Torche – Meanderthal – Review

July 1, 2008

The plainspoken vocals aligned with the semi-doom crush via melancholy sparkle is mid-90s AmRep, so I see Helmet and Slint more than metal qua metal as rootage.

Riddle of Steel – 1985 – Review

July 1, 2008

Classic rock licks, cowbell aplenty, and hip-swaggering four-on-the-floor beats. There’s no denying that 1985 is more “rock” than “math rock.”

Iota – Tales – Review

July 1, 2008

Quality power trio heavy-rock/space-rock interface for those raised upon Monster Magnet and the mung those drugged peddle hopper stompers dosed on.

Top Spin 3 – Review

July 1, 2008

Abandoning the arcade-style controls, the creators switched to a hold-and-release shot mechanic that requires careful timing and planning. It’s a huge mistake.

D.I. – The Suburbia Sessions – Review

July 1, 2008

Practice space run through shot live and unedited by the Flipside crew. You may already know “Richard Hung Himself.” (Slayer rocked it on Undisputed Attitude.)

Black Francis – SVN FNGRS – Review

July 1, 2008

Not the concept album of Bluefinger, this album sports at least a leitmotif: Demigods. Features strong, memorable choruses you can picture in movie trailers.