Candiria – What Doesn’t Kill You…

How the mighty have seemingly fallen. At one time, one of the most influential and watched bands of the extreme underground, Candiria, helped pave the way for a handful of jazz-tinged, hard core/metal bands, i.e. Dillinger Escape Plan. Then the unthinkable happened. The collective band’s lives almost came to an end with a nearly fatal […]

The Concretes – The Concretes

There must be something in the water. While the “Swedish Invasion” actually took place more than three years ago, the music from a country already notorious for its beautiful people continues to produce more and more rock darlings. The Hives and Sahara Hotnights were just a taste of what was to really come. The latest […]

Pushcar – The Social Side of Midnight

I burn, I pine, I perish! Wait, actually I do none of these things while listening to the latest release by (Insert City Name Here)-based duo Jim Saunders and Chris Farrell, The Social Side of Midnight. Collectively known as Pushcar, these two pseudo-rockers don’t really do enough of anything to make a less-than abhorrent record. […]

Fear Factory – Return of the Machine

Burton C. Bell—vocalsRaymond Herrera—drums and percussionChristian Olde Wolbers—lead guitarByron Stroud—bass Like a computer virus, Fear Factory infects the human system with its trademark cybermetal. Currently on their second U.S. tour this year, Fear Factory is on the road again for their first headlining stint in support of the most recent Archetype release on Liquid 8 […]

Jason Ringenberg – Empire Builders

Jason Ringenberg

There’s a line in The Thing Called Love (the Peter Bogdanovich film about country musicians) where Dermot Mulroney’s character says that he likes country music because it has no sarcasm. Lately, I can definitely relate to that statement. I can also relate to Jason Ringenberg’s Empire Builders, a record inspired by the “alt-country” singer’s journey […]

Soulfly – Prophecy

Soulfly - Prophecy

What can we say about Max Cavelera that hasn’t already been said? Straight up, Max has helped form metal as we know it. Going back to the ‘80s, his first project Sepultura has been on the top shelf of any metalhead’s collection. With screams of anti-government idioms and double-bass intensive beats, Sepultura has pushed the […]

The Temporary Thing – The Yellow Album

The Temporary Thing

The secret to maintaining artistic integrity is easily spoken of, yet is far less easily executed – put yourself out there and bear your soul. You might not become the next band on the Ryan Seacrest show, but at least you’ll be able to say that you crafted your music with sincerity. This is the […]