All Out Ballz Out with Cerebral Ballzy

All Out Ballz Out with Cerebral Ballzy
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As Cerebral Ballzy eased into the intro of “On the Run” at Urban Lounge last June, you knew that front man Honor Titus was going to do justice to the Dead Boys back patch on his jean jacket. The normal, grooving, garage rock vibe that Urban usually hosts transmogrifies into a pissed, circle-pit hardcore show as Titus screams, “Catch me if you can! Catch me if you can! I don’t think you can! … read more

Review: Timber Timbre – Sincerely, Future Pollution

Review: Timber Timbre – Sincerely, Future Pollution
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Timber Timbre = Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds + Damaged BugDaft Punk x Stevie Wonder … read more

Review: Have A Nice Life – The Unnatural World

Review: Have A Nice Life – The Unnatural World
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I’ve never been in a deprivation chamber before, but The Unnatural World renders an audial consciousness for me similar to how I imagine that complete darkness—except for Have A Nice Life flash wet, silver lights of sound. … read more

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