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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 11, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

3 – The Ghost You Gave to Me (Metal Blade)
Absolute Body Control – Wind[Re]Wind (Metropolis Records)
Absu – Abzu (Candlelight)
Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire (Capitol Records) – Rudy Klapper
Lauren Alaina – Wildflower (Mercury Nashville)
Amebix – Sonic Mass (Easy Action)
Angelspit – Hello My Name Is (Metropolis Records)
As You Drown – Rat King (Metal Blade)
Bella Novela – The Archeress (Self Released)
Binary Park – The Deviated (Metropolis Records)
Bjork – Biophilia (Nonesuch) – Nick Butler
Casiokids – Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen (Polyvinyl Records)
Charred Walls of the Damned – Cold Winds on Timeless Days (Metal Blade)
Crooked Fingers – Breaks In The Armor (Merge Records)
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien (Barsuk)
Divine Ascension – As The Truth Appears (Nightmare Records)
Electric Six – Heartbeats and Brainwaves (Metropolis Records)
Erasure – Tomorrow’s World (Mute)
Evanescence – Evanescence (Wind-Up)
The Field – Lopping State Of Mind (Kompakt Germany) – Deviant
Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist (Prospect Park)
Future Islands – On the Water (Thrill Jockey)
Graveworm – Fragments Of Death {EU} (Massacre Records)

John Wesley Harding – The Sound of His Own Voice (Yep Roc Records)
Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do (Republic)
Tim Hecker – Dropped Pianos (Kranky)
Joe Henry…

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As part of the second wave of French House, Justice were pretty big in 2007 with their debut album (Cross). The reception to early releases from upcoming album Audio, Video, Disco (due for release October 25th) has been mixed. Clear though is the change in direction signaled with the upcoming album, with rock elements present on Cross being drawn out and put centre stage. Out now are three more tunes in which this new direction can be seen clearly.

The new direction taken by Justice is reminiscent of drum and bass act Pendulum’s transition in sound from Hold Your Colour to In Silico. For Pendulum the move proved to work out commercially, but saw a lukewarm reception critically, so how will the turn in sound fare for Justice? Well here are three tracks for you to be the judge of.

Justice – Canon

Justice – Helix

Justice – Newlands

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 4, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Annie Crane – Jump With A Child’s Heart (Constant Clip Records)
Rodney Atkins – Take A Back Road (Curb Records)
James Blake – Enough Thunder (Universal Records)
Blessthefall – Awakening (Fearless Records)
Blotted Science – The Animation Of Entomology (EclecticElectric)
Bonnie – Wolfroy Goes To Town (Drag City)
Danny Brown – XXX (Fool’s Gold Records)
Browning – Burn This World (Earache Records)
Dessa – Castor, The Twin (Doomtree Records)
DJ Shadow – The Less You Know The Better (Roc-A-Fella)
Dreamers Of The Ghetto – Enemy/Lover (Temporary Residence)
Emika – Emika (Ninja Tune)
Exile – 4 Track Mind (OULP)
Feist – Metals (Cherrytree/Interscope)
Merle Haggard – Working In Tennessee (Vanguard Records)
Indigo Girls – Beauty Queen Sister (IG Recordings/Vanguard Records)
Jack’s Mannequin – People & Things (Sire/WEA)
La Dispute – Wildlife (No Sleep Records) – Channing Freeman
Lights – Siberia (Last Gang Records)
Eliot Lipp – How We Do: Moves Made (Old Tacoma Records)
Loney Dear – Hall Music (Polyvinyl Records)
Lydia – Paint it Gold (Self Released)
Mayday Parade – Mayday Parade (Fearless/Mayday Parade)
Scott McCreery – Clear As Day (Mercury Nashville)
Misfits – The Devil’s Rain (Misfit Records)
Mutemath – Odd Soul (Warner Bros.)
New Found Glory – Radiosurgery (Epitaph)
Prince Rama – Trust Now…

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Let me start off by saying that I’ve been listening to Iron Maiden all day, so my ratings and descriptions might be more venom-filled than they were in the last entry because I had to pause Powerslave to do this. Also, am I the last person to notice that on the cover to Powerslave, the stairs lead right into Eddie’s crotch?

