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Disturbed – The Sickness Reviews

June 25, 2009

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Rush – Caress of Steel Reviews

June 23, 2009

Caress of Steel

Japanese only paper sleeve SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies’ research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatibl (more…)

System of a Down – Toxicity Reviews

June 23, 2009

Toxicity

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System of a Down’s sophomore effort is a musically and lyrically ambitious 14-song collection that’s even more left-of-center and powerful than their 1998 self-titled debut. Here the Los Angeles-bred foursome tackle everything from government (“Prison Song”) to cocaine-crazed groupies (“Psycho”) in a more pointed and aggressive manner than Rage Against the Machine. Serj Tankian’s hardcore vocals and occasional Middle Eastern flourishes (“Science”) contribute to the unique, u (more…)

Original Soundtrack – One Tree Hill – Music from the Television Series, Vol. 2: Friends with Benefit Reviews

June 19, 2009

One Tree Hill - Music from the Television Series, Vol. 2: Friends with Benefit

For the first time in television history, a storyline on a TV series will result in a soundtrack album. After inhabitants of Tree Hill are stricken by cancer, their friends and neighbors stage a concert and create a modern-rock compilation album to raise money to fight the disease. That album, on the show and in real life, is One Tree Hill, Vol.2-and a substantial portion of its proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Association.

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Rush – Roll the Bones Reviews

June 19, 2009

Roll the Bones

Rush’s return to progressive hard rock continued with Roll the Bones, though there’s still a bit of synth work (notably on the title track). The music flows like a well-oiled machine, and with Rush, that’s an asset, particularly when the material is this good. The songs are mostly up-tempo, with the intellectually oriented themes and musical structure that Rush is famous for. Especially memorable are “Dreamline,” “Face Up,” “Big Wheel,” and “Neurotica,” but everything here is good. (more…)

Nightwish – Once Reviews

June 17, 2009

Once

You may not know Nightwish yet, but the Finnish goth-orchestral-metal band is a phenomenon throughout the rest of the world. The group’s fifth album, the platinum-certified Once, hit #1 over the summer on the Pan-European charts, and stayed there for three weeks. Behind them? The Beastie Boys, Avril Lavigne, Norah Jones and Usher, among others. So who or what is this band? On first listen, Nightwish seems to fall into the same genre as Evanescence, Lacuna Coil and the Gathering–fe (more…)

Alice In Chains – Dirt Reviews

June 17, 2009

Dirt

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Alice in Chains were initially tagged with the “grunge” moniker, when in fact their haunting, ponderous sound was far closer to the progressive rock of Queensryche. Their second album, Dirt, is a moody, portentous affair, filled with occasionally inspired riffing from guitarist Jerry Cantrell and hair-tossed wailing from singer Layne Staley. Perhaps the band got lumped in with Generation X because their lyrics focused upon depression, death, and drugs. Certainly (more…)

Slipknot – All Hope Is Gone Reviews

June 15, 2009

All Hope Is Gone

After over 5 million albums sold in the US, Slipknot returns with their most powerfulstatement yet – All Hope Is Gone. Filled with the fury people have come to expect fromSlipknot as well as some extraordinary surprises, this album is the culmination of theband’ s 9 unique members, three platinum albums and their 10 year journey at the topof the Hard Rock genre. Kicked off by the powerful crescendo that is Execute andGematria (The Killing Name) and ending with the blistering track (more…)

Dream Theater – Greatest Hit Reviews

June 15, 2009

Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs)

First Ever Best-Of Spanning 1991-2005 22 Songs On 2CDs Featuring Rare Radio Edits, 3 New Re-Mixes, and Liner Notes After recently celebrating the band’s 20-year anniversary, Dream Theater returns with its first-ever best of collection. Spanning 1991-2005, the two-disc set contains rare single edits, B-sides, and a trio of new remixes that spotlight that band’s nonpareil musicianship, complex arrangements, and amazing songwriting. Referring to Dream Theater’s first and only m (more…)

Rush – Rush Reviews

June 14, 2009

Rush

Japanese only paper sleeve SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies’ research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatibl (more…)