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    Pachyderm Recording Artists - So Large We Ran Out Of Room… Again

    Pachyderm Recording Artists - So Large We Ran Out Of Room… Again

    Pachyderm Recording Artists

    Album title: So Large We Ran Out Of Room… Again
    By Geert Driver
    Posted: Jan 2009
    Label: Self Released
    (5916) Page Views

    Minneapolis area Pachyderm Studio is releasing thier second compilation CD. The disc highlights the past 12 months of work done in the infamous studio since the release of its first effort in 2007. Included are bands from the entire Midwest region. Northern Room from Milwaukee opens the disc with “BlackLight”, a mainstream pop single.

    Minneapolis based New Rebelution hits the Reggae button with “Grateful Dread” a thought-provoked example of how unspent potential can affect us. Mankato Jam Grass experts Useful Jenkins kick it hard with “outlaw” and The Rez represents Duluth with the hippie jam “Salvador Dali”. The compilation gets heavy with Madison’s Droids Attack, “The Cardinal and the Pachyderm” named in connection with two great regional venues.

    Chicago is served up twice by Aaron Williams’ “Little Time for me” and record label considered Atypical Science’s “Seeing it everywhere”. And the journey rounds out with a track from HOME called “Long Time Ago”, a Denver based crew.

    Catch the CD release party at the Cardinal Bar in Madison on Saturday, January 17th with Droids Attack, New Rebelution and Aaron Williams. The proceeds from the disc all go to support the Pachyderm Preservation Project (projectpachyderm.org), an organization founded on the basis of sustaining Old Growth Forests in Minnesota.

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    Kill Junior - Confusiotomy

    Kill Junior - Confusiotomy

    Kill Junior

    Album title: Confusiotomy
    By Chris Fox
    Posted: Jan 2009
    Label: Self Released
    (2563) Page Views

    These Madison locals have developed their sound into a heavy metal punk escapade that will keep you guessing through the entire album. With melodic vocals and overdriven guitars the sound gets progressively heavier until little antics like “Track Nine” throw you off and force you to really pay attention. The unique musings of vocalist Cory Kastner (10110, Angels Or Insects) with such a heavy accompaniment create a completely unique sound that will be remembered. These guys are clearly all about simply rocking out and letting the music do the talking. Call it punk, call it metal, this is KILL JUNIOR, and their music keep your head banging. 

    Catch Kill Junior live January 10th at the Cherry Lanes in Sturgeon Bay with Dichotic, January 17th at the Cruise In in Wausau with Mindgraft and Downgrade, and in Madison on January 23rd at the Annex with The Zombeatles and Mad Trucker Gone Mad.

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    Static X - Cannibal Killers Live DVD/CD

    Static X - Cannibal Killers Live DVD/CD

    Static X

    Album title: Cannibal Killers Live DVD/CD
    By Chris Fox
    Posted: Jan 2009
    Label: Warner Brothers
    (2021) Page Views

    STATIC-X turns up their intense electro-driven riffs with the release of their first DVD. The Cannibal Killers Tour proved to be one of the best for the band and it shows with the production of their entire set on film. Better live than any CD can do justice, STATIC-X has recreated the concert experience that will leave any metal fan wanting more. The disc also displays the diversity of the industrial metal outfit by presenting every music video the quartet has produced, as well as a second DVD with an equally intense older show from New Years Eve of ‘97. The final icing on the cake is the CD recording from the Cannibal Killers Tour. This package will excite any metal fan and encourage you to break out “Wisconsin Death Trip” to celebrate the entire catalog of industrial grinding.

