Album Review: Earthless Bow to No One on Black Heaven

In the eyes of many fans, there is no crime more reprehensible a band can commit than "selling out." And while the times have changed with regard to the actual selling of one's music for commercial purposes (ask anyone old enough to remember about the backlash regarding The Rolling Stones being featured in a Windows … Continue reading Album Review: Earthless Bow to No One on Black Heaven

Album Review: A Perfect Side A

    ALBUM REVIEW: "Eat the Elephant" – A Perfect Circle (2018) I've never liked A Perfect Circle. When they debuted in 2000 with Mer de Noms, I was instantly disappointed by the band's lazy, faux-gothic approach to presenting the talents of an otherwise gifted singer Maynard James Keenan. Despite the pedigree that Keenan yielded … Continue reading Album Review: A Perfect Side A

Album Review: Ministry Clears A Very Low Bar With AmeriKKKant

As anyone who's read his autobiography can attest, Ministry's Al Jourgensen is undeniably an asshole. However, he is also responsible for some of the most innovative heavy music of the late 80's and early 90's. With an incredible three album run of The Land of Rape and Honey (1988), The Mind is a Terrible Thing … Continue reading Album Review: Ministry Clears A Very Low Bar With AmeriKKKant

Album Review: Who the Fuck Does Jack White Think He Is?

"This just ain't no fun; My life has become a bore." So Jack White sings on What's Done is Done, the penultimate track from his third solo album, Boarding House Reach. And while the song is certainly not autobiographical, it's hard not to find irony in the lyric of an album that reeks so strongly … Continue reading Album Review: Who the Fuck Does Jack White Think He Is?

Album Review: Hot Snakes Don’t Do Decaf

The last Hot Snakes album was released 14 damned years ago, and while it's unclear why John Reis, Rick Froberg, Gar Wood, and drummers Jason Kourkounis & Mario Rubalcaba decided to get the band back together, it is abundantly clear that it was a very, very good idea. They're back with Jericho Sirens (Sub>Pop), the fiercest … Continue reading Album Review: Hot Snakes Don’t Do Decaf

Album Review: Nirvana—In Utero (1993 Retrospective)

In the first of what will be an ongoing series, we're taking a look back at some classic albums celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, to see if the music of 1993 has aged like fine wine or rotted like a heap of stinking garbage. First up, Nirvana's follow up to the 1991 breakthrough, game-changing … Continue reading Album Review: Nirvana—In Utero (1993 Retrospective)

Album Review: N*E*R*D—No_One Ever Really Dies

Pharrell Williams' pet project, N*E*R*D, has always occupied a strange space in the musical cosmos. While Williams focused his efforts on producing hits for others (and later himself), N*E*R*D was a place he could—along with fellow Neptunes collaborator Chad Hugo and producing partner/musician Shay Haley—put some of his more out there ideas, sort of a … Continue reading Album Review: N*E*R*D—No_One Ever Really Dies

Album Review: Mudhoney—LiE (Live in Europe)

    When many people think of Seattle bands, and grunge in general, it's the same handful who made it big: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains. But if you dig deeper you find bands who, while never breaking through commercially the way grunge's 'Big 4' did, were in many ways just as good … Continue reading Album Review: Mudhoney—LiE (Live in Europe)

Album Review: The Black Dahlia Murder—Nightbringers

  Over the fifteen year career of The Black Dahlia Murder, their fans have come to expect a certain style. While there's always room for a band to explore their sound and evolve, straying too far off the path (say, in the vein of Suicide Silence's 2017 self-titled departure) is generally met with disdain. New … Continue reading Album Review: The Black Dahlia Murder—Nightbringers

Album Review: Arch Enemy—Will to Power

A personal anecdote that perfectly conveys how I feel about this album: When I was a younger man, playing in a ragtag metal band with my friends and trying to make a name for ourselves, we had pretty shit equipment. It wasn't really our fault, we bought the best stuff we could afford—it's just that … Continue reading Album Review: Arch Enemy—Will to Power