Torche – Meanderthal – Review

July 1, 2008

The plainspoken vocals aligned with the semi-doom crush via melancholy sparkle is mid-90s AmRep, so I see Helmet and Slint more than metal qua metal as rootage.

Botch – American Nervoso – Review

October 19, 2007

Botch almost single-handedly carved a new path for metalcore. Instead of testosterone-fueled rage, they had genuine passion and a great sense of humor.

Clouds – Legendary Demo – Review

May 4, 2007

A spin-off of Cave In. Sick in the same way as the early, super-distorted Hellacopters records and Life of Crime/You Can’t Pray a Lie-era Laughing Hyenas.

Botch – 061502 – Review

April 6, 2007

In nine years (two full-lengths, an EP, and several singles), this quartet took hardcore to the next level. 061502 presents the last show in the band’s career.

Daughters – Hell Songs – Review

March 9, 2007

Think of it as grindcore without structure, Mr. Bungle on a violent meth high, John Zorn in the middle of a Central Park jog mind-building his next opus.

Botch – Unifying Themes Redux – Review

December 22, 2006

The non-LP/early years of sorely-missed tech metalcore greats Botch in one handy package, presenting the influential band’s roots and semi-primitive beginnings.

Jesu – Review

June 13, 2005

Ex-Godflesh mastermind Justin Broadrick’s first “real” outfit since the demise of the Giant G, Jesu promises to fuse ethereal ambience with crushing doom noise.

Pelican – Australasia – Review

March 1, 2004

Former pieces of the Earth’s crust now transformed into deadly projectiles as rockets of liquid magma spurted violently from the newly-created holes.

Pelican – Review

November 12, 2003

Heavy, heavily groove-laden, dramatic, opium-dosed honey flows down instrumental trudge/dooms haunch and you lap it up. So do I.

Cave In – Review

August 16, 2002

All the drama, exploration, and bombast of Jupiter, focused tighter around “poppier” songwriting, and Steve Brodsky’s flamboyant-but-smooth vocals.

Knut – Review

May 31, 2002

A four-song fix. Knut experiences the same pain, rage, and violent creative urge that their brothers-in-post-hardcore-arms like Burnt By The Sun and Botch do.

Coalesce – Boy Sets Fire – Review

April 1, 2000

While Coalesce can make one-dimensional emo hardcore into blistering workouts of noise and texture, Boy Sets Fire can’t even cover material correctly.

Boy Sets Fire – Coalesce – Review

April 1, 2000

Boy Sets Fire can’t even cover material correctly. Sounding weak and devoid of the essence that the originals held, their two Coalesce covers are laughable.

Botch – We Are the Romans – Review

April 1, 2000

Noisecore doesn’t get any better than this. Not even Deadguy/Kiss It Goodbye stuff. Botch makes spazzing-out on record feel like a live show in your stereo.

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