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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Integrity
To Die For
Deathwish Inc.

Rating: 0/10 ?


October 1, 2004
To set the record straight, I am a huge heavy metal fan. But when albums like this reach my mailbox, I can see how people might tend to not like metal too much. Integrity is a band that I could never really figure out. An enigmatic presence in my mind, their growing popularity, rabid fan base, and critical acclaim are all quite baffling. Touted as being the forefathers of the Cleveland hardcore scene, and hardcore and metal innovations alike, this band has managed to slime their way into the ears of listeners; unrelenting, and unforgiving, never to let go, only to gnaw away at the minds of our vulnerable music listening youth.

OK. Maybe that's a bit too dramatic, but I don't care. Everyone else is so dramatic about these guys, so I don't see why I can't be. Before even putting this into my stereo, I hoped for there to be at least one short moment on this album to grab my attention, and raise one of the bored eyebrows on my unsuspecting, tired face. Not to my surprise, "Taste my skin" kicks in, and I'm berated with the equivalent of my high school football team chanting Pantera songs at a local keg party. Complete with cheesy guitar solos and god-awful vocals, I know there is nowhere to turn to find shelter from the steaming piles of audio shit that cover the unlistened ground ahead of me. As I continue to listen, the thick haze rising from the hot piles beneath me obstruct my view, and there is no end in sight.

Maybe its just the folklore that surrounds this band that is making me a bit uneasy. From the many final shows to constant lineup changes, and even the faked death of vocalist Dwid, I can't seem to understand why people kneel to the ground for this band. I try to think... is this why I don't like this album, or any of their releases for that matter? Could this really be a great album, falling on my deaf ears and slanted view? Nope. This stuff is totally weak. Just look at the lyrics for "Hated Of the World" - "time to begin again/ those days of fear, those days of hate/ when the world turned against us (for the music that we made)". Well, if my eyes are reading the liner notes correctly, it even seems as though Integrity might have an indication of how bad they really are.

I'm slapping this album with a warning label, for it brings on symptoms of nausea, headache, and the uncontrollable urge to kill. I'll have to say that it would be best to stay far, far away from To Die For. It is not worth dying for, but it sure as hell just might kill your eardrums and your taste for heavy metal.

Reviewed by Christopher Ashworth
A native of Geneva (the one outside of Chicago, not the one on the lake in the corner of Switzerland) and former contributor to LAS, Christopher Ashworth enjoys listening to Mt. St. Helens albums and reading Cat Fancy magazine.

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