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Review: Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood

Review: Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood

Slick and glitzy as ever, Children of Bodom’s eighth and latest album sees the Finnish metal assassins keyboarding and power-shredding through a dizzying gamut of metal styles—everything from straight thrash and melodic death to symphonic black metal and full-on stadium rah-rah rock. Ringleader Alexi Laiho and his crew are world-class musicians and performers, but the […]

Review: Filter – Watch the Sun Come Out Tonight

Review: Filter – Watch the Sun Come Out Tonight

“Take a Picture” may be Filter’s biggest chart hit, but we’ll always be partial to “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and the songs that let main man Richard Patrick vent, fume, and bleed a little bit. Fortunately, that’s what Patrick favors on his sixth Filter album, a 12-song set that went through a couple of permutations […]

Review: Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Review: Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

While it was impossible to fault the musicality of Queens of the Stone Age’s last two albums—2005’s Lullabies to Paralyze and 2007’s Era Vulgaris—it was equally impossible to ignore the overripe scent of self-indulgence that hung over both of them. Thankfully, Josh Homme and fellow Queens Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, and Michael Shuman have […]

Review: Airbourne – Black Dog Barking

Review: Airbourne – Black Dog Barking

Simply put, this is Airbourne’s Slippery when Wet. Like Bon Jovi in 1986, the Australian hard rockers have hired a Vancouver-based producer—in this case, Brian Howes (Nickelback), rather than the late Bruce Fairbairn—and added a radio-friendly sheen to their career-defining third studio album. The vintage “Whoa-oh” gang chorus that kicks off “Ready to Rock” shows […]

Review: Kylesa – Ultraviolet

Review: Kylesa – Ultraviolet

On their sixth full-length, Savannah shape-shifters Kylesa show just how far they’ve come from the nascent sludge of their early records. Whereas Ultraviolet opener “Exhale” wouldn’t sound out of place on their 2009 breakthrough, Static Tensions, the dreamy space rock of “Unspoken” and “Steady Breakdown”—both of which feature hypnotic lead vocals from guitarist Laura Pleasants—are […]

Review: Skinny Puppy – Weapon

Review: Skinny Puppy – Weapon

The great irony of Skinny Puppy’s career is that despite their heavy industrial reputation, their sound has grown increasingly organic over the years. Which is not to suggest they’ve swapped synths for wooden flutes and dulcimers, just to point out that their electro beats routinely feel more human than mechanical. But given that the “weapon” […]

Review: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – Pardon My French

Review: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – Pardon My French

The best music inspires a scene, but sometimes it happens the other way around as is the case with the French act Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! The band play extremely tight pop punk augmented (or more accurately interrupted) with Hatebreed-inspired screaming and breakdowns. It’s a formula tailor made for fans of acts like A Day […]

Review: Amorphis – Circle

Review: Amorphis – Circle

Few metal bands have gotten more lyrical mileage out of the Kalevala, Finland’s national myth, than Amorphis. Yet on their 11th studio full-length, the Helsinki-based sextet diversifies with lyricist Pekka Kainulainen’s original narrative about an outcast hero. Complementing the story, the superbly orchestrated music sweeps the listener away. It’s easy to appreciate vocalist Tomi Joutsen’s […]

Review: Niacin – Krush

Review: Niacin – Krush

As one would expect, fusion super-trio Niacin deliver all-star chops on this sixth album. But when keyboardist John Novello, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Dennis Chambers do their thing, like when Sheehan’s nimble four-string weaves in and out of Novello’s Hammond B3 and Chamber’s grooving beat on the title track, you’ll likely mutter “great song” […]

Review: Drowning Pool – Resilience

Review: Drowning Pool – Resilience

Since the 2002 death of original lead singer Dave Williams, this Texan quartet has endured a revolving door of singers and yet managed to produce consistently killer albums with an unmistakable sound. This continues with album No. 5, featuring vocalist No. 4 in new guy Jasen Moreno. His bark propels stompers like “Anytime Anyplace,” “Life […]