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Bands, Converge, Music, Music Reviews »

[22 Jan 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
Jacob Bannon of Converge – Rungs in a Ladder Documentary Review

Take 12 minutes of your life and watch this video. A listener sent this over to me with a link to the video and a short note that said: WATCH THIS. You don’t have to be a fan of Converge, or Jacob Bannon, or heavy music to understand the message. Extremely well done.

A. Estes, Deftones, Music Reviews »

[19 Nov 2012 | 8 Comments | ]
Deftones <em>Koi No Yokan</em> Album CD Review

“Like a good cheese or a fine wine, Deftones just keep getting better with age. Maybe it’s a sense of pride in the fact that they have outlived many trends in rock music or perhaps it’s the newfound resolve the band acquired when bassist Chi Cheng was put out of commission in late 2008 following a car wreck that left him comatose. Whatever it is, it’s working. While most bands their age are slowing down, Deftones seem to be prolonging their prime.”

A. Estes, Local H, Music, Music Reviews »

[26 Oct 2012 | 13 Comments | ]
Local H <em>Hallelujah! I’m a Bum</em> CD Album Review

Like a warm fire on a cold day, Hallelujah! I’m a Bum is likely to provide comfort for even the most jaded rock fan. Whether you’re burnt out on the redundancy of modern politics of simply sick of hearing the same musical garbage being recycled again and again, Local H’s seventh effort will provide a haven of warmth.

A. Estes, Bands, Coheed and Cambria, Music, Music Reviews »

[28 Feb 2012 | 6 Comments | ]
Coheed and Cambria <em>Neverender</em> Retro DVD Review

“The performance speaks for itself and speaks volumes of the band’s raw talent and diversity. As one of the few rock bands of their generation to fuse arena rock grandiose with a dense conceptual narrative and somehow make it easy to swallow, Coheed & Cambria are truly in a league of their own.”

A. Estes, Bands, Blue October, Music Reviews »

[13 Nov 2011 | One Comment | ]
Blue October <em>Any Man in America</em> CD Album Review

“Blue October mastermind Justin Furstenfeld has made a career out of wearing his heart on his sleeve, a tradition that is carried over onto the band’s sixth studio offering.”

Andrew Bilach, Bands, Music Reviews, The Things They Carried »

[9 Nov 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
The Things They Carried <em>There’s Something I Can’t Tell Anyone</em> CD Album Review

“It’s an unpredictable, confrontational assault on the senses. Guided, yet frenetically chaotic. Screamo was never my thing, and granted, maybe this review should have been written by someone who has an appreciation for the genre, but There’s Something I Can’t Tell Anyone captivated me.” -AB

A. Estes, Bands, Crosses, Music Reviews »

[14 Oct 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Crosses EP Review – featuring Chino Moreno of Deftones and Shaun Lopez of Far

“When longtime friends and neighbors Chino Moreno and Shaun Lopez announced their joint pet project earlier this year, no one could have expected it to have come to fruition as quickly as it has. The debut EP from Crosses, featuring the aforementioned Deftones frontman and Far guitarist, has all the urgency you would expect from such a seemingly spontaneous collaboration and yet all the focus and professionalism you have come to expect of the duo.”

Andrew Bilach, Bands, Music Reviews, SuperHeavy »

[14 Oct 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
SuperHeavy <em>SuperHeavy</em> CD Album Review

SuperHeavy is a supergroup consisting of Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley, and Allah Rakha Rahman. It didn’t make me feel anything. Sure, it was interesting. But interesting doesn’t make the hair on my arms stand up, and if that doesn’t happen, I can’t recommend it.

Andrew Bilach, Bands, Evanescence, Music Reviews »

[13 Oct 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Evanescence <em>Evanescence</em> CD Album Review

It’s been five long years since the last Evanescence album. Nearly every other review talks about her opening lyrics announcing she’s back. Yes, she’s back. Unfortunately, not much else is happening. At first a refreshing listen. Subsequent listens, average at best. Hey, still listen to it. It’s not bad, but it could have been better.

Adler, Darius, Featured, Los Angeles, Music Reviews »

[10 May 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Adler’s Appetite Concert Review – 5/5/11 – Brixton – Redondo Beach, CA

“Steven Adler plays with such palpable joy that it’s simply impossible to not be thrilled for him.”