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Album Review: FEAR FACTORY Genexus

Posted by | July 30, 2015

When you hear Fear Factory, you know it’s Fear Factory, when you hear subpar Fear Factory, you know it’s subpar Fear Factory. What might be more on the shocking side of things for the many who’ve written them off as formulaic has-been geezers fronted by a dude who, a couple years ago, was having trouble hitting notes with his signing voice in a live setting, is how well put together the material comprising Genexus is and the overall excellence of the album.

| July 30, 2015

Album Review: KING PARROT Dead Set

Posted by | May 19, 2015

I have all the respect in the world for Australia’s King Parrot. They’re a band that has basically taken the step of diving head first and full on into doing their band at 110%. The quintet has employed a combination of sheer determination, old fashioned elbow grease, financial risk and business sense and a little bit of that innate Down Under lunacy to make their band a full time endeavour.

| May 19, 2015

Album Review: MORGOTH Ungod

Posted by | April 28, 2015

Five years ago, when Germany’s Morgoth announced their return to active duty after a twelve year layoff, there was a pretty good chance I was one of a very small handful of people looking forward to their return. Let me clarify that: I was one of a very small handful of people looking forward to their return if, and only if, they picked up where they left off after 1996’s Feel Sorry for the Fanatic.

| April 28, 2015

Album Review: KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES Salem’s Wounds 3/24/15

Posted by | April 9, 2015

Karyn Crisis is an artistic and spiritual polymath who always seems to have various soul wrenching projects on the go, which she juggles as deftly as she summons various voices along the demonic scale with her iron-clad diaphragm and schizophrenic vocal chords. And, as supporters of, and participants in, underground culture, we should be as pleased as punch she does what she does because someone this multi-talented and dedicated to DIY should never be allowed to stagnate or sit still for one second.

| April 9, 2015

Album Review: HAUST Bodies

Posted by | March 24, 2015

While the background and story of Norway’s Haust may be all over the grill of the internet and supportive print publications, they don’t come across like people who’d be forthcoming about anything. As a band, their brand of caustic schizophrenia sounds like it oozes from tiny micro-fractures in the Earth’s crust and emits a fetid, sulphur-enriched haze of your olfactory system’s worst nightmare.

| March 24, 2015

EP Review: HAKEN Restoration

Posted by | December 22, 2014

Yes. London’s Haken really like Yes. That much has been evident since they burst on to the progressive metal scene back in 2010 with their debut album, Aquarius. As the sands have clunked through the hourglass, the sextet has used a big ol’ Yes-shaped lasso to round up as many sub-genre bits ‘n’ bobs, throwing in some metal glitter, a la Dream Theater, into the fray.

| December 22, 2014

EP Review: SKELETHAL Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity

Posted by | December 18, 2014

First things first: love the name! Normally, when bands start combining and mashing up words for monikers and album titles, it screams of uncreative minds, produces hokey results and screams the desperate scream of those trying to position themselves as ‘troo’ and/or ‘kvlt.’ Skelethal show themselves to be somewhere in the middle of this divide as they exhibit tendencies of both really awesome and awesomely average, sometimes in the course of a single song.

| December 18, 2014