In verity? MB57 varieties! Thine Eyes Bleed In the Wake of Separation (The End) :: Mine ears bleed. Wolf Parade Apologies to Queen Mary (Sub Pop) :: What if Bowie and Ronson had recorded Hunky Dory while stewed to the gills on a case of scotch? The Dead Science Frost Giant (Absolutely Kosher) :: Nasty canasta Mexicano melodies merged with woozy wasted wastrel wails. Detonation Portals to Uphobia (Osmose Productions) :: Prog metal? I dunno, but its amazing how palatable screamo vocals can be when theyre shored up by solid production and a relentless brace of burgeoning bludgeoning beats. Aaron Lines Waitin on the Wonderful (BMG) :: He may strike a Paddy Smiff meets Zimmer pose on the inner tray photo, but he sure sings like the sincere second coming of classic country. Epoch of Unlight The Continuum Hypothesis (The End) :: Gosh, I miss the Obsessed. Agents of the Sun Monarchs of a Fallen Society (DCide) :: What at first blush appears to be the usual slapdash hodgepodge of generic angst pop is quickly quelled by the swirling dashes of Kirk Hammett guitar work. ABSU Mythological Occult Metal 19912001 (Osmose Productions) :: And then this compilation of feelth metals greatest grates and rarest wracks comes along to show everyone where it began and who to blame. SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Chromelodeon Heart of Sawdust (Bloodlink) :: Any band that names itself after an obscure Harry Partch work gets my vote right off the bat especially when they title their six songs an economically minimal One through Six. But when all six are prog rock instrumentals á la Nash the Slash, well, when I say Im in love, you best believe Im in love, l-u-v. Be seeing you!
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