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    Anna Laube - Pool All The Love * Pool All The Knowledge

    Anna Laube - Pool All The Love * Pool All The Knowledge

    Anna Laube

    Album title: Pool All The Love * Pool All The Knowledge
    By John Noyd
    Posted: Jan 2009
    Label: Self Released
    (3255) Page Views

    Wisconsin native and California transplant Laube spins hippie bohemia into rootin’ tootin’ riverboat galleries moseying on down through spirited Delta blues, roadhouse honky-tonk and funky finger pickin’ folk. Turning fields plowed by Michelle Shocked and Gillian Welch, Laube has a light hand that eases into each eleven tracks revealing eleven different histories anchored in an authenticity that is friendly and forgiving. Anna’s slow-burn melancholy scrapes by as much as her confident shakedowns kick off sadness’s shackles. Lanky and coltish, pan-fried pride sizzles while fleshy sessions conjure toddlin’ minstrel jazz over Cajun gospel and East Village coffee shops circa 1959. Mixed and mastered at Madison’s DNA Studios. “Pool,” is brought to fruition through the intimate support from local musicians Nick Moran, Aaron Konkol, and Scott Beardsley.

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    White Zombie - Let Sleeping Corpses Lie – Box Set

    White Zombie - Let Sleeping Corpses Lie – Box Set

    White Zombie

    Album title: Let Sleeping Corpses Lie – Box Set
    By Chris Fox
    Posted: Dec 2008
    Label: Geffen
    (1939) Page Views

    Take a step into the past and enjoy a hefty chunk of heavy metal history. This box set provides four amazing discs of WHITE ZOMBIE’s greatest hits and heaviest sounds. The set travels from early gems such as “Gentleman Junkie” to the thunderous wonder “More Human Than Human.” All four discs have their highlights but this set is certainly a must for any ZOMBIE fan as well as those who know very little about this cornerstone group. The exclusive DVD included is the icing on the cake featuring hours of live concert footage and every music video the band has made. If you have ever heard any song by these guys this box set is worth taking a look at.

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    Slow Burning Car - Blowback

    Slow Burning Car - Blowback

    Slow Burning Car

    Album title: Blowback
    By Chris Fox
    Posted: Dec 2008
    Label: Trifonic Laboratories
    (2123) Page Views

    These guys are out to simply rock, and enjoy playing their music. The album starts out with the words “Fe, fi, fo, fum” and the ridiculousness just progresses from there. Mixing punk rock ideas and vocals with folk guitar and excellent song writing creates a twelve song album that is 100% one of a kind. This album mixes both peppy and slow songs as well as both dark and upbeat lyrics creating the pleasant obscurity that is SLOW BURNING CAR. They’ll show you exactly who and what they are with no compromise. The respectable ideals and developing, progressive music really delve into a unique listening experience that with leave you both disappointed with the world and energized at the same time.

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    Grails - Doomsdayer’s Holiday

    Grails - Doomsdayer’s Holiday

    Grails

    Album title: Doomsdayer’s Holiday
    By Chris Fox
    Posted: Dec 2008
    Label: Temporary Residence
    (2209) Page Views

    Dark, heavy and celestial music. GRAILS has managed to take the meandering sound of groups like OPETH and mix them with eastern, folk, and blues stylings to create an entirely new sound. The album contains very little vocalization, but when they do appear, they achieve an eerie sense of omniscience and envelope the already dark wandering guitar. The real gem of this album is the sometimes subtle and often times obvious presence of Indian style sitar and chord progressions. Songs like “Doomsdayer’s Holiday” create the perfect melding of American heavy metal and classical Hindu sounds. This is an album that should be listened to from beginning to end before any judgment should be passed. The true artistry lies between the songs and the progression of the entire album.

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    Too Pure To Die - Confess

    Too Pure To Die - Confess

    Too Pure To Die

    Album title: Confess
    By Chris Fox
    Posted: Dec 2008
    Label: Trustkill Records
    (2016) Page Views

    Thick southern grooves with heavy fast rhythms and one hell of a growl carrying it all through, Iowa manages to deliver another powerful force to the heavy metal world.  With their title track “Confess,” TOO PURE TO DIE pushes heavy verses and catchy choruses around a forcefully distorted core that makes this album hit you square in the chest.  Percussive guitars in songs like “Saving Grace” with harmonic experimentation, like LAMB OF GOD, create a unique sound that you won’t soon forget.  A sound that is incredibly tight and heavy without forgetting the almighty riff, allowing the roaring vocals to carry you through the escapade that is a true melding of heavy metal genres. There is no denying that these guys are going to hit the culture hard, and they plan to take no prisoners.

