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The Unchallenged – Sceneries
Causal ReasonsReversal
Self-Released2001
"Sounds like ____" is tricky business. Really, it's best (though perhaps not for commercial purposes) to sound unique. But since that's basically impossible, given today's cultural forces (perhaps someone in some media-deprived locale could hit upon…
Jitterbug – New Roses
Polished Surface
Yonah2006
Jitterbug is a four-piece instrumental prog rock/metal band from Germany. If that conjures up images of ponytailed guys in Dream Theater shirts, rest easy. This six-track MCD has hints of that older sound, but it has one foot firmly planted in the present...
Drumcorps – Grist
Drumcorps is Aaron Spectre, an artist in Berlin who makes what could loosely be called breakcore. Now, I'm generally not a fan of breakcore. To me, it seems like the worst result of letting white people near black music. Breakbeats lose their funk, grooves lose their soul, and sounds bunch u…
Sufferage – Bloodspawn
Few female vocalists approach Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow in brutality. However, Sufferage's Jasmin Fleiner does, and then some. Without knowing her identity, I would have sworn that the vocals on Bloodspawn (on Remission) came from a man. In real life, that would be bad, but in metal, t…
Katharsis – WorldWithoutEnd
Rock bands evidently don't care about trademark protection, as no less than ten claim the name "Katharsis." Three alone, including this one, come from Germany. Perhaps in some alternate universe these bands are competing on a reality show for the right to use the name...
Voodoocult – Jesus Killing Machine
Rarely will I post about an album I don't recommend. However, Jesus Killing Machine has enough historical value to deserve a mention, if not a warning to stay away. The sticker on the front says, "featuring Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), Gabby Abularach (ex-Cro-Mags), Phillip Boa, Waldemar Sorych…