The Ocean – Aeolian – Review

March 17, 2006

Like the accessible Six Feet Under of artcore, the band birthing cogent, logical metal nuggets, like slowed-down Meshuggah with a rich, full-bodied recording.

The Illuminati – Review

March 17, 2006

The songs are so cool, this whole hillbilly Thin Lizzy thing making sense, if you heavy it up with the Sabbath to make mod stoner rock loud enough to be heard.

Johnie 3 – Review

March 17, 2006

Non-stop pre-pubescent thrills and crass jokes regarding tea-bagging and beating off to Beach Boys are made to sound like it was recorded in one shot.

Ratchet – Deadlocked – Review

March 17, 2006

The writing is as funny as ever, the wisecracking announcer makes a welcome return, and the Deadzone hosts and main baddie, Gleeman Vox, get in plenty of gags.

Edguy – Rocket Ride – Review

March 17, 2006

If you don’t mind Stratovarius going rock ‘n’ rollsy, or Alexi’s hair metal covers, Edguy’s edging toward mainstream metal may come off as unselfconscious fun.

Xanthe – Review

March 15, 2006

I like The X-Files. I like Mitch Pileggi, who plays Skinner, Mulder and Skully’s boss. I never thought too much about him. Apparently, someone out there has.

Tokyo Plastic – Review

March 15, 2006

These animations exist to sell toys of the characters, but the sales pitch is more implied than in your face, so you can browse without fear of annoyance.

Liveplasma – Review

March 15, 2006

Type in a movie, actor, director, or band, and boom. You get a funky-looking, interconnected web/map of things that might similarly float your boat.

Torture Killer – Swarm! – Review

March 10, 2006

Finns playing prime’n’bloody U.S. death metal is weird in itself, but on their second album, Torture Killer have a new vocalist: Six Feet Under’s Chris Barnes.

1 2