Where this entrance leads, nobody knows. Except for Eddie. He knows.

I enjoyed doing the first part a lot because I don’t often feel nostalgic. By no means was my childhood hard, but they weren’t exactly halcyon days that I reminisce about either. My childhood and teen years are just sort of hunkered down in the background of my mind, only making themselves known on very rare occasions. So it was pleasantly surprising that I felt the urge to revisit some of the songs and videos that got me into music, even though some of them weren’t all that great. It’s nice to be reminded of more innocent times, especially because we can so often be blinded by all the musical knowledge we’ve accrued over the years. We weren’t always like this, and songs like these will always be there to remind us of that.

Story Of The Year – “Anthem Of Our Dying Day”

It was a toss-up between this song and “Until The Day I Die,” but this song won out because it definitely brought back more memories (although I can…

I discovered music television when I was around 13 years old. As I’ve stated in numerous reviews where I incessantly talk about myself (Atavanhalen has dubbed the past few Sputnik years “The ‘Me’ Generation”), I didn’t have a very distinct notion of what music television even was for the majority of my childhood. But one day I was at a friend’s house and he turned on MTV2, and my life was forever changed by shitty music. Looking back, it’s hard to believe that I really loved some of the things I saw on television, but not surprising. I didn’t know anything else existed. Tonight however, I was struck by nostalgia and I traveled to Youtube to revisit some of those songs, and some of them hold up reasonably well. Of course, some of them are just fucking shit.  And oh my god the fucking videos.

Three Days Grace – “I Hate Everything About You”

One distinct memory that I have involving this song contains a bit of early-era elitism from me.  I told my older brother that the radio sucked, and he responded by turning on the local rock station.  This is the song that was playing, prompting him to say, “See?  One of the BEST SONGS EVER.  The radio doesn’t suck, idiot.”  And I didn’t argue because at the time, I agreed that Three Days Grace had written one of the BEST SONGS EVER.  It was a simpler time.  Back then, every song I heard had the potential…

Radiohead released their eighth studio album to some fanfare earlier in 2011. Forthcoming is TKOL RMX 1234567, an two-CD remix album of content from The King of Limbs.

The pitfalls of remix albums are not that difficult to determine. Whether from artists rushing a remix to earn a quick buck and get their name seen, or from limitations and hurried timetables enforced; almost always remix albums come out inconsistent in their quality.

Suited to the remix treatment or not, Radiohead have at least turned the album over to a superb collection of electronic artists. With remixes by Caribou, Jamie xx, Four Tet, Jacques Greene, and Shed, the artists featured are both talented and well versed in the field of remixes. Featured below is a remix of Bloom by Blawan off the album, a fair departure away from the sound of the original.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 27, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

9th Wonder – The Wonder Years (Traffic Entertainment)
Acoustic Alchemy – Roseland (Heads Up)
Apparat – The Devil’s Walk (Mute U.S.)
Sebastian Bach – Kicking & Screaming (Frontiers Records)
The Bangles – Sweetheart Of The Sun (Waterfront Records)
Barenaked Ladies – Hits From Yesterday And The Day Before (Rhino Records)
Big Troubles – Romantic Comedy (Slumberland Records)
Blink 182 – Neighborhoods (David Geffen Company) – Adam Downer
Blu – Open (Nature Sounds)
Boom Bip – Zig Zaj (Lex Records)
Brainstorm – On The Spur Of The Moment (AFM Records)
Brutal Truth – End Time (Relapse)
Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot III (Entertainment One Music)
Cobra Skulls – Agitations (Fat Wreck Chords)
J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story (Roc Nation)
Collide – Counting to Zero (Self Released)
Confession – The Long Way Home (Resist Records)
Cormega – Raw Forever (Traffic Entertainment)
Download – Helicopter + Wookie Wall (Metropolis Records)
DTMD – Makin’ Dollas (Mello Music Group)
Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams (Sub Pop)
Evidence – Cats & Dogs (Rhymesayers)
Frankmusik – Do It In The AM (Interscope)
Gem Club – Breakers (HARDLY ART)
The Gift – Explode (Spindle Music)
Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness (Metal Blade)
Hundredth – Let Go (MEDIASKARE)
Kasabian –

