Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Attack On Memory
Sounds Like: Cleveland’s Dylan Baldi switches gears on this one, taking his punk-flavored garage rock, cranking the volume and making one of the best LPs of the winter.
Free Association: His Steve Albini-sponsored Jawbreaker-reinvention is impressive.
For Fans Of: Nirvana/Fugazi + Unwound, Tapes ’n’ Tapes, classic punk revised.
Lamb of God
Sounds Like: Virginia’s reigning death metal royalty spit out another strong LP of bone-crushing, face-melting, relentless and morbid music that’ll give you nightmares.
Free Association: CAN’T STOP LIVIN’ IN THE RED.
For Fans Of: Pantera + Mastadon, Slayer/Sabbath, bloody barf-fueled headbanging.
The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
Sounds Like: Celebrating a 20th anniversary with their seventh studio LP, the forever-known-for-“Popular” guys are far more than that with shimmery glam power rock.
Free Association: The ’90s were better with these guys in them (and Weezer and Cake).
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?