We Count So We Don't Have to Listen, the opener to Birds in Row's new album, starts with melodic, jangling guitar. That proves deceptive—a thirty second red herring, to lull you into a false sense of security before assaulting your ears with blasts of noise and rage-filled screams. The abrupt transition from soft, pleasing melodies … Continue reading Album Review: Birds in Row—We Already Lost the World
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
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
"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?
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)