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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 14 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Absence – Enemy Unbound (Metal Blade)
Accept – Blood of the Nations (Nuclear Blast)
Al’ Tariq (The Beatnuts) – God Connections (Traffic Ent. Group)
Amorphis – Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Azure Ray – Drawing Down The Moon (Saddle Creek)
Banner Pilot – Resignation Day [Remastered] (Fat Wreck Chords)
Beneath The Massacre – Maree Noir [EP] (Prosthetic Records)
Bilal – Airtight’s Revenge (PLUG RESEARCH)
The Birthday Massacre – Pins And Needles (Metropolis Records) – Trey Spencer
Black Milk – Album of the Year (100% WOMON) – Jared W. Dillon
Blonde Redhead – Penny Sparkle (4AD Records) – Cam
Buckethead – Spinal Clock (TDRS Music)
Caligula – Divine Madness (Krycek Entertainment)
The Charlatans – Who We Touch (The End Records)
Chromeo – Business Casual (Atlantic)
Dawn of Ashes – Genocide Chapters (Metal Blade Records)
DragonForce – Twilight Dementia [Live] (Roadrunner Records)
The Drums – The Drums (Downtown)
El Guincho – Pop Negro (XL Recordings) – Kiran Soderqvist
Electric Sunset – Electric Sunset (K Records)
Emmett And Mary – Emmett And Mary (My Idea of Fun)
Sully Erna – Avalon (Republic)
ESQ & Chikaramanga – The Succession (Tres Records)
Flotsam and Jetsam – The Cold (Driven Music Group) – Trey

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 07 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Acorn – No Ghost (Bella Union)
Anberlin – Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place (Republic) – Adam Thomas
Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart (Epic)
The Beatles – The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles [DVD] (Universal Music)
Blue Sky Black Death – Third Party (Fake Four Inc.)
Gasoline Silver – Gasoline Silver (+1 Records)
Helmet – Seeing Eye Dog (+1 Records )
In Lingua Mortua – Salon Des Refuses (Termo Records)
Interpol – Interpol (Matador Records)
Brendan James – Brendan James (Decca)
Kamelot – Poetry for the Poisoned {EU} (Kamelot Media Group)
Megadeth – Rust In Peace Live [DVD/CD] (Shout Factory!)
Oceansize – Self Preserved while the Bodies Float Up {EU} (SUPERBALL MUSIC) – Sobhi Abdul-Rakhman
Q-Unique – Between Heaven and Hell (Capital Q Music)
Robyn – Body Talk Pt. 2 (Cherrytree/Interscope)
Rock (Heltah Skeltah) – Rockin Out West (Duck Down Music)
Stone Sour – Audio Secrecy (Roadrunner Records)
Tera Melos – Patagonian Rats (Sargent House)
The Thermals – Personal Life (Kill Rock Stars) – Adam Thomas
Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong (Ninja Tune)
Unicycle – Mirror, Mirror (Highwheel Records)


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Anberlin – Dark Is The Way, Light Is

Dimmu Borgir released “Gateways (Edit)” from their upcoming album, Abrahadabra, last Tuesday through iTunes (and probably other digital retailers). On a whim, I decided to buy the track to see if I should be looking forward to the whole CD or not – it didn’t really help. It doesn’t help because “Gateways” is different enough from their previous releases that it’s hard to tell if it is a one-off or if it is representative of the whole album.

For one, there are two different sections that contain female vocals and neither of them turns out to be cheesy.  The first section with female vocals is shouted in an almost punk-like manner, and the second section is more of a choir effect (think Therion not Cradle of Filth). Both sections were surprising because it’s a new direction for the band, and also because it actually worked. Another thing about the song is that it is much slower and more melodic than what is typical of a Dimmu Borgir track. I’m not trying to say that it’s pop or anything, but it’s definitely much more accessible. Those that actually care about the band have probably read that the album features another full orchestra, but unlike Death Cult Armageddon, “Gateways” isn’t overpowered by it. The song is more of an equal partnership between the riffs and the orchestral parts.

