Album Reviews

Winds of Plague – “Against The World” – Album Review

If there is one thing that Winds of Plague excels at, it is continuously blurring the lines between metal and hardcore. Their new album Against The World is another showing of how well they can accomplish this. The six-piece hailing from California shows that, though uncommon, symphonic elements can be successfully presented in a deathcore […]

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Low “C’mon” — Album Review

It’s been three years since Low released Drums and Guns, and now the trio is back with their latest title C’mon. Apparently, it’s the shortest title of any Low album since they first originated in 1993. C’mon is actually a very lax album filled with ten tracks of low-key melodic songs. Comprised of a husband […]

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Hot Band Alert: The Venus Illuminato “Children of the Earth” — Album Review

The Venus Illuminato…it rolls off the tongue quite gracefully, don’t you think? I know it immediately sparked Renaissance-like images in my mind, as if it’s the name of a secret society or something. While I might have romanticized the band’s name a bit, their music is equally as intriguing. Known to frequently play around L.A. […]

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Funeral Party “The Golden Age Of Knowhere” — Album Review

It’s amazing to see the evolution of a local band as they go from random gigs to talk show performances. I remember hearing L.A.-based Funeral Party at a local bar in East L.A. (Eastside Luv to be exact) and now the trio are touring the globe. What really attracted me to their music was their […]

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Holy Ghost! “Holy Ghost!” — Album Review

As a HUGE fan of Holy Ghost!’s music before their self-titled debut album came out, I immediately devoured the 10-song LP as soon as I got it. This is definitely one of those albums you can play from start to finish, which is VERY rare these days. In a singles-based world, where you’re hot one […]

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Generationals “Actor-Caster” — Album Review

Not too familiar with the Generationals, I didn’t know what to expect from their second release Actor-Caster. But once I heard the first few songs, I was instantly hooked to their feel-good pop/indie/electro sound. I swear, I saw sunrays shinning down with each track…it’s that upbeat! Let’s just say that it’s one of those albums […]

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Amon Amarth “Surtur Rising” – Album Review

Melodic death metal giants, Amon Amarth have done it again. These reborn Vikings, who have come forth to spread Norse mythology far and wide, can seemingly do no wrong. Following the success of 2008’s Twilight of the Thunder God, the band has picked up right where they left off. With their eighth studio release, they […]

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The Raveonettes “Raven In The Grave” — Album Review

Photo Credit: Lauren Dukoff The Raveonettes are back with their fifth studio release Raven In The Grave; a nine-track album filled with everything you love about the Danish duo…and more! Sune Rose Wagner (guitar, instruments and vocals) and Sharin Foo (bass, guitar and vocals) have definitely found their niche in indie rock and Raven In […]

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Hot New Music: Those Darlins “Screws Get Loose” – Album Review

Have you ever met a girl that you were so envious of because of her good looks and super cool persona? The kind of chick that exudes a badass, I-don’t-give-a-fuck confidence and tends to play like a boy, but is all women? Tennessee rockers, Those Darlins, are all that and a bag of chips! And […]

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SALEM “Mother Always” – Check Yo Ponytail Mixtape — Album Review

Usually I’m all for mixtapes, but wasn’t exactly digging SALEM’s Mother Always – Check Yo Ponytail Mixtape. The mixtape was especially made for their fist headlining performance in the City of Angels at the Echoplex on Tuesday, March 29 for CHECK YO’ PONYTAIL 2. Also performing will be Asylum, Gatekeeper, The Present Moment, Killing Spree […]

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