Albums

The Hellacopters: Rock & Roll Is Dead

Simple without being minimalist, sexy without being over-stylized, The Hellacopters’ music, already the stuff of legend in their native Sweden, have been waiting for years to break through to the American mains...

Knut: Terraformer

Despite being close to celebrating a dozen years as a band, few folk on this side of the Atlantic (and probably not so many on the other) have heard of the name, let alone the band. I myself can’t exactly say I...

Thrice: Vheissu

Thrice have had an unusual development over the last few years; their debut Identity Crisis was indeed just that, 2002’s The Illusion Of Safety displayed some of their strongest material—a thrashy, technical, h...

Opeth: Ghost Reveries

The opening inset of the liner notes reads:“Ghost Reveries: an observation by Opeth.” I promptly fell over from the sheer pretentiousness— I want to see what Opeth are looking at. And woe that there is no great...

Charlie Mingus: East Coasting

Opening with a three-a.m. walk down a city street with a particular lonely take on the standard “Memories Of You,” this reissue of one of Mingus’ less acclaimed releases instantly shows its superior mastering q...

Nine Black Alps: Nine Black Alps EP

They’re from Manchester, they have guitars and raw production, they have to suck, right? It’s a pretty mathematical formula, and one which Nine Black Alps (who take their name from a Sylvia Plath line) are only...

Clutch: Robot Hive/Exodus

Really, this could be a three-word review. For anyone who has ever heard them, or experienced their live show, all I’d really have to say here is “Dude, it’s Clutch,” and it would justify their being Disc Of Th...

MC Chris: Eating’s Not Cheating

A work of pure pleasure, MC Chris’ Eating’s Not Cheating is equal parts white-boy rap send-up and geeky chic over Nintendo-style beats. It reeks of flavor-of-the-month hype, but there’s a difference between MC ...
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