Category: Alternative Rock

Sôber – Vulcano

The leaders of the Spanish hard rock/alternative metal scene, Sôber, continue to school their peers on how this genre ought to be done. After a six year hiatus, during which splitting into Skizoo and Savia, Sôber release their third post-hiatus album—8th overall—titled Vulcano—one that makes up for the lethargic Letargo and one of the finest of their 20+ year career. Vulcano is 54 minutes of crunchy guitars riffs, soaring vocals, and all that you would want from an alternative metal album. (more…)

Puscifer – Money Shot

The tiresome old cliché of not being able to judge a book by its cover holds true once more with Puscifer’s new album, Money Shot, and its ridiculous, yet humorous cover. Puscifer is the brainchild of Tool/A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan. To call Puscifer a mere side project would be an injustice as each album, including Money Shot, (more…)

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Ascension of the Watchers – Numinosum

While Fear Factory is not a band I like to listen to, Burton C. Bell and John Bechdel of (at the time) Fear Factory had a side project going called Ascension of the Watchers. I first listened to this CD years ago and was mesmerized by some of the tracks. After all of this time, does the album still hold up well? (more…)

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Tralalí Lalá – Tramontana

Tralalí Lalá’s first full-length album was an album I have definitely been looking forward to since I discovered them—actually they discovered me by randomly following me on Twitter. Their self-titled debut EP demonstrated profound potential for this trip-hop trio out of Mexico City and Tramontana places them as the beacon of the future for Mexican underground music, yet a disclaimer of my ignorance of Mexican underground music is required. (more…)

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Sleeping Pulse – Under the Same Sky

Personally, I was not expecting much from Sleeping Pulse, which consists of Antimatter’s Mick Moss in collaboration with Painted Black’s Luís Fazendeiro of Portugal. The generic sound of the project name did not help either. Antimatter’s previous album Fear of a Unique Identity felt quite lackluster and the lyrical topics cliché. However, as is many times the case, Sleeping Pulse’s debut album Under the Same Sky was a surprise. (more…)

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Esben and the Witch – A New Nature

It does not seem to have been that long since Esben and the Witch released Wash the Sins Not Only the Face in 2013, yet they have already returned with a new album called A New Nature. Hailing from Brighton, England, Esben and the Witch plays a form of alternative rock with significant elements of post-punk and shoegaze in conjunction with their ethereal sound. (more…)

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Morti – Exmundus

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The year 2010 marked a tremendous year of music for me with a number of superb releases and musical discoveries. Among those superb releases was the debut album by Morti titled Exmundus. Morti has been a prominent figure in the Spanish underground rock scene after his work in Fantasico Hombre Bala, hard rock/metal band Skizoo, and more recently, InMune. Exmundus is an album of very high production quality and lush sound and an album that I would consider among my favorites of all time. (more…)

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Palms – Palms

Palms is the collaboration between former post-rock giant Isis members Aaron Harris, Bryant Clifford Meyer, Jeff Caxide and Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno. Palms has many aspects that make the Isis influence clear within the sound, but there are some aspects that make it different, such as walls of distorted guitars, and obviously Chino Moreno’s vocals. Also, Moreno’s vocals obviously bare similarities to his work with Deftones, but with Palms they are generally softer and serve a more atmospheric purpose. The opening track Future Warrior establishes the sound that is to be expected on this self-titled debut album from Palms. In many ways, it is similar to a softer Isis, with its post-rock (more…)

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Enrique Bunbury – Flamingos

Enrique Bunbury is one of the biggest rock stars in the Spanish speaking world. He was the vocalist of Spain’s well-known rock band Heroes del Silencio. Once that band decided their time was over, Bunbury pursued a solo career. Flamingos is his third solo album and one of his finest pieces of work. This album covers lots of ground musically, ranging from various styles of rock, tango, cabaret, and full of tropical, orchestral and electronic elements. Flamingos opens with El Club de los Imposibles, which sounds like a party song with trumpets and tubas. The core of the song consists of some fun rock ‘n roll with prominent bass lines and trumpets. The second track, , shifts gears by (more…)

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Morrissey – World Peace is None of Your Business

Only in the past two years or so have I discovered bands from the 1980s, such as The Smiths. The Smiths only made four albums before breaking up. Vocalist Morrissey later ventured into a solo career. I have not listened to all of his solo albums, but I found his early albums decent before they ventured into mediocre territory in the 1990s. World Peace is None of Your Business is Morrissey’s most recent album. I was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. The music on this album is actually quite good and varied. Morrissey’s vocals continue to have that melodic crooner style reminiscent of the 1950s or so. Morrissey is a very opinionated person, which shows on the title track (more…)

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