Local Reviews: Destructinator

Local Reviews: Destructinator
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The four energetic local youngsters that comprise the moronically- named Destructinator love to bend strings and serve up power metal solos, and, honestly, they’re quite good at it, but they need to banish their inner class clowns and freeze the irony pronto. … read more

Local Reviews: Ralp

Local Reviews: Ralp
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According to Moondog Music, Ralp (Casey Fritz to those in the know) has recorded over 200 songs, all of which are downloadable through their website. This makes reviewing this three song demo a little strange. Two years ago, SLUG reviewed Ralp’s first six-song demo in these very pages. Where it gets interesting is that all three songs on this disc were also on the first one. … read more

Local Reviews: WoO

Local Reviews: WoO
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This was a wonderful little surprise.Intrigued, not knowing at all what to expect, with zero press release and mysterious album artwork, I immediately put this in my car CD player. The result was approximately 45 minutes of minimalistic and soothing soundscapes that are comparable to what the revered Eluvium would sound like if he was marooned on a derelict space station.  … read more

Local Reviews: The Bad Apples

Local Reviews: The Bad Apples
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Salt Lake locals, The Bad Apples are back by popular demand from fans. Penalty Box Records founder, MC/ producer Mike Booth, and MC Sir Louis Wildamiss bring some cognizant vocals to this LP with many local artists popping up in guest spots too.  … read more

Local Reviews: Ex Machina

Local Reviews: Ex Machina
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I honestly have to say that Ex Machina is probably one of the best local bands. They may be slightly inconsistent, but who isn’t. The first song on the album, “Syphoned” is by far the best track, but also seems to be sort of the bastard child. “Syphoned” comes out blaring and with serious intensity. … read more

Local Reviews: Johan the Angel

Local Reviews: Johan the Angel
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This fun little four-track goes something like “The General’s Son” Pt. II, I, III, and IV and in that order. Or is it one track that just lasts eleven minutes? I think they are trying to trick us. Where is Ashton Kutcher? If I’m not being punk’d, then what was Johan the Angel thinking when they wasted however much money to put out an EP with four slightly, and I mean slightly, different tracks?  … read more

Local Reviews: Julio Child

Local Reviews: Julio Child
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The most impressive thing about this group is that both Fisch and Ebay Jamil write the music. While most of the album tightly grasps their hiphop origins, several tracks digress into acoustic ballads that almost sound like a completely different group. Julio Child may lose the attention of some hardcore hip hop fans, because of this transition on tracks like “A Long Cold Winter,” but they’re trying to create something original.  … read more

Local Review: Sam Burton – Until Returning

Local Review: Sam Burton – Until Returning
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Sam Burton = Department of Eagles x (Nick Drake + Jackson C. Frank) … read more

Local Review: NVM – Thermal Memory

Local Review: NVM – Thermal Memory
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NVM = Hum + No Sun + Hyperview-Era Title Fight + Seahaven … read more