Review: Frenzal Rhomb

Frenzal Rhomb "“Shut Your Mouth”" (Fat Wreck Chords) The hearty boys from Australia are back with their second full length on Fat Wreck Chords, “Shut Your Mouth”.    Sixteen tracks throw the...

Review: King For A Day  

King For A Day "“Before I Go”" (Initial Records) Emo-core from Detroit.  Fans of Hot Water Music, Get Up Kids, Braid, the Promise Ring, Texas is a Reason, Sunny Day Real Estate, Elliott, Jimmy Eat...

Review: Liar

Liar "“Liar’s Hell”" (Alveran Records) “Liar’s Hell” serves up eight gnarl tracks of uber-heavy thrash from one of Europe’s premiere metalcore bands.  Liar is not just another Slayer-wannabe...

Review: Los Kung-Fu Monkeys

Los Kung-Fu Monkeys "“Rebuilding the World”" (One Shot Records) Los Kung-Fu Monkeys have energy to spare.  So much energy, in fact, that “Rebuilding the World” just might jump out of your stereo and...

Review: Crom  

Crom "“The Cocaine Wars 1974-1989”" (Pessimiser Records) Black-death-speed metal in arctic barbarian packaging.  On the cover is a half-naked warrior chick riding a polar bear and inside are renderings...

Review: D-12

D-12 "“Devil’s Night”" (Shady Records / Interscope Records) D-12 (or the Dirty Dozen) is the rap group made up of Eminem and five of is boys from Detroit: Bizarre, Proof, Swift, Kon Artis, and Kuniva....

Review: Diffuser  

Diffuser "“Injury Loves Melody”" (Hollywood) Having established the measured, proper amount of indie-cred as Flu 13 (a detail repeatedly cited by their glossy, excessive press kit, which includes big,...

Review: El Guapo  

El Guapo "“The Geograpy of Dissolution”" (Mud Memory) Ditching distorted guitars for accordians, oboes, English horn, keyboards and . . .  glockenspiel  . . .  D.C. ex-post-punkers El Guapo approach...

Review: Amorphis

Amorphis "“Am Universum”" (Relapse Records) Every now and again I hear a band that sounds exactly like another band that I love.  Amorphis is one of those bands.  Making clever use of the same...