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Album Review: Deftones – Gore

April 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Deftones have been rocking their little cotton-socks off for over two decades, with eight studio albums documenting their aural growth as a band.  By rights Gore should be album number nine for the Sacramento based...

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Album Review: Filter – Crazy Eyes

April 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Two bands; both formed in Ohio; both electronic infused industrial metal; both are one-man-as-a-band outfits.  One is Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails, and the other is Richard Patrick’s Filter.  At this point in his career...

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If a camel is horse designed by committee, then what does that make an elliphant… the same committee designing a pop-star?  Looking over the writing and production credits for Ellinor Miranda Salome Olovsdotter’s – otherwise...

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Album Review: Killswitch Engage – Incarnate

March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Meat and potatoes; that is what metalcore popularisers Killswitch Engage have served up with Incarnate, their seventh album, heavy-metal meat and potatoes.  There is nothing wrong with meat and potatoes; it is a very sustaining...

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Album Review: Andrew Bird – Are You Serious

March 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

The music of multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Andrew Bird is chimeric, and it constantly writhes and shifts just as you think you have a firm grasp of it.  This is hardly surprising given his experimental tendencies, his...

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Album Review: The Struts – Everybody Wants

March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Before being issued with Everybody Wants to review I hadn’t heard of The Struts, so I turned to the modern font of all knowledge, Google, to get an idea of what to expect.  I was...

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Album Review: Black Mountain – IV

March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Prepare to have your mind blown; IV is the fourth album from Canadian rockers Black Mountain.  Bet you didn’t see that one coming.  The ubiquity of albums and EPs titled IV makes one wish that...

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With their sixth album, The Great Detachment, Nova Scotian indie-rockers Wintersleep make no secret of their intention to play the big venues, and to play them hard.  Every element of the album’s production – from...

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Post Pop Depression is tagged as a solo album from Iggy Pop, his 17th solo album in fact, and his 21st studio album once his work with The Stooges and James Williamson are factored in, but no...

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Album Review: Slingshot Dakota – Break

March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

For the sake of full disclosure I must declare that I adore female vocals, from the mellifluous tones of Neko Case and Florence Welch, through to the grittier “what you see is what you get”...

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Album Review: Beau – That Thing Reality

March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Friends since childhood, Heather Boo and Emma Rose decided in their early teens to learn guitar by watching YouTube tutorials.  From there the pair progressed to writing songs and eventually started performing as The Boos,...

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Twenty years ago, in the long shadow of grunge and with pop-punk getting ready to dominate the alternative music scene, Nada Surf released a single that, for many who grew and came of age at...

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Stay pissed.  With a motto like that, it’s probably safe to say that the pacific in Like Pacific isn’t related to remaining calm and peaceable.  A cursory listen to Distant Like You Asked, the debut...

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