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Review: Sebastian Bach – Angel Down

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Label: Get Off My Bach/MRV/Caroline/EMI Released: November 20, 2007 In light of the number of 80s hair metal has-beens trying to cash in on a sadly nostalgic public, I didn’t have tremendously high hopes for Sebastian Bach’s latest, his first album in eight years. The upside of this record is that Bach didn’t entirely bow to the past. From the… Read more »

Review: The Flairs – Shut Up and Drive

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Label: Bad Reputation Released: November 2007 in Europe (June 13, 2006 in North America) The Flairs play a brand of hard rock that falls somewhere between glam and punk. Shut Up and Drive is a peppy album of chunky rhythms and snotty vocals that seldom lets up. Aside from a 3/4 female line-up, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. The… Read more »

Review: Patty Winters Show

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Label: Vacuous Pop Recordings Released: October 29, 2007 This two song limited edition white vinyl 7″ features two songs that straddle post-punk and indie pop. “You Are Wrong” contrasts quick rhythms and grating guitar with the low-key melancholy of indie pop vocals. At times, it has shades of Joy Division, but doesn’t fully tap into the cold emotion that characterized… Read more »

Review: A Plea for Purging – A Critique of Mind and Thought

Label: Facedown Records Released: October 2, 2007 Twenty years or so ago, most hardcore bands relied on raw aggression rather than technical prowess to drive their point home. Over the intervening years however, likely under the influence of metal as much as anything, many hardcore bands developed more and more chops. The result has been a mixed blessing, with some… Read more »

Review: The Frantic – Audio & Murder

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Label: Sinister Muse Released: October 30, 2007 In the late 80s, whatever charm hair metal had a few years before was evaporating quickly. Most bands were more interested in fitting the mold than in breaking it. Yet there were still a few bands that worked the formula well enough that they were fun even if they were almost entirely meaningless…. Read more »

Review: Irritant – Good Evening from the Machine

Label: self-released Released: 2007 I first heard of Irritant at Rock of Ages. I was expecting Good Evening from the Machine to be a bit heavier, but it turns out to be more on the hard rock side of metal. It took a couple listens to adjust, but once beyond my preconception, I found the album to hold quite a… Read more »

Review: Watershed – Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust II

Label: Idol Records Release Date: September 11, 2007 As Watershed well knows, a live album is a difficult proposition. Their 1994 debut (on Epic Records) didn’t pan out the way I’m sure they’d hoped and now, 13 years later, they’re trying again. The real difficulty with live albums is that it’s hard to find that middle ground between too live,… Read more »

Review: Spider Rockets – Ever After

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Label: Screaming Ferret Wreckords Released: July 17, 2007 The opening track of Spider Rockets’ Ever After kicks right in with that churning metalcore sound that is a dime a dozen these days. It doesn’t raise any hopes for the album even if the song itself is listenable enough. Don’t stop listening there though unless metal or hardcore just isn’t your… Read more »

Review: The Sammus Theory – See (It) Through

Label: OCI Records Released: May 1, 2007 Sometimes, it’s good to hear a really tight band, but not always. The Sammus Theory is certainly a tight band, they even play with passion, but they fail to excite. That’s not to say that See (It) Through is without promise though. The Phoenix-based band’s previous effort, Man Without Eyes, was primarily a… Read more »