First, staff writer Renaldo spends some time with Count To Four's Between Two Cities:
Next, reader Nedsammy gives a listen to Espiritu de Libertad from Austin's Criaturas:
It's nice to see this South Jersey/Philly quartet refine their old stuff and then churn out Between Two Cities, which sees them live up to some of their promise. The record's a bit polarized though which detracted a bit.
Finally, staffer Rich C. digs into the most recent record from Goldblade, The Terror of Modern Life:
The guitars are incredible -- simple and nasty riffs interspersed with ripping solos and interludes (the opening and closing tracks showcase all of these exceptionally well), and the rhythm section is the very heart of the beast, powering it with some seriously agile, driving drumming and intestine-ruining bass grumble.
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My problems with the band though, revolve around the whole retro feel to a lot of what I hear on this record. I find too much of it is a punk-by-numbers kind of thing, with it sounding at times too much like bands such as UK Subs and The Clash to name but a few..