So, this song didn’t really help at all. If the whole album pushes the band’s sound like this song did then things might…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 31 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

10 Years – Feeding the Wolves (Universal Republic) – Davey Boy
The Autumn Offering – The Autumn Offering (Victory Records)
Big L – 139 & Lenox (Flamboyant)
Ryan Bingham – Junky Star (Lost Highway)
Carl Broemel [My Morning Jacket] – All Birds Say (ATO RECORDS/RED)
Cephalic Carnage – Misled By Certainty (Relapse Records)
Common – Resurrection [2-CD Deluxe] (Get On Down)
The Contortionist – Exoplanet (Good Fight)
Dagoba – Poseidon {EU} (Indie Europe/Zoom)
Death Angel – Relentless Retribution {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Disturbed – Asylum (Reprise)
DJ Muggs & Ill Bill – Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats Records)
Everything Everything – Man Alive (Piccadilly Records)
Funeral for a Friend – The Young and Defenceless [EP] (Self Released)
Godfather Don – Properties of Steel (Traffic Ent. Group)
Goo Goo Dolls – Something For The Rest Of Us (Warner Bros.)
The Graduate – Only Every Time (Razor & Tie) – Davey Boy
Bruce Haack – Farad Bruce Haack (Stones Throw Records)
Heart – Red Velvet Car (Sony Legacy)
Lyfe Jennings – I Still Believe (Asylum Records)
Jenny & Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now (Warner Bros.)
KRS One & True Master – Meta-Historical (Fat Beats Records)
Last Nights Vice – Perfect Little Noise (Last Nights Vice)
Madlib – Advanced Jazz (Madlib Invazion)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 24 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Accept – Blood of the Nations {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Adebisi Shank – This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called… (Richter Collective) – Dave de Sylvia
Apocalyptica – 7th Symphony (Jive/R.E.D.)
Chris August – No Far Away (Fervent Records)
James Blackshaw – All Is Falling (Young God Records)
S. Carey – All we Grow (Jagjaguwar) – Cam
Chk Chk Chk [!!!] – Strange Weather Isn’t It (Warp Records)
Coin Under Tongue – Reception (Death By Audio)
Dead Confederate – Sugar (Razor & Tie)
Eels – Tomorrrow Morning (E Works) – Adam Thomas
Fantasia – Back To Me (J-Records)
Jesse Harris – Through The Night (Secret Sun Recordings/Mercer Street)
Ion Dissonance – Cursed (Century Media)
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk (Vanguard Records)
JJ Grey – Georgia Warhorse (Alligator Records)
Kataklysm – Heaven’s Venom (Nuclear Blast America)
The Klaxons – Surfing the Void {UK} (Polydor)
Brad Laner – Natural Selections (HOMETAPES)
Land Of Talk – Cloak And Cipher (Saddle Creek)
Little Big Town – The Reason Why (Capitol)
The LoveCrave – Soul Saliva (Metropolis Records) – Trey Spencer
Malevolent Creation – Invidious Dominion (Nuclear Blast America)
Mestizo – Elecholo (Machina Muerte)
Mogwai – Special Moves [Live] (+1 Records)
Never Shout Never – Harmony (Sire/Wea)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 17, 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Trace Adkins – Cowboy’s Back In Town (Show Dog-Universal Music)
American Hi-Fi – Fight The Frequency (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Antagonist – World In Decline (PROSTHETIC RECORDS)
Camu Tao – King of Hearts (Definitive Jux/Fat Possum)
Dondria – Dondria Vs Phatfffat (Malaco Records)
Dora the Explorer – We Did It! Dora’s Greatest Hits (Nick Records)
Filter – The Trouble with Angels (Rocket Science)
David Gray – Foundling (Downtown)
Jesse Harris – Through The Night (Mercer Street Records)
Hellsent – False Profit (Galapagos4)
Hey Monday – Beneath It All (Columbia)
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier (Sony Legacy) – Mike Stagno
Kem – Intimacy (Motown/PGD)
The Last Felony – Too Many Humans (LIFEFORCE RECORDS) – Trey Spencer
Lissie – Catching A Tiger (Fat Possum)
John Mellencamp – No Better Than This (Rounder/PGD)
Miss May I – Monument (Rise Records)
Nils – What The Funk? (Baja Records)
NoFX – The Longest EP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Orbs – Asleep Next to Science (Equal Vision Records)
Sadistik – The Art Of Dying (Clockwork Grey Music)
Slayer – Live Intrusion [DVD Reissue] (Columbia)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Let It Sway (Polyvinyl) – Rudy Klapper
Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society (Heads Up)
Taking Back Sunday –…

Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

By: Dave Mustaine & Joe Layden
Released: August 3, 2010
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: It Books

Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir has something for even the most apathetic of Megadeth fans and is written in a very entertaining manner thanks to the dry humor and no-holds-barred attitude of Dave Mustaine.

I’ve never considered myself a huge fan of Megadeth. Their earlier albums always seemed to be very inconsistent in terms of quality, and their mid-era commercial attempts were mostly terrible. There are exceptions of course, Rust in Peace is easily one of the best thrash albums of all time and Endgame is just about equal (and sometimes better, depending on my mood) – but this isn’t about me and isn’t really about Megadeth either. This is about Dave Mustaine; the man that has had the great fortune of being part of two of the biggest metal bands of the last thirty years. He’s also the man that everyone has loved to hate due to his tendency to speak his mind and treat fellow band mates as if they were totally expendable (in hindsight one could argue that they really have been). If anyone in the metal community has lived a life that is worthy of having a book written about him, it is Dave Mustaine. The man has dealt with drug use, the stigma of being dropped from Metallica, the total…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 10, 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Amorphis – Forging the Land of Thousand Lakes [CD/DVD] (Nuclear Blast America)
Angelfire – Angelfire (THE RECORD LABEL)
Ayatollah – Live From the MPC 60 [3 CDs] (Green Streets Entertainment)
Black Label Society – Order Of The Black (E1 Music)
Sarah Blasko – As Day Follow Night (Universal Music Group)
Bottomless Pit – Blood Under The Bridge (Comedy Minus One)
The Budos Band – The Budos Band III (Daptone Records)
Kathryn Calder – Are You My Mother? (File Under: Music)
Common Grackle (Factor) – The Great Depression (Fake Four)
Charlie Daniels – Land That I Love (Koch Records)
George Duke – Deja Vu (Heads Up)
Exile – AM/PM (Plug Research)
Kataklysm - Heaven’s Venom {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Killola – Let’s Get Associated (Killola)
Landing On The Moon – We Make History Now (Young Love Records)
Language Room – Language Room (Anti-)
Lights Out Asia – In the Days of Jupiter (n5MD)  – Adam Downer
Lost In The Trees – All Alone In An Empty House (Anti/Epitaph)
Madlib – High Jazz [2 LPs] (Madlib Invazion)
Moe Pope – Life After God (Brick Records)
Mike Posner – 31 Minutes To Takeoff (J-Records)
Noblesse Oblige – Malady (Metropolis Records)
Over-Reactor – Lose Your Delusion, Vol. 1 (Free Download)
Blake Shelton – All About Tonight…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 03, 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (Merge Records) – Tyler Fisher
Autolux – Transit Transit (TBD Records)
The Black Crowes – Croweology (Megaforce)
Buckcherry – All Night Long (Eleven Seven Music)
Bun B – Trill O.G. (Rap-A-Lot)
Dr. John And The Lower 911 – Tribal (429 Records)
El-P – Hell Megamixxx 3 (Gold Dust Media)
Fleshwrought – Dementia/Dyslexia (Metal Blade Records)
Gaelic Storm – Cabbage (LOST AGAIN RECORDS)
Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa (Decon)
Paul Gilbert – Fuzz Universe (Shrapnel)
Gov’t Mule – Mulennium [Live] (Evil Teen Records)
Immortal – The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh [Live DVD/CD] {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Lady Gaga – The Remix (Interscope Records)
Lady Gaga – The Cherrytree Sessions [EP] (Interscope Records)
Les Savy Fav – Root For Ruin (frenchkissrecords) – Cam
LloydMiller+Heliocentrics – LloydMiller+Heliocentrics (Strut Records)
Los Lobos – TinCan Trust (Shout Factory!)
Katie Melua – House (Universal Motown)
Queens Of The Stone Age – Rated R [Deluxe Edition] (Interscope)
Secondhand Serenade – Hear Me Now (GLASS NOTE RECORDS)
Squeeze – Spot The Difference (XOXO RECORDS)
Ryan Star – 11:59 (Atlantic)
Tony Da Gartorra vs. Gruff Rhys – The Terror Of Cosmic Loneliness (Self-Released)
Wavves – King Of The Beach [Physical Release] (Fat Possum) – Lewis P.
Wretched – Beyond The Gate (Victory Records)

