Denali – The Instinct – Review

February 23, 2004

Denali create boring, lifeless, meandering songs out of seemingly perfect elements. Much better than the debut, but it still tips toward style over substance.

Delerium – Chimera – Review

February 23, 2004

World-music-meets-trip-hop, but safe. Chimera is lush, inoffensive, pretty, and desperately looking for a Volkswagon commercial to tie into.

Danko Jones – Born a Lion – Review

February 23, 2004

Good’n’soulful, the riffs are AC/DC, some of the mid-song chatter is laughably Nugent (think “Wango Tango”), and most is served straight-up butt-boogie.

Clan of Xymox – Farewell – Review

February 23, 2004

Blazing club-driven songs sit side by side with the atmospheric Sisters of Mercy/Love and Rockets-sounding songs. They break new ground with lush soundscapes.

Cannae – Horror – Review

February 23, 2004

Fitting that Cannae is on Prosthetic: They share (ex-) labelmates Lamb of God’s love of classic thrash and modern European death. Present-day Testament.

Boss Martians – The Set-Up – Review

February 23, 2004

From Joe Jackson, Buddy Holly, and Dwight Twilly pop into the loud tangents on power moves by Flop, the Fastbacks, The Muffs… you know the good stuff.

Integrity – To Die For – Review

February 23, 2004

The band returns to the hardcore/metalcore scene with a solid album, following a slew of hits and misses over the last few years on Victory.

Dirty Water – Review

February 23, 2004

I was blown away by this record. Dirty Water’s stuff is “Social D good.” Actually, in some cases, much better. This is some serious rock ‘n’ roll.

Matmos – The Civil War – Review

February 23, 2004

Matmos glitch their way through battlefields of the 1860s, bleeping, blooping, fuzzing, and squealing with ancient synths like a birthday party for lunatics.

Laibach – Wat – Review

February 23, 2004

Laibach basically invented the sound of Rammstein and KMFDM. They continue their 20 year brand of opera/EBM/industrial rock performed in Slovenian and English.

Kylesa – Cream Abdul Babar – Review

February 23, 2004

Both units work from the peace punk/crust lineage up, absorbing what felt necessary, regardless if it sounded congruous to death metal or ambient grind-vom.

Krisiun – Works of Carnage – Review

February 23, 2004

Krisiun’s reputation has always slightly exceeded its substance, but the band are at the forefront of traditional death metal, Brazil’s new tireless ambassadors.

KMFDM – WWIII – Review

February 23, 2004

KMFDM does what they do best: Kick-ass metal with electro beats and synths. We haven’t seen a KMFDM album quite like this since 1993’s ANGST or 1997’s SYMBOLS.

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