Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD (Mom + Pop Music) While I will admit that Sleigh Bells’ third release isn’t as strong as either of their previous two, I still think that it is one of the best releases of the year which I’ve heard. This dynamic duo plays catchy...
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....
The Shutdowns – T-75 – CD

The Shutdowns – T-75 – CD

The Shutdowns – T-75 – CD (Theologian Records) The Shutdowns play fairly basic, straightforward, snotty punk rock with a nod to ‘50s rock. They do it well, but so do many other bands. In other words, it’s not really anything special…except for the song...