James LaBrie has made a new track called “One More Time” available for streaming (courtesy of AOL’s Noisecreep). The song is taken from his upcoming solo album, Static Impulse, which will be released on September 28 through InsideOut Music.


James LaBrie is best known for his work with Dream Theater, but they’re not his only musical endeavor. Most people probably don’t know that he released his first solo album, Elements of Persuasion, back in 2005. It was a powerful album that would probably surprise a lot of Dream Theater fans due to its heaviness. Well, it seems that this album is going to surprise even more people. The song is heavy and aggressive but combined with a huge chorus that rivals anything that he has done with Dream Theater. What is going to surprise people even more is the aggressive side of James’ voice. If the rest of the album is anything like this, it has the potential to be great.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 27, 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

2 Hungry Bros & 8thW1 – No Room For Dessert (Domination Recordings)
36 Crazyfists – Collisions & Castaways (Ferret Records)
Clay Aiken – Tried & True Live! [DVD] (Decca U.S.)
Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare (Warner Bros.) – Mike Stagno
Best Coast – Crazy for You (Mexican Summer) – Kiran Soderqvist
Blind Guardian – At The Edge Of Time {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Kimberly Caldwell [American Idol contestant] – Without Regret (Vanguard/Capitol)
Called to Arms – Peril and the Patient (Tragic Hero Records) – Adam Thomas
Charlotte – Medusa Groove (NIGHTMARE RECORDS)
Cut Chemist – The Sound of the Police (A Stable Sound/Soul Kitchen)
Decrepit Birth – Polarity (Nuclear Blast)
Demiurg – Slakthus Gamleby (Cyclone Empire)
Eatmewhileimhot! – xALBUMx (Loveway Records)
Fat Joe – The Darkside (E1 Music)
The Dream Jam Band – Leave it in the Soup (EMI Label Services)
Dru Hill – Indrupendence Day (KEDAR ENTERTAINMENT)
Jesca Hoop – Hunting My Dress (Vanguard Records)
Incognito – Transatlantic RPM (Shanachie)
Insidious Disease – Shadowcast (Century Media)
Iron Thrones – The Wretched Sun (Self-Released)
Ivoryline – Vessels (Tooth & Nail Records) – Davey Boy
Shawn Jackson – Brand New Old Me (Tres Records)
Tom Jones – Praise & Blame (Mercury Nashville)
Jorn – Dio (Frontiers)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 20, 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

12 Stones – The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday [EP] (Wind-Up)
The Acacia Strain – Wormwood (Prosthetic Records)
Birds of Tokyo – Birds of Tokyo (MGM Distribution) – Davey Boy
Black Veil Brides – We Stitch These Wounds (Stand By Records)
The Books – The Way Out (Temporary Residence)
Chimaira – Coming Alive [CD/DVD] (Ferret Records)
Sheryl Crow – 100 Miles From Memphis (A&M)
Brian Culbertson – XII (GRP Records)
Darkseed – Poison Awaits (Massacre Records) – Trey Spencer
Department Of Eagles – Archive 2003-2006 (101 DISTRIBUTION)
East of the Wall – Ressentiment (TRANSLATION LOSS)
Electric Wire Hustle – Electric Wire Hustle (BBE Music)
David Garrett – Rock Symphonies (Decca)
Jimmy Gnecco – The Heart (Bright Antenna)
The High Confessions (Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, Chris Connelly of Ministry, Revolting Cocks) – Turn Lead Into Gold With High Confessions (Relapse)
Honor Bright – Action! Drama! Suspense! (Triple Crown)
John Robinson+LewisParker – International Summers (Project Mooncircle)
Shawn Lee – Sing A Song (Ubiquity Records)
Lil Joe – Lil Joe High School Dropout (Thizz Nation/Romp’t Out)
Lower Dens – Twin-Hand Movement (Gnomonsong)
Lydia – Assailants (Self-Released) – Alex Silveri
Mad Caddies – Consentual Selections (Fat Wreck Chords)
Moka Only – Airport 4 (Legendary Entertainment)
Potluck – Greatest Hits w/ My Buds (Suburban Noize

