Faust Patchwork:

A seemingly randomly edited together mash up of unreleased material ranging from dissonant noise to folk songs. The random editing works for a few tracks, but for an album, it takes away from the potential of an archival Faust release. If there were a couple of tunes that got from the beginning to end without interruption, it would make this release infinitely better.

Rating: 10/15 try not being so weird points

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead-The Century of Self

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead The Century of Self:

Not my favorite album ever, but you can’t knock these guys for lack of passion or ambition. Every track has epic riffing impassioned vocals and lyrics which take no prisoner. A strong disk overall but the singularity of their musical attack, which probably makes them amazing live, makes it hard to get through the whole album in one go.

Rating: 13/15 tone it down once in awhile points

Gerald Cleaver/William Parker/Craig Taborn-Farmers by Nature

Gerald Cleaver/William Parker/Craig Taborn Farmers by Nature:

Mellow, almost organic free jazz. A good disk to sit down and study, but one can’t help notice the absence of a leading voice. Nowhere does on instrument soar above the rest, theres no climaxes here. While thats an interesting concept in practice it takes away from the listening experience. Good and interesting overall, but it could have been a fuller listen.

Rating: 11/15 egalitarian free jazz pieces.

Ocean-Pantheon of The Lesser

Ocean Pantheon of The Lesser:

If you like long stretches of big scary chords followed by a long quiet build up followed by even bigger scarier chords than this ones for you. If not then avoid at all costs. These guys epitomize what a lot of drone metal bands are going for.

Rating: 12/15 sunn amps

John Cale-Sabotage/Live

John Cale Sabotage/Live:

A set of abrasive punk interspersed with lighter tunes and more traditional keyboard heavy rockers. Musically top notch, Cale and his band flirt with many genres effectively, and manage an interesting take on punk in particular with awesome bass playing throughout. Cale’s lyrics can be a tad goofy at times, but never to the point where it ruins a song.

Rating: 12/15 Rockin’ violas


Jesu Conqueror:

An interesting mix of heavy metal and shoe-gaze, with a greater emphasis on the shoe-gaze. Long melancholic songs with layered vocals and plodding riffs, which occasionally get distorted and involve growling are the norm for this disk. A good album to sit back and listen to, though it stays with certain riffs too long and other riffs not long enough.

Rating: 12/15 Napalm Fleshes

Trey Gunn-Music For Pictures

Trey Gunn Music For Pictures:

Short dark pieces of modern progressive rock. Heavy on droning synthesizers and polyrhythmic electronic percussion, Gunn decorates these pieces with his absurd collection of string instruments, including his beloved bajillion string tapping guitars. An interesting disk of short pieces, but the album suffers for lack of cohesion.

Rating: 11/15 Crimsos