CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Korn’s Issues Turns 20!

Think back if you will to the late great 1999. That was the year we were supposed to party like we were out of time. The states were in the throes of the Y2K scare. It was the year Nelson Mandela stepped down as president of South Africa and Kosovo went to war. It was also the year that Korn released Issues (Immortal/Epic Records). The first single, ‘Falling Away From Me’ was actually given away for free to the fans. Love them or hate them, it was a novel idea at the time and ended up raising over a quarter-million dollars for charity. Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Nine Inch Nails Released The Fragile 20 Years Ago

Even geniuses get beat up by the press and fans sometimes. There were very few albums as big, pervasive in music culture and brilliant as Nine Inch Nails career highlight The Downward Spiral (Nothing/Interscope) was in 1994. The problem is, how do you follow it up, especially when the entire world jumped on the bandwagon and copied your style? Well, you don’t do a belly flop into stasis, you work harder than ever to expand, change drastically and do all the things. The Fragile (Nothing/Interscope) is Trent Reznor doing all the things, really well. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest #214: Reviews Featuring Scotty Tankcrimes

 

If you are putting out new music, you want reviews, good, bad, or indifferent. If you are too thin-skinned to hear some negativity about your talent, maybe you are not cut out for the life. Dumb and Dumbest Podcast number #214 is streaming now and it’s all about Reviews Featuring Scotty Tankcrimes! Hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below.  Continue reading

Death Angel – Humanicide

Bay Area Thrash veterans, Death Angel, have returned with their latest and some of their greatest collection of bangers in the form of Humanicide (Nuclear Blast Records). From start to finish, this album keeps the intensity maxed out and does not let up. For this reason, having just ten tracks is the perfect length so as not to tire out the listener. Let’s be honest for a moment here, having your heart rate up for over an hour with eighteen tracks can be tiresome. No worries here though as this record is sure to please even the pickiest thrash fans. Continue reading

Polar – Nova

Polar have been a staple part of the Metalcore underground scene, touring with the best that the genres have to offer, like Stray From The Path. “We want this to be the next big step up” claimed guitarist, Fabian Lomas. “Nova is basically going to elevate us.” With a newly claimed maturity and direction to their sound and the expectations set by the band, Nova (Arising Empire) is set to be the big-hitting Metalcore album of the year. Continue reading

Nordjevel – Necrogenesis

Black metal has really come around for me in the past few years where I was essentially just bored of the genre. While many black metal bands are putting out some solid releases, Nordjevel have really hit the nail on the head with their latest, Necrogenesis (Osmose). This release is more than just thirty minutes of blast beats and some abrasive anti-Christian lyrics. This Norwegian outfit is all about progressing forward while holding onto their roots as well in a well-done harmony. Even the length of forty-seven minutes seems like a little much for a black metal record of the current era, but the welcome is certainly not overstayed. Continue reading