Cable – Skyhorse Jams – Review

March 29, 2002

Basic biker-slanted doom rock with vocals roughed up enough so no one will mistake it for a Sabbath demo. On the Spirit Caravan side, but more rudimentary.

Sonata Arctica – Silence – Review

March 29, 2002

Every cliché of power metal and classic-style heavy metal down pat, yet with meticulous songcraft and phenomenal musicianship, they soar above all others.

Ringworm – Birth Is Pain – Review

March 29, 2002

Yet another Cleveland-style metalcore band? Something in the way they revive the lust for early-’90s NYHC says that they’re better than that.

Bane – Give Blood – Review

March 29, 2002

Bane spread the love by reminding us that everyday could be our last, and that you should “give blood” and whatever else you’ve got every moment.

McRad – Absence of Sanity – Review

March 29, 2002

While I missed McRad at the time, they played with Minor Threat, JFA, Agnostic Front, Dag Nasty, Corrosion of Conformity, and plenty of others. Old but valid.

As Friends Rust – Won – Review

March 29, 2002

As Friends Rust have moved away from the Hot Water Music-cum-Avail type of emo hardcore and into the more mature style of Dag Nasty, and all for the better.

Edguy – Mandrake – Review

March 29, 2002

The gutsy vocals give the often skippy classic heavy metal style a much-needed kick, but these Germans fill out the front of their tight trousers quite well.

Dogwood – Matt Aragon – Review

March 29, 2002

NOFXian drum thunder and neat production tricks don’t save predictable songwriting and the fact that the singer – husky voice or not – misses a lot of notes.

Dead Red Sea – Birds – Review

March 29, 2002

It’s actually quite melancholy and touching, it just that it doesn’t live up to what I expected from ex-Cross My Heart guitarist/vocalist Ryan Shelkett.

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