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Modern Space - "It’s Only a Dream" [Song Review]
Comments Song Review » by: Benny Henderson Jr. on Jun 24, 2016
Toronto-based alt-rockers Modern Space release a new single from their Before Sunrise EP. Read our review here...

Rating: 8 / 10

American Head Charge - "Tango Umbrella" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on Jun 23, 2016
American Head Charge have been around forever and, as such, it would be fair to expect so much more from the band than what they offer on this record.

Rating: 6 / 10

Satyricon - "Nemesis Divina" (20th Anniversary Remaster) [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Nikos Mixas on Jun 22, 2016
One of black metal's finest albums gets a tidy up to celebrate it's twentieth anniversary but is it still as important to the genre as it was twenty years ago? Read our review here...

Rating: 8 / 10

Brutus - "Wandering Blind" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Tuhin Pal on Jun 21, 2016
If you're a fan of vintage rock - Sabbath, Led Zep etc. - then Wandering Blind will be right up your street. Read our review here...

Rating: 8.5 / 10

White Zombie - "It Came from N.Y.C." [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Benny Henderson Jr. on Jun 21, 2016
Whether you're a Rob Zombie/White Zombie diehard or just plain interested in hearing where these shock-rockers came from, this package is for you. The first disc in the set takes you right back to the start of their rollercoaster journey.

Rating: 7 / 10

Hedvig Mollestad Trio - "Black Stabat Mater" [Album Review]

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6.5 out of 10

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Described as an "experimental metal/jazz group," I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this quirky Norwegian trio, comprised of Norwegian Academy of Music graduate Hedvig Mollestad on guitar and vocals, bass player Ellen Brekken and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad on drums. The acclaimed band, a leading light in the new progressive wave of Norwegian avant jazz 'n' rock, have put out three albums in the last five years (Shoot!, All of Them Witches and Enfant Terrible!) and have a new one coming in June on Rune Grammofon Records.

Entitled Black Stabat Mater, the new record begins with a wall of sound that leads into the free-flowing, late 1960s-style experimentation of "Approaching: On Arrival" (tracks one and two fused together) The song then speeds up and the riffing takes over. There is also a soaring guitar solo. Thing get less aurally-pleasing towards the end, as we revert back to noisy free-styling. "In the Court of the Trolls" starts off positively, again with some infectious riffing, but then things get 'jazzy' once more. Still, I think this was probably one of my favourite songs on the album. "- 40" is slower than the tracks that precede it, though it is pleasingly ambient. At 6.17 minutes, it's also one of the shorter tunes.

While there is no denying the skill and musicianship on show here, the Hedvig Mollestad Trio needs to focus more on the rock side of things (which they do very well) if they want to hold the attention of people like myself who wouldn't normal listen to this sort of thing.

Black Stabat Mater Track Listing:

01. Approaching: On Arrival
02. In the Court of the Trolls
03. - 40
04. Somebody Else Should Be on That Bus

Release Date: June 24, 2016
Run Time: 33:26
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Comments Show Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on Jun 19, 2016
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Comments Show Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on Jun 19, 2016
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Comments Album Review » by: Nikos Mixas on Jun 18, 2016
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SOLDIERS OF A WRONG WAR Reveal Their TOP 10 Best Movie Quotes Ever! [Exclusive]
Comments TOP 10 » by: Christopher Gonda on Jun 17, 2016
Before we say "we, told you so!", get to know Rock/Alternative quartet Soldiers Of A Wrong War. Also, check out this totally awesome list of TOP 10 Movie Quotes the band shared with us.
To-Ne Sushi and Nothing (w/ Wrong, Culture Abuse, Dead Tired @ Lee’s Palace Toronto, Canada on June 7, 2016 [Food & Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Danny P. on Jun 17, 2016
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Rival Sons - "Hollow Bones" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Adrian Peel on Jun 17, 2016
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The 69 Eyes - "Universal Monsters" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Daniella Kohan on Jun 17, 2016
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Desaster - "The Oath Of An Iron Ritual" [140 Character Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Jason Oberuc on Jun 16, 2016
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FELICITY Reveal The TOP 10 Vans Warped Tour Performances They've Ever Seen [Exclusive]
Comments TOP 10 » by: Christopher Gonda on Jun 15, 2016
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Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 15, 2016
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Comments Album Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on Jun 15, 2016
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Comments TOP 10 » by: Christopher Gonda on Jun 14, 2016
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Comments Album Review » by: Benny Henderson Jr. on Jun 14, 2016
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The Browning - "Isolation" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Henry Maneuver on Jun 13, 2016
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Comments Album Review » by: Nikos Mixas on Jun 13, 2016
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Comments Show Review » by: Nikos Mixas on Jun 13, 2016
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Comments Album Review » by: Yumna Leghari on Jun 12, 2016
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Comments Album Review » by: Brooke Taylor on Jun 10, 2016
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Rating: 8 / 10

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Comments Album Review » by: Benny Henderson Jr. on Jun 10, 2016
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Rating: 6 / 10

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Comments The Skinny » by: Christopher Gonda on Jun 10, 2016
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Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 10, 2016
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Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 09, 2016
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Rating: 8.5 / 10

Underrated F*cking Albums: Vol. 6 featuring Korn, Jane's Addiction and The White Stripes
Comments The Skinny » by: Aaron Willschick on Jun 08, 2016
Underrated F*cking Albums is a series we're running on, well, albums we think are fucking underrated. Check this stuff from: Korn, Jane's Addiction and The White Stripes.