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Streaming music may lead to the apocalypse
'90s rock group The Presidents of the United States of America have introduced a $2.99 iPhone app that allows users to stream the band's entire catalogue. (See story here.) The app also contains links to buy MP3's from iTunes. Until now, I hadn't seriously considered streaming…
Kreator – Hordes of Chaos
Hordes of Chaos (SPV, 2009) has the same ingredients as Kreator's post-'90s, return-to-thrash records: politically correct (and fairly awful) lyrics, some melody, slick production. But while later Kreator albums typically have a few bangers and loads of filler (I spy a "greatest …
Black Shape of Nexus – Self-Titled
by Cosmo Lee
In doom metal, the usual words tossed around pertain to size - "lumbering," "massive," etc. While Germany's Black Shape of Nexus are certainly those things - they tune down to a bowel-shaking B flat - they exhibit surprising nuance
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The Ocean – Precambrian
Speaking of The Ocean, I've reviewed their album Precambrian at Pitchfork. It came out last November, so it didn't make many year-end lists (if I ran a label, I would finish each year's release schedule by October for such purposes). Precambrian would have - or should have - dominat…
Dirtbag tour of the year
In the dirtbag tour of the year, Kylesa are hitting the road with The Ocean, Lair of the Minotaur, and Withered. (I think I grew chest hair just typing that.) These stars will only align for a few dates - see below. However, they're also touring separately or in smaller combinations; for sch…
Freedom Call – Dimensions
I can't evaluate modern power metal objectively. Most of it sounds the same to me, which probably just means I'm ignorant. But it doesn't have many qualities that make me want to learn more. I like epic ambition; I don't like gloss masquerading as such...
Verdunkeln – Einblick in den Qualenfall
If The Cure and The Sisters of Mercy got together and made blackened doom, they'd be Verdunkeln - the former for guitars, and the latter for atmosphere. Einblick in den Qualenfall (Ván, 2007) oozes '80s in its rubbery clean tones and reverbed, compressed drums. Th...
Endstille – Endstilles Reich
Endstille are quick to point out their origins in Schleswig-Holstein, as opposed to the rest of Germany. This northern state abuts Denmark and is home to the annual Wacken Open Air festival. Schleswig-Holstein's disposition is evidently more Scandinavian than German, which helps explain Endst…
Genocide (Ger) – Apocalyptic Visions
If you follow black metal, follow Ván, a German label that's quietly building an envelope-pushing discography. Last year, the Ruins of Beverast record (review) turned quite a few heads, the reissue of Nagelfar's Virus West (review) was most welcome, and I'm still trying to wra…

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