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CD Review: Linkin Park - 'The Hunting Party' (Warner Bros.)

June 17th, 2014 5:51pm EDT
CD Review: Linkin Park - 'The Hunting Party' (Warner Bros.)
First things first, The Hunting Party is not Hybrid Theory. While it may find the band at their heaviest since 2003’s Meteora, it’s still an unfair comparison as they are two entirely different records indicative of two entirely different time periods. The Hunting Party sticks an emphatic middle finger in the face of today’s sterile rock scene as frontman Chester Bennington defiantly proclaims ‘No control/No surprise/I'm my own casualty/I fuck up everything I see/Fighting in futility’ during the opening seconds of “Keys to The Kingdom,” a clear result of Mike Shinoda and company being tired...
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CD Review: Mushroomhead - "The Righteous and the Butterfly" (Megaforce Records)

May 31st, 2014 1:07am EDT
CD Review: Mushroomhead - "The Righteous and the Butterfly" (Meg
It’s about both the journey and the destination on Mushroomhead’s The Righteous and the Butterfly, an album that really does save the best for last. Bucking the norm of putting your best foot forward, much of the band’s eighth studio album comes during the second half of the record, which isn’t to say you should be bypassing the first eight or so tracks.

The Righteous and the Butterfly is littered with classic Mushroomhead output – flat out chugging metallers ( “Our Apologies,” Devils Be Damned”) - interspersed with cuts seemingly plucked off the next Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack...
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CD Review: Sevendust - 'Time Travelers & Bonfires'

April 21st, 2014 10:34pm EDT
CD Review: Sevendust - 'Time Travelers & Bonfires'
It’s been 10 years since Sevendust turned the lights out and cut the power, having not unplugged the amps since 2004’s Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live, but Time Travelers & Bonfires returns the band to the acoustic arena, where the band is more than capable of carrying themselves. On one hand it might be easy to worry that Sevendust’s normally aggressive nature wouldn't properly translate to an acoustic setting - things could easily devolve into dismissable power ballads - but Time Travelers & Bonfires works quickly to dispel any such notions.

Sevendust staples “Black” and “Denial” ge...
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CD Review: Emperors and Elephants - 'Devil in the Lake'

April 21st, 2014 10:30pm EDT
CD Review: Emperors and Elephants - 'Devil in the Lake'
It takes just one track, opener “Bring It Down,” off of Emperors and Elephants debut Devil in the Lake, to see this band’s unabashed promise. The Chicago hard rock merchants come out of the blocks swinging, and it’s clear this band possesses some talented axemen, including their newest member, ex-Texas Hippie Coalition guitarist Randy “The Arsonist” Cooper, which is not to slight fellow slinger Jeph Stiph. There’s a lot of influence to be found here – Purple­-era Stone Temple Pilots, Shinedown, Tantric, Full Devil Jacket, the list could go on and on. Devil in the Lake is an amalgam of said ...
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CD Review: Various Artists - 'Punk Goes 90’s 2'

April 7th, 2014 9:13pm EDT
CD Review: Various Artists - 'Punk Goes 90’s 2'
The thing about Punk Goes 90’s 2, the 15th (yes, you read that right) installment of Fearless Records’ long running Punk Goes… series and second in the Punk Goes 90’s line, is, as with the majority of, if not all, its predecessors, a potpourri of mixed results. However, in the case of Punk Goes 90’s 2, the results are more often than not positive. For starters, Get Scared plays things close to the vest on Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy,” as does the Color Morale on Foo Fighters’ “Everlong.” This approach doesn’t always work however, as Mayday Parade (Bush – “Comedown”) and Yellowcard (Smashing P...
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CD Review: The Hotelier - 'Home, Like Noplace Is There' (Tiny Engines)

April 7th, 2014 9:10pm EDT
CD Review: The Hotelier - 'Home, Like Noplace Is There' (Tiny En
Perhaps it’s the new album or the new label (Tiny Engines) or maybe it’s the new name, but the Hotelier, former The Hotel Year, have never sounded better than they do on their sophomore release Home, Like Noplace Is There. And that’s really saying something considering how strong, and utterly criminally underrated, their debut album, 2011’s It Never Goes Out, truly was. Though the subdued but thoroughly aptly titled opener “An Introduction To The Album” is a bit off-putting in terms of initial impact, what the track lacks in punch it makes up for in emotional output, spewing forth mainly fr...
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DVD Review: Various Artists - 'The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert'

March 23rd, 2014 10:48pm EDT
DVD Review: Various Artists - 'The Freddie Mercury Tribute Conce
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is a tour de force; a clinic in the sheer healing power of music. It’s also a testament to just how much Freddie Mercury meant to Queen, music and the entire world really. So it should be no big surprise that the music world that Mercury’s worked every day to enrich showed up in spades to join the surviving members of the band - Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor - and thousands of screaming fans to hold a tribute concert to their deceased front man.

Among those to show up and take the stage were Seal (“Who Wants to Live Forever”), Robert Plant (“C...
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DVD Review: Peter Gabriel - 'Peter Gabriel Live In Athens 1987'

March 23rd, 2014 10:45pm EDT
DVD Review: Peter Gabriel - 'Peter Gabriel Live In Athens 1987'
It should without saying how incredibly talented Peter Gabriel is as a performer. Honestly, c’mon. You shouldn’t need much reassurance of that fact, but if you do, Live In Athens 1987 is more than enough of said reassurance.

This concert release finds Gabriel at the literal top of his game and it seems the man only gets better the larger the crowd in front of him gets. Here thousands upon thousands of adoring fans laud Gabriel during a brilliant performance filmed in Athens, Greece during the apex of his “So” tour in 1987. As you’d imagine, all of the staples are here, from “Shock the Monk...
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DVD Review: Pink Floyd - 'The Making Of The Dark Side Of The Moon'

March 23rd, 2014 10:42pm EDT
DVD Review: Pink Floyd - 'The Making Of The Dark Side Of The Moo
Pink Floyd’s absolutely seminal and necessary The Dark Side of the Moon is one of the best records ever released and remained on the Billboard 200 for a staggering 741 consecutive weeks. There’s not much to top that, unless you’re able to peel back to curtain, go behind the scenes and hear from all four members of the band - Roger Waters, Richard Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason – regarding the making of each and every song on the record.

Well, The Making of Dark Side of the Moon gives fans that opportunity.

Released to coincide with the album’s 30th anniversary, The Making of Dark Si...
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The New MTV #26: King the Kid, Avatar, A Breach Of Silence

March 23rd, 2014 9:13pm EDT
The New MTV
King The Kid - "Beat It" (Michael Jackson cover)

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File Under: Pop Punk

Avatar - "Hail the Apocalypse"

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File Under: Metal

A Breach Of Silence - "Night Rider"

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File Under: Metal
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