Björk – Utopia [Album Review]

Björk is an Icelandic singer/songwriter (among other job titles) who has been making her own unique brand of music for years. I first remember discovering her back in the early nineties with the song and music video for Human Behaviour.” I thought, at the time, that it was groundbreaking and surreal. The song itself was amazing (which still holds up today, by the way), and the video with a young, pixie-like Björk and tripped-out imagery of stuffed animals attacking people was crazy, creative, and inspiring. Continue reading “Björk – Utopia [Album Review]”

Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis [Album Review]

Psychosis‘ is the fourth studio album by Cavalera Conspiracy.  The hype leading up to its release suggested that this record was going to be very reminiscent of old school Sepultura albums like ‘Arise‘ and ‘Schizophrenia.’  As a longtime fan of Sepultura since I first discovered them back in the late eighties, and subsequent fan of Max Cavalera projects – Nailbomb, Soulfly, and now Cavalera Conspiracy – I was very much looking forward to hearing an album that was going to bring back those early Sepultura death/thrash sounds. Continue reading “Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis [Album Review]”

Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black [Album Review]

Cannibal Corpse is a death metal band.  They are probably considered to be the band by which all death metal should be graded.  They play brutal shit.  They are heavy as fuck.  They continually put out brutal death metal album after brutal death metal album and each time they improve on their style just a little bit.  I say “just a little bit” because they are not stepping outside of their boundaries or reinventing their sound.  Cannibal Corpse does brutal fucking death metal, that’s all they do, and they do it like masters. Continue reading “Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black [Album Review]”

Lights – Skin & Earth [Album Review]

Let me start this off by saying I am not your stereotypical Lights fan.  I’m a dude, I’m mostly into metal and hip-hop, and I’m older than her average fan base.  That being said, I’ve been into Lights since back in the days of ‘The Listening‘ album.  I first discovered her from Myspace.  I couldn’t tell you how I managed to stumble across her back then (hell I don’t even remember how Myspace works anymore), but somehow I did. Continue reading “Lights – Skin & Earth [Album Review]”

Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage [Album Review]

Prophets of Rage is, for all intents and purposes, a supergroup consisting of key members of Rage Against the Machine (Tom Morello – guitar, Tim Commerford – bass, Brad Wilk – drums), Cypress Hill (B-Real – vocals), and Public Enemy (Chuck D – vocals, DJ Lord – turntables).  On paper, this sounds like it could make for a dope collaboration. Continue reading “Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage [Album Review]”

The Ruins of Beverast – Exuvia [Album Review]

The Ruins of Beverast is a band I have been into since around 2009 when I first discovered their (his) second album, ‘Rain Upon the Impure.’ Essentially TROB is a one-man band, fronted by Alexander von Meilenwald, former drummer of the German black metal band Nagelfar.  Since its inception in 2006, TROB has released 5 full-length albums.  The musical style definitely has its roots in black metal, but also incorporates elements of old school death metal, funeral doom, prog, and psychedelic. Continue reading “The Ruins of Beverast – Exuvia [Album Review]”