Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis

Season of Mist (2010) How disappointing can a very good album be? Along with Converge, the Dillinger Escape Plan are the big survivor of the late 1990s short sharp shock that was Noisecore. Like Thrash metal laying waste to all that preceded in the 1980s, Noisecore was another razing of the rock establishment. DEP prettyContinue reading “Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis”

Skullflower – Strange Keys To Untune Gods’ Firmament

Neurot (2010) I tried. I listened to it on low volume, to see if that noise-as-ambient (and vice versa, for that matter) rule worked. I played it hella loud, hoping an unholy black maelstrom would sweep me up in its infernal clutches. I tried because Matthew Bower has released some impeccably powerful music in hisContinue reading “Skullflower – Strange Keys To Untune Gods’ Firmament”

Ke$ha – Animal

Sony Records (2010) When a pretty, young, popstress is introduced to the world via a guest spot on a FloRida song, and is sufficiently well-connected to secure a P. Diddy cameo on her first solo single, you might be forgiven a touch of cynicism. However, Animal is an album of a high quality that isContinue reading “Ke$ha – Animal”

Harvey Milk – Harvey Milk (a.k.a. The Bob Weston Sessions)

Hydra Head (1993/2010) Following critical acclaim of Harvey Milk‘s latest album Life… the Best Game in Town (2008), current home, Hydra Head, has gone into the archives for this new/old album. Originally recorded in 1993 by one Bob Weston, these recordings never officially saw the long-playing light of day. Until now. The band is knownContinue reading “Harvey Milk – Harvey Milk (a.k.a. The Bob Weston Sessions)”