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Album Review: The Damned Things - "Ironiclast"

You got alternative rock in my metal! You got metal in my alternative rock! Thus was born “The Damned Things,” a supergroup formed of pieces from Anthrax, Every Time I Die, and Fall Out Boy. Their debut album “Ironiclast” is an attempt to bridge the gap between genres and pump out some classic-rock inspired throaty jams.

Album Review: As They Sleep - Dynasty

As They Sleep couldn’t be more different from their namesake. Anything but a languid trip through tranquil dreams, the band’s new album “Dynasty” is a nightmare landscape of all-out sonic assault.

Album Review: Triptykon - "Eparistera Daimones"

Metal forefather and steadfast veteran Tom Warrior—pardon me—Thomas G. Warrior has embarked on this new journey called Triptykon, shedding the mortal coil or Celtic Frost and venturing into new territory. At his side is a cadre of talented metal veterans, and together they released “Eparistera Daimones,” a compendium of pulsating, thundering metal.

Album Review: Cradle of Filth - "Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa"

“Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa,” while ever so slightly different from the other Cradle of Filth albums, is just as eclectic and ranging as ever. Now, let me be clear; the album is all metal through and through, and puts definition to the term “extreme metal.” It’s the mixing of sounds and ominous themes with blast beats and high-handed guitar that gives the album a sense of being just plain different. It’s appropriate that an album telling the story of the fabled character Lilith should range from placid grace to frenetic vehemence.

Album Review: All That Remains - "For We Are Many"

What is this? What am I hearing? I understand that it's a collection of chords and notes and drums and vocals, but those are just its requisite parts. My question, on a much more fundamental level, is what IS this? What is it that All That Remains hoped to project with this new effort "For We Are Many"?

Album Review: Alter Bridge - "AB III"

Let me start with a compliment to Alter Bridge. Although they will likely always share an inseparable bond with Creed, they have managed with this new effort to emerge from that other band’s shadow. Some of that comes from the lack of allegedly righteous pretension that has bloated Creed’s legacy, but much of it comes from a musical edge that Creed continues to lack.

Album Review: Monster Magnet - "Mastermind"

Talk about a band that's been through the wringer. Despite lineup changes, multiple periods off, a rumored fight over the production of 2001's "God Says No," and just on November 3rd, the departure of longtime guitarist Ed Mundell, Monster Magnet rolls on.

Album Review: Black Label Society - "Order of the Black"

For what probably amounts to a couple of decades all said and done, Zakk Wylde was a hero of heavy metal, the everyman kid lucky enough to find his way onto the world’s largest metal stages. His was a modern story reminding us all to not forget our musical dreams; that the big break could be just around the corner.

Now, the genre judges Zakk much differently. Following some self-important antics, two uninspired, pedestrian Black Label albums and a split from longtime paycheck Ozzy Osbourne, we now see Wylde back at the drawing board with “Order of the Black.”

Album Review: Soundgarden - "Telephantasm"

Normally, greatest hits albums, whether they're masked as "career retrospectives" or some other convoluted term, go unnoticed by me. I remember coming to the conclusion at a younger age that most greatest hits albums are simply shams by record labels to perpetuate sales of a band that might have gone stale. This was the principle reason that Soundgarden's "A-Sides" release in 1997 garnered no interest from me, even though it contained the previously unreleased (and pretty solid) track "Bleed Together."

Album Review: Jimmy Eat World - "Invented"

I see your eyes going wide. “Jimmy Eat World!” you’re yelling. “Good gravy, man! Are you mad?!” Quite possibly, yes. Though I maintain that has little to do with this review.

When I was sent “Invented” for review, at first, I sneered. I had the option to turn it down, and my gut reaction was that I would. And yet, here we all are now, sharing this together as I write it and you read it. What on the good earth might have possessed me to go forward with the review? I’m glad you asked (if you didn’t ask, please humor me and pretend you did.)

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