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cosmosophy

BLUT AUS NORD 777: Cosmosophy CD

Final album in the 777 trilogy and so far the only one I've heard in its entirety... an odd place to begin perhaps but I don`t feel like I'm at a disadvantage dropping in at this point but maybe I'll feel different once I put it in the context of the first two. Anyway, we […]

diamondrings.freedimensional

DIAMOND RINGS Free Dimensional CD/LP

Second long-player from Diamond Rings aka John O'Regan continues the blueprint of near-nursery rhyme sing-songy electro pop but there are some elements of growth here. The 1st single "I'm Just Me" speaks to this urge for growth and learning with references to getting comfortable in one's own skin and the hook line "Hold me under […]

ripper

RIPPER Into Oblivion LP

This young and freshity-fresh metal band from Portland have put out a really cool item here, a nice vinyl long-player wrapped up in a sweet gate fold dust jacket full of black and gloomy D and D artwork and foresworn grim mumblings that fit just right, selling for the Dischord friendly price of 12 bucks […]

rabbits.bites

RABBITS Bites Rites CD/LP

More brilliant storming shitrock from Portland stalwarts RABBITS on their sophomore Good To Die effort (last one was on Relapse)... someone stated recently that these guys were spearheading an AmRep revival sort of thing, and while I concur that XXL Hazelmyer would probably nod in the positive to this, it ain't that cut and dried […]

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Metal Swim FREE MP3 ALBUM

Pretty tasty, priced right compilation of (mainly) unreleased cuts from some of the biggest names in the metal scene today. This doesn't lean too heavily on the Black or Death side of the genre (though it's here), more Doom and straight ahead crush oriented, but overall solid proof that fist pumping and headbanging are still […]

gaywitch.maverick

GAY WITCH ABORTION Maverick CD/LP

On first listen, this came across as pure Lightning Bolt tribute band type material, just less spazzed out and more... I dunno, congealed? Should mention that it's Guitars/Drums and not Bass/Drums, but anyway, I've come to appreciate Gay Witch Abortion on their own terms and don't find fault in the remaining similarities. They provide a […]

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DIAMOND RINGS Special Affections CD/LP

To hear John O'Regan talk of his epiphany about intelligent dance music while listening to the disco version of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind," you'd think the guy had single handedly invented the IDM genre... well, not quite, but I wish to God that he had. Boasting a voice that could make […]