Category Archives: Album Reviews

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Album Review: Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble


Primus-And-The-Chocolate-FactoryThroughout my childhood there have been many films that have captured my impressionable imagination and then warped and raped it.  The Secret of Nimh, The Dark Crystal, The Brave Little Toaster, Labyrinth, Dumbo, Watership Down, etc.  They were all able to lure me in with colors, cuteness, and imagination and then rip the rug up from under me and show me the dark, seedy underbelly of the world in all its twisted glory.  I don’t know why, but I always tended to gravitate toward this style of film in my young age (and well into my teenage years and adulthood).  Sitting at the top of horrifically cute films lies the 1971 cinematic masterpiece Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring the great Gene Wilder in the role he was born to play; the magically mad Willy Wonka.  From the colorful cinematography to the densely dark under-themes of consumerism and greed the film didn’t shy away for a moment from the fact it was luring young kids into its mind-rape Ford Econoline van with pretty colors and promises of candy.

Another aspect of Willy Wonka that cements it as one of the greatest cinematic achievements is its soundtrack.  From happy and uplifting ‘Pure Imagination’ to nightmare inducing boat ride song the music of the flick covered just about every reachable aspect of places ones imagination can go.  And I’ll be damned if they weren’t catchy songs.  Don’t tell me you don’t find yourself humming the Oompa Loompa songs from time to time.  It was simply a quirky, fun, and occasionally dark bit of music.  And do you know what else is quirky, fun, and occasionally dark (ok, a bit more than occasionally)?  The long-standing oddball band, Primus.

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Album Review: Maskin – Storm


Maskin_Storm_digicover-300x300Label: Mosquito Recordings

Album:  Storm.  This is their debut

Release Date:  3 Sep 14

Genre:  Stoner / Hard Rock

Songs:  8

Length:  44 Minutes

Location:  Sweden

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Roundtable Review: Verse Vica – Endeavor


Album CoverLabel: Self-released

Release Date:  October 6th 2014

Songs:  8 tracks

Length: 41 minutes

Genre:  Progressive metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  North Carolina, USA

For fans of: Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Animals As Leaders

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Album Review: Adimiron – Timelapse


a3305286590_2Label: Scarlet Records

Album:  Timelapse; this is their fourth album

Release Date:  3 Nov 14

Genre:  Avant-Garde / Progressive / Post Death Metal

Songs:  9

Length:  43 Minutes

Location:  Italy  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Disasterhate – Mirroring The Abyss


PromoImage (2)For Fans of:  Arch Enemy, Forbidden, Fear Factory

Record Label:  Club Inferno Ent.

Release date:  22 Sep 14

Album:  Mirroring the Abyss (This is their debut album)

Genre:  Thrash / Death Metal

Nationality:  Italy

Songs:  9

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Retro Roundtable Review: Anacrusis – Screams And Whispers


291Label: Metal Blade Records

Release Date:  May 11th, 1993

Songs:  12

Length: 1 hour

Genre:  Progressive/Thrash

Studio Albums: Suffering Hour 1988, Reason 1990, Manic Impressions 1991

Location:  Missouri, USA

 

 

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Roundtable Review: We All Die (Laughing) – Thoughtscanning


a1005130293_10Label: Kaotoxin Records

Release Date:  14 January 2014

Songs:  1

Length: 33 minutes

Genre:  Avant-garde/extreme/prog

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  France, Bulgaria

For fans of: Swallow The Sun, Katatonia, Opeth, Neurosis

 

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Album Review: Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will


Iron-Reagan-AlbumLabel:  Relapse Records

Album:  The Tyranny of Will

Previous Albums:  Worse Than Dead (2013); Exhumed/Iron Reagan Split (2014); Spoiled Identity EP (2014).

Genre:  Hardcore / Crossover Thrash / Punk

Songs:  24 (25 if you have the bonus track)

Length:  32 Minutes

From:  Richmond, VA, USA

FFO:  Municipal Waste, S.O.D., M.O.D., D.R.I., Cro-Mags, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, Bio-Hazard Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: Haze – Clouds Surround And Breathe


ArtWork!Label: Frail Abuse Records

Release Date:  10 August 2014

Songs:  9 tracks                  Length: 45 minutes

Genre:  Post rock/core

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  UK

Recommended for fans of: God Is An Astronaut, Architects, Echoes

 

 

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Death Metal Mini Review Madness: Centinex; Deserted Fear; Fornicus; White Empress; Calm Hatchery


Centinex – Redeeming The Filth

Centinex

I can first describe Centinex has a faster paced Six feet Under.  They have that infectious rhythmic groove, but it’s just a little faster and equally ruthless.  Death Glance and Bloodraze are born of scorching cadence along with many others; built for the pit.  The good thing is that not all of their songs are just neck snapping fervor.  Ok, the neck snapping part might be true, but Centinex tones things down a bit focusing more on a vicious groove with songs such as Stone of Choice, Unrestrained, and Rotting Below.  In terms of death metal; it’s a diverse album highly recommended for anyone into death metal acts such as Cannibal Corpse, Six feet Under, and Obituary…just to name a few.

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