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ACYLUM – “Angel” (download) by alfa-matrix


Twisted electronic industrialists, Acylum, have released the first single for their upcoming album Karzinom. The song is called “Angel” and is one of the more subdued and ‘friendly’ tracks on the album. That doesn’t mean that the band have suddenly started making feel good music or anything that could be appreciated by your average music consumer. The music is still dark, the vocals are still heavily processed and the lyrics are still twisted. On the other hand, it perfectly showcases the band’s enhanced use of melodic elements to further increase the creepiness factor that has always been a part of their sound. Just don’t let this song lull you into a false sense of security, because the full album is still full of dissonant sounds, disturbing samples and a much more confrontational style, overall.


Acylum – Karzinom
Release Date: October 28th
Record Label: Alfa-Matrix

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Belfast punk trio Empty Lungs have been knocking around for about a year now and ‘Identity Lost’ is their first formal release, a three-track single produced by Rocky O’Reilly (of the late, great Oppenheimer).

The band cite Jawbreaker and Hot Water Music among their major influences, but the one that springs immediately to mind is Rancid, particularly in the way lead vocalist Kev Jones and wingman Ryan Holmes trade off vocal lines on ‘Hope and Apathy.’ The title track is more of the same with a thumping bassline and scratchy chord riff that call to mind Gang of Four at their most catchy.

The entire three-track single will set you back two of your Great British pounds on Bandcamp. Check out the video for ‘Identity Lost’ below the player.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 20, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Tori Amos – Night Of Hunters (Decca Records)
Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man (Asian Man) – Robin Smith
Atlas Moth – Ache for the Distance (Profound Lore)
Tony Bennett – Tony Benett: Duets II (Columbia)
Boots Electric – Honkey Kong (Dangerbird Spain)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Hysterical (RED GENERAL CATALOG) – Rudy Klapper
Dangerous! – Teenage Rampage (Epitaph)
Gavin DeGraw – Sweeter (RCA)
dEUS – Keep You Close {UK}deus (Universal Music)
Madi Diaz – Far From Things That We Know (tinyOGRE ENTERTAINMENT)
The-Dream – Love IV (Diary of a Mad Man) (Def Jam Records)
Veronica Falls – Come On Over (Slumberland Records)
Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness {EU} (Metal Blade)
Jamie Grace – One Song at a Time (Gotee Records)
Gungor – Ghosts Upon the Earth (Brash Music)
Lisa Hannigan – Passenger (ATO RECORDS)
Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep (Downtown/Mercer Street)
Ivy – All Hours (Nettwerk Records)
Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time (Rounder)
The Jim Jones Revue – The Jim Jones Revue (Punk Rock Blues Records)
Kasabian – Velociraptor! {UK} (Red Int) – Davey Boy
Jens Lekman – An Argument With Myself (Secretly Canadian)
Demi Lovato – Unbroken (Hollywood Records)
Brad Mehldau – Largo (Nonesuch)
Mindless Behavior – #1 Girl (Interscope

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The Jezabels’ first full length album, Prisoner, will be released on September 16th.  If you pre-order the album here you will also recieve a bonus CD that contains four early demo tracks. The album is streaming in its entirety here.

