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Mastodon CD/LP reviewed by Luc Rodgers

Music Reviews Mastodon CD/LP reviewed by Luc Rodgers By May 15, 2009, 08:04 --> MASTODON Crack the Skye CD/LP Atlanta's Mastodon have ascended the great stairway towards stardom as far as underground metal is concerned. Beginning behind the shadows of former labelmates High on Fire, Today is the Day, and Neurosis, Mastodon have surpassed all […]

Ghostlimb CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers

Music Reviews Ghostlimb CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers By Apr 21, 2009, 02:05 --> GHOSTLIMB Bearing & Distance CD Seeing the abbreviated time lengths (only finisher “Loxodrome” clocks in over two minutes) one expects to hear a full-frontal grindcore onslaught. As “Port of Call” opens Ghostlimb's second full-length Bearing & Distance it becomes immediately apparent […]

Grey Daturas CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers

Music Reviews Grey Daturas CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers By Mar 27, 2009, 02:13 --> GREY DATURAS Return to Disruption CD “Beyond and Into the Ultimate,” the first track off of Grey Daturas's Return to Disruption, has an almost bouncy feel, something striking for a release on Neurosis's label, Neurot Recordings. While the bass and […]

Wildildlife CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers

Music Reviews Wildildlife CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers By Mar 23, 2009, 03:35 --> WILDILDLIFE Six CD From the thundering drum intro to opener “Things Will Grow,” San Francisco's Wildildlife stir excitement. With the supercharged, Tom Petty-on-meth twang jangle of the guitar leading into the psych cacophony, a handful of influences are evident: There's the […]

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SCION METAL FEST 2009: Burned by Rice!!!

The formula seems perfect: thirty-one of some of the most abrasive, artistic, and daring metal bands, a twelve hour time frame so as to not take up the entire weekend, and a non-existent ticket price (yes, free -RSVP and an age of 18 or older was all that was required). I readied myself for the usual inconveniences corporate sponsors (how metal can a boxy car like the Scion, polar opposite of a '74 Camaro, be?) that made the ticket price zero having the open door to shove all of its propaganda down your throat when all that's needed is the bathroom, overpriced food, water, and beer again to absorb the cost to put such an event on, and set times limited to 25-30 minutes so as to allow such a multitude of bands to perform.

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The Weight of THE OCEAN's Precambrian

Deutschland's The Ocean began as a collective of musicians all revolving around central songwriter Robin Staps. After years of big ideas (the debut full-length was originally planned as a double album but scrapped probably due to the fact that no one knew them therefore wouldn't fund such an egotistical project [though it was finally re-released as just that, titled Fluxion/Aeolian by the good-hearted Throne Records]) and an eventual larger following, the lineup solidified. Constant touring and networking with the likes of Nate Newton (Converge/Doomriders) and Caleb Scofield (Cave In/Old Man Gloom) have been great for them as they now call one of the cornerstone metal labels Metal Blade home.

WOE CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers

Music Reviews WOE CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers By Feb 10, 2009, 14:47 --> WOE A Spell for the Death of Man CD The United States has traditionally lagged behind the rest of the world in having anything noteworthy in the black metal genre. In recent years, however, things have changed greatly in both amount […]

Unearthly Trance CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers

Music Reviews Unearthly Trance CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers By Jan 22, 2009, 04:59 --> UNEARTHLY TRANCE Electrocution CD Brooklyn's Unearthly Trance turned many-a-head and volume knobs up with 2006's The Trident what with its smashing blows and Crowley-tinged forays into the human psyche. It was one of my most surprising discoveries of the year […]

31 Knots CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers

Music Reviews 31 Knots CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers By Jan 16, 2009, 05:22 --> 31 KNOTS Worried Well CD Portland, Oregon's 31 Knots have been around for a while (formed in 1998) but have failed to produce even the slightest ripple in the turning-of-heads. At first dumbfounded at this, this reviewer pondered why as […]

Birushanah CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers

Music Reviews Birushanah CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers By Dec 1, 2008, 03:35 --> BIRUSHANAH 赤い闇 (Akai Yami) CD Osaka, Japan's Birushanah are the latest in origin-centric metal now that metal has seemingly become accepted globally. Melding traditional Japanese instruments into their brand of metal (outsider/math/death/prog (breath)) the boys obviously wanted to feel at home […]