As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us Released: August 21, 2007 Record Label: Metal Blade Records Review: The Metalcore scene is extremely hard to stand out in. Merging Iron Maiden’s infectious melodies, guitar octave changes and noodling lead lines with the olden days of Metallica’s glory thrash is nothing unseen in most European speed […]
The Kin Rise and Fall Released: October 5, 2007 Record Label: Aletheia Entertainment/Defend Music/Ryko Review: The Kin‘s album Rise and Fall is, at times, reminiscent of the music of Cold Play or Interpol with one striking difference; these guys can sing. The Koren brothers, Isaac and Thorry, have tremendous and dynamic vocal interplay between them, […]
Framing Hanley The Moment Released: August 7, 2007 Record Label: Silent Majority Review: The biggest problem with Framing Hanley, a new group of Tennessee rockers trying to make their songs known, is that they sound too generic and don’t take risks. Nothing on their new album surprises me. This isn’t to say it’s a bad […]
State Radio Year of the Crow Released: September 25, 2007 Record Label: Ruff Shod Records Review: State Radio‘s Year of the Crow combines roots reggae, punk and rock music. The sound often varies from song to song, but the band’s talent and chemistry as musicians and songsmiths make the transitions relatively seemless.
Gallows Orchestra of Wolves Released: July 10, 2007 Record Label: Epitaph Records/In at the Deep End Records Review: I almost passed on the chance to review this album, until I saw Gallows perform live during the Warped Tour 2007. After witnessing their intense set, I thought to myself ‘what the hell did I miss?’ I […]
Mondo Generator Dead Planet Released: July 17, 2007 Record Label: Suburban Noize Records Review: When Nick Oliveri isn’t getting arrested for performing naked onstage in Brazil, he’s recording with his now full-time project, Mondo Generator. Dead Planet is an aggressive album, and not for the light of heart… those who may be easily offended.
Jessica Vale Brand New Disease Released: October 16, 2007 Record Label: Explicit Records Review: Rising above the ambient noise of New York City is Jessica Vale and her Brand New Disease, the follow-up to the aural intercourse of The Sex Album. Co-produced by Vale and Ivan Evangelista, this album was recorded in their own TriBeCa […]
Time of Orchids Namesake Caution Released: September 18, 2007 Record Label: Cuneiform Records Review: Namesake Caution, recorded by Colin Marston, is Time of Orchids fifth, and possibly most dramatic album yet. This collection of chaotic compositions is extraordinarily compelling.
HURT Vol. II Released: September 25, 2007 Record Label: Capitol Records Review: Caught in the Rain Again The familiar ambient sound of falling rain fills the air, and is joined by a lone acoustic guitar playing a simple progression… and so Vol. II picks-up where Vol. 1 left off. The opener, Summers Lost, is an […]
Paramore RIOT! Released: June 16, 2007 Record Label: Fueled By Ramen Review: The songs on Paramore‘s RIOT! are crafted for two main purposes; to hit the charts and to elicit a rousing crowd response during live performances. There is a lot more pop influence in this album than I expected.
Bad Religion New Maps of Hell Released: July 10, 2007 Record Label: Epitaph Review: Bad Religion purists may think only a few songs on New Maps Of Hell rank as some of their best, and the whole album doesn’t quite stack up. I never liked purists.
Five Finger Death Punch The Way of the Fist Released: July 31, 2007 Record Label: Firm Music Review: Metal fans have something new to look forward to; Five Finger Death Punch‘s debut album, The Way of the Fist. From the first notes this album grabs you by the cojones, and never releases its grip.