Category: Music

Agnostic Front

Agnostic Front

Warriors Nuclear Blast You know what you’re in for so prepare for battle when putting the latest 14-track disc from NYHC stalwarts Agnostic Front in the player, as just as you’d expect, WARRIORS is jam packed with the trademark tough guy bravado that reigned over the CBGB matinee set this band was such a huge part of. Only this time, the band finds itself returning to the crossover-thrash sound of its heyday, thanks in part...

Diablo Royale

Diablo Royale

Diablo Royale Self-Released Heavy metal soaked in whiskey suits the properly-monikered NYC quintet Diablo Royale best, as their eponymous 10-track introduction to the world provides the generation-spanning hard rock histrionics over rhythmic sludgery formula that cries for stereos to be cranked to the max for total rock immersion. Wah-wah guitars over catchy yet simple rhythms highlight much of the offering, as the style laid down by this act is reminiscent of bands like Alice in...

Rush Hour Three Karate Chops the Competition

Rush Hour Three Karate Chops the Competition

America enjoys repetition. People want the same thing everywhere you go: When you travel to even the far reaches of the earth, there’s always a McDonald’s. In 2004, people screamed for change and Bush still got re-elected. And now people flock to Rush Hour three to see the same movie they saw in 1998 and 2001. I suppose people enjoy seeing two races come together by insulting another race. Ahh France, the last bastion of...

BRIAN EWING – WARPED

BRIAN EWING – WARPED

San Francisco, CA -June 21, 2007-For the fourth year in a row, renowned rock poster artist Brian Ewing has “inked” a deal with sponsor AT&T to produce the artwork for six posters and cell phone graphic downloads for the Vans Warped Tour, “Lucky 13”. He has designed concert posters and t-shirts for the Vans Warped Tour since 2004, consistently helping to build their brand by creating a definitive image and character for the Tour. A...

Spiderman 3 – Soundtrack

Spiderman 3 – Soundtrack

Record Collection 3 Stars Music from and inspired by Spiderman? Really?? The Spiderman franchise certainly has some hipster tastes. But if you’re expecting songs like “Spiderman Blues,” “The Venom Twist,” or “Thwip Thwip,” then you’ll be sorely disappointed. Stand out tracks on this record include Wolfmother’s “Pleased to Meet You,” The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Sealings,” and Black Mountain’s “Stay Free.” Other than that, this album is full of filler, with maybe 15 worthy minutes, mmmm…...

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