Review: Planes Mistaken for Stars – Prey

Review: Planes Mistaken for Stars – Prey
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Planes Mistaken for Stars = Hot Water Music + Unbroken + These Arms Are Snakes … read more

Review: Integrity – Systems Overload (A2/Orr Mix)

Review: Integrity – Systems Overload (A2/Orr Mix)
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For as good as the original Systems Overload is, it’s firmly planted in 1995. The new mix is rawer and louder, and the instruments have more space. My only gripe is that everything is loud, making songs that should be more dynamic and punctuated lose potency as all dials are pegged at 11. … read more

Review: Haraball – Sleep Tall

Review: Haraball – Sleep Tall
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Europe has produced many great hardcore bands, and by all accounts, Haraball should sound of a feather with OFF!, and in most regards they do.  … read more

Review: Violent Reaction – Marching On

Review: Violent Reaction – Marching On
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Violent Reaction = Negative Approach + Agnostic Front + Blitz … read more

Review: Wolves in the Throne Room – BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini

Review: Wolves in the Throne Room – BBC Session 2011...
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Ethereal as their studio recordings are, the BBC Session provides a different and equally as compelling experience. “Prayer of Transformation” is a slow and whispered black metal trek on Celestial Lineage, but in the live studio setting it shares a kinship with the patience-testing doom of Bell Witch and Samothrace.  … read more

Review: Integrity – Suicide Black Snake

Review: Integrity – Suicide Black Snake
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If you have been following Integrity’s trajectory these past five years or so, through split after split, EP after EP, Suicide Black Snake is the natural evolution in Integrity’s arc. … read more

Review: Great American Ghost – Everyone Leaves

Review: Great American Ghost – Everyone Leaves
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Great American Ghost = American Nightmare + Pulling Teeth + The Suicide File … read more

Review: Imperial Triumphant – Abyssal Gods

Review: Imperial Triumphant – Abyssal Gods
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Imperial Triumphant = Deathspell Omega + Gorguts + Artificial Brain  … read more

Local Review: Scalps – Serenades Of An Abomination

Local Review: Scalps – Serenades Of An Abomination
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We’re not talking dandruff shampoo here. Scalps is assuredly a reference to those bloody spoils of war—a perfect mascot for the music this band makes. … read more

Review: Red Hare – Nites of Midnite

Review: Red Hare – Nites of Midnite
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“Don’t want to not fit in in the wrong way” sings Shawn Brown on Red Hare’s debut, kicking style over substance square in the balls. Nothing less should be expected of a punk veteran like Brown, or the rest of Red Hare. Although technically a debut, Red Hare is essentially Swiz/Sweetbelly Freakdown with a new drummer, the raging Joe Gorelick (Bluetip).  … read more