Is it buzz or is it hype? That's
the question our critics will attempt to answer in this series and you
the fan get to put your two cents in as well.
- Rockin' the Joint, Live at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
& Cambria - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV: From Fear Through the
Eyes of Madness
- Don't Tread on Me
All-American Rejects - Move Along
Hooks, Hooks, and more Hooks!
- Say Hello to Sunshine
Welcome to the new Finch
The greatest band in the
Aquabats - Charge!!
These guys have mastered
their version of ska/punk; the cartoonishness just adds to the fun.
- Live at Stubb's
Who would have thought that
Hasidic Jewish reggae would rule so much?
- Some Cities
New supergroup put together
by AC/DC's Brian Johnson with songs he co-wrote featuring former Atheist/Neurotica
frontman Kelly Shaefer
The Deftones' Chino Moreno
tries something a bit different
Blue Van - The Art of Rolling
This album is packed to
the gills with songs whose sound can best be described as big. There
are heavy drums, rumbling bass lines and rolling organ parts.
Static Lullaby - Faso Latido
A Static Lullaby crafts
a strange album; it's as if the band has tasted greatness and yet has not
passed the cusp leading into it. Their namesake invokes being lulled to
sleep, quietly and peacefully, to the sound of buzzing electronics.
Law - Here’s To The Mourning
With "Here’s To The Mourning"
Unwritten Law has shown that they have set out to prove nothing to nobody,
they really don’t need to. They have established themselves as one of the
top rock bands today by being themselves and staying focused on their music.
If you like riffs so down
and dirty in the mud it makes you shower after a listen, and solos straight
from the days of rock since past, Seemless will fit like a glove.
Benjamin - So Cold
What's all the buzz about?
Vegas - One
Techno rockers fail to electrify
Datsuns - Outa Sight/Outa Mind
The Datsuns attempt a Classic
- Ocean Avenue
Here we go with another
MTV "punk" band that actually sounds good.
- Dancing Echoes and Dead Sounds
If you can get past the
filler, Codeseven really delivers.
Von Bondies - Pawn Shoppe Heart
If it was physically possible
for Billy Idol and Jim Morrison to have a child, and if that child was
the front man to an up and coming “garage rock” band, I’d like to think
that that band would sound a lot like The Von Bondies.
Academy - Demons
Despite all the drama surrounding
the band, The Libertines turn out a solid CD.
The reasons to like Strata
are simple. Their highs are very high and their lows aren't all that low...just
sort of derivative.
Heights - The Silence in Black and White
By the numbers Screamo band
that doesn't really bring anything new to the table but does a good job
with what they have decided to work with.
One Fan – Compromises
Do you like emo? Specifically
when it is shimmering and forlorn, with the guitars turned up? Song
titles like “The Prettiest Sin” and “Sorry”?
Lavigne - Under My Skin
We got teen rock rebellion
for sale, any takers?
Streets - A Grand Don’t Come For Free
The cockney rhymer has picked
his sophomore disc as the perfect time to drop a concept album.
81 - The Prints
This CD is expansive, funky,
new, and grooving. It's wide variety of styles will appeal to various music
Sully Erna protégés
could use a little less Godsmack
- Sitting Around Keeping Score
Does the former N.E.R.D.
backing band have what it takes?
Sounds - Living In America
They’re Swedish, they have
a “the” in their name, but they ain’t no garage band.
You can lump Orgy in with
the Korn's of the world, but their style is very appealing because it is
Under the guise of Bleu
one James McAuley III has with “Redhead" confected something of a power-pop
primer for those of us who missed it in the old days.
This CD arrives as a result
of one man's journey through the thickets of true love and the music industry.
Strip Club - Sparklers and Bottlerockets
Would You Like Some Whine
With That Cheese?
Guiney - 3 Sides
TV's Bachelor tried his
luck as a singer/songwriter.
Chamber - Giving the Devil His Due
The band's swan song release
gives fans a deeper look into what made Coal Chamber stand apart from the
Bizkit – Results May Vary
Fred Durst is on a mission
to save rock n roll!
Angry Masked nu-metallers..
hum, where did we see this before?
Guitar rock new comers Big
Dismal, are presently doing the rounds of the U.S.
Verbena’s formula is one
part Stooges with one part 80’s street rock (Early LA Guns, Guns N’ Roses).
Do these L.A. hard rockers
have what it takes to be the next big thing?
Six - Fire.
Mixing metal and disco?
What the hell? Strangely it works!
Another side of the SOAD
Promise turnes into nu-metal
by the numbers.
Park – Meteora
Has Linkin Park become a
parody of themselves?
The nail in the coffin of
Nickelback and Creed watch their backs?
- Break Your Silence
Do these protégé's
of STP's Scott Weiland live up to the buzz?
Does the Rage/Cornell project
measure up to the Hype?
Fighters - One By One
Dave Grohl and Co return
with perhaps their strongest album yet!
- The Amalgamut
Dan takes a look at Filter's
3rd full length release to see if it lives up to expectations
Park - Reanimation
antiGUY asks, "is this Linkin
Park regrooved or are they milking 'Hybrid Theory' for all it is worth?"
Mirror: All Lights Off
first release from Steve Lillywhite's label
Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way
takes a look at RHCP's new more radio friendly CD to see if they are evolving
or going commercial.
- Free All Angels
by the British music press as the best album of the year, Dan gives it
a listen to find out if it all hype or the geniune article.