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click to enlarge Madball  -  - Legacy  - Ferret Music  -  - Clean-cut metallic breakdowns, syncopated lyrics and - kung fu dropkicks abound on this latest salvo from the - kings of NYC hardcore. Madball, like other stalwart - hardcore bands Sick of it All and Agnostic Front, play - heavy music with specific cultural and geographic roots. - The group formed more than 15 years ago, when current - singer Freddy Cricien still was in middle school; most of - the members hail from old-school Agnostic Front (which - was fronted by Freddy's older brother). Legacy - doesn't stray too far from the NYHC blueprint, but does - reveal a maturation of the band's formerly stupid, street- - thug lyrics. The huge production by Zeuss ("Shadows - Fall") undoubtedly will appeal to the growing legion of - metalcore fans. -- Dan Wilcock
  • Madball

    Legacy
    Ferret Music

    Clean-cut metallic breakdowns, syncopated lyrics and kung fu dropkicks abound on this latest salvo from the kings of NYC hardcore. Madball, like other stalwart hardcore bands Sick of it All and Agnostic Front, play heavy music with specific cultural and geographic roots. The group formed more than 15 years ago, when current singer Freddy Cricien still was in middle school; most of the members hail from old-school Agnostic Front (which was fronted by Freddy's older brother). Legacy doesn't stray too far from the NYHC blueprint, but does reveal a maturation of the band's formerly stupid, street- thug lyrics. The huge production by Zeuss ("Shadows Fall") undoubtedly will appeal to the growing legion of metalcore fans. -- Dan Wilcock

click to enlarge Kinski  -  - Alpine Static  - Sub Pop  -  - Strap on your rocket helmets, kids. We're going to the - moon! Seattle-based foursome Kinski gets spacey again - on their latest, Alpine Static. Kinski functions - entirely as an instrumental band, and though the - onslaught of hot 'n heavy guitar licks ensures that we're - not listening to some sort of hippy-dippy freakout, their - individual songs aren't the most diverse. "Hot - Stenographer" sort of just melts and transmogrifies until, - before you know it, you're already nine songs in with the - gentle "Waka Nusa." It's far better to think of tracks like - "Passed Out on Your Lawn" as having a Sonic Youth- - influenced landscape -- one that still flirts with a fairly - melodic line. At the end of the day, Alpine Static - is great -- but not for someone like me, who requires - vocals to remain a car-singing diva. -- Kara - Luger
  • Kinski

    Alpine Static
    Sub Pop

    Strap on your rocket helmets, kids. We're going to the moon! Seattle-based foursome Kinski gets spacey again on their latest, Alpine Static. Kinski functions entirely as an instrumental band, and though the onslaught of hot 'n heavy guitar licks ensures that we're not listening to some sort of hippy-dippy freakout, their individual songs aren't the most diverse. "Hot Stenographer" sort of just melts and transmogrifies until, before you know it, you're already nine songs in with the gentle "Waka Nusa." It's far better to think of tracks like "Passed Out on Your Lawn" as having a Sonic Youth- influenced landscape -- one that still flirts with a fairly melodic line. At the end of the day, Alpine Static is great -- but not for someone like me, who requires vocals to remain a car-singing diva. -- Kara Luger

click to enlarge Vee Device  -  - Autobiography of a Dying Band  - veedee  -  - If bluegrass and indie rock were two people, they - wouldn't be first on each other's speed dial. In one - corner, bluegrass puts its emphasis on technical prowess - and tradition, while indie rock invites a more unlearned - aesthetic and globs of postmodern irony. With Fort - Collins' Vee Device, however, the two get along just fine. - Thematically, Dying Band seems to revolve - around the difficulties of creating art in our saturated - information age, or keeping people together, or a - Hedgehog infiltration. The musicality is impressive. - Harmonies and brightly picked strings fly around lead - vocalist vee's semi-twang; pop melodies arise that tend - to grow on you with each spin. What makes the album - robust, however, is the band's will to be weird. Field - recordings and outtake mumbles spice up interludes, - and the lyrics carry oddities and surprises. -- - Elliott Johnston
  • Vee Device

    Autobiography of a Dying Band
    veedee

    If bluegrass and indie rock were two people, they wouldn't be first on each other's speed dial. In one corner, bluegrass puts its emphasis on technical prowess and tradition, while indie rock invites a more unlearned aesthetic and globs of postmodern irony. With Fort Collins' Vee Device, however, the two get along just fine. Thematically, Dying Band seems to revolve around the difficulties of creating art in our saturated information age, or keeping people together, or a Hedgehog infiltration. The musicality is impressive. Harmonies and brightly picked strings fly around lead vocalist vee's semi-twang; pop melodies arise that tend to grow on you with each spin. What makes the album robust, however, is the band's will to be weird. Field recordings and outtake mumbles spice up interludes, and the lyrics carry oddities and surprises. -- Elliott Johnston

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