Guttermouth – Gusto – Review

January 10, 2003

Guttermouth kick in yet another testament to peppy, acidic-humored punk rock filled with head-bobbing fun and snarlingly funny lyrics.

Freedom Call – Eternity – Review

January 10, 2003

Top-notch heavy metal with killer guitarwork, layered harmonies, with warbling vocals (Helloween/Gamma Ra, with just a touch of Queensÿchian melodrama).

Dredg – El Cielo – Review

January 10, 2003

Why can’t modern rock sound like this? Ambitious, melodic streams of aggression mixed with cloud-splitting choruses that raise your arms to the sky.

Subsonic – Super-Vel – Review

January 10, 2003

Ex-Celtic Frost guitarist Ron Marks releases a schizophrenic collage of thoughts and styles with bar-band production and some creative studio tricks.

Original Sinners – Review

January 10, 2003

Exene’s latest project, the Original Sinners, are like “X for beginners.” The band is tighter than X was, and certainly has more musical tricks up its sleeve.

Zeromancer – Eurotrash – Review

January 3, 2003

Combines members from Seigmen, Kidneythieves, and Prick. Gorgeous, dark pop anthems: A great record for home brooding as well as club floor twirling.

Zao – A Parade of Chaos – Review

January 3, 2003

A chaotic frenzy of noisecore-meets-death metal angst spewing forth, but also a passionate, Catholic mindset fueling rock’n’roll intensity.

Without Face – Astronomicon – Review

January 3, 2003

There’s an undergrowth of Gothic co-ed bands from countries off the beaten path. Hungary’s Without Face are one of the most resplendent and progressive rock.

Weedeater – Sixteen Tons – Review

January 3, 2003

Weedeater articulates the frustration and despair of being trapped in a mere body of nerves and bone with the modern rock version of the blues: Grinding doom.

Beseech – Souls Highway – Review

January 3, 2003

Rich, beautiful Gothic metal with deep, Type O male vocals (manly like Rammstein, not goofy like Moonspell) and strong, non-wispy female vocals.

Viva Death – Review

January 3, 2003

Bright, clean leads soar like eagles over dark jungle chord progressions. Fuzzed vocals are shouted with the battlecry intensity of sex, death, and revolution.

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