Fu Manchu – In Search Of… – Review

April 1, 1996

Making comparisons between Fu Manchu and ’70s acid-rock kings is slippery business, because, while the influence is undeniable, there’s no nostalgic vibe.

Sink – Review

April 1, 1996

This is funky, bare-bones pseudo-garage rock; the kind you used to hear your cool, chain-smoking, older brother play in the basement with his friends.

Dead Nude – Review

April 1, 1996

God, if I have to listen to one more chest-pounding, grunge-metal band, I’m going to have to crawl into the primate cage at the local zoo.

Dahlia’s Dead – Review

April 1, 1996

The cover of the tape (which earns high marks for production value) depicts a she-fiend rising from her grave. They sound like Swank, only heavier.

Snuka – Review

March 1, 1996

Vocalist Chloe screeches like your little teenage sister with PMS on a bad hair day who’s out to get revenge on the boyfriend who just dumped her.

Black Light Rainbow – Review

March 1, 1996

Where were you when I was driving down the coast at 3 AM, a mobile mass of coffee jitters and nicotine breath, chasing the burnt-out sunrise?

Shoveljerk – Swarm – Review

February 1, 1996

Shoveljerk has powerful melodies, well-developed song structures, a solid drummer and bass player, and interesting guitar interplay.

Sharp Nine – Untimed – Review

February 1, 1996

Pensive and esoteric lyrics coalesce with blaring guitars. The music is melodic, haunting, and heavy, but it tends to get redundant after the first few songs.

P – Review

February 1, 1996

Any project that involves a partnership between Johnny Depp and Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes is bound to be weird, and, on that level, P doesn’t disappoint.

Moonwater – Invitation – Review

February 1, 1996

“Give” has that love-groove thang that makes for a great stoner anthem. Trip rock is still a reputable sound and Moonwater does it well.

MoonRage – Serengeti – Review

February 1, 1996

While singer Tye Battisistella has a warm, spiritual voice, the music is completely ignorable. This is uninspired metal that makes Danzig sound innovative.

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