ALBUM REVIEWS

Album Reviews “New Releases and Artist-on-Artist” by ON TOUR MONTHLY

– By Michal Elizabeth Smith – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” She & Him’s third album, Volume 3 is by far their best work yet. Together, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward created a refreshing and light-hearted album. Whimsical songs such as “I’ve Got Your Number, Son” and “Somebody Sweet To Talk To” are encased with dynamic lyrics and m…

– By Brandon Callies – RATING: “DON’T PUSH PLAY” If there were a book of metal “dont’s,” OTEP would be the star. The band can’t seem to pull themselves out of the early 2000’s and seems to embody all that is wrong with heavy music. OTEP’s newest offering Hydra has no real dynamics. There is an overwhelming feeling of h…

– By Chris Whitehead – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Punk rockers Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, and Derek Grant have refined their signature sound on their 9th studio record My Shame is True, bringing back the raw aesthetic of their ’98 debut Goddamnit! while setting the standard for the next generation of punks.  The new album slam…

– By Dustin Blocker – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Listening to the sophomore studio record Almanac by two-piece indie-chillwave band Widowspeak can be likened to putting your head into a downy cumulus cloud. The pulsing instruments passing like air under the weight of Molly Hamilton’s vocal fog. Tracks appear and pass with sle…

– The Phuss by Dustin Blocker – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” The Phuss’ brand of heavy is askew, ever so slightly from their contemporaries, as their macho swagger never tangles with their incisive sensibilities.  The Fort Worth three-piece burns through 31 minutes of slithering, seductive rock on their self-titled sophomore re…

– By Brandon Callies – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Former frontman, Jesse Leach, returns for Killswitch Engage’s finest album, Disarm The Descent. There is an unmistakable drive present that has been missing on the last three albums. This is metal-core at its best, and these are pioneers of the genre, once again proving why th…

– By Brandon Callies – RATING: “DON’T PUSH PLAY” Coheed and Cambria is the perfect example of a band whose technicality prevents them from writing great songs. They are not progressive enough to be as captivating as King Crimson, and they have just enough mainstream appeal to be boring. The Afterman: Descension does no…

– By Brandon Callies – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is back with a new album entitled Specter At The Feast. This band has a consistent streak of good songwriting, and the streak continues with this offering. There is nothing flashy or over the top on “Specter At The Feast.” The album slowly builds in…