Samael – Solar Soul – Review

July 27, 2007

Beginning life as a poisonous black metal cabal, moving through luminous, magical industrial metal, through too much techno, and now, back to a heavy medium.

Paradise Lost – In Requiem – Review

July 27, 2007

Sung and recorded better than a Sentenced album, but every time the verse starts, you’re bored. Stodgy, oppressive songs which, in the end, aren’t that heavy.

The Bigs – Review

July 27, 2007

Accessible, fast-paced, arcade-style hitting, pitching, and fielding. Brawls. An entertaining create-a-rookie mode, and an addictive homerun/destruction derby.

Dali’s Llama – Chorata – Review

July 27, 2007

Chugging, tense rock with a non-denominational punk ethic curling under hardened boogie cum cock rock guitars/rhythms from a gritty-eyed libertarian position.

Björk – Volta – Review

July 27, 2007

Björk claimed it to be: Fun, a throwback to ’80s house/techno, and catchy. Volta really is the opposite of all those things. Björk’s worst record so far.

The Queers – Munki Brain – Review

July 22, 2007

If Ramones were the Beach Boys of punk, The Queers are the Jan & Dean. The softer, younger brother of surf punk. They’ve got shobby-doo-wops, for God’s sake.

Metal Slug Anthology – Review

July 21, 2007

The complete series on one disc. There aren’t many more satisfying 2D action games than the Metal Slug series. A non-stop blast-a-thon with a sense of humor.

Cover Your Tracks – Review

July 20, 2007

New Deep Elm artists covering old Deep Elm classics… ooooooh boy, this is gonna get ugly. Cold, hard proof that the glorious ’90s are long, long gone.

Sonata Arctica – Unia – Review

July 20, 2007

Emotion worn on the hearts of their white, frilly sleeves, Sonata Arctica sometimes get too close to maudlin. On the more orchestral side of the catalogue.

Megadeth – United Abominations – Review

July 20, 2007

You hear about Dave the Christian, but he’s also an intense American, addictive, and he’s angry (again), and a student of rotten politics, conspiracies, and the flow of the money. A lethal combination.

Culture Shock: Pig Farts – Column

July 20, 2007

It’s easy to slip into arrogant mockery when surrounded by the unfamiliar, particularly when as wide-eyed and bushy-tailed as Japanese Culture.

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