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The Almost - "Monster Monster" Review

The Almost’s new album, “Monster Monster” doesn’t offer me a lot musically, but I like the idea.

Hollywood Undead, Chuck Biscuits, and more!

- Say what you will about Hollywood Undead, but they have a nonstop and peerless marketing machine. That said, the band is going all out, pushing the presale for their upcoming CD/DVD "Desperate Measures" before going on tour with Atreyu in just a couple short weeks. The release is slated to contain six live tracks, six studio tracks, and sixty minutes of unedited band video. "Desperate Measures" goes out the door November 10th.

Three Days Grace - "Life Starts Now" review

I am hardly someone who could be called a prognosticator of future trends. That said, I suspect that the legacy of Three Days Grace is going to be very, very fleeting.

Katatonia - "Night is the New Day" Review

Katatonia is another of those bands that is blessed with a large following overseas, but just has never really hit a solid chord with Western audiences. I get the feeling that their newest studio album, “Night is the New Day” will do little to change that.

Atreyu Releases Zombie Killing Shooter

This is absolutely the kind of marketing gimmick I can get behind. It combines two of my favorite hobbies, heavy metal and zombie killin'...no wait, I mean gaming.

Atreyu - "Congregation of the Damned" Review

In the past, I have been a serious critic of Atreyu. I found their music to be uninspired and derivative. However, with a new album on the way, it was upon me to shelve my previous prejudices and see what the band had to offer.

Wolfmother - "Cosmic Egg" Review

Listening to Wolfmother’s “Cosmic Egg” is a refreshing break from the usual blasé fare offered under the aegis of “rock revival.” Even with an almost entirely new band in tow, Wolfmother has produced a second album that can stand the test of time. The linchpin in the entire effort is that Wolfmother plays stand up rock and roll without any of the ironic sense that has become so fashionable in music and pop culture. Andrew Stockdale isn’t playing rock and roll out of some grand nostalgia, or to impress any sort of image on the listener.

GWAR - "Lust in Space" Review

I couldn’t let this get by without a review. I kept holding it on the back burner, with the mindset that I would get to it eventually. Well, that time is now.

Okay, I admit it. I am the one guy that actually has bought a couple GWAR albums. Yes, me. I’m the one. So anyway, “Lust in Space.”

Arch Enemy - "The Root of All Evil" Review

Arch Enemy’s “The Root of All Evil” is an interesting study. It has all the tenets of typical European death metal fare, but at its darkened and fiery center beats an irrepressible heart of old-school thrash. Beneath the prominent blast beats and screeching vocals is an album that features intricate and calculated guitar work, down to earth riffs stretched over simple but infectious rhythms, and an integrated understanding of powerful metal themes.

Powerman 5000 - "Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere" Review

It occasionally occurs to me just how long ago some of my favorite albums were released, and how it doesn't feel like it could possibly be that long. "Astrocreep 2000" was fifteen years ago, "Reign in Blood" twenty-three, "Kill 'em All" was twenty-six. Conversely, "Tonight the Stars Revolt" was released in 1999, but the platinum-certified success of that album feels much more than a decade ago.

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