Albums

Contrarian: Minor Complexities

There’s a certain curve to symphonic-leaning prog-rock, as it’s usually a bit heady and nearly always indulgent. Whether it’s homegrown or from established rock icons, those characteristics are ubiquitous, but ...

Wu-Tang Clan: 8 Diagrams

It is commonly recognized how pain and loss can inspire the best art. In the case of Wu-Tang Clan, the loss of Ol’ Dirty Bastard in 2004 was just cause for The RZA—a.k.a. The Abbot, Bobby Digital, Zigzag—to reu...

Emery: I’m Only A Man

Emotion enthusiasts Emery are back with a third installment on Tooth and Nail Records, the long awaited full-length I’m Only A Man. In true Emery fashion, each track is a tale of lives past; specific and rel...

Inhuman: Last Rites

If you need any proof that Inhuman are the leading men of the new Brooklyn hardcore scene, just google “Brooklyn hardcore.” They’re the third listing, and the first band to appear. Just saying, these are intern...

Behold…The Arctopus: Skullgrid

It’s good to see Behold… The Arctopus reach this point in their evolution. Not to say that they’re any less crazy than they were before—the New York-based technical metalheads have been pushing their genre’s...

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 ...
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