album review en State Song: Sleepcrawling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cincinnati's&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">Phratry&nbsp;Records</a>&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has a reputation for teaming up with artists who embrace the seedier side of music. &nbsp;Many of the bands on their label [</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Ampline</strong>,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Mala in Se</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Knife the Symphony</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Smoke Signals...</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Swear Jar</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, etc.] engage in highly-aggressive, effects-and-noise driven music that some critics pigeonhole&nbsp;as 'post-punk.'</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listeners unfamiliar with the band&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">State Song</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will probably be surprised to find that this band shares the same label. &nbsp;However, even those who are familiar with <strong>State Song</strong> will be floored when they get their first taste&nbsp;of <strong><em>Sleepcrawling</em></strong>.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 25180 at State Song: Sleepcrawling Valley of the Sun: Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk <p>If you enjoy earth-shattering rhythms, dark and soulful melodies and heavy blues-metal with a bit of Seattle grunge tossed in for flavor, then I strongly recommend that you check out Cincinnati's <strong>Valley of the Sun&nbsp;</strong>and their album&nbsp;<strong><em>Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk, </em></strong>from&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fuzzorama</span></a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Records</a></strong>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk</em>&nbsp;is the first full-length release from the band and follows on the heels of two very successful EPs, <strong><em>2010 </em></strong>and </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><em>The Sayings of the Seers</em></strong>. <em>Talons </em>picks up right where <em>Sayings of the Seers</em> left off with epic-length pieces rife with driving riffs and adroit changes in both tone and rhythm that display great talent and attention to composition and dynamics.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 24484 at Valley of the Sun: Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk Black Planet: Female Hysteria <p>Like a bad-for-you woman, sporting tattoos and an eyebrow-piercing, the kind that you might <span style="line-height: 1.5;">spy across the bar</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;- it was love at first sight for me and </span><a href="" target="_blank"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Black Planet</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In truth, there is very little about Black Planet and their 5-song EP </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Female Hysteria</em></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that is not completely adorable and endearing.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 24221 at Black Planet: Female Hysteria Anwar Sadat: Gold <p>Anyone who has ever seen a live show at <strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Comet</a></strong> in Northside knows what a close, tightly-packed and intimate audience the venue often generates. &nbsp;That is where I received my introduction to Lousiville's <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Anwar Sadat</a></strong>. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the band set up their drum kit and amplifiers that were almost as tall as I am, I knew that I was in for a show that would fill the room with sound.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The band was brought to town at the invitation of Cincinnati's </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Gazer,&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">who also invited their friends&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Mardou</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to join the bill</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;What resulted was an entire evening of magnificently loud and powerful music.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 24219 at Anwar Sadat: Gold The Vains: It's Good to Be Back <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><em>It's Good to Be Back</em></strong>, the first full-length release from Cincinnati's&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Vains</a></strong>, is an album created by struggle, tempered by compromise and forged in defiance.</p><p>Fans of&nbsp;<strong>Social Distortion</strong>, <strong>Bad Religion</strong> or even <strong>The Gaslight Anthem</strong> should stop what they're doing and go grab a copy of <span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><em>It's Good to Be Back</em></strong>, </span>not only to help support the local music scene, but simply because it is a great album performed by a damn fine band.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 23822 at The Vains: It's Good to Be Back