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Lamb of God – Ashes of the Wake

November 16th, 2004


Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda

Somewhere in the darkness between heavy and brutally heavy lies Lamb of God, one of the newest additions to what has now been deemed the commercially-viable metal scene. Joining other breakthrough bands like Shadows Fall and Cradle of Filth, Lamb of God has enjoyed a recent surge in promotion and exposure. Make no mistake about it though, you won’t find any nu-metal hip-hop or post-hardcore melodies; Ashes of the Wake is straight for the jugular metal, polished off with a rusty, grizzly sentiment that is sure to scare your pop-music loving friends. Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Talib Kweli – The Beautiful Struggle

November 15th, 2004


The Struggle is Beautiful

Many artists claim to have a message in their music. But few deliver like Brooklyn’s Talib Kweli. His new album, The Beautiful Struggle, is another mentally heavy release, continuing on where Quality left off. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

A Perfect Circle – eMOTIVe

November 12th, 2004


Only Love Can Conquer Hate

The new A Perfect Circle album eMOTIVe came out on November 2nd especially for the controversial presidential election and anti-war movement this year. The album is comprised of original material combined with covers of protest songs, spanning approximately thirty years of music, and representative of many different styles.
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By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews

Jello Biafra & the Melvins – Never Breathe What You Can’t See

November 11th, 2004


Don’t Hold Your Breath…

What do you get when you combine a forefather of U.S. punk with long-running noisy doomrock pioneers? A supergroup for a stronger America! Jello Biafra from Dead Kennedys fame and the Melvins both have lists of collaborations longer than the 9/11 Commission Report. It was only a matter of time before these warped minds would come together for an album oozing with politically-tinged madness. Never Breathe What You Can’t See takes the epic punk of DK’s masterpiece Frankenchrist and the raging rock of Melvins’ recent offering Hostile Ambient Takeover, puts them in a blender set to “electro-shock,” and serves up a frothy calculated chaotic concoction. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

Har Mar Superstar – The Handler

November 9th, 2004


Beats From The Sheets

Most Ron Jeremy look-a-likes can’t bring the funk the way Har Mar Superstar does. It’s just part of the Midwesterner’s package. He’s a rotund rapper who pulls off a swagger all his own without seeming disingenuous. His latest album, The Handler, continues in his tradition of good beats and good times – but without the standout track Har Mar usually offers up. Read more…

By Kate Dunphy Posted in Reviews

Special Anthony Kiedis Contest

November 9th, 2004

Enter the mxdwn.com giveaway to win a copy of Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis. All you have to do is answer this question about Kiedis’ life:

“What did Anthony Kiedis use as his screen name at the time he appeared in a 1970’s Hollywood movie with Sylvester Stallone?”

The winner will be selected randomly from the correct entries. All entries must be submitted by 12:00 midnight EST Friday the 12th of November to be eligible. One entry per email adress.

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By Raymond Flotat Posted in Features

My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge

November 8th, 2004


A Sweet, Sweet Revenge of Good Music

“I’m not okay!” shouts My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way, during the aptly titled “I’m Not Okay (I Promise).” I know what you’re thinking- “Great, yet another pseudo-emo-punk band singing about the pressures of not being socially accepted & never getting the girl.” OK, so you might be partially correct, but if you give Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge a chance, you might just find one of the smartest, fiercely cunning rock releases of the year Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Green Day – American Idiot

November 7th, 2004


An Idiot Is You

When a band, specifically a punk band, has been around for over 10 years, one of three things happens. One, they stick to what they know, unchanging, (The Ramones). Two, they adapt to growing older, changing their style and their lyrics to reflect that (Avail), or the last, and worst option, they try to adapt, and fail. Green Day, with their new album American Idiot, seem to be falling into the third category. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Mark Lanegan Band – Bubblegum

November 7th, 2004


Double Your Pleasure

Rollin’ just to keep on rollin’ / Rollin’ just to keep on rollin’ / I don’t want to leave this heaven so soon. I could not have said it better myself. This is the ending refrain of the clanging drum rocker “Methamphetamine Blues” from Mark Lanegan’s new album Bubblegum. Staking new claims on Tom Waits’ crown, Lanegan pours soul and lonely-road rock grime into fifteen beautiful tracks. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews

Elliott Smith – From a Basement on the Hill

November 6th, 2004


Elliott Smith’s Fond Farewell

In the wake of Elliott Smith’s tragic suicide, the singer/songwriter not only left behind many grief-stricken fans, but also an unfinished album. A year later, those fans get From a Basement on the Hill, an effort comprised of Smith’s final recordings. Because he died before the album’s completion, family and friends oversaw the final production and track list. Though unavoidably it may diverge from Smith’s intent for the record, From a Basement still serves as an appropriate finale to a career defined by a sadness so readily accessible to his listeners. Read more…

By Ari Levitch Posted in Reviews