The album release will be followed by a tour of Australia, UK/Europe and Canada/US. The tour will begin in Australia at the Caloundra Music Festival on October 7th and wrap up at the Corona Theater in Montreal, Canada on November 26th. (click links for full tour dates). 




“Endless Summer” Video

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Dream Theater – On the Backs of Angels


This is the first single from the latest Dream Theater album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. A Dramatic Turn of Events was released on September 13th through Roadrunner Records, and is the first to feature new drummer Mike Mangini.

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 13, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Anathema – Falling Deeper (Kscope) – Trey Spencer
Anterior – Echoes Of The Fallen (Metal Blade Records)
Anthrax – Worship Music (Megaforce)
Anubis Gate – Anubis Gate (Nightmare Records)
Apoptygma Berzerk – Black EP vol 2 (Metropolis Records)
Arch/Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance (Metal Blade Records) – Trey Spencer
Astronautalis – This Is Our Science (Fake Four Inc.)
Katy B – On a Mission (Columbia)
Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing (Sub Pop)
Blondie – Panic Of Girls (Noble ID, LLC)
Bronze Nazareth – School for the Blindman (iHipHop Distribution)
Bush – The Sea Of Memories (Entertainment One Music)
Kathryn Calder – Bright And Vivid (FILE UNDER MUSIC)
Cephalic Carnage – Lucid Interval [Reissue] (Relapse)
Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Universal Music Enterprises)
Das Racist – Relax (RED GENERAL CATALOG) – Tyler Fisher
The Devil Wears Prada – Dead Throne (Ferrett Records)
Diary Of Dreams – Ego:X (Metropolis Records)
Download – FiXeR (Metropolis Records)
Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events (Roadrunner Records) – Trey Spencer
The Drums – Portamento {UK} (Universal UK)
Edguy – Age Of The Joker (Nuclear Blast)
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther Sounds)
God Module – Séance (Metropolis Records)
Imperative Reaction – Imperative Reaction (Metropolis Records)
The Jezabels – Prisoner {AU} (MGM Australia)
The Kooks – Junk of the Heart (Astralwerks)
Lady Antebellum –

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Agua de Annique – Feel Alive [Official Music Video]


Anneke van Giersbergen is working on what is presumably the third album from her band, Agua de Annique. Of course it’s hard to tell for sure how it’s going to be released since sometimes her music is titled as just Agua de Annique, and other times it’s Anneke van Giersbergen featuring Agua de Annique. I guess she’s not really sure whether she wants to be part of a band or a solo artist. On the other hand, if this video is any indication, it’s solo artist all the way. The song is typical of what Anneke has been doing lately — alt. rock with an electronic undercurrent. It’s not bad and I’m sure the new album will be great, but the video is actually kind of boring. If you’re going to have the whole video be of you topless, at least tease a little ;)

Times are tough… Unless you are in the music industry yourself (or a retired millionaire), it is difficult to attend every single gig that passes through town. Local acts will usually give you multiple opportunities – sometimes in the one year – to see them, but when it comes to international outfits, who knows when they will be back around your parts again. Favored acts are usually given the benefit of the doubt, and so was the case with Floridian rockers Anberlin early in 2011, when yours truly saw them twice in the same week (Soundwave Festival & headlining sideshow). So when the Stephen Christian led quintet announced that they would be touring Australia once more in August, I met the revelation with ambivalence. I mean, it was not as if they had released a new album in the meantime, and simply throwing “An Evening With…” on the tour poster did little for me initially. Surely, they had to woo fans some other way. And that they did!

First up – and the only support act of the night – were Sydney pop-punkers Tonight Alive. Having been impressed by the quintet at a previous supporting performace, their placement on this show was most definitely a pleasing one. As per usual, charismatic front-woman Jenna McDougall was handing out lessons on the art of smiling, while woo’ing all the (ummm) gentlemen in attendance with a Led Zeppelin t-shirt covered by a flannel shirt. Looks really are not an issue with…


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