Hope Lane Is A Dead End “Illuminate”

Reviewing Hope Lane Is A Dead End was definitely an experience I was not banking on.  When I started listening to their new EP, Illuminate, and heard the standard no-frills metalcore sound everyone’s come to expect from the underground, my expectations for the album dropped to zero.  However, the more …

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Chelsea Grin “Chelsea Grin”

Chelsea Grin is a band that I desperately want to like.  Their name comes from a type of facial scar that was made famous by Heath Ledger’s Joker in last year’s “The Dark Knight” (it’s more commonly known as a Glasgow Smile, which I honestly think would have been a …

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Gonzales “Checkmate”

Gonzales - Checkmate

Here’s a band that thrives on nostalgia.  When listening to Checkmate, the new album from Italian punk rockers Gonzales, the first thing that comes to mind is “old-school”.  This album is a strange marriage of circa 80s punk rock and whiskey-drinking rock ‘n roll.  While I will say the mix …

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Whisteria Cottage “Heathen”

Whisteria Cottage is a band in a somewhat overpopulated scene, deathcore. Since bands like Suicide Silence, Job for a Cowboy and Whitechapel took off so did 3000 start up bands that want to be ANGRY, ANGRY and more ANGRY. The more chugga and grunts the better. Well this scene, to …

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400colpi “Homo Homini Lupus”

When some people hear the term “metalcore” used to describe a new band, their eyes roll back into their heads and their search for a new insult will culminate into a sigh.  In all honesty, I can’t blame them, for it is a genre that is already overcrowded and practically …

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Static-X “Cult Of Static”

I’ve always felt that if mediocrity was a summer blockbuster, Static-X would be on the soundtrack.  I must admit, they managed to pique my interest at their debut, but fortunately my Wisconsin Death Trip ended shortly after sophomore year of high school.  At any rate, it had been many years …

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Best of 2008 – DonnieCake Style

Medeia - Cult

Well I must agree with Robby on this one, year 2008 was a pretty un-stellar year in the world of metal/hardcore/punk. With few notable releases it truly made the good stand out and the bad completely suck. My top ten is comprised of a few different genres and all of …

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Protest The Hero “Fortress”

Protest the Hero - Fortress

“Hot damn! If you truly want your face melted off, you need to pick up Protest’s new mind blowing album!” A comment from one of my very close friends that almost promises a spectacular album. That album being Fortress by Protest The Hero. With their sophomore effort, PTH doesn’t hesitate …

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From A Second Story Window “Conversations”

From a Second Story Window - Conversations

Ahh yes, a new album from the beloved ‘From A Second Story Window’. Anyone who didn’t appreciate or like “Delenda” is pretty much a fool. Anyways, rumors speculated around at this years metalfest (New England) that when they didn’t show they broke up (scary stuff). Although it looks good to …

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