Album Review: Author & Punisher—Beastland

Industrial Metal has become a fairly antiquated term, conjuring up visions of a still-relevant Al Jourgensen fronting Ministry in their Psalm 69 heyday, or Nine Inch Nails fronted by a lean, angry Trent Reznor before he had a fat bank account and an Oscar. While it never quite went away, industrial metal became almost more … Continue reading Album Review: Author & Punisher—Beastland

Review: The Restorations Stay Ambiguous and Glorious

THE RESTORATIONS – LP5000 (Tiny Engines)  Released: 9/28/2018 RIYL: Gaslight Anthem, War on Drugs The Restorations new album is short. Clocking in at twenty-four minutes over seven tracks, LP5000 risks giving the impression that it may have been rushed to release in an abbreviated state. But the Philly-based anthemists haven't released a note since 2016's (epic) single Alright Boys..., … Continue reading Review: The Restorations Stay Ambiguous and Glorious

Album Review: Birds in Row—We Already Lost the World

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

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: 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: Nirvana—In Utero

We're taking a look back a classic album celebrating its 25th anniversary, to see if it has aged like fine wine or rotted like a heap of stinking garbage—Nirvana's follow up to the 1991 breakthrough, game-changing album Nevermind, In Utero. Thinking back on the record, I remember the stories behind it as much as the … Continue reading Album Review: Nirvana—In Utero