Review: Jay-Z

Jay-Z "The Blueprint" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) Hmm, the package is blue, there's a sticker on it that says its all smash hits, and its got Jay-Z's name on it---I think it'll sell. Jay-Z's newest album The...

Review: Kicked in the Head

Kicked in the Head "Thick as Thieves" (Resurrection A.D.) Picture the Mighty Mighty Bosstones without as many horns and the intermittent funkyness.  Kicked in the Head offer happy little hardcore...

Review: Kittie

Kittie "Oracle" (Artemis Records) Kittie went for "more brutal" on this release, and that's an understatement!  Kittie went damn near death metal--as close as Morgan Landers' pissed off, throaty bark...

Review: Lacrimosa

Lacrimosa "Fassade" (Nuclear Blast) Lacrimosa is a morose sampling of gothic orchestration from the dark land of Sweden. Many orchestral arrangements keep the otherwise uninspired and sluggish songs...

Review: Mi6

Mi6 "Lunchbox" (Kung Fu Records) Pop punk that fails to innovate and will only appeal to those who are really okay with another round of the same.  Regardless, Mi6 does it better than maybe 80% of the...

Review: Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes "Building the Machine" (SPV) This white boy is blacker than most black music of today.  Soul is clearly at the center of Glenn’s musical influences. It operates as an anchored and...

Review: Hades

Hades "DamNation" (Metal Blade) Hades, like early David Bowie, is probably best played at maximum volume, but because I live in a ghetto lord’s tracing paper-walled apartment complex, I’ll have to...

Review: Hoods

Hoods "Time... The Destroyer" (Victory) The press sheet advised me to "get on the their good side before they smash down your door."  I sat and looked at my door for a long while and thought about how...

Review: Jag Panzer

Jag Panzer "Mechanized Warfare" (Century Media) This is metal in the traditional vein. Jag Panzer’s songs drive along like a rickety dilapidated horse-drawn carriage over long abandoned mountain roads....