Black Label Society - Mafia Review

Are you a SDMF? If so then you’re not going to read this review. Your going to rush to the store as soon as the CD is released and buy it. If for no other reason then to say you own it. SDMFs will probably get upset when there is a reviewer out there that dares not give this CD a four point five or five out of five stars. Trust me, it hurts not to give this CD a higher mark.

The CD opens up with a “unique” bass line and vocal track. After a while it grew on me, but the first time I heard it I went “WTF is this”. After that the CD is exactly what one would expect from BLS, Great Metal. That is until track five, “in this river”. I wouldn\'t be surprised if this was their second single after “Suicide Messiah”, if there is a second single, but this song took a while for me to like. I wasn\'t a huge fan when I first heard it, but the song grew on me. I am a big fan of the guitar solo in the middle, but still, it slows the pace of the CD down to a crawl. Almost like them where fully aware they had a good song that didn\'t really fit, they fade track 6 in slowly and come back with a really good song. “You must be blind” is a good song, minus the fade.

Track 8, dr. Octavia, is an awesome guitar solo! I wish the CD would have opened with it...

The opening of Track 10, “Too Tough to Die”, instantly made me think of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly. At least I think that\'s what it was, but that\'s where the similarity ended. I liked this song as well, but it was more of the same.

The rest of the album was exactly what one would expect. The last track, “Dirt on the grave”, is a perfect ending. It has an addictive guitar line; it uses many musical talents, and is something people will put on repeat a few times to hear it again. At least I did. The first time I heard it I replayed it three times.

I started listening to this CD wanting it to be a five, but because of certain things I just was unable to do so. Is it just enough for a band to meet our expectations with every CD release? For the fans yes, they never want the experience to end. SDMFs will love this CD because it\'s more of a band they love. For everyone else, I believe it will be just a good album they don\'t mind listening to. Perfect for their MP3 player and able to blend in easily with the rest of their collection. For those that want to pick up a new CD and don\'t want to be disappointed, this is great. But it\'s not a must have. There isn\'t anything new and innovative. There isn\'t anything real special about it, except its Zakk Wyldes Black Label Society.

I don\'t think Zakk Wylde cares much anyway. He put this CD out for his fans. The rest of us can shove it. Just like I expect to hear in the forum.

If you know nothing of this band, please visit http://www.blacklabelsociety.net & http://www.zakkwylde.com/
Feb
22
2005

The Kidcrash - New Ruins Review

The Kidcrash a fairly new band out of Sante Fe and are more than your typical band labeled as “emo”. They are influenced by bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate, early Jimmy Eat World, and Cursive. So if you are a fan of any of those bands these guys are for you. “New Ruins” is their first national release and they definitely have put out a solid debut.

A few things that make this cd standout from the slew of other emo bands are their lyrics and playing style. Their sound is definitely uncharacteristic for the genre and has a more classic feel than all the new emo bands of today. It seems they also gave their lyrics some attention and didn’t write them like every other band, they show some real thought.

The song that stands out on the album is called “Scalpel Cuts Concrete”. Lyrically it stands out on the album as well as musically. The music has a catchy beat and great guitar work I think, as through the whole album.

My only criticism for this album is that at times the songs seem to have too much of a similar sound and the vocals could be a bit cleaner and I look forward to their next album to show a bit more growth in that area.

Without a doubt these guys have a chance to become big (in the emo/rock genre at least) if they keep at it and continue to spend the time making quality music. If your into more classic emo music, I’m sure you will find The Kidcrash to your liking.
Feb
22
2005

50 Cent - The Massacre Review

At first the album sounded lame, but after a few times of listening to it you come to realize that it\'s just... different. The lyrics to songs change as the lifestyle of rapper\'s change (ie. Ja Rule). However, 50 cent tries all that he can to keep himself from transforming into one of those rappers by taking shots at rappers: Fat Joe, Nas, Jadakiss, Ja Rule and Shyne in a hott track entitled, \"Piggy Bank.\" The whole thing behind the beff with Fat Joe and Jadakiss was that they backed up Ja Rule\'s - \"New York\" song. \"Got a hundred guns a hundred clips, Y I dont hear no shots?\" If you heard \"New York\" you\'ll understand it. He jokes at the end of the track with Yayo and basically calls out all the rappers.

\"(50 talking) Yea! yeaa hahaha, Yall niggaz gotta do somthing now man, or shoot all that sh*t yall been talking, you gotta do sumthin baby! I mean, I mean common man everybodys listening, Nigga everybody listening hahaha, I know you aint gon just let 50 do you like that, I mean damn rep yo hood nigga, Nigga you hard right? pop off, Yayo get ?? niggaz on the phone, tell them niggaz I said clip up, Niggaz gotta green light on these muthafuckaz haha\"

Beats:
With beats produced Dr. Dre, Hi-Tek (Just a lil\' bit), Eminem, J.R Rider, Needlez... 50 Cent\'s new CD comes out with a variety of bass booming beats.

