Dry Cell – Disconnected – CD Review

Nu metal, the latest victim of industry overexcitement, is a genre that was good in principle. Once the labels got done (and apparently, hopefully, they are), the genre was filled with generic groups that seemed to all play the same songs, with the same lyrics. The few bands that made a name for themselves either …

The Syndicate's 3rd Annual Metal X-Mas Ball – Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Most Precious Blood, Nora, This Day Forward, Underoath

Headbanging is back! No more blanks stares. No more mindless moshing. Backwards hat-wearing frat boys, please keep to your kegs. Spooky kids, stick to your basement wannabe-tombs. Generation Y, go enjoy your extreme games. Its time for the real metal fans to return, as there is real metal to be heard. Don't get the wrong …

Parise – Demo

Parise – Demo Normally when I get random e-mails to check out bands I push them off to the back burner. More times then not, there is a long winded p.r. speach followed by a 'come download our music' plea. I don't care for that. I have a lousy computer, with a lousy connection. A …

Imprint – Demo

So this summer I was in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania when I came upon the Lycoming Mall. A lone beacon of capitalism (and civilization from the looks of things), the mall had a Hot Topic. After being among the equivalent of Puritan middle-American people for several weeks, it was a breath of fresh air …

TapRoot @ The Bowery Ballroom NY, NY 10-22-02

With the losses of Lynn Strait (Snot) and Dave Williams (Drowning Pool) there remains few frontmen in metal that have what it takes to be great. What they had was personality and passion, and could not only connect with the crowd, but also be part of it. TapRoot's Stephen Richards is one of the (unfortunately) …

Flaw @ Irving Plaza NY, NY 9-23-02

I should know better than to judge things immediately. First time I heard of Flaw, I immediately thought, 'yeah, I bet the only Flaw is that these guys have no talent.' It is a good thing that I've been taught to look a bit deeper, and to take that look despite first impressions. Seeing Flaw …

Fever Pitch – CD Review

How many people out there can find Topeka, Kansas on a map? Soon enough, there may be people pulling out atlases to look. The reason for the sudden yearning for knowledge? A band called Fever Pitch. A modern rock quintet, these midwesterners followed the path taken by many bands – tired with local tours and …

Hatebreed – Perseverance – CD Review

Of all of the genres of music, I think that hardcore sees the most bands come and go, breaking up, reforming, adding members, dropping them, and all the while raging against society. So many groups come and go barely leaving a mark, so when one produces a genuinely good song (or album), they are cherished …

Stone Sour – s/t – CD Review

WARNING: This review might enrage Maggots everywhere so if you are of the closed-of-mind, blind followers of Slipknot, stop reading here. Stone Sour is a side project. Side projects usually are just escapes for members of other bigger bands. Their releases are usually experimental, a million miles away from the music made by their 'main' …