Arcwelder – Entropy – Review

September 1, 1996

“It has the start-stop beat you like but without the distortion and the guy can sing a lot better than Paige Hamilton, even if he does sing through his nose.”

FreakShow – Review

August 1, 1996

This is an all-American, fun-for-all party band that evolved from friendship into the “solid” line-up they are today.

383 Stroker – Review

August 1, 1996

They write noisy, dramatic songs with great hooks and dumptrucks full of emotion. That’s all you need to know; get this.

The Rock*A*Teens – Review

May 1, 1996

Take yer basic psychosurf and rootsrock barnstomp, add some barely passable guitar playing, a little simplistic drumming, and a bunch of fairly awful singing.

Kiss – MTV Unplugged – Review

May 1, 1996

KISS was one big cash-flow juggernaut. They staged bread-and-circus-style spectacles to bilk millions of suckers out of their allowances.

Grotus – Mass – Review

May 1, 1996

The wheezing Delta Blues, vacuum sucking, static belches, and spacey sounds are used for all styles, from rock, to slacker rap, to tech metal and beyond.

Life After Death – Review

May 1, 1996

Hard rock with muscle, melody, harmony, and attitude. The former drummer of Armored Saint teams up with members of Warrior. Why do we need more of this stuff?

Rogue – Review

April 1, 1996

This is playfully mischievous, deafening arena rock; heavier-than-a-hammer metal. It froths more venom than a rabid dog. Ballsy production, too.

Swag – Review

April 1, 1996

Sparse production and minimal layering bring to the forefront a guitar/vocal combo that, while very early ’90s in vibe, is comfortable and welcome.

Static 13 – Review

April 1, 1996

Vocalist Ari David sings with the powerful passion of one who is heavy of heart. Loud, but sincere, Static 13 aren’t just random noise.

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