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 13, 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Anti Citizens – The Awakening [EP] (2012 Dynasty)
Audrey Assad – The House You’re Building (Sparrow)
Autechre – Move Of Ten (Warp Records)
Blink-182 – Blink-182 [Vinyl Re-Issue] (Geffen Records)
Capone-N-Noreaga – The War Report 2 (Ice H20)
Crowded House – Intriguer (Fantasy)
Curren$y – Pilot Talk (ISLAND/DEF-JAM)
Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Soul (Capitol Records) – Alex Silveri
Dom Pachino (Killarmy) – Tera Iz Him 2 (Napalm Recordings)
Duck Down Music – 15 Years of Duck Down (Duck Down Records)
Joe Elliott – My Regeneration (Mailboat Records)
Escape Artists – Coming Of Age (Self Released)
GM Grimm – Digital Tears [Re-issue] (Day By Day Entertainment)
Great Big Sea – Safe Upon the Shore (GREAT BIG SEA)
Hellyeah – Stampede (Epic)
In This Moment – A Star Crossed Wasteland (Century Media) - Davey Boy
Jungle Brothers – Straight Out The Jungle [2CDs] (Traffic Ent. Group)
Korn – III Remember Who You Are (Roadrunner Records)
Jane Krakowski – The Laziest Gal In town (Drg)
La Coka Nostra – The Audacity of Coke (DJ Eclipse)
Tony Lucca – Rendezvous With The Angels (Rock Ridge Music)
The Maine – Black & White (Sire/Wea)
MF Grimm – The Downfall Of Ibliys (
M.I.A. – ^^^y^ (Interscope Records) – Alex Silveri

- Dissonant Dissident

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Cyanotic are one of the new breed of industrial metal bands that are helping to pull the genre into the modern era. The song, “Dissonant Dissident”, comes from their second  album entitled The Medication Generation. The Medication Generation was released through Bit Riot records on July 6, 2010. “Dissonant Dissident” is probably one of the best songs on the album, and also a great representation of what to expect. It features huge beats and a perfect blend of guitars and electronics.

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Song Samples

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 06, 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

A Plea for Purging – The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Facedown)
Amorphis – Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes [2DVD + 2CD] {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Baths – Cerulean (Anticon)
Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam Recordings) – Adam Downer
Sebastian Blanck – Alibi Coast (Rare Book Room Records)
The Cat Empire – Cinema (Red Distribution)
Cherry Ghost – Beneath This Burning Shoreline (Heavenly)
Cyanotic – The Medication Generation (Bit Riot)
Defiance, Ohio – Midwestern Minutes (No Idea Records)
Feeder – Renegades (Big Teeth Records)
Good Riddance – Capricorn One: Singles & Rarities (Fat Wreck Chords)
How to Destroy Angels – How to Destroy Angels (Null)
Enrique Iglesias – Euphoria (Republic)
Indica – A Way Away (Nuclear Blast)
Juvenile – Beast Mode (E1 Music)
Kelis – Flesh Tone (A&M Records)
Ed Kowalczyk – Alive (Megaforce)
Bret Michaels – Custom Built (POOR BOY)
Kylie Minogue – Aphrodite (Parlophone)
No Justice – 2nd Avenue (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Picture Me Broken – Wide Awake (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Rescues – Let Loose the Horses (Universal Republic)
Texas Hippie Coalition – Rollin’ (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Thieves Like Us – Again & Again (101 DISTRIBUTION)


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