17 For ’17: An Exhaustive List From Rock And Roll Fables Of What You Should’ve Already Bought This Year

It’s that time of the year again! A time of reflection! A time of typing! A time of regretting the decision to pick the amount of best albums based on what year it is.

Review links are attached to the band name where applicable. Thanks in advance for reading! [Read more…]

Black Label Society Celebrates Ten Full-Lengths With Triumphant Grimmest Hits

I’ll admit it: I’ve never been a Black Label Society fan. That said, I like Zakk Wylde’s work with Ozzy Osbourne, loved his Pride & Glory project which eventually morphed into BLS, and his work as Zakk Sabbath has blown me away every time I get a chance to listen or witness in person. [Read more…]

Corrosion Of Conformity Returns As A Quartet, Delivers Your Ultimate 2018 Rawk ‘N’ Roller With No Cross No Crown

IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!

Pepper Keenan, Mike Dean, Woody Weatherman, and Reed Mullin. The “classic” Corrosion Of Conformity line up is back with their first album of new material as a quartet in almost 13 years and it’s as if they never left. It’d be unfair to compare any of No Cross No Crown to anything that’s come before because, not only does the album immediately stand on its’ own within the storied discography of COC but it’s inevitably going to sound like bits from your favorite Deliverance, Wiseblood, etc. tracks because of the shared musical DNA. Also, this foursome is just really, really good at what they do. [Read more…]

Jim Healey And Jess Collins Team Up In Set Fire, Unveil Aura

Multifaceted Boston luminary Jim Healey is back with ANOTHER slab of rawk excellence to close out 2017 in the form of Set Fire which also features fellow local legend Jess Collins of The Static Dynamic/Mellow Bravo/Petty Morals fame. [Read more…]

Silver Screams Make Most Excellent Modern Post-Punk Punk Rawk On Defective Machines

Take the all around fun of the classic soundtrack that is The Return of The Living Dead, put it through a post-punk blender, then ship it off to Boston and you’ll get a small idea of what the Silver Screams sound encompasses. [Read more…]

Nachtblut Put Their Own Spin On Modern German Industrial With Apostasie

It’s bands like Nachtblut that make me wish I’d have taken the plunge and learned German after discovering Rammstein in the mid-’90’s. That’s not to say listening to Apostasie, the fifth album from these Black/Industrial metalheads, is less fantastic. Quite the opposite, actually, as now listeners can just sit back and let the Nachtblut metal be a cathartic headbanging release. [Read more…]

Earth Caller Start 2018 With A Defiant Scream On Crystal Death

Starting off 2018 as loud as possible, Earth Caller return with a vicious slab of metal that totally encapsulates the old school NYHC sound that made bands like Biohazard and Life Of Agony stand out in the mid-’90’s. On Crystal Death, the Melbourne metallers channel hardcore greats by concocting something to honor that sound yet take it light years ahead. [Read more…]

Mangoo Cover Eddie Murphy, Deliver Psychedelic Hard Rawk Euphoria On The Heat

Firstly, they’re pronounced “Man Go”, okay? Now that that’s outta the way we can commence talk about the rawk. And what rawk there is to talk about! On The Heat, Mangoo’s third magnum opus, these Finnish rawkers have captured some kind of awesome that rawks, trips, and rolls like no other. [Read more…]

Somnuri Lay Down A Swath Of Gorgeous Sonic Destruction On Debut Full-Length

Imagine a world where Baroness never matured, Torche never slowed down, and Mastodon never stopped making Leviathan. Brooklyn’s Somnuri often find themselves in that righteous world and the proof is in the pudding with an eight-track beast of a self-titled debut. [Read more…]

Engelbert Humperdinck Celebrates 50 Years As A Recording Artist With Heartfelt The Man I Want To Be

Nothing says “holiday” quite like Engelbert Humperdinck, right? But wait! The Man I Want To Be is not the new holiday classic you didn’t know you needed this season. While it still might make a great soundtrack for the season and the ultimate stocking stuffer, The Man I Want To Be is actually a heartfelt ode to his wife of fifty-three years who is suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s. That said, what Engelbert release ISN’T heartfelt? [Read more…]