Albums

Bloodsimple: Red Harvest

As of late it seems like bands are constantly changing their sound from one CD to the next. That’s not the case for Bloodsimple. Their new album Red Harvest is a great continuation to A Cruel World. Althoug...

Zs: Arms

Apparently, kids have been growing up exclusively on John Zorn and Warner Bros. cartoons. At least five of them, anyway. The quintet of Zs makes that, and a few other things, abundantly clear on Arms, not the ...

Opeth: The Roundhouse Tapes

For an Opeth fan, it’s a bit of a non-issue—if Opeth puts out a new record, you buy it. That’s just how it goes. The band has been continually gathering steam since their inception over a decade ago, most recen...

Primordial: To The Nameless Dead

If I had to pick the most unappreciated band of 2005, it would be Primordial. The Gathering Wilderness, an album that any good soldier of metal should have, well-worn, in their archives, was the epic black meta...

Darkthrone: F.O.A.D.

If you had to pick a black metal band to party with, you’d be foolish to choose anyone but Darkthrone. Just going through F.O.A.D., with cuts like the “Canadian Metal,” (awesome) “Raised On Rock” (awesome) and ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan

Let’s begin by establishing the fact that the music on this three CD set is essential. There can be no argument on that point. What can be discussed is whether this particular collection is required. After all,...

Witchcraft: The Alchemist

There’s something awfully sophisticated in the reserve that Witchcraft manage to maintain over the course of a song. The simplicity helps, but there’s something so gripping about the poise Magnus Pellander and ...

Porcupine Tree: Nil Recurring EP

You could call the limited edition Nil Recurring EP a fan-only release, but when you're talking about Porcupine Tree, that's not really a valid argument. The populace is split between those who love P Tree and ...

Mavis Staples: We’ll Never Turn Back

Now 68, Mavis Staples still has that lowball growly soulful swoon of a voice that can move mountains. For her first album in three years, she’s taken songs associated with the civil rights movement of the 1960s...
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