RSSAuthor Archive for J.D. Considine

Review: Beak — Let Time Begin

Review: Beak — Let Time Begin

Loud is great, but everything at 11 all the time can get monotonous. Pull back occasionally, as ISIS torchbearers Beak do here, and there’s room for the volume to grow—until each surging climax seems somehow louder than even the heaviest metal thunder. Even better, the shifting dynamics bring a sense of drama, keeping the album’s […]

Review: The Contortionist — Language

Review: The Contortionist — Language

Recalling Opeth in their ability to pivot between choirboy prog and growling metal, The Contortionist bend across an even broader spectrum, moving from dreamy, Tim Buckley–style folk to lithe, chops-conscious fusion to harmony distorting post rock—sometimes all in a single song. There’s lots of technical dazzle, but the instrumental end is kept in check to […]

Review: Buckcherry — Fuck

Review: Buckcherry — Fuck

Just as Jay-Z rapped “bitch” repeatedly in “99 Problems” without once aiming the word at a woman, Buckcherry has built an entire six-song EP around the F-word without once invoking sex. They harness their profanity to antiestablishment rage (“Somebody Fucked with Me”) and life-sucks resignation (“Fist Fuck”), which lends a punkish, if dated, edge to […]

Review: Damona Waits — Eschatology

Review: Damona Waits — Eschatology

“Eschatology” may be the theological study of end time beliefs, but don’t come to this album expecting death-metal sturm und drang. Instead, the sound this quartet delivers is more along the lines of Tool’s approach: moody and intricate, full of carefully manicured guitar textures, evocative vocal melodies, and thoughtfully modulated rhythmic shifts. The album occasionally […]

Review: Eluveitie — Origins

Review: Eluveitie — Origins

For a band whose focus is the forgotten life of the ancient Swiss, Eluveitie is pretty exciting. Marrying death-metal aggression with Celtic folk lilt, the music weaves shredding guitar and skirling bagpipe into a cohesive and engaging fabric. It helps if you’re enough into creative anachronism to recognize a hurdy-gurdy or appreciate lyrics sung in […]

Review: Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth

Review: Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth

Because they’re so obviously influenced by such classic thrash acts, the standard take on this English quartet is that they’re throwbacks, a retro act for headbangers still stuck in the ’80s. But their third album suggests an alternate reading—that Evile are actually thrash classicists, intent on perfecting, not merely imitating, first-gen thrash. Sure, the songs […]