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Baths: Romaplasm

Baths Romaplasm (Anticon) Romaplasm opens with “Yeoman” a track which like many others could do without the vocals. The instrumentals still have the signature stutter step sound (see “Human Bog”), but there’s something missing. The factor that pulled listeners into previous albums. “Adam Copies” is fast, frantic, and fascinating with More...

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By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
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Sango: In the Comfort of

Sango In the Comfort of (Last Gang Records) The album begins with “His Name.”  This strong intro makes it easy to appreciate the sonic glory of the gospel vocal samples before the track quickly flows into More...

By Phoenixxrocks On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
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Guordan Banks: Unpopular

Guordan Banks Unpopular (Bank on it Entertainment) Music is in a really good place, a really really good place, but for many classic R&B is a debatable topic. Some say it died, some only classify 90s R&B as pure More...

By Adrian Halo On Monday, April 2nd, 2018
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Avenged Sevenfold: The Stage (Deluxe Edition)

Avenged Sevenfold The Stage (Capitol Records) The Stage is Avenged Sevenfold’s first concept album, featuring themes of creation, destruction, and the relentless onslaught of technology, inspired by the writings More...

By Adrian Halo On Monday, March 26th, 2018
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Ministry: AmeriKKKant

Ministry AmeriKKKant (Nuclear Blast) Perhaps one of the few contexts in which I can tolerate Trump’s voice is when it’s slowed down to darkly a humorous effect like in the opening sample in a Ministry album More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, March 12th, 2018
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Richie Kotzen: Telecasters and Stratocasters

Richie Kotzen Telecasters and Stratocasters (The Store for Music Ltd.) From teenage guitar wailing wunderkind, creating masterfully rich (and often funky) solo albums, joining Poison in the early 90s as well as More...

By Ralph Greco On Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
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Staring Into Nothing: Power

Staring Into Nothing Power (Antares Records) Beginning their new 10-song Power collection with “Puritans,” a dramatic piano vocal piece, that turns into a messy jam near its end, the trio Staring Into Nothing More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, February 19th, 2018
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John Hiatt: Slow Turning

John Hiatt Slow Turning (A&M Records) The first time through you’re not gonna find too much fault with John Hiatt’s Slow Turning. Originally released in 1998, this 9th album from the singer/songwriter/guitarist/ More...

By Phoenixxrocks On Monday, February 12th, 2018
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Jaden Smith: Syre

Jaden Smith Syre (ROC Nation LLC) Being the son of mega star Will Smith can’t be easy. The genetic predisposition to make music was passed down to both Jaden Smith and his sister, Willow. I like him as a person, More...

By Phoenixxrocks On Thursday, February 8th, 2018
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Evanescence: Synthesis

Evanescence Synthesis (BMG Rights Management) When I’m writing about an artist I particularly love, I try not to be biased, but it’s so hard. I am a true connoisseur of Music and thoroughly enjoy close to all More...