Arriver – Simon Mann – Review

January 1, 2010

This Chicago band holler and roar, flipflopping between math metal skitter and roarcore pummel, with atonal this placed here and breakdown buggery placed there.

Luder – Sonoluminescence – Review

January 1, 2010

Features Sue Lott (ex-Slot), Phil Durr (Big Chief, Giant Brain, Five Horse Johnson), Scott “Small Stone” Hamilton, and Eric Miller (5Horse and Novadriver).

Katamari Forever – Review

January 1, 2010

You roll around a big, sticky ball. As it collects debris, it becomes bigger and bigger until a clock runs out and you’re scored based on the size of your heap.

Guitar Hero – 5 – Review

January 1, 2010

Like the Tony Hawk series, it never lost the satisfying core of its revolutionary gameplay, but was sequeled to the point of fatigue and gamer apathy.

Nathan Leigh – Glitch – Review

January 1, 2010

Four solo releases, plays in Boston’s A Thousand Ships and Brooklyn’s Super Mirage. While often dipping into alt.boy band pop, he can sing like Ben Folds.

Michael Korb – Sleepwalker – Review

January 1, 2010

Michael Korb has a gentle voice he often lets soar, like Muse or Ours, but without the near-metal drama backdrop. The strumming is natural as dew drops at dawn.

Librarians – Present Passed – Review

January 1, 2010

Indie rock, with lite psych flourishes and new wave keyboards (New Order darkness and depth plus celebration, not “Safety Dance” frivol), and laidback vocals.

Krakow – Monolith – Review

January 1, 2010

A good band treading water in a pool of good ideas, not sticking with any one idea/style long enough or having the experience to focus on it and make it happen.

Elis – Catharsis – Review

January 1, 2010

Three releases and an EP, and they still let the guy “sing”? Third-rate female-fronted Goth metal (on Napalm? Gee, really?) with pro-production by Alex Krull.

Dialis – Precatic – Review

January 1, 2010

Organic Gothic rock. Simply dark, brooding, somber rock. From Italy, two guys with friends and 11 songs to contemplate.

Dangermaker – Review

January 1, 2010

Reminds me of INXS. Slick yet kinda dark, ’80s pop rock with some keyboards, but enough slithering guitar to keep it rock.