Review: xDisciple A.D.x

xDisciple A.D.x "The Revelation" (Triple Crown Records) Overtly religious 'Lake Effect Hardcore'? And, honestly, the Linkin Park rap-along thing is not a viable tool for bands anymore. 311 did it so long...

Review: Zongamin

Zongamin "Self-Titled" (XL Recordings) '70s disco-funk-rock guitar bites and breakbeat rhythms are some of the musical detritus Zongamin compiles together into their slick, hip instrumental sound collage....

Review: Ursa Minor

Ursa Minor "Silent Moving Picture" (Smells Like Records) In a time when experimental music is about dramatic effect, Michelle Casillas experiments with subtlety and sounds unusual as they are understated...

Review: Stepping Stone Vol. 1

Various Artists "Stepping Stone Vol. 1: The Best Bands you have Never Heard" (The Militia Group) The idea behind this compilation is great. Take 15 unsigned bands, put one of their songs on a CD, sell it...

Review: Ursa Minor

Ursa Minor "“Silent Moving Picture”" (Smells Like Records) Sort of a middle of the road folk album that is just so chill.  Where the lyrics and pianos scream folk music the bass and drums casually...

Review: Värttinä

Värttinä "Iki" (Northside) Led by a female trio of vocalists, this Finnish ensemble celebrates their 20th anniversary with "Iki". "Iki" is the "primal, eternal breath" and this album celebrates that...

Review: Waiting for Autumn

Waiting for Autumn "“Now I Know forever”" (American Jealousy) What a truly emo name.  I remember back in the day there was this website that basically spelled out how to name an emo band and it was...

Review: This Bright Apocalypse

This Bright Apocalypse "Motion and Rest" (5040 or Fight) More emo-prog.  This time from Wisconsin.  Seems fairly sincere, but the omnipresent and frequently out of tune vocal harmonies can be a bit...

Review: Unearthly

Unearthly "Infernum - Prelude to a New Reign" (Crash Music) The CD opens with a man, most likely a preacher, professing loudly, "I believe in God!  I believe in God!" and then we are treated to the...

Review: The Milwaukees

The Milwaukees "This is a Stickup" (Does Anyone Stare?) The Milwaukees offer nicely produced yet uninspiring emo. It's sad, because you know these guys just want to rock and release the tension or demons...