Randy Shatkowski

Album Reviews

Album Review: COMEBACK KID – Outsider

For what started as a side-project, Comeback Kid have certainly had an extensive career, releasing their sixth full-length Outsider in…
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Album Review: THY ART IS MURDER – Dear Desolation

Australia’s Thy Art Is Murder are not the sort of band that pull punches. Their unflinching adherence to doing things…
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Album Review: SPITE – Nothing Is Beautiful

Showcasing an outright refusal to play by the rules, SPITE are making a name as one of the premier Powerviolence…
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Album Review: DECAPITATED – Anticult

Decapitated first started out as… well, as a band that sounded exactly like you’d expect a band named Decapitated to…
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Album Review: ORIGIN – Unparalleled Universe

Hailing from the unlikely locale of Topeka, KS, Origin have been near the top of the death metal scene since…
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Album Review: THE ACACIA STRAIN – Gravebloom

The Acacia Strain have been grinding their way up through the metal scene for a long time now. Over the…
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Album Review: CKY – The Phoenix

I’ll be honest: I never really got into CKY. At the time their popularity peaked, they were far too weird…
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Album Review: CURRENTS – The Place I Feel Safest

Connecticut 5-piece Currents debut full-length The Place I Feel Safest comes out this Friday, the result of 6 years of…
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Album Review: SIKTH – The Future In Whose Eyes?

I doubt anyone in the mid-2000s – especially the members of SikTh themselves – would have believed you if you…
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Album Review: 3TEETH – Shutdown.exe

Genres come and go in rock music, but few are as stubbornly unchanging as industrial. For close to thirty years,…
Concert Reviews

Concert Review: OPETH with GOJIRA in Kansas City

Very few acts combine lush, atmospheric soundscapes and unrestrained brutality the way Swedish metal titans Opeth do – or tour…
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Album Review: SEETHER – Poison The Parish

Not many bands from the era of nu-metal are what they once were. Oh sure, a few are still touring…
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Album Review: THE BUNNY THE BEAR – The Way We Rust

The Bunny The Bear revel in being weird. The brainchild of Matthew Tybor, aka The Bunny, their career has been…
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Album Review: FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY – The Great Collapse

Over the past decade, Fit For An Autopsy have carved out a place for themselves as one of the heaviest,…
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Album Review: OVERKILL – The Grinding Wheel

When someone mentions the word “thrash,” there’s a good chance one of the bands that comes to mind is “The…
Reviews

Randy’s Top 25 Songs of 2016

2016 has been an incredible year for music, in pretty much every genre, but especially for punk and metal. Because…
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Album Review: DOPE – Blood Money, Part 1

There are two kinds of Dope fans: you know every song, or you sort of remember “Die Motherfucker Die.” I…
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Album Review: WOVENWAR – Honor Is Dead

As far as improvements between albums go, this may be the biggest leap forward of the year, but it’s not…
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Album Review: DARKE COMPLEX – Point Oblivion

Darke Complex are a strange, strange band. Their kitchen sink approach to music can yield very satisfying results…but can also…
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Album Review: I PREVAIL – Lifelines

I Prevail were catapulted into the spotlight last year thanks to their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” becoming a…