Review: The Promise Ring

The Promise Ring "Wood / Water" (Anti-) The Promise Ring sounds like Radiohead with a little Jets to Brazil thrown in for good measure.  At times, this can be a really good thing.  Take, for example,...

Review: Pro-Pain

Pro-Pain "Shreds Of Dignity" (Spitfire Records) Now this band defines the definition of hardcore!!! PRO-PAIN is a very energetic, intense, and hard working band that has been around for over 10 years....

Review: Queen of the Damned

Soundtrack "Queen of the Damned" (Warner Brothers) A film with music by Static-X, the whores of the movie soundtrack world? Say it isn't so! Actually, it's not the only the band's work on here, but also...

Review: This Radiant Boy

This Radiant Boy "Proud to be a Chemist" (Ides of March) I've been sick for the last three days.  Everything is sort of blurry because of the Ny Quil shots I've been slamming every half-hour.  I hate...

Review: Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton Heat "Lucky 7" (Artemis Records) "Lucky 7" is the seventh album from Reverend Horton Heat (eighth if you count "Holy Roller," their recently-released anthology).  The album finds the trio...

Review: Rival Schools

Rival Schools"United By Fate"(Island) And I'm wearing my Quicksand T-Shirt the day this arrives.  Expectations, expectations.  Singer Walter Schreifels at one time fronted the band whose moniker had...

Review: Schatzi

Schatzi "“Fifty Reasons to Explode”" (Mammoth Records) Austin-based fun rock.  Insane catchiness not unlike the toe-tapping addiction created by Harvey Danger or the Starlight Mints, with the...

Review: Simple Plan

Simple Plan "“No Helmet, No Pads… Just Balls”" (Atlantic Records) It so must be a guy thing that I don’t and probably will never understand.  “No Helmet, No Pads…Just Balls”--is that self...

Review: Soilwork

Soilwork "Natural Born Chaos" (Nuclear Blast) This band has an interesting back and forth sound, shifting from more traditional metal like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden to grinding death metal as found on...

Review: The Code

The Code "Alert.Aware.Involved." (A-F Records) Unlike some labels, A-F seems to require something from each band they sign: talent. The Code is another shining example of music done well. It came as no...