American Mars – Late – CD

American Mars – Late – CD

American Mars – Late – CD (Storm Records) American Mars are an aggressive college rock band with hints of Goth thrown in. Some songs remind me of X with an updated late nineties feel. Other songs sound more like Julia Hatfield’s old band or Tonya...
Bolt-Thrower – Mercenary – CD

Bolt-Thrower – Mercenary – CD

Bolt-Thrower – Mercenary – CD (Metal Blade Records) 9 tracks clocking in at just over 46 minutes, hmm…Is it me, or does every Bolt Thrower album sound exactly the same??? I guess these guys are following the AC/DC school of thought here. It seems the...
Dalek – Negro, Necro, Nekros – CD

Dalek – Negro, Necro, Nekros – CD

Dalek – Negro, Necro, Nekros – CD (Gern Blandsten Records) A hip-hop groove with lyrics delivered in the typical laid back rap style. The most impressive stuff comes from the mixture of traditional East Indian music in the tunes. Cut #2, ‘Three Rocks...
Soak – Flywatt – CD

Soak – Flywatt – CD

Soak – Flywatt – CD (Sire Records) I like this even though I realize it sounds like a label-manufactured band. They remind me of a mix of Candlebox, Live and Unwritten Law. Nothing new but it just flows and sounds good to me. “Drowning” sounds...
Unwritten Law – Unwritten Law – CD

Unwritten Law – Unwritten Law – CD

Unwritten Law – Unwritten Law – CD (Interscope Records) Well, I first heard, saw and met these guys at the Warped tour. They were pretty cool, but I didn’t have any strong feeling towards them. They seemed like young, horny, slightly egotistical...
V/A – Music to Kill For – CD

V/A – Music to Kill For – CD

V/A – Music to Kill For – CD (Side 1 Dummy Records) This features several bands who were on the previous two year’s Warped Tour. Here’s a rundown of my first impressions of each song. Custom Made Scare – punkabilly, his voice sounds like...