Category: CD Review

Ozzy Osbourne – Black Rain

Ozzy Osbourne – Black Rain

Epic 2 Stars Not to be confused with the 1989 Michael Douglas thriller of the same name, Ozzy returns with his first album that he claims he recorded sober. Zakk Wylde’s wife said that Ozzy got a hearing aide and it’s totally helped his voice and that this might be his best record ever. Unfortunately her better half totally disagreed, “Dude, he sounds like shit!” Somewhere between the Wylde’s opinions lies the truth. Learn these...

Queens of the Stone Age – Era Vulgaris

Queens of the Stone Age – Era Vulgaris

Interscope 3 Stars Josh Homme and company seem to have settled into a nice groove after ousting original bassist Nick Oliveri. Like last year’s Lullabies to Paralyze, this album features plenty of guest appearences from rock royalty like the Strokes’s Julian Casablancas, Mark Lanagan and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame. The album’s absent title track, “Era Vulgaris” (featuring vocals from Trent Reznor) was released separately on the You Know What You Did promotional CD...

CELTIC FROST – Monotheist

CELTIC FROST – Monotheist

Century Media 5 Stars How many years have Celtic Frost fans been waiting for this? This is the first new album from Switzerland’s extreme avant-garde metal pioneers since 1989’s Vanity/Nemesis. What you want to know is, is this a disgrace to the hallowed CF brand name or did they manage to live up to their idiosyncratic and influential legacy? Well, we think they have done the latter, and boldly too! Spinning Monotheist makes you think...

TORCHE – s/t

TORCHE – s/t

Robotic Empire 5 Stars Sludge pop? Dirge pop? Stoner pop? Hardly matters. This is totally kick-ass stoner sludge pop! Try to imagine the Melvins mixed with the Foo Fighters and you’ll get a rough idea. Massive downtuned metal riffs, stoner rock slowed way down, and then wrapped in pop hooks and perfect harmonies. Ultra catchy sing songy melodies draped over pummeling dirges, like Christmas lights strung over a tar pit. -hubbard

Municipal Waste – The Art of Partying

Municipal Waste – The Art of Partying

Earache 5 Stars Yes! An early candidate for album of the year! Our favorite thrash-trash titans return with The Art of Partying, a rip-roarious ride that they boldly claim with “FUCK YOU UP.” And fucked up we are. Singer, Tony Foresta is in fine form here especially on the title track, where he conjures up sweet memories of Lee Ving fronting Fear in his prime. Guitarist Ryan Waste and bassist “Land” Phil seem to be...

TITAN  – A Raining Sun Of Light & Love For You & You & You

TITAN – A Raining Sun Of Light & Love For You & You & You

Tee Pee 4 Stars Our favorite Brooklyn-based stoner space rockers are back with their first proper studio album. The first of the four tracks found here starts off all folky for a minute, with strumming and singing that could be Comus or Devendra. before blasting into loud, distorted, truly TITANIC heavy instrumental psych-rock powered in part by some extremely proggy keyboard action. It’s like ELP jamming with Comets On Fire! -hubbard

hed p.e. – Insomnia

hed p.e. – Insomnia

Suburban Noise 4 Stars So-Cal rap-core legends return for another lethal dose of their special brand of G-punk. This album finds them returning to form, yet still growing creatively as a unit. The lead single brings to mind so many diverse influences ranging from Sublime, The Transplants, System of a Down and Mindless Self Indulgence. Insomnia is the perfect album for this schizoid generation who can’t pay attention to anything for more than 2 minutes...

Deicide – The Stench of Redemption

Deicide – The Stench of Redemption

Earache 3 Stars Still going strong after almost 20 years, the Florida-based death metal quartet’s latest release delivers vicious, soul-soiling riffs from start to finish. Glen Benton once again shreds the lining of his throat in the name of Satan, but the lyrics are mostly indiscernible, meaning you can enjoy the album’s ferocity and not feel damned for doing so. -ruvolo

Black Sabbath – The Dio Years

Black Sabbath – The Dio Years

Rhino 5 Stars For years and years Ronnie James Dio’s legacy in Black Sabbath was in disarray. Although he only recorded three albums with the Sabs, the work has really gotten better with age. Leaning heavily on the first two albums” Heaven & Hell” and “Mob Rules,” The Dio Years packs in all the hits like “Mob Rules,” “Neon Knights,” and “Sign of the Southern Cross.” While most bands release greatest hits packages with new...

The White Stripes – Icky Thump

The White Stripes – Icky Thump

Warner Brothers Jack White delves way deeper into mariachi-madness with the White Stripes latest effort, Icky Thump. Meg and Jack deliver 12 new tracks here and the obscure cover of the 1951 Patti Page nugget “Conquest.” Combining trumpets and distortion together “Conquest” sounds unlike anything the band has done in the past, yet feels somewhat familiar too. Maybe therein lies the power of The White Stripes. Their music always seems to have a great warmth,...