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2006 Stories by Eryc Eyl

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  • Lamb of God

    published August 24, 2006

    Lamb of God is undoubtedly the most legitimate heir to the eviscerating legacy of Pantera. On Sacrament, the Richmond, Virginia-based... More >>

  • The Velvet Teen

    published August 17, 2006

    With its latest effort, the Velvet Teen continues to follow an artistic trajectory similar to Radiohead's. Starting out in 2000 as an... More >>

  • What Made Milwaukee Famous

    published August 10, 2006

    Dramatic, cinematic and unflinchingly poppy Austin quartet What Made Milwaukee Famous writes intelligent songs, plays them with heart-stopping... More >>

  • Agape

    published August 10, 2006

    Aggressive, obnoxious and frequently unlistenable, the music of Salt Lake City's Agape is also often dangerously danceable, hypnotically seductive... More >>

  • Sweater Club

    published August 3, 2006

    From the opening bars of Sweater Club's debut full-length, it's clear that something unique is going on. While a power trio melding rock, punk and... More >>

  • Russian Circles

    published July 6, 2006

    I'm sick to death of instrumental rock. There are just too many mathy, proggy, wanky outfits these days, trying to impress us with their fretboard... More >>

  • Vedera

    published July 6, 2006

    You might have heard this one before. The guitarist channels his emotive heroes while the rhythm section pounds with aggression and class. They... More >>

  • Breaking the Law

    published June 29, 2006

    L.A. rockers the Bronx have never had to work too hard to get noticed. After just a few gigs, the quartet was beating back A&R reps because of its... More >>

  • This Is Hell

    published June 29, 2006

    Like a pissed-off, mistreated dog, Travis Reilly yelps, "This is how downward spirals start!" Then he growls, "This is a convoluted attempt to... More >>

  • Darkness Prevails

    published May 25, 2006

    After a somewhat unremarkable debut EP, produced by Spoon's Britt Daniels, the five men of Austin's I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness returned... More >>

  • Rising Star

    published May 18, 2006

    Basically," says bassist Curtis Durham, "we're just four guys who were sick of all the crap from our other bands and got together." Durham's... More >>

  • The Octopus Project

    published May 18, 2006

    The jokes about tentacles and ink could write themselves, so we won't bother. What we will do, however, is note how gleefully the members of... More >>

  • Exodus

    published May 11, 2006

    After all these years, Gary Holt is still pissed off. As the founder of prototypical Bay Area thrash outfit Exodus, the dexterous guitarist and... More >>

  • Aural Pleasure

    published May 4, 2006

    The duo known as Atmosphere -- featuring the RZA-esque production of Anthony "Ant" Davis and the self-deprecating lyrics of Sean "Slug" Daley --... More >>

  • Metal Hearts

    published May 4, 2006

    The history books are full of great musical collaborations that have thrived despite bitter personal conflicts: Reed and Cale, McCartney and... More >>

  • Jungle Book

    published April 27, 2006

    Allowing your debut album to share its title with a children's book is a dicey proposition, but it isn't the only risk As Tall As Lions has taken.... More >>

  • You Say Party! We Say Die!

    published April 27, 2006

    Remember that one cheerleader in high school? You know, the one who discovered Camus, Marx and black lipstick in her junior year? Yeah, that one.... More >>

  • Crystal Skulls

    published April 27, 2006

    On that first real spring day -- when the air still carries winter's crispness but the sun feels just a bit closer and the smells are a tad... More >>

  • She Wants Revenge

    published April 20, 2006

    Plenty scoffed when the hip-hop valley boys of She Wants Revenge went all Joy Division-y. Some even called them goth poseurs. Those people were... More >>

  • The Books

    published April 6, 2006

    In our post-post-post-post world, everything has been broken down, rebuilt and burnt to the ground. And yet the fractal factorials of sound still... More >>

  • The Dresden Dolls

    published March 30, 2006

    Jacques Brel and Morrissey walk into a bar. As Kurt Weill pours the Maker's and glasses are raised, Marlene Dietrich pulls up a bar stool. The... More >>

  • Evil Inside

    published March 16, 2006

    Ever since Mick Jagger sang "Sympathy for the Devil" at Altamont, rock and roll and evil have gone together like fire and brimstone. Seattle's... More >>

  • Loose Fur

    published March 16, 2006

    You're forgiven for approaching every supergroup with skepticism -- even more so when a group's first album was less than thrilling. Which brings... More >>

  • The Velvet Teen

    published March 16, 2006

    After achieving art-pop perfection with 2002's Out of the Fierce Parade -- a shimmering, Chris Walla-produced masterwork that combined... More >>

  • The Dirtbombs

    published March 16, 2006

    If you're wondering what Mick Collins -- founder of venerable Detroit rockers the Dirtbombs -- thinks of trendy garage rock, check the liner notes... More >>

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