Merzbow Dolphin Sonar:
Noises emulating and sampled from dolphins concocted into a brutal mass of noise which pummels you into complacency, and leaves you emotionally drained. Pretty cool stuff, not recommended for frequent listens.
Rating: 12/15 terrifying dolphins
Its really easy to lose yourself in this album. The frequencies, layered static and found sounds, seem balanced in such a way as to lure you in. The sounds shift frequently enough to hold your active minds interest, while boring into your subconscious. Eventually all your brain is focusing on is the noise, which is a really amazing place to be in for an hour or so.
Rating: 13/15 effective compositional uses of static
The Dead Boys Young Loud and Snotty:
If you like you rock and roll loud anthemic, and filled with sex and drugs, than this is the album for you. Musically focused on catchy attitude laden riffs. Vocalist Stiv Bators snarls and yells his anthems of debauchery with an abandon that most singers can’t muster. I just wish most punk was as good as this album
Rating: 14/15 rates of diminishing returns
Wayne Kramer The Hard Stuff+:
A clever mix of fuzzed out punk and soul. The lyrics cover a wide range of topics, from Kramer’s personal life, to a mournful farewell to Charles Bukowski. The music is simple enough to be catchy, but intricate enough to hold your interest. As always Kramer’s guitar soloing is loud and passionate, complimenting his songs wonderfully whenever he decides to let loose. Can’t find a fault in this one.
Rating: 15/15 MC5′s
Mystery Girls Incontinopia:
Garage-rock with a strong blues influence. The singer likes to holler about sex and drugs. Its obvious these guys love what they’re doing, I’m sure live all of these songs hold up. On the album, the non-stop Blues barrage gets a bit tedious, but there aren’t too many weak tracks.
Rating:11/15 Drunkin’ yellins
Extortion Terminal Cancer EP:
Your usual Power Violence album. That means it’s loud, fast, angry, and poorly recorded. Gets old quickly, but still fun to listen to once in a while.
Rating: 9/15 better song titles than actual songs
Mclusky The Difference Between Me & You Is That I’m Not on Fire:
Loud and obnoxious music with a smart ass squawker for a singer. Done in the same spirit as Flipper, this is a really fun album, particularly tracks where they take the piss out of other indie bands.
Rating: 12/15 Smart ass jerks you can’t help but like
Times New Viking Rip it Off!:
Loud slop rock. Fun, but I couldn’t make it through the whole album in one sitting. Sounds like Guided by Voices played out of a broken stereo.
Rating: 11/15 Albums marred by Lo-fi aesthetics
Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life:
Fucked Up rule. They are smart, loud, fast and exactly what punk rock should be like. With that said, this cd was a chore to listen to. I know the songs are good (interesting lyrics, neat hooks) but after one or two I found my mind wandering and itching to hit the forward button. An amazing band to see live, a boring one to listen to.
Rating: 11/15 confused reviewers.
Black Ships Omens:
“Omens” is the sound of an active quarry: Loud, explosive, and crushing. The guitars are suitable distorted, while the bass is down tuned to the point of sounding almost out of tune. The vocals roar out, incomprehensible but you know he’s shouting about angry things like being late for the bus. The drums anchor down the sound keeping simple rhythms that pound like war drums. The whole affair sounds like it was recorded with the Pro-Tools Wall O’ Sludge plugin. Black Ships avoid the one pitfall of many similar bands in this genre, that all songs sound the same. Rather the songs are similar in sound, but different enough to keep the listener engaged.
Rating: 13/15 Oil spills that are on fire.