Posts Tagged ‘cd review’
White Lies – Ritual
White Lies - Ritual

Release Date: January 18, 2011 Reviewed by Chris Johnston In total brutal honesty, I can’t find a single thing likeable about this record. It’s very unfortunate, considering the first 30 seconds of the opening track, “Is Love” is kind of catchy. At first, I was hopeful. But fact of the matter is, New Wave is […]

The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

Release Date: January 18, 2011 Reviewed by Joseph Novak The new Decemberists record — The King is dead, out Jan. 18 — is splendid in what the band decided to keep doing and what they’ve seemed to leave behind. Colin Meloy and crew threw out the conceptual tales of fairies and romps in the forest […]

Motorhead – The World Is Yours
Motorhead - The World Is Yours

Release Date: February 8th, 2011 Reviewed by Jeff Brinn Motorhead has always been like a festering scab in the world of hard rock, you keep picking at it and it still always seems to shows its ugly face. These English road warriors have been trudging the roads since 1975 and with zero commitment to follow […]

Dropkick Murphys – Going Out in Style
Dropkick Murphys - Going Out in Style

Release Date: March 1st, 2011 Reviewed by Joseph Novak Traditional Irish cover song? Check. Foot-stomping pub song about the working man? Check. Lilting ballad about missing home, family and friends? Check. Fired up sports anthem that makes you want to punch a skinhead in the face? Check. Straight ahead rock song with guest vocals by […]

Mike Patton – Mondo Cane
Mike Patton - Mondo Cane

Release Date: May 4, 2010 Reviewed by Mirak Habbiyyieh Mike Patton has finally been able to release Mondo Cane after several years of delays. Mondo Cane features cover versions of 1950s and 1960s Italian pop music, performed by Mike Patton with a 65-piece orchestra. If you are a into jazz or orchestra type music, then […]

Ozzy Osbourne – Scream
Ozzy Osbourne - Scream

Release Date: June 21, 2010 Reviewed by Jeff Brinn In my early days as a young punk I was exposed to Ozzy as one of my very first concert experiences as well as one of my first ever albums I bought on my own. Long story short I have always kinda had a spot for […]

John Frusciante – The Empyrean

Release Date: January 5, 2010 Reviewed by Evelyn Miska Most rock and roll fans will be aware of John Frusciante due to his time in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What some may not be aware of is his extensive solo career and the fact that The Empyrean is his eighth solo album. The Empyrean […]

Crackjaw – Lean Cuts

Release Date: January 2, 2010 Reviewed by Evelyn Miska Hailing from Detroit, one might have expected something with some more grit from Crackjaw’s earlier albums. While some of their earlier tracks sounded a bit like generic rock, the band seems to be trying to push things in a heavier direction. However, for as much as […]

Taddy Porter – Taddy Porter

Release Date: June 29, 2010 Reviewed by Chris Schwegler Joe Selby’s opening guitar tone and Kevin Jones bass groove fish hook you right in, and then Andy Brewer vocals grab you like the Jaws of Life. “Whatever Haunts You” is a great album starter, gets your head rocking and you even catch yourself playing the […]

As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise

Release Date: May 11, 2010 Reviewed by Mirak Habbiyyieh Back for their fifth album, Tim Lambesis, Phil Sgrosso, Josh Gilbert Nick Hipa and Jordan Mancino did not disappoint fans even after a three-year gap since their last release.  The Powerless Rise nicely picks up where An Ocean Between Us left off, but with more of […]

Aimee Allen – A Little Happiness

Released Date: June, 9, 2009 Reviewed by Evelyn Miska It may initially seem odd that Aimee Allen’s solo release, A Little Happiness, came out of a break up with her long-time boyfriend and a random gang assault that left her with memory loss, post-traumatic stress disorder and the possibility she’d never be able to sing […]

A Rocket to the Moon – On Your Side

Release Date: October 13, 2009 Reviewed by Evelyn Miska Yes, Rocket to the Moon is another band on the Fueled By Ramen label (Pete Wentz’s label). Yes, many of their songs sound like the somewhat generic pop-rock that fills the radio airwaves. Yes, it isn’t the most creative music you’ll ever come across and, yes, […]

