Reign In Blood – Review

November 1, 2008

D.X. Ferris did dozens of interviews and wrote a meticulous history of Slayer’s Reign In Blood, with sociological context bios and impact on the metal world.

Big Elf – Cheat the Gallows – Review

November 1, 2008

Imagine if Sabbath circa ’73 drew in a huge Queen influence, and then Ozzy convinced the guys to let fly with their (well, his) love of Beatles’ melodies.

Tystnaden – In Our Eye – Review

November 1, 2008

Second release, first I’ve heard, of this Italian band with the clunky name. Like Lacuna Coil, there are strong female vocals, and awful male counterpart. And similarly, the songs are pretty simple Gothic metal with plenty of spooky/sweet intros, followed by “ka-chunk” riffs so you know the headbanging part is coming.

Touchers – Blithe – Review

November 1, 2008

Completed just months before the death of singer “Bipolar” Ben Brisini. From frantic, loose and wild punk to country twang to garage rock rampage.

Chesterfield – Death Grip – Review

November 1, 2008

Metallic-produced punk, often gritty and rough-voiced, yet sometimes frantic and catchy, like Strung Out. Their mid-’90s punkpop is what attracts me the most.

Ligion – External Affairs – Review

November 1, 2008

Strong songs with catchy choruses and hard-strummed guitar over driving beats. Rock, ya know? Ligion is poppy and catchy, no denying it and no need to.

Soulcalibur IV – Review

November 1, 2008

Gorgeous 3D arenas, flashy weapons-based combat, with a tightly-balanced fighting system. Soulcalibur IV doesn’t mess with any of these fundamentals.

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