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Shrinebuilder – Self-Titled

by Casey Boland

Let's face it: hype affects our initial opinions. Positive or negative, we bring assumptions and preconceived notions to the stereo, or more accurately for the times, the computer

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A Storm of Light – Forgive Us Our Trespasses

by Casey Boland

Those familiar with A Storm of Light's pedigree won't be surprised by Forgive Us Our Trespasses (Neurot, 2009). Vocalist/guitarist Josh Graham's involvement with Neurosis and Red Sparowes rubbed off on his musical inclinations

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Javelina – Beasts Among Sheep

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Review by Casey Boland

On its face, there is nothing remarkable about Javelina. You have four dudes hammering out drop-tuned Sabbath-inspired metal

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Krallice – Dimensional Bleedthrough

by Casey Boland

Musicianship is not a quality often ascribed to black metal. Purists tend to prefer their BM crude and rudimentary. Krallice defy such notions during the hour and 20 minutes of Dimensional Bleedthrough (Profound Lore, 2009)

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Pyramids with Nadja – Self-Titled

by Casey Boland

I've never been entirely convinced by most "drone metal." Perhaps I'm reluctant to explore genres not couched in standard rock forms

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Year-end thoughts 2009: Casey

by Casey Boland

Like most music fans who've grown long in the tooth, I'm finding it harder each year to uncover new music that moves me. As I scroll through the iTunes library, I find few songs earning multiple play counts

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Blacklisted – No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me

by Casey Boland

Arguably no other contemporary hardcore band has taken risks and renovated its sound more than Blacklisted. Arising from the desperate streets of Philadelphia, the band churned out knuckle-dragging hardcore as hardscrabble as the neighborhoods from which it came

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Coalesce – OXEP

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Review by Casey Boland

It's surprising enough that OX (reviewed here) — Coalesce's first album in a decade — came close to the brilliance of their late-'90s apex. But then to

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Live review: Cave In, Narrows, Trap Them @ First Unitarian Church

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Review by Casey Boland

Bands have been reuniting at an alarming rate. It's not a matter of who is back together so much as who is not

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Junius – The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist

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Review by Casey Boland

Can ass-kicking rock be intelligent? By its very nature, rock (and its subsets from punk to metal) is decidedly crude and visceral

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