Cattle Decapitation – Humanure

The calm before the storm. The opening instrumental, “Scatology Domine (intro),” sounds like it came out of an upright piano in some mental health rec room. The title track, “Humanure,” barrels out of the speakers like some PCP-addled psycho from a 1970s after-school special. The tight start/stop barrage of drummer Michael Laughlin and bassist Troy […]

Surviving Road Woes Thanks to Rock Therapy and Sodomy: The Forty-Fives’ Adam Renshaw Tells All

Merriam-Webster defines tribulation as “distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution; a trying experience”. Ask the decaying old man clutching his Gibson at the crossroads, and he’ll tell you that tribulation is what he eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For the Atlanta-based, rag-tag rock quartet The Forty-Fives, tribulation can be described as the […]

Riding Giants (Stacey Peralta)

Riding Giants

Riding Giants (Stacey Peralta, 2004) Stacey Peralta, known for his documentary on skateboarding, Dogtown & Z-Boys, takes us into the real history of surfing, from it’s Polynesian and Hawaiian roots to when Gidget’s cheeky sitcom in 1966 took surfing into the mainstream, raising the number of surfers from a few thousand to a few million […]

Sahara Hotnights – Kiss & Tell

Sahara Hotnights - Kiss and Tell

So it’s official. The ‘80s are back. Okay, that’s an understatement because the ‘80s have been back for the past three years now. And thanks to the Sahara Hotnights, the best part about this era’s music is being electrified all over again through their latest release, Kiss and Tell. The Hotnights took a plunge, head […]

Sparta – Porcelain

Sparta - Porcelain

This album title is an interesting one for Sparta’s latest creation, in a sense there’s a pure and gleaming sense about the path the group, now on their sophomore release, has taken in 2004. The ghost of Perry Ferrell is felt more than any spirit left from ATDI, which may say something about the fading […]

Unearth – The Oncoming Storm

Unearth - The Oncoming Storm

Head for the basement or the doorjambs as Massachusetts’s metal-core merchants Unearth unleash The Oncoming Storm. The band’s fourth release, first for Metal Blade, is a thunderous, dark, and well-rounded effort. Adam Dutkiewicz’s (Killswitch Engage) bottom-heavy production shines on cuts like the rapid fire, militaristic “Bloodlust of the Human Condition” and “Predetermined Sky,” which features […]