Snot (R.I.P. Lynn Strait)

(originally printed in Modern Fix Magazine issue #3) by michael bushman Lynn Strait - Ozzfest 98 - Wisconsin In 1997 I went to my first OzzFest in Las Vegas. I got a coupon for a double OzzFest...

Review: US Crush

US Crush "“Self Titled”" (Immortal Records) Wow, and I thought 80’s rock was dead— US Crush has certainly banished that thought from my mind (Damn). I almost mistook the first song on their Self...

Review: Unit F

Unit F "“Hollow City”" (Finger Records) This Orange County five-some has a lot going for it.  While not nearly as overtly political as Rage Against the Machine or Propagandhi, Unit F is still able to...

Review: No Knife

No Knife "“Fire In The City Of Automatons”" (TimeBomb Recordings) Squeaky-clean and razor sharp indie rock with a penchant for the quick tight break.  Guitar pushed, but not dominating with an...

Live Review: That Damn Show

by Vennasa Lops The idea of sweltering in hundred degree heat for an entire afternoon at an open stadium is slightly mortifying, but once I saw the lineup for "That Damn Show", organized by Phoenix's...

Review: Nocturnal Rites

Nocturnal Rites "“Afterlife”" (Century Media) Power metal is way oversaturated these days trying to be the next Iron Maiden or Judas Priest.  Nocturnal Rites is different in that they don’t even want...

Review: Nothingface

Nothingface "“Violence”" (TVT Records) Loud and edgy.  Often very metal with guitars that shred up some speedy rhythms.  There’s a slight Dope feel to this, but when the signer screams, he sounds a...

Review: Rotting Christ

Rotting Christ "“Khronos”" (Century Media) The latest from Greek black/goth metal group Rotting Christ is Khronos, a mid-paced tribute to their obvious influences, Venom, and Cradle of Filth.  Don’t...

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: Neptune Thomas

Neptune Thomas "“TrashcanSuperhero”" (Ugly Spot Music) A smooth blend of pop-punk and metal, Neptune Thomas’ self-produced “TrashcanSuperhero” is sure to appeal to faithful followers of the so-cal,...