Torche – Harmonicraft

written by: Chris Favata on April 24, 2012

While none of the tracks have as memorable of a hook as “Healer” or as satisfying of a climax point as “Across the Shields” from Meanderthal, fans should be more than satisfied with another batch of solid songs with a very well-defined sound.

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Meshuggah – Koloss

written by: Chris Favata on March 28, 2012

On Koloss, the Swedish quintet doesn’t have anything to prove, and delivers 10 brutal tracks that will knock the listener on the floor and put their minions in their place.

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The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet

written by: Chris Favata on March 14, 2012

Taking three years on a record, the longest span for the Vota, points toward a more careful craft. Does it show? Not exactly

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Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

written by: Chris Favata on March 2, 2012

Bird seeks to do fans one better with his latest, Break It Yourself, taking from a larger pallet and bumping up the production value even more.

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Cursive – I Am Gemini

written by: Chris Favata on February 16, 2012

Albums like this are the exact reason the term “concept album” still makes some music fans cringe.

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Kayo Dot – Gamma Knife

written by: Chris Favata on January 19, 2012

Kayo Dot’s continued efforts to limit their audience prove effective on their fifth album, Gamma Knife.

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