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Album Review: A Storm of Light

A Storm of Light - Nations to FlamesAlbum Review: A Storm of Light
Album: Nations to Flames
Label: Southern Lord

A Storm of Light are not the most subtle band you’re ever likely to hear. Take one look at Nations to Flames’ fiery album cover – and the title itself – and you can take a good guess at the subject matter driving the Brooklyn outfit’s fifth album. Continue reading Album Review: A Storm of Light

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Album Review: ISIS

Isis - CelestialAlbum Review: ISIS
Album: Celestial (reissue)
Label: Ipecac Recordings

Sometimes you hear a band for the first time and you have absolutely no frame of reference to understand what it is you’re listening to. This was my – and probably a few others’ – experience with Isis. Continue reading Album Review: ISIS

Album Review: And So I Watch You From Afar

And So I Watch You From Afar - All Hail Bright FuturesAlbum Review: And So I Watch You From Afar
Album: All Hail Bright Futures
Label: Sargent House

Have you ever felt pure joy? Perhaps you were running, naked and free in a glorious field surrounded by sunshine and lollipops. Maybe you were blissfully asleep, your slumber full of smiles as your dreams, for a fleeting moment, are as good as reality. Whatever your definition of delirious happiness, All Hail Bright Futures is full of that same sense of rapturous joy in abundance. Continue reading Album Review: And So I Watch You From Afar

Album Review: The Mars Volta

Album Review: The Mars Volta
Album: Noctourniquet
Label: Warner Brothers

The Mars Volta have never done things by half. Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have consistently experimented with both what can be done in the confines of an album and with the patience of listeners. So it’s no surprise that, 11 years after the release of De-Loused in the Comatorium, Noctourniquet represents the biggest change in philosophy from the band since Frances the Mute sent heads spinning. Continue reading Album Review: The Mars Volta

Album Review: Foo Fighters

Album Review: Foo Fighters
Album: Wasting Light
Label: RCA Records

Foo Fighters, despite their stadium-rock popularity, have never been a band I have loved. They have never, unlike Dave Grohl’s previous exploits in Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age, been a band that has resonated with me on a level other than a bit of superficial fun. They have always been a singles band, perfectly suited to the click-and-get nature of the iTunes generation. But I admit: Wasting Light hasn’t left my ear canals since my first listen. Continue reading Album Review: Foo Fighters