Archive for October, 2006

AmityLaneReview by Greg Maki
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Fans of Trust Company, rejoice. The rest of you, go about your business; nothing to see here.

Amity Lane features in its ranks former Trust Company members Kevin Palmer (vocals/guitar) and Josh Moates (bass). Their previous band scored a rock radio hit with “Downfall” from their 2002 release The Lonely Position of Neutral. They didn’t last long after the release of their follow-up, 2005’s True Parallels. (more…)

GD-toxicMost diehard metal fans have heard the name God Dethroned, but the band, despite forming in 1992 and boasting an impressive discography, has never become a household name. The Toxic Touch should change things. This is also the first album to feature new band members, Isaac Delahaye (lead guitar) and Henk Zinger (bass). Arien Van Weesenbeek is phenomenal as always on drums while lead vocalist, Henri Sattler sounds as evil and determined as ever. (more…)

belphegor-pestapokalypseIn the film This Is Spinal Tap, documentary filmmaker Marty DiBergi says he was attracted to make a documentary on Spinal Tap because of their “unusual loudness.” Well ladies and gentleman, we finally have an answer to the question that we’ve all asked ourselves at one time or another: What if Spinal Tap decided to move to Austria and become a hardcore death metal band? The answer: Belphegor. (more…)

Hammerfall-ThresholdSweden’s Hammerfall is one of the more popular power metal acts and their new release, Threshold, should allow that trend to continue. From the album’s entertaining artwork featuring an evil robot grasping Thor’s hammer to the Judas Priest-esque guitar riffs and the ’80s-style metal vocals, this is traditional metal in the truest sense.  (more…)

DD-furyWith their debut album, it was unclear at times kind of metal band Devildriver wanted to be. Hints of frontman Dez Fafara’s previous band, Coal Chamber, could be heard, while some songs ventured into death and black metal territory. They were labeled a metalcore band, but that will change with the release The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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While other members of KISS come and go, and Gene Simmons’ attention wanders to other projects, Paul Stanley’s focus has never wavered. It always has been about the music for him. In fact, one wonders if KISS would have survived the dark days of the 1980s without his leadership. A return to the studio for KISS is nowhere in sight, but that may not be such a bad thing. Live to Win, Stanley’s second solo album (his first since all four KISS members released their own records in 1978), is the best KISS-related recording since Revenge (1992). (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Listening to Skid Row’s Revolutions per Minute, I can’t help but wonder what kind of reaction it would receive without the Skid Row name attached to it. That then leads me back further to wonder what the perception of Skid Row would be if they hadn’t emerged in the late 1980s with the flowing blonde locks of their singer as their most memorable image. The occasional power ballad aside, Skid Row always has had more in common with the Sex Pistols than Poison. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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With song titles like “Mr. One Night Stand,” “Absinthe in Munich,” “Dirty Blonde,” “Here to Rock” and “Give You Love,” “subtlety” clearly is not in Slunt’s vocabulary. That’s just fine because One Night Stand, the New York City band’s second full-length release, offers some of the year’s best songs about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, songs that carry on the raucous, sleazy tradition of bands like AC/DC and Motorhead. Yes, Slunt is old school in its influences. How old school? The chorus of “Mr. One Night Stand” features a cowbell, making its refrain even more irresistible. (more…)

album-chaosadOne can make the argument that any of the Max Cavalera-fronted Sepultura releases (1984-1996) are now heralded as classics.

Beneath the Remains (1989) was the Brazilian band’s first major breakthrough, a lethal combination of raw and primitive thrash and death metal. Arise (1991) was more straightforward death metal—faster, heavier and even more bleak. But 1993’s Chaos A.D. is the band’s pinnacle album of their career. (more…)

hearseNow here is some kick-ass thrash/death metal. In These Veins by Swedish extreme metal band Hearse is as relentless as a bear attack and just as brutal. The album grabs hold of the listener by the balls and doesn’t let go for 38 headbanging minutes. (more…)

3inchesofblood“Enemies of metal, your death is our reward” is one of the many metal, if not cliched lyrics found within Advance And Vanquish. 3 Inches Of Blood try to recapture the scene of the mid 80s when Judas Priest and Iron Maiden were the undisputed metal gods and lyrical content dealt with dragons, demons and orcs. (more…)

esotericWhat exactly is The Esoteric? It’s hard to explain. The Lawrence, Kansas-based band seems to be rooted in hardcore but includes so many other genres of rock and metal in its sound that it cannot be accurately categorized. The closest comparison would be a strange cross between Black Flag and Clutch with much more abrasiveness then either band. The Esoteric is highly innovative and has created a new kind of hardcore sound on Subverter. (more…)