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Luluc – Passerby

July 21st, 2014
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Slow Down

Luluc’s album Passerby is like the little white bungalow with a fenced-in and lush, green backyard in a neighborhood that has sold out to big-monied real estate developers who seek to convert everything into luxury condos, spas and frozen yogurt shops. It’s the lone centenarian holdout, living in its own time and place on its own schedule. Read more…

By Aaron Vehling Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Eno Hyde – High Life

July 11th, 2014
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Excellence Already

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde have done it again. Only a few short months after releasing the full length Someday World, the duo have put together another LP, High Life. The project was made in only five days but the production and musicality do anything but suffer. The marathon first track “Return” has a guitar riff that seems like it could go on forever. High Life’s trancey jam band vibe brings the listener to the point where they think that they can’t possibly take it any longer, but they don’t push it over the edge. Read more…

By Patrick Leone Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless

July 11th, 2014
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Bow-down before the Lords of American Blackened Death Metal!

While metal bands are generally not treated with the utmost respect, there is proof Goatwhore should be. Their album Blood For The Master debuted on the Billboard Heatseeker chart at #4, not to mention ranking in at #19 on the iTunes Rock chart upon its first week of release. Named the Best Hard Rock/Metal Artist at The Big Easy Awards in 2010, and known as “the hardest-working band in metal,” Goatwhore keeps producing, keeps touring and keeps proving themselves to be a truly formidable force in music. We can only wait to see what Constricting Rage of the Merciless will be recognized for. Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Cabaret Voltaire – #7885 (Electropunk to Technopop 1978-1985)

July 6th, 2014
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Sensoria Overload

Last year saw the release and our review of Killing Joke’s singles compilation, an awesome volume distilling the band’s influence and skill across multiple genres. Now another foundation act with a hydra-like legacy—Sheffield electronic group Cabaret Voltaire—is out to put a nice little bow on things for their diehards and neophytes alike, collecting singles and favorites on #7885 (Electropunk to Technopop 1978-1985). Read more…

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Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

July 6th, 2014
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Bang Your Reluctant Head

Since their formation over 15 years ago, Buffalo, New York’s Every Time I Die have time and time again solidified their position as one of metalcore’s most consistently crushing heavyweights. And they have come out swinging with their newest release, From Parts Unknown, a truly exhaustingly anguished onslaught of sound that any heavy music fan will be able to appreciate. Speaking from experience, this record will make even those most opposed to metalcore have to bang their heads, and with a good southern groove behind many of the tracks, Every Time I Die is taking advantage of all of the best parts of modern metal. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

July 3rd, 2014
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The Kings of Mile High Melodic Metal

Allegaeon (pronounced uh-lee-juhn) have brought the pain on their newest release, Elements of The Infinite. The melodic metal band, hailing from Denver, have put out face-melting songs since they formed in 2008 and they don’t appear to be letting up any time soon. Comprised of Ryan Gilsan and Greg Burgess on guitars, Brandon Park on drums and Ezra Haynes on vocals, Allegaeon quickly rose from local stewards to national metal heroes since their debut album, Fragments of Form and Function. Gaining both critical and fan acclaim, the band seem poised to take on the world with this great release. Read more…

By Brian Adler Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

July 1st, 2014
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Sad Girl Indeed

There’s music for distraction and background noise. Then there’s music for listening– not something to tune in and out of while driving home, but music that requires your full attention. Read more…

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Brandon Seabrook – Sylphid Vitalizers

June 27th, 2014
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Futurist Metal Bluegrass Death

It is fairly difficult to imagine the effects of schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder on the auditory senses. The idea of phasing in and out of this reality, or being on the cusp of one world very nearly entering another, is a sensation that very few people have the misfortune of experiencing. That being said, Brandon Seabrook’s newest release, Sylphid Vitalizers, is probably the nearest thing to a well-thought, avant-bluegrass recreation of said experience. Read more…

By Connor McInerney Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Septicflesh – Titan

June 27th, 2014
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Stunning Greek Architecture

Fully orchestrated heavy metal is always a gamble. On paper it seems like natural pairing—the grandiose and the grotesque, the expansive and the claustrophobic, all entwined in rolling movements of drama and dread and cataclysm. But in practical terms these ventures always face the same essential obstacles. First, the bottleneck rule of recorded music. For each violin, French horn and timpani added to the mix, some element of the heavy metal core must be compressed or attenuated. A pluralized non-loudness is the risk. Second, the actual composition of the damn thing. Who writes the symphony? How do the musicians come up with movements that are cohesive and dramatic, while retaining the essential heaviness of metal? Read more…

By David Sano Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

How To Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?”

June 24th, 2014
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Stylish and Suave

How To Dress Well (AKA the sensitive songwriter and philosopher-in-training Tom Krell) poses a question on his third album—he explores a new, tentative reach toward something that sounds suspiciously like happiness, like pop. Leaving behind the ambient, atmospheric electronica of his critically acclaimed sophomore album Total Loss (2012), Krell ventures softly in a different direction. Read more…

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