Behemoth Rocks On Decidedly More Metal I Loved You at Your Darkest

It’s beautifully serene at times. Terrifyingly brutal at others. Add an ominous air overall and you have the recipe for the most exhilarating Behemoth record yet! I Loved You at Your Darkest is also Behemoth’s most diverse collection of songs and easily the most accessible slab of Black Metal for wary fans of the genre or folks looking to find that perfect entry into the world of Behemoth. [Read more…]

Akula Has A Familiar Voice Yet Wholly Original Sound On Titanic Debut

Let’s peel back the curtain on the creative process a little with today’s review, shall we? Firstly, I don’t have the manpower or the time to review EVERYTHING that comes through the ole digital inbox so unless it’s something I’ve requested or an artist I’m already aware of, the selection process goes like this: I sit down at the end of the day and just pore through whatever came in. Sometimes there are diamonds in the rough, most times there are not. What does pique my interest gets downloaded and sorted by when it’s getting released so I have ample time to get it posted before it’s out. [Read more…]

Chelsey and the Noise Bring Incomparable Electro Sounds On New EP Blank Frames

Avant Garde? Synthpop? Industrial? With a sound that combines the vocal flow of Lady Sovereign with the beats of Jimmy Urine, you already KNOW that Chelsey and the Noise is going to stand out as a musical entity so why does it need a label? We’re going with “Electro Hip-Hop” for the record.  [Read more…]

Armed For Apocalypse Return With Palm Reader EP, First New Music In Five Years Ahead Of New Full-Length In 2019

Are you ready for a little slab of monolithic riffs to fill the void before Armed For Apocalypse drop a full-length banger on y’all? Can only FOUR tracks really be enough new songs to tide a fan over?? These answers and more as you dive into the latest RNRF review (Spoiler alert: The answer to all these questions is “YES”) [Read more…]

The Clay People Return With Riveting Demon Hero (& other Extraordinary Phantasmagoric Anomalies & Fables)

Holy hell! When a band I’ve consistently liked over the years fades away then comes crashing back with, not only a solid record but, an album that easily makes it into our year end best list on the strength of their “comeback” then consider us one happy music fan.

But who are we talking about? [Read more…]

Welles Hits Cambridge This Weekend Supporting Dead Sara And New Record Red Trees and White Trashes

There’s something astoundingly familiar about Welles’ Red Trees and White Trashes. Like this delightful hybrid of Neutral Milk Hotel and Queens of the Stone Age, the kind of music found within is this truly great sonic journey that treks through Americana with a sort of fuzzed out folk complete with electric bluesy styles and big beats. [Read more…]

The Black Queen Skillfully Synthesize Sexy And Solemn Sounds On Sophomore Opus Infinite Games

I’ve always thought that Greg Puciato had a beautiful voice. Yeah, I said it! While most gravitated towards his heavier works in Dillinger Escape Plan, I tended to latch onto the more melodic turns like “Black Bubblegum” or his more alternative turns in Killer Be Killed or Spylacopa. In other words, The Black Queen is like a dream come true for me. [Read more…]

T-Tops Do Old School Noise Rawk Right On Disease

Currently in alphabetical order in my Itunes library, the latest from T-Tops leads right into Tad’s Inhaler and the flow is pretty seamless because the kind of Post-punk, fuzzed out noise rawk with a raving madman at the mic that T-Tops currently create is just the kind of magic that made an underrated band like those Seattle grungesters stand out back in their day. [Read more…]

Steven Page Readies Rollicking Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II For Release, Plans Extensive North American Tour

Who’da thunk that the guy responsible for sweet songs from Thomas and the Magic Railroad and The Big Bang Theory and lines like “Chickity China the Chinese chicken/You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin” that’ll forever be burned into the very being of every Gen X/Y something or other would be responsible for an album that’s part Devo meets The English Beat with some Elvis Costello thrown in for good measure? Because that’s what you get on Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II. Yeah, I don’t believe it either [Read more…]

Super Sounds And Songs Abound On Super American’s Tequila Sunrise

Super American is one of those conundrums in a puzzle type bands where you think you’re getting one thing but what you’re really getting is another thing. And the “another thing” is the better thing overall. Confused? Let us explain. [Read more…]