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Review: Cold - Superfiction

Review: Cold – Superfiction

Post-grunge staples Cold release their fifth album, and first in six years, after a three-year hiatus, between 2006 and 2009. And while Superfiction may not mark a totally triumphant return–it’s not nearly as straight-ahead propulsive and catchy as 2003’s meteoric Year of the Spider–the record is a respectable offering from the Jacksonville quintet. Polished and […]

Review: Sister - Hated

Review: Sister – Hated

Combine the crusty hair metal of Mötley Crüe with the attitude and vocals of Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom, and you might begin to understand Swedish glam-sleaze band Sister. Their Metal Blade debut, Hated, is a punk-laced slab of pissed-off hard rock. Like the best the Sunset Strip had to offer in the ’80s, these […]

Review: Sixx:A.M. - This Is Gonna Hurt

Review: Sixx:A.M. – This Is Gonna Hurt

Sixx:A.M.’s new album is one of those made-for-radio records—but in all the right ways. This Is Gonna Hurt is a polished spectacle, irresistibly hooky and just heavy enough for headbangers, grandiose and gritty with the Los Angeles swagger characteristic of recent Revolver cover-boy Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe’s founding bassist and main songwriter. The second release […]

Review: Otep - Atavist

Review: Otep – Atavist

With their fifth malevolent creation, Atavist, Otep dig deep, delivering a pummeling batch of songs that are equal parts catchy and cacophonous, from the brutal “I Alone” to the anthemic “Fists Fall” to the phenomenal “Atom to Adam.” Unfortunately, frontwoman Otep Shamaya’s tendency for self-indulgent poetic license that often bloated her prior albums is still […]

Review: Madam Adam - Madam Adam

Review: Madam Adam – Madam Adam

Simply put, Madam Adam’s self-titled debut is all right. It has good moments, but few great ones. It’s a pleasant listen but not a memorable one. The Charleston quartet offers up a smooth, polished set of 13 hard-rock tracks destined for moderate radio play. Their debut single, “Sex Ain’t Love,” is the definite highlight of the […]

Review: Hollywood Undead - American Tragedy

Review: Hollywood Undead – American Tragedy

First things first: This is not a heavy-metal record. This is not the next Master of Puppets. This is Hollywood Undead. Deal with it. For all the crap they seem to get, when evaluated on their own terms, these masked maniacs have put together one hell of an album that will leave fans’ heads buzzing […]

Review: The Haunted - Unseen

Review: The Haunted – Unseen

The Haunted have returned! Led by the legendary Björler brothers of At The Gates fame, the Swedish metal vets drop their seventh studio album, the follow-up to 2008’s Versus. And the group is on fire, delivering a dirty, eclectic mix of jams that defy simple categorization, but suggest a loose blend of Strapping Young Lad and […]

Review: Trust Company - Dreaming in Black and White

Review: Trust Company – Dreaming in Black and White

Formed in 1997, alt-metal trio Trust Company have been on hiatus since 2005; now they’re back with their third studio full-length. Starting off with a bang, the record’s first tracks quickly deliver the best the album has to offer and showcase this band’s electric potential. First single “Heart in Your Hands” is simply great, hearkening […]

Review: DevilDriver - Beast

Review: DevilDriver – Beast

From start to finish, Beast is a return to form for DevilDriver, delivering their patented mix of pummeling and soaring melodic death metal soaked in a healthy vat of groove. The Santa Barbara quintet’s fifth outing is a relentless and brutal mauling to the ear hole. The opener “Dead to Rights” immediately grabs you by […]