New EP from Five Hundredth Year

Five Hundredth Year, the Fenton, MI-located hard rock/progressive metal band, released 7-track A Rose From Ashes EP earlier this summer.   Reminiscent of modern giants like Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin, but with the addition of tasteful female vocals and synth-work and keyboards, the band members (John – lead vocals, Ben –lead … [Read more...]

The Men – Open Your Heart

Appropriately classifying a band as one filled with energy is a surely cliché feeling nowadays. Truth is energy is a requirement to sustain any kind of feverish following, let alone to succeed as a band. For Brooklyn’s The Men, the raw and visceral rock they create flows from their immense energy and fortunately, it appears to be an endless supply. … [Read more...]

The Besnard Lakes – Are the Roaring Night

On their previous album, The Besnard Lakes were the dark horse, and now they are the roaring night. The shapeshifting comes only in name, though, as the band could have just as easily named their new album The Besnard Lakes Are the Most Consistent Rock Band On Earth. If you’re familiar with Are the Dark Horse, you might do a double take when … [Read more...]

Retribution Gospel Choir – 2

As lovely and disquieting as Low’s long run of quietly crafted, genre-defining slowcore albums was, it’s been even more interesting to listen to the recent fragmentation of Alan Sparhawk’s muse. Starting with Low’s 2005 alterna-rock album The Great Destroyer, and flowing over into 2006’s raggedly drifting Solo Guitar (released under his own name), … [Read more...]

Boris – Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 1-3

For a band operating with as much unparalleled prolificacy as Japan’s Boris, 2009 has been relatively uneventful. Although already having issued splits with fellow countrymen 9dw and pop-by-way-of-metal colleagues Torche this past August, it wasn’t unreasonable to expect news of even more Boris material by year’s end (just look back at calendars … [Read more...]

Pelican Sign to Southern Lord

Southern Lord annouced: Southern Lord Recordings announces the signing of Chicago heavy-rock instrumental icons Pelican. Their genre-defying sound and eagerness to explore new musical directions will fit right at home alongside similar bands on the label like Earth, Boris and sunn 0))). Pelican is currently at Red Room studios in Seattle, WA … [Read more...]