Insignificance (Drag City). Review by David Sussex.
Self Titled (Doghouse). Review by Marcel Feldmar
If a band takes its name from a Robert E. Howard tale, they’d better have some epic lyrical battlescapes to back it up. Symphonic metal masters Bal-Sagoth deliver on the promise of their name. David Lee Beowulf talks with swordsman — er, frontman Byron about Howard, weaponry, and metal!
Don’t Look Away (MySpace Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Great Vengeance and Furious Fire (Counter). Review by Jen Cray.
Feature by Jessica Smith
Beats Antique brought a little bit of mystical gypsy jazz fusion to Chicago. Chris Catania found himself lost in the glorious world of belly dancing and twirling bodies.
Various Artists (Concrete/V2). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Sing In My Meadow (Latent Recordings). Review by Carl F Gauze.
The American (Atlantic). Review by David Whited
Martin Atkins imparts the wisdom of several decades worth of punk rock self-sufficiency into one book. Except for predictable sections on sex and drugs, Rob Ward is impressed.
Various Artists (Century Media). Review by Jeremy Wernow