Metal

BLIXT

Artist: 
BLIXT
Label: 
Cuneiform Records

Theoretically, this album could be awesome. As a fan of both jazz and metal, I popped this into my CD player with a great deal of optimism. I was immediately disappointed. The sound quality is pretty awful; it sounds like it was recorded in someone's garage in the 80s. The guitar in particular sounds just terrible. The music itself is basically metal instruments playing jazz. The fundamental song structure, melodies, etc are all jazz-based, but BLIXT uses distorted guitars & bass and metal drumwork to play each song.

Sounds Like: 
EXP
Sounds Like: 
Mahavishnu Orchestra (Not really)
Name: 
Alex Block
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2013

Revelry & Resilience

Artist: 
Gypsyhawk
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

When you first listen to this CD, it's like you've just opened a time-capsule from the 70's, but the modern air slips its way in the capsule and touches the songs ever so slightly. The stylings of Gypsyhawk is so rare to find in metal nowadays, which is why "Revelry and Resilience" has been a bit of a gem for me to listen to and review. Gypsyhawk combines the showmanship of old school guitar playing with the kick of Billy Gibbons-esque vocals, and is reminiscent of early ZZ Top Whitesnake-blues rock records. In short, it's fantastic.

Sounds Like: 
Black Stone Cherry
Sounds Like: 
ZZ Top
Sounds Like: 
The Showdown
Sounds Like: 
Scorpions
Sounds Like: 
Thin Lizzy
Name: 
Dave Hentz
Date Reviewed: 
09/05/2012

Rize of the Fenix (single)

Artist: 
Tenacious D
Label: 
Columbia Records

Tenacious D is back with a new album — to come out soon! This is their announcement of its birth, and it's pretty rockin'. If what the lyrics say are true, the D should be returning to its raw awesomeness that it had back in the 90s, with such gems as "City Hall" and "Tribute." Though, both KG and Jables have been doing kid's movies for the past few years, so they might not be smoking enough weed to keep up with their former glory. But it's Tenacious D, so you better be hopeful.

Sounds Like: 
Tenacious D
Sounds Like: 
Sex in a hippy van in space
Name: 
Greg Gonzales (Dr. Gonzo)
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2012

Karen Page

Artist: 
Karen Page
Label: 
Rotten Records

Have you ever been at a Mexican food restaurant, and at the end of the meal, mixed your ice cream together with whatever is left of the table such as chips, salsa, beans, soda, black pepper, salt, etc to create some sort of interesting concoction? All those things individually are great on their own. But all in one bite? Absolutely horrible. Much like Karen Page.

Sounds Like: 
Trash
Sounds Like: 
Convalesce?
Name: 
Mari Weber
Date Reviewed: 
10/27/2010

New Zealand@SXSW

Artist: 
various
Label: 
NZ On Air

This is a compilation of new songs from New Zealand artists. Definitely pop music in general in the sense that I would expect to hear it on the radio, and none of it gets too crazy or original, especially not the first 4 songs. 

Sounds Like: 
Amy Winehouse
Sounds Like: 
Jane's Addiction
Sounds Like: 
The Faint
Name: 
Ashley Gander
Date Reviewed: 
10/06/2010

Violent Demise-Clean Mix

Artist: 
Body Count
Label: 
Virgin

Fuck yo, mtv won't be playing this bad ass hardcore shit. Ice-t kills some shit on this one. Raps w/ hardcore crunch/core thrash metal music. Outass(riffs) soun really good and tight. Flex a mean mutha fucker + he'll blast you ___ ass in south created if you don't think this shit is the shit. I reallly like this type of music. Hard core metal fucking brutal

Sounds Like: 
Ice-t
Name: 
Jose Manga
Date Reviewed: 
03/30/1997

Necessary Evil

Artist: 
Body Count
Label: 
Virgin

there is really not a review for this album, just for a couple songs. Apparently this is metal meats hip hop. One song is even written by Ice T

Sounds Like: 
Not listed
Name: 
Charles "Curbcide" Botla
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/1995

Constellations

Artist: 
August Burns Red
Label: 
Solid State

After a year of touring, ABR has hit the studio a totally changed band. Their sound has become much more mature and organized, as opposed to the franticly disjointed brutality of their previous two albums. They've honed their song structures into a near perfect balance of technical shredding, rhythmically creative breakdowns, and thrashy tempos (not to mention killer screams/growls by vocalist Jake Luhrs). ABR have also perfected their melodic side, and tracks such as "Marianas Trench" and "Meridian" showcase this progression.

Sounds Like: 
Unearth
Name: 
Schyler Orr Else
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2010