Category Archives: CD Reviews

Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo – CD Review

(Century Media Records)

Release Date:  April 1, 2014

Italian rock/metal titans Lacuna Coil bring forth their seventh studio album Broken Crown Halo to follow up 2012’s Dark Adrenaline and a long awaited new release that was two years in the making.  A few setbacks in 2013 forced the band to put music to the side to take care of “very serious personal family matters” and struggles within oneself for co-singer Cristina Scabbia.  More on the band’s turmoil can be read about here.

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The Letter Black – Rebuild – CD Review

(Tooth & Nail Records)

Release Date:  November 12, 2013
Singer Sarah Anthony and lead guitarist Mark Anthony are the husband and wife duo that front up this group from Uniontown, Pennsylvania.  Bassist Matt Beal and drummer Justin Brown round out this fearsome foursome to complete a Christian rock band that planted its roots in 2006.  Rebuild is The Letter Black’s third studio album, with their first being their Breaking The Silence EP, which was actually the original name when Sarah and Mark started the group as a praise team at their church, then followed by Hanging On By A Thread with their first full length album, some new member additions, and a name change. Continue reading

Avenged Sevenfold – Hail To The King – CD Review

(Warner Bros.)

Release Date: 9/27/13

How can we describe this new Avenged record in one word?  Epic.  All around.  Okay, maybe that’s technically three words, but we couldn’t help ourselves.  What can we say?  The boys are definitely back and dare we say they’ve gotten better than before.  Continue reading

Eve to Adam – Locked & Loaded – CD Review

(Three For Five Entertainment)

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Some albums take a few listens to grow on you and Locked & Loaded was one of those albums for me.  However, that doesn’t mean it is a bad CD by any means. Continue reading

Buckcherry – Confessions – CD Review

(Century Media Records, Eleven Seven Music)

Release Date:  February 19, 2013

Most of you are familiar with the band Buckcherry.  This five-piece from Los Angeles has been around since 1995 and, aside from a brief dissipation from 2002 to 2005, have been going strong ever since.  They have released six studio albums to date and have gone through a few line-up changes, but are now one of the leading bands in the Hard Rock scene.  Their latest album, Confessions, is a great compilation of good songs and offers a glimpse of the inner workings of lead singer and main songwriter, Josh Todd.  While Buckcherry’s Confessions album is admirable musically, a major focus for this album needs to be placed on Todd’s lyrical construction and the arrangement of the tracks, so here goes… Continue reading

Thousand Foot Krutch – The End Is Where We Begin – CD Review

Thousand Foot Krutch – The End Is Where We Begin – CD Review

(Tooth & Nail Records / Independent)

Release Date:  April 17, 2012

Most masterpieces take time, especially in the world of music.  Thousand Foot Krutch knows this mantra all too well.  This Canadian trio formed back in 1998 and, with their latest release, The End Is Where We Begin, they have finally hit the big time.  This album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart and has catapulted the Ontario rockers onto the stereos and into the earbuds of many hard rock fans around the world.  Trevor McNevan (vocals, guitar), Joel Bruyere (bass), and Steve Augustine (drums) smash onto the rock scene with this, their sixth studio release.  Thousand Foot Krutch received help from producer Aaron Sprinkle (Deftones, Anberlin, Pedro the Lion, The Almost) and mixing engineer J.R. McNeely (Paramore, Underoath, MXPX, Relient K) for this album.  Main recordings took place in Aaron’s studio in Seattle and McNevan’s studio in Nashville, while Steve and Joel tracked bass and drums in their respective home studios in Canada. Continue reading

Upon Wings – Afterlife EP – CD Review

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(Sword of the Spirit Records LLC)

Release Date: March 5, 2013

Despite Upon Wings’ EP Afterlife being produced by Brett Hestla (ex-Creed, Dark New Day), Mastered by Kid Rock recording engineer and Grammy-nominated mixing engineer Glenn Brown, and with assistance by producer and guitarist Kevin Jardine (Slaves on Dope), this release has minimal metal shine, if anything more than a glint.  In fact, it shouldn’t be considered rock at all.  With recording at Johnny K’s Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, where Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind, and other hard rock artists have recorded albums, it’s a wonder that at least some of that sound didn’t rub off. Continue reading