Drowning Pool – Desensitized – CD Review

After the death of Dave Williams, many wondered if Drowning Pool could survive the loss. But they gathered greatly, and returned in 2004 with the epic “Desensitized” [Wind-Up Music]. And their sound is sharper than ever. Drowning Pool takes a raw intensity and welds it into pure aggression. The effect is a Powercore/Aggro Metal hybrid …

Hawthorne Heights – The Silence In Black And White – CD Review

In a stark combination of contrasts, Hawthorne Heights fuses Emo and Metalcore into a very melodic and intense offering. Their 2004 opus, “The Silence In Black And White” [Victory Records], is solidly fierce. Hawthorne Heights is Hardcore and melodious. Using clean, emotive yells and shrill growls, Hawthorne Heights hits a dynamic range. While being heavy, …

Static-X – Beneath Between Beyond – CD Review

The 2004 rarities/best-of compilation by Static-X, titled “Beneath Between Beyond” [Warner Brothers Records], is a severe must for any fan of this Industrial/Aggro Metal powerhouse. Besides being better than their last opus, “Shadow Zone” [Warner Brothers Records], it provides some exceptional rare material. Love them or hate them, Static-X is truly unique. (Personally, I think …

Suffocation – Souls To Deny – CD Review

Sometimes that New York attitude can payoff. Such is the case with the Death Metal band Suffocation. Their unique style and relentless has made them legends in the genre. And that reputation is very well-deserved. Their 2004 opus, “Souls To Deny” [Relapse Records], is a blistering testimony to their talents. Suffocation has a dense, primal …

Jumbo’s Killcrane – The Slow Decay – CD Review

Grindcore, it makes the blood sing and the bones shatter. The Grind Metal act Jumbo’s Killcrane is one such beautiful monstrosity. Their 2005 release, “The Slow Decay” [Crucial Blast Records], is a massive abyss of thunderous glory. This is Psychedelic Doomgrind for Generation Wrecked…. Jumbo’s Killcrane has a crushing sound, an obliterating mixture of Powergrind …

My Fate – Happiness Is Fiction – CD Review

Deep, dark, and powerful: My Fate brings a new and relentless edge to the Powercore genre. Their 2004 debut, “Happiness Is Fiction” [Crash Music, Inc.], is as vibrant as it is vicious. Dark, melodic inflections are fused into the intense roar of burning ferocity. Intense grooves with a tenebrous, melodic bent are at the core …

Valume Nob – Most High – CD Review

Undoubtedly you should expect some big noise about any band that features members from Crowbar, Graveyard Rodeo, Down, and New Religion. But Valume Nob is worthy of all the stir. (The band-members are Kirk Windstein, Marshall Black, Frey Thieler, and Sid Montz.) Their 2004 opus, “Most High” [Crash Music, Inc.], is about as raw and …

Imperial Crystalline Entombment – Apocalyptic End In White

In the darkest depths of the abyss, only the fiercest survive. Imperial Crystalline Entombment (a.k.a. I.C.E.) does more than survive in the utter bleakness, they thrive on the fury. Harsh, dismal, and intense: Imperial Crystalline Entombment makes Blackened Swedish Death Metal for only the most severe conditions…. Their 2004 opus of grim glories, “Apocalyptic End …

Comeback Kid – Wake The Dead

In the ever-growing morass of modern Hardcore, it’s nice to see a young band with some of that Old School vibe. Comeback Kid does this brilliantly. Their 2005 sophomore opus, “Wake The Dead” [Victory Records], rattles your bones and shatters tombstones. Waking the dead is a possibility here…. Starting as an offshoot of FIGURE FOUR, …