Album Reviews

Album Review: Kobra and the Lotus – Out Of The Pit

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March 11, 2010
Album Review: Kobra and the Lotus – Out Of The Pit

Title: Out Of The Pit Artist: Kobra and the Lotus Label: Sonic Unyon Release Date: 9 March 2010 In One Word: Meh Sometime last year a 4-track promo sampler from Calgary, AB’s Kobra and the Lotus landed in the Music Vice mailbox, and with the release this March of the band’s...
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Album Review: Serj Tankian – Elect The Dead Symphony

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March 11, 2010
Album Review: Serj Tankian – Elect The Dead Symphony

Title: Elect The Dead Symphony Artist: Serj Tankian Label: Warner Release Date: 9 March 2010 In One Word: Refreshing As a bona fide System Of A Down fan, it’s perhaps high time I checked out frontman Serj’s solo output… this release is the Symphony version of 2007’s Elect The Dead, and...
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Album Review: Fozzy – Chasing The Grail

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March 11, 2010
Album Review: Fozzy – Chasing The Grail

Title: Chasing The Grail Artist: Fozzy Label: Riot! Release Date: Out Now In One Word: Ozzy! OK, so first things first, it’s hard to take the notion of a professional wrestler fronting a band seriously but I am assured by the highest of sources (ha!) that Fozzy are the real deal...
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Album Review: Hands – Little Boots

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March 9, 2010
Album Review: Hands – Little Boots

Title: Hands Artist: Little Boots Label: Warner Release Date: 2 March 2010 In One Word: Contrived By definition pop music is “commercial popular music, in particular accessible, tuneful music of a kind popular since the 1950s and sometimes contrasted with rock, soul, or other forms of popular music.” (Credit to the...
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Single Review: Black Soul Strangers – The Haunting

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March 5, 2010
Single Review: Black Soul Strangers – The Haunting

Title: The Haunting Artist: Black Soul Strangers Label: Squeek Records Release Date: 14 March 2010 In One Word: Fetching When you search for ‘haunting’ in a dictionary, what seems to be a re-occurring definition is ‘remaining in the consciousness; not quickly forgotten’ and that is exactly what Black Soul Stranger’s latest...
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Album Review: The Unthanks – Here’s the Tender Coming

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February 28, 2010
Album Review: The Unthanks – Here’s the Tender Coming

Title: Here’s the Tender Coming Artist: The Unthanks Label: Rough Trade/EMI Released: 2 March 2010 Canada and US (UK 14 September 2009) In one word: Shinemuck This album is one of the more lovely things I’ve ever tried to appraise. The Unthanks manage to pull off the most well-worn melodies and...
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Album Review: Hot Chip – One Life Stand

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February 26, 2010
Album Review: Hot Chip – One Life Stand

Title: One Life Stand Artist: Hot Chip Label: EMI Released: 2 February 2010 In one word: Vocals One Life Stand is an album made to be listened to in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is icy yet warm and familiar, with a sense of being frozen and timeless, as if it could belong...
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Album Review: The Swellers – Ups and Downsizing

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February 23, 2010
Album Review: The Swellers – Ups and Downsizing

Title: Ups and Downsizing Artist: The Swellers Label: Fueled By Ramen/WEA Released: 23 February 2010 (Canada/US) In one word: Adequate Flint, Michigan four-piece The Swellers deliver their fourth album in Ups and Downsizing. With their late 90’s skate-punk influences worn proudly on their sleeves, what results is 11 relatively solid, if...
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Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe 2

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February 18, 2010

One Word: Disappointing. After his abysmal Halloween remake in 2007 and his direction of the equally terrible (bar Tom Waits) tribute to my favourite band, The Ramones I didn’t think I could salvage any love for the one known as Robert Zombie. You gotta give the guy credit though, he immerses...
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Album Review: Chokeules – Hypergraphia

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February 16, 2010
Album Review: Chokeules – Hypergraphia

Title: Hypergraphia Artist: Chokeules Label: Backburner Recordings Released: Out Now In one word: Fresh Batten down the hatches, pull down the shutters, say your last goodbyes…I think the apocalypse may be coming. No, I didn’t just get my hands on a DVD copy of that hopeless disaster-of-a-disaster movie 2012, instead, I’m...
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