Wumpscut – Evoke – Review

October 28, 2005

Evoke is clear effort to reach beyond the industrial modes exhibited on earlier Wumpscut releases. It’s not a success, nor is it a failure.

Listen or Pose – Review

October 28, 2005

Abacus makes some smart choices. The worst they do is release something mediocre. Which they’ve done, don’t get me wrong, but they’ve got a damn fine average.

The Atomic Bitchwax – 3 – Review

October 28, 2005

Jam rock without the jamming parts, a collection of cool-sounding stuff that doesn’t really cohere into anything memorable or captivating.

Negator – Old Black – Review

October 28, 2005

Grinding blast beats, melodic guitar riffs, screeching vocals, and tons of Gothic flare. The title says it all: Tried and true, no bullshit added black metal.

Hiretsukan – End States – Review

October 28, 2005

Organic, street-level hardcore played with finesse, not to mention an ear for detailed chord structures. Abrasive? Sure. But so are Coalesce and Fugazi.

Paragon – Revenge – Review

October 28, 2005

Bad take-off on the classic Judas Priest/Iron Maiden sound, which I was never that fond of. Souring vocals, boring, one-note bass galloping, and shitty songs.

VNV Nation – Matter + Form – Review

October 21, 2005

Elements of EBM, trance, down tempo, and pop, lyricist/composer Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson, achieve an emotional depth by approaching each song as a scene.

Hollywood Rocks! – Review

October 21, 2005

A lot of your favorite ’80s metal, both cool and embarrassing, and a lot of the bands you hated then and now. But they’re demo versions of the songs.

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