Taproot – Plead The Fifth

Release Date: May 11, 2010 Review by Mirak Habbiyyieh Plead The Fifth the fifth album from Taproot, brings them to Victory Records for what is possibly their heaviest album to date.  Stephen Richards, Mike DeWolf, Phil Lipscomb and Nick Fredell round out Taproot’s lineup. Right out of the gate, Plead The Fifth is in your […]

Lo-Pro – The Beautiful Sounds of Revenge

Release Date: June 8, 2010 Review by Mirak Habbiyyieh Lo-Pro released their debut in 2003, then a new album teaser EP in 2009 and now in 2010 the much-anticipated album “The Beautiful Sounds of Revenge” is upon us.  What took so long?  I’m not sure, but man I’m glad this is going to see the […]

Year Of The Rabbit – Year Of The Rabbit

Release Date: July 15, 2003 Reviewed by Sonya Sutherland Ken Andrews is one of those under-recognized singer/songwriter types. While grunge was still popular, Andrews fronted the critically acclaimed, publicly overlooked Failure. After that he moved on to help out on the Replicant’s self-titled projects and then yet on to another project, On. After which Andrews […]

White Light Motorcade – Thank You Goodnight

Release Date: June 3, 2005 Reviewed by Andy Schwegler Grounded in the garage rock reassurgence of New York City with a nice tinge of British Pop al la Oasis, White Light Motorcade’s debut Thank You, Goodnight. displays a delightful combination of indie rock harshness, aggressive late 70’s punk and a bit of 80’s brit pop […]

W.A.S.P – The Neon God Part 1: The Rise

Release Date: April 20, 2004 Reviewed by Jeff Brinn With the music industry in the crapper I tend to look in unexpected areas for stimulating music. Enter W.A.S.P. Sure you heard of them, the controversial L.A. shock rock band from the eighties that gave us such radio friendly favorites as “Animal, I F**K Like A […]

Walls Of Jericho – With Devils Amongst Us All

Release Date: August 22, 2006 Reviewed by Andy Seabright The story of Walls of Jericho begins in Detroit in 1998 with the demise of two other local bands Earthmover and Universal Stomp. Eventually the line up was set and with the help of consistent live shows and their 1999 EP A Day and a Thousand […]

Vue – Down For Whatever

Release Date: January 1, 2004 Reviewed by Sonya Sutherland The Vue has come out with a happy-go-lucky, good feeling album. The overall vibe is peppy and free and certainly well described by its title- Down for Whatever. Of course Garage rock seems to be all they hype theses days but most bands that get that […]

Velvet Revolver – Contraband

Release Date: June 8, 2004 Reviewed by Jeff Brinn Contraband easily has to be one of the most industry hyped rock releases of the year. Built around some of hard rocks largest superstars and with incredibly huge anticipation waiting its release, Velvet Revolver seemed as if to be a fans dream comes true. Brandishing some […]

Unwritten Law – Live And Lawless

Release Date: September 30, 2008 Reviewed by Evelyn Miska With almost 2 million albums sold over their time together, Unwritten Law has taken that next step in a long-term music career, the live album. Live and Lawless was recorded in March at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip and is a mix of some […]

Unloco – Becoming I

Release Date: March 18, 2003 Reviewed by Vin Cherubino Texas powerhouse Unloco delivers more of the same with their new album Becoming I, despite claims of it being a revelation. The album seems bland at some points, lacking the energy needed to drive the act. The first single “Failure” brings together a good slow acoustical […]

Unearth – III: In The Eyes Of Fire

Release Date: August 8, 2005 Reviewed by Nathaniel Shannon Moshmetal. Cute hair. Girl pants. Everyone who likes “heavy music” is quickly becoming aware of the new wave of terrible fashion that co-exists with the new breed of “extreme” music. Where most hardcore bands of 6 years ago turn in the chugs for some dude that […]

Type O Negative – Dead Again

Release Date: March 13, 2007 Reviewed by Jeff Brinn Bobby Steele and his dark and dreary concoction of down tuned Sabbath induced metallic mastery are back and proudly better then ever. Heavy is an understatement to say the least when it comes to Type O Negative and this new release is by all means the […]


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