Lyrics:
Besides \"Piggy Bank\" 50 cent doesn\'t really take shots in any of the other songs. The usual 50 cent style of lyrics come out in this album. Some of the other featured songs are \"I\'m suppose to die tonight\" \"Outta Control\", \"Just a lil bit\", and \"My Toy Soldier.\" Definately a must buy for any 50 Cent or G-Unit fan.
Feb
22
2005

Over It - Silverstrand Review

“Silverstrand” is Over It’s newest release and is quite a treat to listen to. Punk rock fans will definitely enjoy this release. Lead vocalist Peter Munters did a great job with the cd producing some really great sounding vocals. That along with the rest of the bands great guitar riffs and bass lines and you have quite the album. The lyrics were also well written spreading a sense of emotion to the listener. I think they have gone a bit more mainstream with the sound of this album, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, although I’m sure some will criticize them for it. I’m not one of them.

There were two tracks that really stood out to me on this album. First the song “Shine” stands out to me for its excellent lyrics and vocals. It’s well written and really gives out a real feeling. Although the topic may be a bit typical for the genre, the execution of the vocals and lyrics make it atypical. The other song which stood out was the final track on the album entitled “Partner in Crime”. After your first listen I’m sure you’ll agree it stands out from the rest of the tracks. The verses are sung extremely quickly and then the chorus is slowed down. I think creates a cool sound and is one of the better songs on the album.

Over It has been around for awhile now and they continue to put out meaningful albums and for that they deserve the support. This album is no exception and is a good addition to any punk rock fans collection. Even if you’re no big into punk rock, like I mentioned in the beginning it does have a more mainstream feel and think it could appeal to more than just your average punk fan. I give it a 7.5 out of 10 and hope Over It continues to put out great albums.
Feb
20
2005

American Head Charge - Feeding Review

It\'s been about 3 years since their major release “The War of Art\" and there have been many questions as to whether or not they would or could come out with another album. With rehab issues, band members leaving and label issues this release seemed doomed. However AHC really was able to produce something quite nice for their second release.

The album entitled \"Feeding\" is definitely more mature and shows they spent the time and effort to produce something worthwhile. The song \"Dirty\" standouts with a catchy guitar and bass combo backed up with a simple set of lyrics. The other song which also stands out to me is “Loyalty” which has a good feel to it with the calmly sung verses before jumping right into the heavier chorus.

Personally I think \"The War of Art\" was a bit better, but don\'t get me wrong this is a solid album and shows a good deal of progression. It just seems a bit too similar to some nu-metal for me at times and I\'m not sure that is what they we\'re going for. Either way it gets 7 out of 10 and is a decent listen if you have the time to pick it up.
Feb
15
2005

The Game - The Documentary Review

Game tops off the Billboard Charts as the #1 selling album as of February 19th, 2005. Rightfully so the debut of Game\'s album comes with much hype and a whole lot of beef. There\'s no wonder why this album went number they had songs produced by artists like... Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Timbaland. The listener gets a good look into the life and lifestyle of Jayceon Taylor aka. \"Game.\" There\'s a song about the birth of his child \"Like father, like son\" featuring Busta Rhymes that talks about the feelings that he was going through every moment of that day.

Game also works with, of course, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Nate Dogg, and puts out two of his catchier tracks entitled \"We Ain\'t\" featuring Eminem and \"Don\'t Worry\" featuring Mary J. Blige. This album has the potential to already be thought of as the top album of the year even though we had just got into it. Check out the bonus DVD. We\'re still waiting the arrival of 50 Cent and Eminem to come out, then we\'ll compare.

Feb
14
2005

Armor For Sleep - What To Do When You Are Dead Review

Armor For Sleep is just about to release their sophomore album and they’ve decided to do something a little bit different then those in their genre. Although their first album “Dream To Make Believe” was original and definitely went somewhere different than all the other bands classified as “emo”, their new album is even more original. Don’t worry it’s original in a good way.

“What To Do When Your Dead” has a darker feel than their debut, but they still maintain their unique style and lyrics which really set them apart from other bands. They don’t just whine and cry about heartbreak, they really construct songs where you feel what they are saying and can even relate to. Although all the tracks on the album are quite good, I think the song that stands out the most is “The Truth About Heaven” which has some really great lyrics and good sound to it.

If you’re familiar with their first album and enjoyed it even a little, check this one out. And if you’ve never heard of the band, at least give them a chance because they have more to offer than your average band and deserve some support for trying things that are different and being as creative as they are. It’s an impressive album and that’s why it gets a 9 out of 10.
Feb
14
2005


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