November In Metal, Part I: Tiamat, Doro and Void Moon

Album: Tiamat, The Scarred People
Label: Napalm
Release: November 2, 2012
Genre: Goth Metal/Rock
Rating: 10/10

Tiamat has always been one of the more interesting metal bands around thanks to the fact that ...

Spin Cycle: Taylor Swift, Red

The patron saint of heartbroken tweens returns with – comparatively – her most adult album yet, “Red”. Popblerd has the review!

Metal Monday Volume 94 (10.29.12)

I don’t have a lot of regrets in my life but one of them is missing the last show that Isis played in Boston due to unforeseen circumstances. Regardless, I still love the band to this day and wear my Isis/Pelican/Tombs limited ...

October In Metal, Part IV: Germ, Early Graves and Ten

Album: Germ, Loss
Label: Eisenwald
Release: October 30, 2012
Genre: Avant-garde Black Metal
Rating: 6.5/10

I’ve heard some oddball records over the years and Germ’s Loss certainly ranks up there with the top ones. There’s a mix ...

October In Metal, Part III: Bison B.C. and Antropomorphia

Album: Bison B.C., Lovelessness
Label: Metal Blade
Release: October 23, 2012
Genre: Stoner Metal
Rating: 9/10

Oooooh Weeeeeee! Oooohhhhh fucking Weeeeee!

I’ve been a Bison B.C. fan since their early days simply loving ...

Metal Monday Volume 93 (10.22.12)

Ill Nino is the kind of band that I just can’t stop liking. Coming at the tail end of the nu-metal explosion, Ill Nino brought something different: A tribal ferocity that sounded unlike any of the bands they were compared to at ...

Metal Monday Volume 92 (10.22.12)

Neurosis is one of those bands that I know I should be a fan of but I’ve never been really. That changed with 2007′s Given To The Rising which I forced myself to listen to because I felt I owed all of ...

Metal Monday Volume 91 (10.8.12)

The new album from Converge is so good that it would be wise for any other metal band planning to release new material in 2012 to hold off until next year. All We Love We Leave Behind, Converge’s eighth full length, is ...

Spin Cycle: Cher Lloyd, Sticks + Stones

Cher Lloyd is the latest pop challenger from across the pond. Will her American debut, “Sticks & Stones,” catapult the “X-Factor” contestant to the top of the charts?

Spin Cycle: Mumford & Sons, Babel

Scottish hitmakers Mumford & Sons are back with another agreeable, hooky collection of stomping folk-rock. How does “Babel” stack up to “Sigh No More”?

Spin Cycle: The Birthday Massacre, Hide And Seek

I’ll be honest, I’ve heard of The Birthday Massacre but had never heard them before Hide And Seek (Their fifth album). The loser in this equation is obviously me because the music that TBM make is meant to be consumed by as ...

Spin Cycle: The Raveonettes, Observator

The last three albums by the Raveonettes have continually challenged listeners and critics alike. Observator stays true by not sticking to preconceived form.

Metal Monday Volume 90 (10.1.12)

Dark cabaret has a new master and the name is Stolen Babies whose latest album Naught is the focus of this week’s Metal Monday!

September In Metal, Part IV: Dokken and Pride Of Lions

Album: Dokken, Broken Bones
Label: Frontiers
Release: September 25, 2012

I’m a total sucker for “80s bands” releasing new records, especially when it comes to the rock/metal side of things. It’s always interesting to see how a hair metal ...

Spin Cycle: James Iha, Look to the Sky

2004: “The truth of the matter is that guitarist James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins. Not me, not drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, but James.” 2010: “I think James Iha should feel alone.” 2012: “James Iha I think is just a piece of ...

Spin Cycle: Two Door Cinema Club Beacon

UK dance rock band Two Door Cinema Club return with their second album, Beacon, and here’s a hint, it doesn’t disappoint. Read what we have to say!