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Album Review: The Showdown - "Blood in the Gears"

Tennessee's take-no-prisoners heavy metal outfit The Showdown starts their new album "Blood in the Gears" with a vengeance. The album begins with "Man Named Hell," a punishing and unrelenting southern metal excursion through a wonderful twist of riff-rocking and virile guitars. It is from there that the rest of the experience is set to launch.

Album Review: "How to Destroy Angels"

Reader beware, I'm wading lightly into dangerous musical territory for me. Trent Reznor's new EP with his brand new bride (who is reportedly expecting,) entitled "How To Destroy Angels" is a foray into the depths of modern electronic music. I am a stranger in a strange land for this, but I shall endeavor to open my mind and do my best.

Album Review: Buckcherry - "All Night Long"

Beginning with their 1999 eponymous release and the subsequent gig opening for AC/DC in the spring of 2000, Buckcherry seemed poised to dominate the party rock scene for at least a decade. Well, it’s been a decade, and with the inclusion of “All Night Long,” there have been four studio albums, and here the journey seems much the same.

Album Review: 10 Years - "Feeding the Wolves"

What a curious little album we have here. Whether that qualifier means “good” or “bad” is solely up to the listener. In 10 Years “Feeding the Wolves,” we see a band that gets caught between directions, but is not without talent.

Obliging the trendy nature of assorted alt-metal, “Feeding the Wolves” capitalizes on the anguished, emotional tropes that dominate the radio waves. Yet, within that somewhat disposable framework there exists a glimpse of creative song writing. The harmonizing that the band uses all too sparingly is a small exhibit of the kind of talent that’s on the table.

Album Review: Avenged Sevenfold - "Nightmare"

As a music reviewer, you begin to develop an intuitive sense of what to expect from an album. Either through past albums, band news reports or the paradigm of whatever metal splinter genre you are encountering, it’s easy to create a mindset for an album before you ever sit down and give it your full attention.

Generally, one of three things happens: Either you expect the album to be great and it is great, you expect it to be poor and it is poor, or in disappointing fashion, you expect greatness and are rewarded with mediocrity.

Album Review: Soilwork - "The Panic Broadcast"

Wow. I can’t say this is what I expected from Soilwork. Forever titans of the melodic death/extreme/speed metal scene, the last twist I could have anticipated was for the band to release something, dare I say, “pop-y.”

Album Review: Ozzy Osbourne - "Scream"

I'm faced with another possibly ill-advised Ozzy album. Honestly, I'm not sure "Scream" should exist. In truth though, who am I, who are any of us, to tell the father of heavy metal as we know it that he should stop? So, "Scream."

Album Review: Danzig - "Deth Red Sabaoth"

When invoking the name “Danzig,” there are certain musical and idolatrous tropes that immediately spring to mind. First and foremost, the man himself, possessed of a larger-than-life attitude and a booming, rafter-shaking voice. More than that though, Danzig’s music has always conjured gothically romantic images of the single man standing in defiance of the universe, hand clenched and raised in prodigal fury.

Album Review: The Last Felony - "Too Many Humans"

The press release that accompanied my copy of "Too Many Humans," the upcoming album from Montreal's extreme metallers The Last Felony spends a great deal of column space talking about how the band is ahead of their time and will revolutionize the Montreal metal sound. While I hate to be blunt, I don't see it.

Album Review: Texas Hippie Coalition - "Rollin'"

One of the things I love most about Southern-style heavy metal is that there's very little guesswork, and almost no head scratching. Nothing that comes detuned from Texas is a complicated affair. Musical creativity is, for better or worse, sacrificed in the name of high energy, beer-swilling, head-banging mayhem.

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