Album Reviews

EP Review: Untitled – The Screamagers

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EP Review: Untitled – The Screamagers

Although never compiled into a cohesive album, an impressive collection of 15 songs is boasted by horror punk/ psychobilly band The Screamagers. The Misfits are an obvious influence, with their punk rock renditions of vintage horrors: Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, “Zombie Monsters From Outerspace”, and teenage werewolves are their typical song material. Their collection is catchy and fun, even if some songs are ridiculous. In the end, it’s all completely entertaining. As mentioned … read...

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Album Review: Pestilence – Consuming Impulse

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Album Review: Pestilence – Consuming Impulse

This classic album, released in 1989, is crawling with high octane intensity. Melodic lead guitar and vocals are syncopated between the rhythmic bass lines and percussion.The guitar squeals like a pig during raging solos, and harmonized riffs reinforce even more strength behind catchy power chords.  The drumming is extremely aggressive; Heavy-footed on the kick drum and crashing with cymbals. This percussive brutality is headbang-worthy, like the somber drumrolls of an execution. Frontman Martin Van Druen … read...

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Album Review: Red Light Cameras – Shiver

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Album Review:  Red Light Cameras – Shiver

Like Stevie Nicks or Karen O, Amanda Machon of Red Light Cameras is a badass rock vixen with a powerful but distinctly feminine voice. Their newest album, Shiver, is defined by bouncy pop beats with a hard rock edge. The song structures are simple but nice. Playful and sassy, this album is a seamless fusion of rock attitude and pop appeal. The tunes are super catchy, making Shiver a perfect party album. Although highly entertaining, … read...

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Album Review: Ol’ Dagger – Bobcat Dynamite

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Album Review: Ol’ Dagger – Bobcat Dynamite

Holy fucking hell, these vocals will kill you. David Ahern-Seronde (Yar, Oscillation, Obelisk) expands his skills ever further with a wider range of high pitched screams and low growls. The guitars and drums are symbiotic in their primitivism and raw power, reminiscent of early Death and Dark Angel. The rhythm often loses itself in a decadent groove, which results in some sinuous bass lines and drum riffs. This album superimposes sludgy lethargy … read...

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Album Review: Fleshgod Apocalypse – King

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Album Review: Fleshgod Apocalypse – King

Italian quintet Fleshgod Apocalypse are masters of symphonic technical death metal. Their newest release, King, is pinnacle of elegance, with music as sophisticated and powerful as its title.  Crunchy blast beats in the guitar and drums open up into sweeping orchestral arrangements. The heavily distorted electric guitar, with its melodic leads and shredding solos, merges seamlessly with the symphonic instruments. Similarly, the twinkling pianos are exquisitely integrated, while the chorus creates a soundscape of epic … read...

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EP Review: Parallellism by Ot-un-et-ir

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EP Review: Parallellism by Ot-un-et-ir

Ot-un-et-ir is a New Mexico based band with a downtempo, sludgy sound so thick that you could cut it with a knife. Their first release, Parallelism, is album length at 58 minutes, but is considered a single piece. (For convenience sake, I will refer to it as an EP.) The music is extremely heavy-footed with the drums and bass, droning alongside each other with slow and sweet riffs. The rhythm is similar to that of … read...

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Album Review: I Declare War -We Are Violent People By Nature

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Album Review: I Declare War -We Are Violent People By Nature

This album is living proof that life imitates art, and vice versa. The furious, hateful music reflects a world being crumbled by politics, propoganda, and society itself. Hope gives in to misanthropy and despair. The lyrics are spoken by both the forsaken and the forsaker.  Having been betrayed by our fellow man, we exact revenge, and thus continues the vicious cycle of violence which will ultimately be our demise. Vocalist Jamie Hanks has a formidable … read...

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Album Review: Cyanic/Infinite Waste 2015 Split

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Album Review: Cyanic/Infinite Waste 2015 Split

This EP is a collaboration between San Jose’s Cyanic and Oakland’s Infinite Waste. Both bands from the California coast have a propensity for coarse, ball-busting dissonance with distorted guitars and beastly vocals. Here is a track-by-track review of this split: Cyanic have blasting soundwalls of sinuous counterpointed rhythms, which intertwine with complexity. The vocals are good, even though the sound quality itself is somewhat choppy. The drums, bass, and guitar each play their own thing, … read...

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Album Review: October File -Monuments

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Album Review: October File -Monuments

Monuments is a fitting title for the 20014 release by October File, a colossal jewel which captures the band at their zenith. This chimerical beast is a culmination of hardcore, post punk, and industrial influences, making a musical juggernaut of monstrous proportions.  Although they are a relatively obscure band, they have withstood the test of time thus far and have remained a thematic powerhouse for over a decade.  October File have the boastful confidence, and … read...

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Album Review: Orange Goblin -Time Travelling Blues

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Album Review: Orange Goblin -Time Travelling Blues

Sink your teeth into this tasty slice of stoner metal.  Although the band Orange Goblin keeps their music chilled out with a classic blues structure and sludgy tempo, the heavily distorted guitar riffs and gruff vocals result in a sound that is gloomy, doomy, and altogether ‘shroomy. The 1998 album Time Traveling Blues is defined by dreamy, distorted noisescapes of altered guitars, giving way to aggravated punk riffs, while screamed vocals remain constant and at … read...

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