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Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 2

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.

Burn Season: “Burn Season” (Bieler Bros. Records)

After initial dealings with the folding Elektra Records, Burn Season found their brand of Nu-Metal Heaviness on Bieler Bros. Records. The group is closer in style to that of early Linkin Park as opposed to the recent crop of Metal Core acts and holds a passionate style that makes the oft-lambasted Nu-Metal label a little more acceptable. Solid riffs and harmony vocals tempered with the razor screams of Damien Starkey are par for the course with this self-titled CD so if you enjoy Hard Rock with a dose of today’s “edge” mixed in for good measure then this is a group for you.

Casket Salesman: “Sleeping Giants” (Longhair Illuminati Records)

The Casket Salesmen are much along the line of a melodic experimental rock band than their cryptic name would ever have you believe. They blend alternative feels with tasty rhythms and melodies to give you an enjoyable dose of Rock & Roll. Led by singer/guitarist Phil Pirrone the group adventures into several different genre territories and yet still manage to capture the listener’s attention on every cut. There is a lot of Post-Punk vibe that sometimes touches upon the Prog-Rock angle along with some Ambient feels that make the band something worth listening to a few times before making rash judgment.
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“Sleeping Giants” by Casket Salesmen

Artist: Casket Salesmen
Title: “Sleeping Giants”
Label: Longhair Illuminati
Release Date:
Genre: Alt-Hard Rock
Rating: 3/5

The Casket Salesmen are much along the line of a Melodic/Experimental/Jam Rock band than anything that their cryptic name would ever have you believe their style to be. They blend alternative feels with tasty rhythms and melodies to give you an enjoyable dose of Rock & Roll. Led by singer/guitarist Phil Pirrone the group adventures into several different genre territories and yet still manage to capture the listener’s attention on every cut. Pirrone (bass, vocals, programming) who heads up the independent label Longhair Illuminati, and his musical partner Nathan Lindeman (guitar, vocals, programming) both come to this new group with the history between them as being former members of A Static Lullabye. So clearly off the top these guys know how to play together and also what generally can work among the circles of listeners that they had built over the years in their previous band. There is a lot of Post-Punk vibe that sometimes touches upon the Prog-Rock angle along with some Ambient/Atmospheric feels that make the band something worth listening to a few times before making any rash judgments on your liking it or not. Opening track of “I’ll Buy That For A Dollar” shows that the band has some influence from other groups like Smashing Pumpkins, and Foo Fighters and listeners to those particular groups will certainly enjoy The Casket Salesmen and what they bring to the table. I also love the overall groove of the two-part “Feeling Ten Feet Tall”.
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