Album Reviews

EP review: Groover von Krueger – Deus Ex Machina

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May 2, 2011
EP review: Groover von Krueger – Deus Ex Machina

Title: Deus Ex Machina Artist: Groover von Krueger (Groover von Krüger) Label: Independent (self-released) Released:  February 2011 In one word: Nutty We get a lot of weird and wonderful music sent to the Music Vice mailbox here in Toronto, and the packages from Australia are usually some of the most bizarre....
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Album Review: Austin Lucas – A New Home in the Old World

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April 19, 2011

Title: A New Home in the Old World Artist: Austin Lucas Label: Hometown Caravan Released: 1 April 2011 In one word: Complete Following recent successes such as 2009’s Somebody Loves You and 2008’s Bristle Ridge split release with Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, American bluegrass/punk crossover Austin Lucas returns with...
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Album review: Chaos Divine – The Human Connection

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April 19, 2011
Album review: Chaos Divine – The Human Connection

Title: The Human Connection Artist: Chaos Divine Label: Waterfront Records Released: April 2011 In one word: Vast When one thinks of Australia, images of a vast expanse of barren desert come to mind.  Ideas of kangaroos bounding across the rolling red dunes and random pubs in the middle of nowhere dance...
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EP Review: Netherealm – As We Reign

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April 14, 2011
EP Review: Netherealm – As We Reign

Title: As We Reign Artist: Netherealm Label: Independent Released: August 2010 In one word: Growling The evolution of a band is something truly magical and often confusing to witness at the best of times, so you can understand my excitement when Victoria/New South Wales border metal band Netherealm released their first...
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Album Review: Less Than Jake reissue two classic albums Losing Streak and Hello Rockview

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March 8, 2011

Title: Losing Streak & Hello Rockview reissues Artist: Less Than Jake Label: Sleep It Off Released: 1 March 2011 In one word: Skank-tastic Less Than Jake are one of the few survivors of the late 90s wave of ska-punk and their longevity is thanks in large part to the punchy numbers...
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Album Review: Feeder – Renegades

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February 25, 2011
Feeder - Renegades

Title: Renegades Artist: Feeder Label: Big Teeth Music / Shock Released: 4 March 2011 (Australia) In one word: Agreeable I’ll be honest, and say that what little Feeder I’d been exposed to before this album left me…not “cold” exactly, but let’s say a little underwhelmed.  And while new release Renegades certainly...
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Album Review: Twitch The Ripper – Bodiless

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February 21, 2011

Title: Bodiless Artist: Twitch The Ripper Label: Independent Released: 1 February 2011 In one word: Spooky Electro synth-pop duo Twitch The Ripper have released unto the world their debut album, Bodiless. Hailing from Connecticut, USA, the duo utilise vocalist Jon Dobyns’ eery lyricism and vocal styles over the minimalist production of...
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EP Review: The Havknotz – Music-Life-Pain

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February 19, 2011
EP Review: The Havknotz – Music-Life-Pain

Title: Music-Life-Pain EP Artist: The Havknotz Label: Independent Released: 21 January 2011 In one word: Mulekicker I’ve been accused once or twice in my life of suffering from something of a “culture cringe” when it comes to Australian accents…and while the friend I’m thinking of refers mostly herein to my (perhaps...
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Album Review: Joey Cape – Doesn’t Play Well With Others

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January 2, 2011

Title: Doesn’t Play Well With Others Artist: Joey Cape Label: Independent Released: February 2011 In one word: Personal In January of 2010, Californian punk rocker turned folk singer Joey Cape released the first of a series of 12 tracks which would form his second solo album, Doesn’t Play Well With Others....
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Album Review: Sherman Downey – Honey For Bees

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December 12, 2010

Music Vice contributor Steve Pass tries his hand at copy-editing a cracking album review, by Toronto’s Natascha Malta. Title:  Honey For Bees Artist:  Sherman Downey Label:  Independent Released: 27 November 2009 In one word:  Sweet It’s not often that Newfoundland’s Sherman Downey gets to Toronto. In fact, his first performances in...
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