Saturday, 25 March 2017

Randy Shatkowski

Randy’s Top 25 Songs of 2016

Top 25 Songs of 2016

2016 has been an incredible year for music, in pretty much every genre, but especially for punk and metal. There are a lot of lists out there of the year’s best albums (and I’ll be creating mine soon, but probably not before year’s end), but it feels unfair to focus …

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Album Review: I PREVAIL – Lifelines

I Prevail

I Prevail were catapulted into the spotlight last year thanks to their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” becoming a surprise hit on Sirius XM. Now their first full-length, Lifelines, attempts to cash in on that popularity. Alas, it’s not a particularly successful attempt. [columns] [column size=”1/3″][/column] [column size=”2/3″] [/column] …

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Album Review: CANE HILL – Smile


One definition of the world “subtle” is “delicately complex and understated.” Cane Hill‘s debut album, Smile, is the exact opposite of that. There is not a single moment on this album that can be described as “delicate” or “understated.” For that matter, there’s very little on this album that can …

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Album Review: DESPISED ICON – Beast

Despised Icon - Beast

Over time, heavy music has mutated into an often confusing mass of more and more specialized sub-genres. Death metal, industrial, hardcore, metalcore, each has its own distinct sound. Despised Icon are another subgenre, deathcore, blending elements of extreme death metal and the rhythmic focus of hardcore. For many bands who …

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