton's Rules Bounty Hunter 1853 Broughton’s Rules Relapse Records Available November 23, 2010 Genres: Instrumental rock, post-rock, angular indie rock RIYL: Don Caballero, Slint, Ativin 8.3 Broughton’s Rules…what does that mean? Established by John “Jack” Broughton in the 1700s, it was the first “code” adhered to by boxing to reduce the number of fatalities in the sport. What does it mean today? A Pittsburgh-band that’s as hard-hitting and punchy as any other rock band out there. And if you can pardon the puns, they come out swinging, in fantastic fashion. Along with this review, we were able to catch up with ...

Coke Bust Re-Issue Lines In The Sand

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Coke Bust Lines In The Sand Reissue Remastered Lines In The Sand (Remastered Reissue featuring Fuck Bar Culture EP and early Demo Recordings) Coke Bust Six Weeks Records FFO: Youth of Today, Ceremony, Deep Wound Washington DC's straight-edge, hardcore punk powerhouse, Coke Bust have just re-released Lines In The Sand via Six Weeks Records for first time on CD featuring remastered versions of all tracks including their Fuck Bar Culture E.P. and early demo recordings. This special edition of Lines In The Sand includes 33 tracks clocking in at 31.5 minutes. Unlike many of their straightedge contemporaries, Coke Bust do not fall into the chug-chug, boring breakdown after boring breakdown ...

Shipping News – One Less Heartless To Fear Review

Friday, November 5th, 2010
Shipping News One Less Heartless To Fear Live Album Cover Shipping News One Less Heartless To Fear Review Karate Body Records/Noise Pollution Available Nov. 9, 2010 By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor One Less Heartless To Fear, the sixth LP from Shipping News, is uncompromisingly raw and lyrically lush. The album was recorded live at two very different venues at opposite ends of the globe: Skull Alley in Louisville, KY and the O-Nest in Tokyo, Japan. The new album (Karate Body Records/Noise Pollution), set to release on November 9th, embraces the honest quality of the minimalistic ally produced sound – including its quirks and flaws. This production does well to accommodate the sporadic spoken-word-like vocal ...

Phobia release Unrelenting EP and Tour

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
Unrelenting Album Cover by Phobia PHOBIA Unrelenting Relapse Records Release: 11/23/2010 FFO: Brutal Truth, Capitalist Casualties, Pig Destroyer, Regurgitate Phobia have long reigned as a patriarch of the American grind scene with over 20 years of proliferation that began with 7" releases at Relapse Records when the now indie-Goliath was still in its infancy and functioning out of a basement. This was before the term "grind" or "grindcore" was commonplace among extreme music aficionados. And although the band would release their first 7" in 1991, the turbulence of day-to-day life resulting in members changes and financial instability would see the band hold off on their first full-length until 1997. It's no industry ...

Mini Mansions Self Titled LP Review

Monday, November 1st, 2010
Mini Mansions Album Cover Mini Mansions Mini Mansions Rekords Rekords Available Nov. 2, 2010 By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor A bold and rather risqué comparison comes to mind when trying to liken Los Angeles’ Mini Mansions to another band. They are a sonically charged, psychedelically soaring Americanized version of The Beatles. Think the drug-induced St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – not the sound of the teeny-bopping Hard Day’s Night. Now before any elderly fans cry blasphemy – please listen to their debut album. Mini Mansions’ self-titled album stands on its own. It is extremely catchy, extraordinarily complex and playfully bizarre. Above all ...

MINISTRY – Every Day is Halloween: Greatest Tricks

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
Ministry - Everyday is Halloween: Greatest Tricks MINISTRY – Every Day is Halloween: Greatest Tricks Earlier this month, Ministry released Every Day is Halloween: Greatest Tricks via Cleopatra Records and 13th Planet. And by all accounts, the record title is accurate; it is a trick. You will find Every Day is Halloween: Greatest Tricks at most music stores around the country. I actually found out about the album as I walked into a record store and heard it playing. You’ll find it for purchase on Amazon, and everywhere else you would imagine a national release to circulate. Everywhere, that is, except on Ministry’s website or either of the releasing labels. In 2004, Ministry founder ...

