Hope Lane Is a Dead End – Illuminate

Illuminate, the debut from Hope Lane Is a Dead End, is a solid album in the struggling genre of metalcore. This isn't a perfect album, but the band skillfully threads together a variety of disparate riffs--a sign of good metal songwriting. Like indie rock fans, hardcore enthusiasts are a discriminating bunch. In that subculture, it's hard to get … [Read more...]

Robots and Empire – Color Touches

Call it post-hardcore. Call it space rock. Whatever you call it - Robots and Empire is a dense rock machine. On weekend duty since 2004, the Power Kingdom (Poughkeepsie, NY) based group has hit their artistic high on Color Touches, not unlike Cave In on Jupiter (literally, you can hear it). Brian Conway has a rare gift in today's heavy scene, … [Read more...]