Randy Shatkowski

Album Review: DEAD TO ME – I Wanna Die In Los Angeles – EP
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Album Review: DEAD TO ME – I Wanna Die In Los Angeles – EP

Punk band Dead To Me have been around for a decade, but the last 5 years have been spent in…
Album Review: NOFX – First Ditch Effort
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Album Review: NOFX – First Ditch Effort

If you’ve heard NOFX before, you’ve heard First Ditch Effort, but the band still deliver a fun album with some…
Album Review: STICK TO YOUR GUNS – Better Ash Than Dust
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Album Review: STICK TO YOUR GUNS – Better Ash Than Dust

Stick To Your Guns have found the perfect mix of hardcore brutality and punchy melody, and they embrace it even…
Album Review: DANCE GAVIN DANCE – Mothership
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Album Review: DANCE GAVIN DANCE – Mothership

Dance Gavin Dance don’t give fans much room to be casual. For those who enjoy this sound the most, they…
Album Review: THE AGONIST – Five
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Album Review: THE AGONIST – Five

If you’re familiar with The Agonist, you likely already know most of what to expect on Five, and your enjoyment…
Album Review: FIT FOR A KING – Deathgrip
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Album Review: FIT FOR A KING – Deathgrip

Deathgrip isn’t a perfect album: some of the same old metalcore flaws do pop up…None of that matters, though, because…
Album Review: MESHUGGAH – The Violent Sleep of Reason
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Album Review: MESHUGGAH – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Meshuggah's greatest strength and greatest weakness both lie in their ability to layer extraordinarily low, complex guitar parts and contrasting…
Album Review: OPETH – Sorceress
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Album Review: OPETH – Sorceress

On the surface, Sorceress is a bright, relatively sunny affair, especially compared to Opeth‘s past, even their more melodic recent…
Festival Review: VANS WARPED TOUR 2016
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Festival Review: VANS WARPED TOUR 2016

Ahhhh, Warped Tour. A day of loud music, excessive heat, inevitable scheduling conflicts (sorry, Motionless In White!), and overpriced beverages.…
Album Review: CANE HILL – Smile
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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…
Album Review: PERIPHERY – Periphery III: Select Difficulty
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Album Review: PERIPHERY – Periphery III: Select Difficulty

Periphery have always been an odd band. A jumbled mix of djent, metalcore, prog rock, technical metal, and a dash…
Album Review: DESPISED ICON – Beast
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Album Review: DESPISED ICON – Beast

Over time, heavy music has mutated into an often confusing mass of more and more specialized sub-genres. Death metal, industrial,…
Album Review: BLACK CROWN INITIATE – Selves We Cannot Forgive
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Album Review: BLACK CROWN INITIATE – Selves We Cannot Forgive

Black Crown Initiate‘s newest offering, Selves We Cannot Forgive, is a challenging record. Much like fellow tech-death heavyweights Fallujah, they…
Album Review: DUNSMUIR – Dunsmuir
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Album Review: DUNSMUIR – Dunsmuir

Dunsmuir certainly have an interesting pedigree. The brainchild of vocalist Neil Fallon (Clutch), he rounded up some impressive talent to…
Album Review: CHEVELLE – The North Corridor
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Album Review: CHEVELLE – The North Corridor

It’s very unlikely at this point that anyone doesn’t know Chevelle, the hard rock trio out of Chicago. For the…
Album Review: DIRECT HIT! – Wasted Mind
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Album Review: DIRECT HIT! – Wasted Mind

In fact, that's why Direct Hit! are such a breath of fresh air in the punk scene. Not because the…
Album Review: WHITECHAPEL – Mark of the Blade
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Album Review: WHITECHAPEL – Mark of the Blade

Not only do Whitechapel commit even more heavily to more traditional metal, they do so with an ear for more…
Album Review: COMBICHRIST – This Is Where Death Begins
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Album Review: COMBICHRIST – This Is Where Death Begins

Combichrist may not have been around for as long as most of their industrial peers, having only formed a short…
Album Review: NAILS – You Will Never Be One of Us
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Album Review: NAILS – You Will Never Be One of Us

Nails are one of those bands that a lot of people hear about - and a lot of band members…
Album Review: GOJIRA – Magma
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Album Review: GOJIRA – Magma

Gojira's monolithic sixth full-length, Magma, highlights the band's continuing evolution.
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