The idea of mixing hip-hop with rock is not a new one. However, there have been very few artists that have made it work. Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine took elements of both to create something fresh and unique that was wildly successful. However, for every success case, there have to be at least 100 failed attempts. So, when I got a copy of ‘Birth, School, Work, Death‘ from Hyro Da Hero, I admit that I was very skeptical. Could Hyro pull it off? Find out after the jump.
The Haunted are an incredibly consistent band in many regards. Up to now, they’ve released a new album every two to three years. They have also grown and evolved with each new release. If someone tells you that ‘Versus’ sounds just like ‘The Dead Eye’, you can pretty much be sure that they have no idea what they’re talking about. And so it is with ‘Unseen’. It comes out two and a half years after ‘Versus’ and the sound has definitely evolved. But has it evolved for the better? Check after the jump to find out!
Well, the time has come. The review that many have been waiting for is finally up. Tesseract’s ‘One’ was chosen as my ‘Most Anticipated Album of 2011’ due to my love of the ‘Concealing Fate EP’. So the question arises, has Tesseract been able to produce an album that satisfies? Have they been able to create that same magic? Find out after the jump!
When I was asked to do this review I was excited about it, but also a little bit unsure of what to expect. I’ve been listening to punk and hardcore music from a pretty young age, but Rise Against was one of those bands who always seemed too “big” for me. And I don’t mean big in the sense of popular, I mean big in the sense of having their shit together. But it was clear after one listen that Rise Against isn’t only for hardcore activists who make it their top priority every day to ponder political conundrums. They really just, well, they give a shit. And that’s a breath of fresh air. Read on to hear what I have to say about their newest release Endgame.
Many years ago my taste in music extended to the horribly offensive. With a love for the music of artists like GG Allin and A*al C*nt, I figured the more offensive the lyrics the more amusing it was. In the last couple of years, hip-hop’s most offensive artist has been King Gordy. However, before you get too excited, though the King of Horrorcore takes a slightly different direction with his latest release, King Gordy Sings the Blues.
Melodic death metal is a strange genre: People either love it or hate it. I’m in the former category, as I love having heavy riffs mixed with a lot of melody. It’s what gets my blood pumping. So, when I got a copy of Deadlock’s ‘Bizarro World’, I was cautiously excited because it sounded like music that was right up my alley. So, did I enjoy it? Find out, my dear reader, after the jump!
Join me Bloody-Disgusting reader as we travel back to the year 1969. I am willing to guarantee that this was before the majority of you were born (it was WELL before I was even a thought), so let’s take a look at some of the major events of that year: Ohio State won the Rose Bowl. Nixon succeeded as President of the United States of America. The Beatles performed their last public concert. The Boeing 747 makes its first flight. Monty Python’s Flying Circus airs its first episode on BBC. And King Crimson releases their first album, ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King’, beginning a musical career that is still going on today.
Recently the line between mainstream and underground has been getting thinner and thinner. Artists like Tech N9ne, Insane Clown Posse, and The Kottonmouth Kings storm the charts with every release having little to no TV and radio support, simply with the love of their loyal fan base. I am guessing this love is what artist Saigon was looking for when he signed with independent record label Suburban Noize for his new release “The Greatest Story Never Told.”
After suffering a massive line-up change, many wondered what would become of Evergrey. Losing three of five members has to take a toll, no matter who you are. And yet, Evergrey are releasing their eighth studio album, ‘Glorious Collision, tomorrow. So, the question lingers: what did the line-up change do to the sound of Evergrey? Check after the jump to see if this progressive symphonic metal act still has the same impact and power.
With not a lot of releases last week, I thought I would travel back to a November release I did not know existed until recently. Yelawolf is a rap artist from Alabama whose name is making rounds in the underground scene because of his work with Bizarre of D-12 and a future track with Tech N9ne. He is scheduled to bring his unique style to Warped Tour this summer, so anyone attending should be sure to check out this review of “Trunk Muzik 0-60.”
7″s these days almost seem more important than your full length albums. Well at least in the hardcore/punk community. Caravels have released their first 7″ with Topshelf Records this past month only four months since their first “official” EP “Floorboards”. Is their 7″ just as good as their EP? Read past the break for my review!
Usually I’m pretty up to date with the underground scene but somehow underground Cali artist Hopsin fell under even my radar till now. The CD is titled ‘Raw’ and that says it all. Check out the review after the jump.
Around since 2002, Attackhead unashamedly sound like they’re from the 80’s. They’ve got that trashy thrash metal approach that was all the rage back then. And let’s be honest, some of the greatest metal albums came out during that decade. So how does Attackhead hold up with the 80’s thrash metal approach in mind? Find out after the jump.
Motorhead is in many ways the runt of the Metallica/Megadeth/Anthrax litter. Though not thrash metal by any means, Motorhead still had the raw energy and attitude of aforementioned bands and was, at least back in the day, as recognizable a name. However, aside from a few big hits, they fell to the wayside as the rest of the pack went on to bigger and better things. But that doesn’t mean that Motorhead has lost any of its tenacity or drive to keep on keeping on. So with that, they have released their latest album, ‘The World Is Yours’. How does it fare? Check after the jump for all the details.
So, I may be a few days late with this Retro Review, but it was the New Years and I was enjoying myself (read: treating my hangovers with more of what put me in that state). So, because of the constant headaches and need for dark rooms to avoid bright lights, I found myself turning to music that falls into the more “chill” end of the musical spectrum. Also, since it was the New Year, I found myself feeling a bit nostalgic. Both of these feelings combined into me easing back to Esthero’s debut album ‘Breath From Another’. An album that has elements of Portishead and Bjork, ‘Breath From Another’ is a slightly more upbeat sounding approach to Trip-Hop. But does that work or does it hinder? Check for the answer after the jump.
Sweden has, in my eyes, some of the best music acts these days. You’ve got Opeth, In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Meshuggah, Pain Of Salvation; the list goes on and on. These bands, and more from the Scandinavian region, are often credited with shaping today’s metal scene. Most of the time, these bands are focused on moving forward, creating the next iconic sound. Ghost has taken the opposite approach and went back in time, forging a Satanic heavy metal album that hearkens back to the 70’s and 80’s NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). Does it work or is it too pretentious for it’s own good? Check after the jump for answer.
Often times, musicians say that they are inspired by something they see or some event that shapes them. It’s not often, however, that a musician says that their main source of inspiration is a book. Such is the case with Xander Harris’ ‘Urban Gothic’, which is meant to be a companion piece to the Brian Keene book of the same name, played in the background while you read the book. So does it work? Does Xander Harris’ ‘Urban Gothic’ work or does it hinder the reading experience? Check out after the jump.