Review: Scatter The Ashes

Scatter the Ashes "“Devout/The Modern Hymn”" (Epitaph) Here’s a good example of giving a band lots of chances to sink in. I hated Scatter to Ashes’ CD at first, sounding like a unholy mixture of...

Review: 98 Mute

98 Mute "After the Fall" (Epitaph) What do you do after you fall?  As an avid skateboarder, I spend more time on the cement than your average bear.  I usually lie on the ground for a while after I slam...

Review: Straightfaced

Straightfaced "“Pulling Teeth”" (Epitaph) Straightfaced has a remarkably simple and honest approach to the process of songwriting.  First, begin with a twenty to thirty second heavy guitar intro....

Review: Midget Handjob

Midget Handjob "“Midnight Snack Break at The Poodle Factory”" (Epitaph) Do you remember those strange kids from high school?  The ones that would wear the same clothes day after day and would make...

Review: Pennywise

Pennywise "“Land of the Free?”" (Epitaph) Ever get that feeling? You know, that deep burning inside your heart, mind starts to race, palms and the back of your neck become cold and clammy? New release...

Review: Millencolin

Millencolin "Home From Home" (Epitaph) Where the heck did these guys come from?  Well, besides Sweden?  It’s like one day, there'’s no Millencolin, and the next day, these guys are everywhere with...

Review: Beatsteaks

Beatsteaks "Living Targets" (Epitaph) Every now and then a band comes along that kicks your ear in the ass. The Beatsteaks from Germany are such a band. "Living Targets", their 2nd release on (Epitaph),...

Review: Hot Water Music

Hot Water Music "Caution" (Epitaph) Ever have to wake up early in the morning so you decide to go to bed before you normally would but you just can't fall asleep?  You know how you're just laying there,...

Review: Turbo Negro

Turbo Negro "Apocalypse Dudes" (Epitaph) How in the fuck did these Swedes suck the fire out of hell and learn to channel it through their guitars?  That's the question everyone really wants the answer...