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Ennio Morricone – Crime and Dissonance

February 22nd, 2006


The Italian Job

Finally, after many long years, a portion of Ennio Morricone’s genius is more readily available to the public. Mike Patton, longtime proponent and producer of weird and off-kilter music took it upon himself to deliver a collection of sundry tracks from the Italian master himself for Patton’s Ipecac records. Crime and Dissonance spans two discs and over 20 years, with just about everything represented. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Reviews

Iron Maiden – Death on the Road

February 10th, 2006


Alive Again

Another year, another Maiden live album. Since their seminal classic Live After Death, it seems the band releases a new live album with less impact on each successive attempt. It certainly isn’t a bad album, just more of the same. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Reviews

45 Grave – Only The Good Die Young

December 29th, 2005


Take Two

It’s incredibly hard to discuss an album when one of the members has died and the album is released posthumously. 45 Grave doesn’t make it any easier with Only the Good Die Young. A re-release of a 1988 reunion show with all of the original members is contained inside, allowing young fans to see what the classic goth-punk band really was like back when they stormed the earth. Unfortunately, it isn’t pretty. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Reviews

Underoath Live at the Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA 10/15/05

December 24th, 2005

It was an incredibly cold night for October, but outside the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, thousands clad in hoodies lined up around the block for Underoath, The Bled, and Veda. Not even a SEPTA strike, which rendered the whole city without public transportation, could keep a sold-out crowd for some blistering hardcore on a Friday night. When the doors finally opened to a freezing yet energized crowd, the area near the front of the stage quickly filled. After slightly less than 30 minutes, the lights came up and a pumped-up crowd knew it was time. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Editorials

Suffrajett – Suffrajett EP

November 30th, 2005


Down and Out

Suffrajett, a quartet from the Big Apple, spills onto the scene with a five song EP designed to whet the tastes of punk fans clamoring after their brief tour opening for MC5. Utilizing a female lead, they try to instill some life into a riot grrl landscape that has floundered since the recent outbreak of the Donnas and Liz Phair. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Reviews

Saboteur – Saboteur EP

November 21st, 2005


Quick, Easy and Painful

Charging like a bull on an adrenaline overdose, Saboteur rips through seven songs in less than 20 minutes, leaving a trail of bodies and bleeding ear drums in their wake. On their debut EP Saboteur, the band launches an aural assault, never letting the listener truly pause to take a breath. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Reviews

Cold – A Different Kind of Pain

October 30th, 2005


Same Kind of Music

After surviving several band members changes (most notably losing guitarist Terry Balsamo to rival nu-metal band Evanescence), and a major label drop, Cold return on their fourth outing with A Different Kind of Pain. While often being criticized as generic nu-metal, Cold actually manage something slightly different on this album: generic nu-metal with syrupy ballads for the Hot Topic generation to enjoy. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Reviews

Blivit – Unhand The World

October 21st, 2005


Not Brain Surgery, But Still Fine

Separating themselves from the rest of the pack, the Philadelphia three-piece Blivit leaps almost completely in front of the rest of the scene and creates one of the more enjoyable nu-metal records of the year. However, they do it almost entirely without guitars, instead substituting keyboards, pulsating bass, and energetic drum fills to achieve the sound on Unhand the World. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Reviews

Smile Empty Soul – Anxiety

October 14th, 2005


Empty Soul, Empty Head

With their second album, Smile Empty Soul has managed to create what can only be described as 40 minutes a person will never get back. On Anxiety, the three-piece from Santa Clara run far away from anything that could be considered “good” in the world of music and instead force the listener to atrocious “melodies” more suited for use in torture at Guantanimo Bay. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Reviews

30 Seconds to Mars – A Beautiful Lie

October 1st, 2005


30 Seconds Drags Forever

On their second album, A Beautiful Lie, 30 Seconds to Mars makes a mildly successful attempt to sound like Incubus’s less annoying brother. With spacey keyboards thrown in seemingly just for effect, non-descript guitar and angsty screaming, the band runs through a fairly generic set of “light metal” for the masses. However, the Jared Leto (Requiem for a Dream) fronted band has enough songwriting talent and musical ability to create some ethereal, melodic pieces of music, almost in spite of themselves. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Reviews