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    Archer - Doomsday Profits

    Archer - Doomsday Profits

    Archer

    Album title: Doomsday Profits
    By Chris Fox
    Posted: Dec 2008
    Label: Duke’s Black Rose
    (2313) Page Views

    This album will make you want to break out your leather jacket and get a new tattoo.  Shredding, bluesy guitar with the classic heavy metal feel that makes everybody want to go out and buy a motorcycle.  Mixing the vocal styles of JUDAS PRIEST and guitar riffs like the great Toni Iomi, ARCHER manages to create a new resonance for an amazing old sound. No mega death-metal distortion here, just the hard rock overdrive that metal started with. Walking bass lines that resemble DEEP PURPLE and straight up singing rather than the contemporary screaming makes these guys a unique classic sound that has been lost in modern music. An album that will inspire guitarists and have even the most critical cynics nodding their heads.

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    Pro-Pain - No End In Sight

    Pro-Pain - No End In Sight

    Pro-Pain

    Album title: No End In Sight
    By Chris Fox
    Posted: Dec 2008
    Label: Regain Records
    (2031) Page Views

    With slightly operatic vocalisms and grinding, low guitar PRO-PAIN drives through their new release “No End In Sight.” Simplicity is key with this album. The New York-based band has found an envelope of heavy grooves that act as a steady backbone for moving lyrics that are too often absent from metal. Thoughtful and complimenting, the four-piece unit knows how to articulate an entire album from beginning to end. PRO-PAIN manages to throw intense melodies into subtle leads behind a pummeling rhythm and a guttural voice creating a unique blend of what feels extremely heavy but sounds profoundly melodic. Let this album get you riled up and make you bang your head.

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    Sonic Syndicate - Love and Other Disaster

    Sonic Syndicate - Love and Other Disaster

    Sonic Syndicate

    Album title: Love and Other Disaster
    By Chris Fox
    Posted: Dec 2008
    Label: Nuclear Blast America
    (1758) Page Views

    Sonic diversity is the key phrase when describing SONIC SYNDICATE’s new album. There is a little bit for every fashion of metal fan out there. This album is a ballad, a dark mellow piece, a heavy thrash song, an epic power metal shredder, and everything in between.  It is truly entertaining and refreshing to hear a band deliver such an array of style in their music. Perhaps it is because they are still searching for a “sound” or perhaps diversity IS their sound, either way this entire album will catch your attention. Each song sounds like an entirely new approach and it is quite revitalizing to hear so many tiny pieces come together in something so heavy. The only repetitive bit of this album is how hard it hits you in the chest. Whether you like grindcore, metalscreamo, thrash, death or any other ridiculous mixture of stupid metal genres labels, this album delivers.

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    The Showdown - Back Breaker

    The Showdown - Back Breaker

    The Showdown

    Album title: Back Breaker
    By Chris Fox
    Posted: Dec 2008
    Label: Solid State Records
    (5189) Page Views

    Heavy. From drumming that hits on the off beats to grinding guitar and lots of squealing harmonics, THE SHOWDOWN is just heavy with their release of “Back Breaker.” These Tennessee natives stay true to their southern metal roots and supply lots of chunk that is reminiscent of bands like DEMON HUNTER with a few added tidbits. Using unique backing vocals with the grinding guitar leading the way and a thumping double kick carrying the load, these guys manage to rip your face off and hand it back to you in pieces. The epic nature of the album is only enhanced by the subtitles of each song such as “(Achilles) The Disillusionaire” and “(Infernus) You Will Move.” The legendary names support this incredibly heavy yet understandable album. That is correct, it is heavy, but you can still understand what the singer says, creating an in-your-face sound that coincides with the epic artwork on the CD.

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