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EP Review: Tech N9ne - "Therapy"

Sometimes you are introduced to music through unusual means. The name Tech N9ne first popped into the popular lexicon when he had the grows-on-you single “The Beast” placed on the soundtrack of Madden 06 (the one that debuted the horrible QB vision, but that’s beside the point.) The cut was impressive enough and reached enough eardrums that suddenly the name Tech N9ne was worth knowing. The Kansas City-based rapper kept up a relentless grind, working wonders in the independent rap scene following the release of concurrent hit single “Caribou Lou.”

EP Review: Endvade - "Ascension"

By now, everyone and their metal brother has an opinion of ‘djent.’ My compatriot Chris has spoken about this phenomenon before, as well as its divisive nature and the splinter’s penchant for drumming up intense debate about how metal ‘should’ sound. I find myself a man without a country in this particular instance. I can’t in good conscience speak against an entire outlying genre when it’s entirely possible that someone out there can make it sound good.

EP Review: Nekrogoblikon - "Power"

Sometimes, all it takes is a moment. With the remarkable success of their freshly released, high-gloss video for “No One Survives,” Nekrogoblikon has made the leap from “totally obscure” to “dark horse” and done so seemingly overnight. The video itself has accrued more than two million views and was a product of chance meetings, creative direction and adult film starlets. Los Angeles truly is a magical place, indeed.

EP Review: Gyre - "Second Circle"

Progressive metal is a splinter genre where you don’t see a lot of DIY, at least not on a noticeable level or on this side of the Pond. New Jersey progressive metallers Gyre are forging into that territory with a four-song EP “Second Circle,” that attempts to fresh take on a long developed idea.

EP Review: No Inside - "Live. Regret. Learn"

Somewhere between 1997 and 2006, we saw the marketplace dominance of pop punk. It was everywhere; at several spots on the radio dial and ever-present in the hallways of colleges and high schools. Punk’s old guard railed and bellowed, but the youth had spoken – pop punk would be the music of the day. Its cascade of popularity even gave itself into willing parody, culminating in the birth of the Aquabats and a handful of others.

EP Review: Cancer Bats: "Bat Sabbath: Bastards of Reality"

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Cancer Bats have flattered a lot of people over the years. Not only does their musical catalog reflect so many of their influences, but they’ve been known to breakout a cover or three when the occasion calls for it. On the heels of the success of their excellent cover of the Beastie Boys’ classic “Sabotage,” the Cancer Bats have dedicated an entire EP to a band they likely aren’t often associated with, Black Sabbath.

2 EP's - Matt Skiba and the Sekrets, Lions Lions

So by now, metal fans, you’ve hit that time we all face. What gift to get your friend or relative who really loves music, but doesn’t like metal that much. Blasphemous though it may seem, there are other genres of music that have achieved some foothold with the masses. Jazz, blues, rap, and something called “dubstep,” which I think involves glowsticks, rainbow clothing and possibly coordinated aerobics with Jane Fonda. But what the hell do I know? I look at a bunch of people dressed as Vikings and playing on stage and think ‘hey, that’s pretty badass.’

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