Steely Dan – The Royal Scam – CD

Steely Dan – The Royal Scam – CD

Steely Dan – The Royal Scam – CD (MCA / Universal Records) This is a re-release from 1976. For those of you unfamiliar with Steely Dan, their sound is very mellow-smooth with one of the most prominent instruments being the synthesizer and a synth-sounding...
STB – Spit – CD

STB – Spit – CD

STB – Spit – CD (Elbo Records) I swear that Sonia Tetlow is somehow channeling Souixe Sioux. (Yes, I know Souixe isn’t dead, but her voice is here). The music is a bit goth with a lot of really good indie rock with many personal lyrics. All three...
Steely Dan – Aja – CD

Steely Dan – Aja – CD

Steely Dan – Aja – CD (MCA / Universal Records) If there is one Steely Dan album that you had to own, this one should be it. While every song on this re-release is killer, it’s worth getting just for the tune Peg. It is nothing short of awesome. This...
Sculptured – Apollo Ends – CD

Sculptured – Apollo Ends – CD

Sculptured – Apollo Ends – CD (The End Records) An odd and hard to classify release. A progressive death metal band with a horn section… hum.. Maybe this CD would grow on me if I listened to it enough, but so far I don’t quite get it. Weak drumming, weak...
Shadows Fall – Of One Blood – CD

Shadows Fall – Of One Blood – CD

Shadows Fall – Of One Blood – CD (Century Media) The band Shadows Fall offers a unique mixture of sound. Their sound consists of elements of progressive metal as well as death metal. Matching each death growl with a melodic singing voice. The band actually...
The Stepford Five – Mesh – CD

The Stepford Five – Mesh – CD

The Stepford Five – Mesh – CD The production is sparse – not lo-fi, but not exactly Backstreet Boys, either. The songs are rock-pop-punky, with distorted guitars, crunchy bass lines and steady beats. Occassionally, a tasty guitar solo creeps through,...
Shutdown – Something to Prove – CD

Shutdown – Something to Prove – CD

Shutdown – Something to Prove – CD (Victory Records) Refreshingly cool metallic hardcore that reminded me of a lot of stuff from the “SpeedCore/Metalcore” era 86-88. Vocals sound like DRI and the band is tight and pretty well produced....