Control Denied – The Fragile Art of Existence: Review

Monday, October 25th, 2010
Control Denied - The Fragile Art of Existence Re-Issue Control Denied The Fragile Art of Existence: Special Re-Issue Available Tuesday October, 26 2010 Relapse Records Review By Staff Writer, Lucy Leitner The reason Control Denied’s 1999 album The Fragile Art of Existence sounds so familiar is because it is exactly such. Familiar. Composed of highly skilled members of Death, Iced Earth and Testament, among others, the late Chuck Schuldiner-led fringe supergroup is fairly standard progressive metal that with an element of grit. Relapse Records’ reissue of Control Denied’s sole full-length album includes the original eight songs, along with a second CD that includes even ...

Kill The Client – Set For Extinction: Review

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Set For Extinction Album Cover Kill The Client Set For Extinction Available Oct. 26, 2010 Relapse Records FFO: Phobia, Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer Grind enthusiasts have some preconceived notions of what we find acceptable in a grind record. First set of rules: Music has to fast, pissed, and abrasive. Upon first listen of Kill The Client's Relapse Records debut, Set For Extinction, we can quickly check these off the list. The riffs and accompanying drum work clock in at breakneck speed, punctuated by a ferocious vocal attack reminiscent of NYC's Brutal Truth - Need to Control, 90's era grind. Grinders also like short songs. Set For Extinction has an ...

TITAN Interview

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
TITAN group photo TITAN Sweet Dreams Review and Interview with Kris D’Agostino Sweet Dreams is available October 12, 2010 via Relapse Records By Andy McNeil, Staff Writer The gods of metal have stepped down from Mount Othrus and stomped their way to Brooklyn. No longer will the masses of stoner rock be forced to remain moored in a bog of droning riffs and mucky tones. TITAN has arrived – and this band is ready to rip – synth-style. The New York act will be releasing their new album Sweet Dreams on Tuesday, October 12th on Relapse Records. TITAN, who have previously released material on Paradigms and Tee ...

Torche – Songs For Singles: Review

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Torche Songs For Singles Album Cover Torche Songs For Singles E.P. Hydra Head Records Release Date: September 21, 2010 By Andy McNeil, Staff Writer The phrase “short and sweet” may be generally frowned upon in between the sheets, but Torche’s latest release Songs For Singles (Hydra Head Records) ignites a passionate fuzz bomb that is just that - short and sweet. The Miami-based trio fires through the first six of eight tracks on the new EP at warp speed - in fact, the song “Lay Low” blazes by in less than 60 seconds. Torche has streamlined their appearance after parting with the only longhair in the band - guitarist Juan Montoya. ...

Pantera Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition Pantera Cowboys From Hell (Deluxe Edition 3CD) 20th Anniversary Edition. Out now. Review by Staff Writer Larry West. In the 20 years that Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell has been around, we’ve seen 4 presidents, a ton of wars, attacks, the death of hair metal, the rise and fall of nu-metal, and the rise, fall, and rise again of basically every metal band from the 80’s. But through it all, this album has proven to be the ultimate trend killer. Since its release, Cowboys From Hell is the album that every single metal band has been forced to top. So far, arguably, none have matched the impact ...

Troy Von Balthazar – How To Live On Nothing: Review

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
How To Live on Nothing Album Cover Troy Von Balthazar How To Live On Nothing Third Side Records Available Sept, 13 2010 By Andy McNeil Troy Von Balthazar Live PhotoTroy Von Balthazar unleashes an ethereal collection of cat calls and ghostly lullabies on his second LP How To Live On Nothing. Von Balthazar channels the spirit of Elliot Smith in this lo-fi indie folk release, which layers soft vocals over airy guitar – both acoustic and electric – with slowly meandering keyboard melodies. The moments that make this record shine aren’t necessarily the soothing ones though. The real diamonds ...

Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth: Review

Monday, August 16th, 2010
Danzig Deth Red Sabaoth Danzig Deth Red Sabaoth Evilive/The End Records June 22, 2010 Review by Larry West. With over 30 years in the music business and 8 solo albums, Danzig, the creator of horror punk and one of the formative creators of goth rock has released one of the best albums of his career, Deth Red Sabaoth. Released through Evilive and The End Records, the album is very relaxed, something no one would expect from the same man who agonized over every note on his first solo album, Danzig I. According to Glenn in a recent Revolver interview, “I wanted to have an organic sound, bigger and thicker, so I went out and bought some 1970s Kustom tuck ’n’ ...

Dinner For Schmucks Reviewed at BTS

Thursday, July 29th, 2010
Dinner For Schmucks Movie Scene With Zach Galifianakis Dinner for Schmucks Opens Nationwide in the US Friday, July 30. Review by Larry West Click Below To Purchase Tickets: Dinner For Schmucks Movie PosterA guilty pleasure of just about everyone is insulting someone else. Some of us aren’t proud of it, while others enjoy it. Some call it people watching. Some call it for what it is. In Dinner For Schmucks, we see a group of successful businessmen that enjoy hosting dinners for people they see as schmucks. They can in turn, sit around and laugh at the ridiculous rantings of these "guests" and the ...

Cephalic Carnage – Misled by Certainty: Review

Monday, July 19th, 2010
Misled By Certainty by Cephalic Carnage - Cover Art Misled By Certainty Cephalic Carnage Relapse Records Avail August, 31 2010 Genres: Deathmetal, Grindcore, Progressive Reviewed by Joshua T. Cohen Cephalic Carnage have been building and streamlining their unique blend of grind, death-metal, and progressive jazz since the early 90’s. They are nothing short of an authority in the extreme metal world. Cephalic Carnage continue to create music for musicians that challenges as much as it excites. The band members have been some persistent grinders this past year, working in a new guitarist, while at the same time, writing and composing a monstrous new album, Misled by Certainty, which hits streets ...

Turning Lead into Gold with The High Confessions: Review

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
The High Confessions Group Band Photo Turning Lead Into Gold with The High Confessions The High Confessions Relapse Records 2010 Genres: Kraut rock, space rock, psychedelia RIYL: This Heat, Popol Vuh, Sonic Youth 6.8 Super-groups are often not as good as the sum of their parts. So when Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revco, Killing Joke), Sanford Parker (Minsk) and Jeremy Lemos (White/Light) got together, they knew they had the daunting task of bucking the trend and putting out something phenomenal. Whether you see it as a success or not is ultimately up to you, but many elements do find a way to work. First of all, if you’re a Sonic Youth fan, you shouldn’t be surprised as to how demanding this record ...

Iwrestledabearonce Live

Thursday, July 8th, 2010
Iwrestledabearonce group photo Larry West recently caught Iwresetledabearonce on tour with Otep as they stopped through The Blockley in Philadelphia, PA on June 26, 2010. Harder and faster. Louder and ruder. Pushing the limits of taste and being more extreme than the next guy have been a recurrent theme in metal since the 80’s. A constant pissing contest amongst Heavy Metal bands to see who was heavier than the next. This sometimes resulted in astonishing achievements like Slayer’s Reign in Blood, but also gave way to interesting bands such as Faith No More who would bend anything and everything while challenging the stereotypical “metal” sound. Then you have Iwresetledabearonce. Reaction to this group of avant-garde “metal heads” has been everything ...

Thee Oh Sees: Warm Slime

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
Thee Oh Sees new record Warm Slime out on In the Red Records I feel like In the Red Records have some weird magical musical crack that makes me like things that they release that I would never think I would like if you tried to describe it to me. Maybe if you play In the Red records backwards it is like a Kiss album and it convinces people to like pop music again. In any case, I seriously tried to hate Thee Oh Sees (hate their name, hate everything everyone told me about them) but their newest release Warm Slime has not left my record ...