Shawn Colvin – Live ’88 – Review

December 1, 1995

During an unpleasant portion of my life, I used to go to pretentious coffeehouses, clapping politely to the latest Dylan wanna-be singing “sensitive” songs.

Poe – Hello – Review

December 1, 1995

Hello is well-manicured, accessible femme eclectica that tries on styles like Salvation Army fatigues, overlaid with unlocked-diary imagery alternately potent.

Peach – II – Review

December 1, 1995

Another band from Seattle that sounds just like a band from Seattle. I’d throw some names around, but I don’t really want to.

Noise Box – Nuffnutz – Review

December 1, 1995

They call this terror tech, and it blends shock culture samples from Ice T, every Tarantino quote ever, and anything else with the word “motherfucker” in it.

Mourning Sign – Review

December 1, 1995

A roar. Hyperspeed drumming. Lightning leads. Then the Entombed-esque chop and slash attack comes in with a dramatic burst of speed to break up the chugging.

Merauder – Master Killer – Review

December 1, 1995

This one took a while to convince me it had hardcore influences. Jorge’s voice has more European death style than one expects from a street-smart NYHC band.

Leeway – Open Mouth Kiss – Review

December 1, 1995

Hard rock with thick bass, powerchord guitars, sissy vocals, and drumsticks a-twirling. The hardest the vocals get is when the singer needs to clear his throat.

JRZ System – Review

December 1, 1995

Imagine a somewhat pissed-off Joe Satriani leading a ferocious hard-funk trio. Sometimes angry, sometimes melodic, but always in the groove.

Hostility – Brick – Review

December 1, 1995

A wild mix of dirty backwoods chords and Pantera roar, this is as close to Down’s heavy sludge sound as I’ve heard, sans New Orleans’ shuffle.

Gwar – Rag Na Rok – Review

December 1, 1995

They’ve beefed up their sound with samples and added a few stylistic incongruities. But the high point of the disc is definitely the lyrical content.

Guilt – Bardstown Ugly Box – Review

December 1, 1995

Guilt are low, mean, noisy, and yet musical, and heavy. You might even say “spooky.” Their songs range from blasts of hardcore rage to scores of sadness.

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