Pink Razors – Leave Alive

Pink Razors Leave Alive:

Lame generic pop punk. Sadly there’s not much more to it than that. Oh wait, some female vocals.

Rating: 5/15 goofy haircuts and awkward myspace photos

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Isis – Oceanic

Isis Oceanic:

One of the best albums about the sea ever. Isis wrote the book on conceptual, artistic sludge and ever since people have been ripping off this album. But what most copycats fail to do is make their records as engaging as this one. What really sets this album apart is the use of female vocals. Rather than shoehorn it in, they slyly mix these into the back of the mix, making them heard but not the center of attention. It’s a nice juxtaposition to the harsh yells. Perfect for a day at the beach when you’re tripping.

Rating: 15/15 Primordial Sea Beasts

Bane – It All Comes Down To This

Bane It All Comes Down To This:

Whenever I hear this album, I’m always ask “Why aren’t more bands like this?” If any other hardcore band made this album it would be preachy and pedantic, whereas this is instead genre defining and an album that other modern hardcore albums should be measured against. The topics range from the personal, infidelity and suicide, to pondering what it means to be in the hardcore scene. It’s a bold move to call out your own listeners on their shit, but Bane does it so well that it makes you want to jump and do something. Through out the album there are little artistic touches, like the female vocals on “Can We Start Again.” A must have for fans of hardcore music.

Rating: 15/15 Boston accents

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