Review: The Workhouse – The sky still looks the same

Review: The Workhouse – The sky still looks the same
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Merely taking this 10″ out of the package is the preamble to its overall aura—a grey sleeve accompanied by a matching, grey lyrics booklet that holds a mini-CDR version; the mini book holds industrial/construction photos and drawings accompanying the lyrics. “The sky still looks the same” opens the release with somber, bare post-punk with a poppy smirk. … read more

Review: White Suns – Totem

Review: White Suns – Totem
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White Suns encapsulate destruction par excellence with Totem. One may first recall works like Jane Doe with opening track “Priest in the Laboratory,” with its contra-time signatures and cacophonous electric-guitar malfunctioning and anti-chords—it’s sporadic, broken movement. … read more

Review: Dinos Boys – Last Ones
Review: All Pigs Must Die – Nothing Violates This Nature

Review: All Pigs Must Die – Nothing Violates This Nature
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All Pigs Must Die initiate Nothing Violates This Nature with the thrashy “Chaos Arise”—and it does! … read more

Review: Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed

Review: Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
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Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of Forever Abomination, but in my eyes, the band has transcended their sound on this record—the technically modest solo of “Beneath Dead Leaves,” for example, demonstrates Skeletonwitch’s penchant for song construction rather than stereotypical, dick-swingin’ metal guitar solos.  … read more

Review: Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry of Consciousness

Review: Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry of Consciousness
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I was pleased to hear that Joel Grind didn’t take Chemistry of Consciousness in the way that Conjure and Command hinted at, which, for me, might have been cultic stoner-thrash, but staunchly returned to volatile, acidic ooze and frantic bloodlust.   … read more

Review: The Hunt – The Hunt Begins

Review: The Hunt – The Hunt Begins
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Given the “what’s cool” music climate of 2009, this album is visionary: McGandy croons in his lush pogo/post-punk–crossover baritone, almost breaching his voice’s breadth into a holler. “Fifteen Minutes” exhibits rhythmic dynamics that propel the “What have we done to all the young men?!” chorus (which, at least, nods to a street punk gang-vocal motif).  … read more

Review: Iron Chic – The Constant One

Review: Iron Chic – The Constant One
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“Whoas” and subtle vocal harmonies adorn these major-key pop punk songs that elicit emotion in a heartening way, as if Iron Chic’s M.O. was to purge our negative thinking by way of sonic chemotherapy.  … read more

Local Reviews: Salt Lake Spitfires

Local Reviews: Salt Lake Spitfires
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Salt Lake Spitfires aptly synthesize thrash guitars and mid-tempo punk rock right off the bat with “Mountain” in the Chaos Baby EP, and pin down exactly what it would be like at a rock n’ roll show in the ’70s. The Spitfires succeed in varying their songs yet retaining their own sonic signature. … read more

Review: Iceage

Review: Iceage
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Like dying in a dream or Francis Bacon’s paintings, Iceage have delivered a bittersweet roller-coaster stomach lurch with their sophomore release, which drives forward in a disjointed dance with opener “Ecstasy.” … read more