Big Business – Mind The Drift

Big Business Mind The Drift:

Big Business are back and rocking as ever. It seems that they learned a bit while being in the Melvins. Previous Big Business albums had been good, but became repetitive as they went on. Here the tracks all vary enough to keep the listener engaged. The drumming and riffing are top-notch as always. The vocal have improved, with them being able to create great vocal melodies. One of the best rock albums to be put out this year and also the strongest Big Business release yet.

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Rick Ross – Deeper Than Rap

Rick Ross Deeper Than Rap:

Rick Ross is the rap cliché of going on about money, drugs, and bitches. He is the embodiment of what your parents think rap is. Yet Ross does this shtick well. His rhymes are passable and has some enjoyable wordplay. Plus he has charisma which keeps the fourteen tracks from becoming boring. Also helping are the numerous quest stars like T-Pain, Kayne West, Lil Wayne (not shocking since this blog could probably get Wayne to write a few reviews if we offered him some crushed up Vicodin.), and Nas. Ross was smart and bought some of the best beats he could, which help hide his weaknesses as an MC. Not a classic for the genre, but an enjoyable listen.

mewithoutyou – It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright!

mewithoutyou It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright:

Mewithoutyou are back with another honest album. What it’s honest about is a little hard to tell. Aaron Weiss’s lyrics have become more obscure, but also remain meaningful. While they all seem to have a religious overtone, one can read more than in each song. Aaron’s voice is powerful and his singing has improved greatly. The band has never sounded tighter nor have they been so musically experimental; dabbling in straight-up indie rock, zydeco music, and other unexpected genres of music. Tubas, xylophones, and even baptist revivalist choirs are heard sprinkled through the album. While on paper this sounds like a mess, but Michael Weiss and the rest of the band are more than capable of pulling this off and making it catchy. This is the best that mewithoutyou has released so far and that’s saying something considering their string of good releases.

the pAper chAse – Someday This Could All Be Yours prt 1

The pAper chAse Someday This Could All Be Yours prt 1:

Austin Texas’ the pAper chAse are back with the first in a two part follow up to 2006’s Now You Are One of Us. As expected the black humor flows as freely as the blood and gore the lyrics, sometimes sounding like lines from one of the Zodiac Killer’s letters, hint at. Frontman/producer John Congelton’s production work has never sound better, managing to merge the band’s noisy, avant-guard side with it’s catchy indie rock side into a wonderful union. If you’re a fan of indie rock or interesting music then this should be on “albums to buy” list.

Anaal Nathrakh – Hell Is Empty And All The Devils Are Here

Anaal Nathrakh Hell Is Empty And All The Devils Are Here

When a album has such a good title, it usually does not deliver. This is a rare case where the music fits the title to a T. It sounds exactly like hell on earth. The songs are angry and noisy almost to the point of just collapsing into a gigantic mess. But there is song structure here, enough to move songs along. Songs tend veer between thrashy Black metal and Industrial ala GodFlesh’s Streetsweeper. While the album does a great job of being evil, it also sounds repetitive. Most tracks blend into each other causing the album to drone on. The other glaring flaw is the clean singing voice. It sounds like some Power Metal album was turned on in the background accidentally when they were recording. Needless to say, it distracts from the whole vibe. Luckily it doesn’t show up that much. Defiantly a good album thats marred by a few problems.

Sworn In – Self Titled

Sworn In Self Titled:

This album sounds exactly like American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost. Not just sort of sounds like them, but you could play this album for A.N. Fans and they wouldn’t notice the difference. That’s not a bad thing. It’s good Hardcore that has some interesting guitars and decent melody. But there’s nothing really original here. It’s tough to praise this album since it’s just a blatant copying. This sounds more like a tribute album than one of original material. But if you really need a Give Up The Ghost fix, this band is doing the best of any other imitators out there right now.

Gigantic Brain – World

Gigantic Brain World:

This seems like a recipe for disaster: a one man cyber-grind band that’s lyrical matter is about space and science fiction. Surprisingly, this album works pretty well. It blends slower, trancy tracks, like Aphex Twin’s ambient works then abruptly cut to ferocious grindcore blips in the style of Agoraphobic Nosebleed. At first this is really jarring and seems to kill the flow of the album, but after a second listen this jumping works and adds to the atmosphere. Still one wishes there was a better segue way between the two. The musicianship is top-notch, with Brain having a good grasp of how to balance noise with the melodic, which is shown on the first track “We’ve Reached The Stars.” The only other problem with this album is the vocals are a bit over-effected. Hopefully Gigantic Brain’s next album will be a bit more cohesive since the idea here is executed well, but could be taken another step.