Meshuggah – Rare Trax – Review

February 22, 2002

Demo versions of decade-old material, a couple “screw around” tracks, a remix of Chaosphere’s “Concatenation,” and the new, unreleased speedfest, “War.”

Adema – Review

February 22, 2002

Breathy boy band rage and eerie, cold moments of New Wave, with the roar and groove of nü metal. Mark Chavez is the younger brother of Jonathan Davis of Korn.

Stereomud – Perfect Self – Review

February 22, 2002

Members of the band migrated from Stuck Mojo and Life of Agony, so there’s little surprise the prevailing musical elements here are of an advanced stage.

Static-X – Machine – Review

February 22, 2002

Static-X is a younger, harder, faster version of dumbed-down Ministry and Fear Factory with fashion sense that’ll hound them for the rest of their lives.

Zao – (Self-Titled) – Review

February 22, 2002

Sounding more complex and darker than ever, (Self-Titled) is this band’s OK Computer… And not just because of the similarities in artwork, either.

Wayne – Metal Church – Review

February 22, 2002

Nuclear Blast seems convinced we want new records with the original Metal Church singer, David Wayne, as well as live recordings and now this side-project.

Puya – Union – Review

February 22, 2002

Stuttering and annoying much of the time (with the tendency to work the band name into the lyrics), Puya bring a cool percussive take to a played-out sound.

Professional Murder Music – Review

February 22, 2002

Nice, dark, electronic-infused heavy brooding music. A debut.These guys have hints of depth. A decent cover of the Cure’s “A Night Like This” dimly sparkles.

Fear Factory – Digimortal – Review

February 22, 2002

I have to give the lugheads credit: I can’t trace “that eerie baritone vocal style” black metal adopted back any further than mid-’90s Fear Factory.

Entwine – Gone – Review

February 22, 2002

Anyone sick of the pompous Goth voicings and the metal demon snarlings should appreciate this human style. And very solid songwriting.

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