Albums

Peter Kernel – Thrill Addict

There comes a time in the evening when the traditional verse-chorus-verse of repetitive sequential guitar chords begins to reach up with tired, gnarled hands, wrap themselves around my throat and slowly squeeze the life out of me. I am sure…

Dead Happy – Banana God

EP – 2015 – Coffee Jingle Records Dead Happy; even their name suggests some sort of weird oxymoron, a fusing of polar opposites, and quite possibly a paradox struggling to bring meaning to the meaningless genre that is Industrial. But…

Taake – Stridens Hus Review

Another traditional three years wait is over. Taake, black metal institution from Bergen, Norway, released its sixth studio album in 2014. Available since December, Stridens Hus (Battle House) arrived with the cold winter, and the seven songs are going to…

Marys Ruin – Down The Line

Have you ever sat down at the stereo, slipped on an album with nervous trepidation (because, admit it folks, music these days, a band can either rock or mock the genre), and within minutes you were rocking out, happy to…

Avatar from another Decade: Milking the Stars

In November 2014, a piece of altered reality made its appearance on the shelves. It was a fusion between something real and something coming from a parallel universe. Milking the Stars: A Re-Imagining of Last Patrol, Monster Magnet’s most recent…

Rachel: My Anti-Christmas Music List

I have a tumultuous relationship with December. It’s my birth month, it often comes with snow (where I live, though, way less than I would like), and I love Christmas lights. But it also comes with the strain of Christmas, debates on…

Holidays album recommendation by Venom

As my treat for Christmas 2014 I chose to introduce you to an album that is as much blasphemous as it is festive. It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not; the holiday season can just be a time to…

Going back in Time: Wolf – Devil Seed

The 80s. It was a flourishing moment for heavy metal. Some of the best albums, still considered as classic today, were released during this decade. Holy Diver from Ronnie James Dio in 1983, Powerslave from Iron Maiden in 1984, Peace…

Brian Barnhouse – Clarified

Now here is something very sensational, straight out of the American independent scene and living in the middle of the USA: Brian Barnhouse, a guitarist and vocalist making his solo debut with Clarified. His first band back in 1990 was…

Creation Mind – The Crimson Sun

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Creation Mind is a band or, so you will, project formed by Mike Paranti , a very talented multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from New York City. Along with band members Stewart Wenig (vocals, bass and lead guitar) and Stefano Leone (drums)…

Review: The Hearted – Sorry For Apologizing

2014 / The Hearted Productions Say what you want about The Hearted, but they are not a bunch of slacker rejects. Formed a mere 3 years ago, during the summer of 2011, this bunch of good-looking preppy punks have taken Europe by…

Fistula – Vermin Prolificus

For the longest time I believed sludge metal to be music for nothing more than fat, lazy, aging metalheads who had finally reached the point in their lives where they simply refused to headbang, get in the pit, or truly…

The Pussywarmers and Réka – I Saw Them Leaving

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With a name like Pussywarmers one could expect some kind of shock-rock, nu-metal, brand of Marilyn Manson or maybe a slightly less shocking Anal Cunt but one would be utterly and disappointingly wrong. A misleading name and being from Switzerland…

Blondie – 4(0) Ever

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What can I say about Blondie that hasn’t already been said by hundreds of reviewers over the years? In existence since 1974, a year after I was born, Blondie broke out of the growing and mutating underground punk scene of New York and into the more mainstream scene in 1978 into a music scene that was soon dubbed “New Wave” – a kind of tamer, more public-friendly version of Punk that was being marketed to the major labels and radio listening public. Debbie Harry, the blonde bombshell and former Playboy Bunny who fronted the band, had a sultry and mesmerizing voice and she soon became every new wave teenager’s wet dream. The music, although seemingly pop music today, was punk in the truest sense of the word back then as it took aspects of Reggae, disco, rock, and jazz and combined them all to make that distinctive “Blondie” sound. Blondie was in fact, ahead of their time back in the late 70s and early 80s and if it weren’t for their hiatus from 1982 to 1997, I am sure they would have …

HELLYEAH – Blood For Blood

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Blood For Blood is the fourth studio album released by the American heavy metal ‘supergroup’ Hellyeah and, if previous albums had been any indication of what to expect, the answer would have been… “meh” followed by a slight shrugging of…

I Am Heresy – Thy Will

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BoySetsFire vocalist Nathan Gray has recently released his side project I Am Heresy, a project he believes will allow him to release his “darker side”. With that knowledge in hand, I went into this review expecting something akin to watching…