Black Sabbath: The Dio Years

Yeah, it’s a compilation, a Greatest Hits, but still, it’s impossible not to appreciate Black Sabbath’s The Dio Years for the extreme quality of the material. What was originally theorized as a three-disc boxed set and eventually slimmed down to its current presentation, the collection not only features some …

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Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

I don’t review many major label releases, but I took this one on for a couple of reasons. First of all I wanted to see how these former indie darlings had fared in the wake of their breakthrough album, 2004’s Good News For People Who Love Bad News, which …

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The Book Of Knots: Traineater

The second of an expected three releases from the New York studio band, Traineater is the seaworthy quartet’s ode to industry. Trains, cities and people who once thrived that have become rusting shells of themselves. The dark social ramifications of an increasingly service based economy. I could go on, and …

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Arthur Dodge: The Perfect Face

In The Perfect Face’s opening track, “She Wants A Cowboy,” Arthur Dodge talks about a girl who “wants the real thing/ but all of them are gone.” Arthur Dodge is no cowboy, but he is by all means a rarity himself, a musician of the past.

Arthur writes and …

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The Locust: New Erections

While it may seem a little odd to refer to The Locust’s most recent sonic assault as “mature,” particularly with a title like New Erections, the 11-track full-length is a great leap beyond their already intelligent, if inaccessible, catalog of bursting noise, buzzsaw synths, breakdowns and screams. Like their …

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Blackfield: Blackfield II

As you probably guessed, Blackfield II is the band’s second offering. Following up their 2004 self-titled, Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson and Israeli pop star Aviv Geffen collaborate on a more personal level here, recording in person in Tel Aviv and the UK. Still, II is a somewhat fragmented offering, …

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David Karsten Daniels: Sharp Teeth

Whether it’s a debut album or a blind date, the first impression is everything. David Karsten Daniels is well aware of this tried and true fact of life; either that or the beauty of his music comes naturally. Sharp Teeth serves as his perfect introduction to the world, offering a …

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Minsk: The Ritual Fires Of Abandonment

My immediate reaction to Minsk’s signing to Philadelphia’s Relapse Records was a resounding “Duh.” From their 2005 debut, Out Of A Center Which Is Neither Dead Nor Alive, released on At A Loss Recordings, it was plain to see that was where they’d end up. The timing just had …

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Fu Manchu: We Must Obey

When Fu Manchu announced they were signing to Century Media’s rock imprint Liquor And Poker (already home to fuzzed-out CA compatriots Nebula), they also set the date for the release of Hung Out To Dry, a precursor EP to the then- untitled full-length that would become We Must Obey

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Jesu: Conqueror

Following the footsteps of last year’s Silver EP, it seems age has brought a semblance of calm to Jesu’s Justin K. Broadrick (of Napalm Death, Godflesh, et al). The harmonies are mostly consonant, the rhythms are driving but reassuring, the vocals and guitars soaked in delay, to an extent that …

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