June 06, 2020

Buccaneer: The future of Mediasurf

As the captain of this website, I have now decided to make my final decision in regards to the future of this website and the fate of the Hip-Section. I have received 1 vote from Sentinel in favor of removing it due to the amount of resources that are currently being wasted which in turn, affects the rest of the website. Sentinel has stated that as it is now, the problem will not go away unless the entire section is removed and everyday he is proven correct.. I have received 1 vote to stay out of any decision making from Lass. My final decision is that the entire website must change... and that means we will move away from free downloads and into "Premium downloads" 

That's right. Hip-Hop will stay but there will be no more Adfly and all visitors will have to pay to download from this website. Why? There are many reasons and the Hip-Hop section is the main culprit. This change will not happen right away, it will take time. The world itself is still in a pandemic. We are still directly affected as is most of visitors. We're still going through this. Once we, as people, as in society, stabilize, then we will make the transition. But as of right now, we will continue as we are, with free downloads via Mega.nz and Adfly. When things begin to return to normal, I will announce the change. I am currently looking at Florenfile as a possible host. Not everyone will like this change. It pains me to know that after 6 years of being the free alternative, it must come to an end and the most absurd way as well. The community we've built, the visitors who have always followed our guidelines, the one's who were there from the beginning, those are the one's that I am the most sad for because I know that this will be the end for them. I know that we have lost them for good.  We never wanted to go premium. We've been serving our audience for 6 strong years as a free alternative and were damn proud of it, relying on the generosity of of our users and their donations via bitcoin which still occurs today!. That can no longer be a reality.

We've done all we can in regards to trying to get the Hip-Hop audience to cooperate. Nothing has worked and nothing will work. We simply cannot continue as we are with the amount of resources that are being used up. I'm sure some have read this before but now it's time everyone knew what is actually happening behind the scenes.

(1.) The bot and its resources.


Screenshots from the bot's archives detailing the many failures of the Hip-Hop section.

65% of all errors, mistakes, not following guidelines etc... are from the Hip-Hop section alone. once more, that's 65%

The bot works like this. When a user reports a dead link, the bot will read the comment and then check the link in question. The bot does this a total of 10 times to ensure the claim is both true and to eliminate the possibility of an error by the bot's own accord. If the claim is true, the bot will publish the comment and proceed to move on the the next comment. Thee problems begin like this. An example is when a user reports a link that is not offline. When this happens, the bot checks the claim, same as before, 10 times, records a screen capture demonstrating that the links are still online, submits it to imgur.com, gathers additional information for the user because they've made an error, , deletes the original comment and then publishes the report. After all of this, the bot finally moves on to the next comment. Now, multiply that same error by 20.

Now that's just one type of error.  More problems occur when the users who report dead links don't specify which of the 2 links are dead. As in, the publication contains a FLAC link and an AAC link.
all of these examples are actual comments left by users of the Hip-Hop section and they almost always occur in publications that contain 2 different links. Same as before, the bot will verify if the claims are true by checking the comment a total of 10 times with each passing time, checking to make sure the post has either 1 link or 2 different links. Now multiply this problem by 20 times. Now we have a serious problem because the staff for every 1 comment that a user leaves that properly specifies to the bot which link is down, there's 20 more that don't and there's another 20 that claim that links are offline when they are not. This in turn slows down the amount of content the staff can submit because the bot spends more time and resources with these comments than submitting the genuine comments that properly request updates.

This never stops and all of this, the majority of it comes from the hip-Hop section. The remaining 35% of all errors come from the rest website. That means that the rest of the genres combined, only make up 35% of these errors. For those that use the Dolphin browser and were reviving errors, this matter was kindly brought to us by a user and a screenshot was submitted to the FAQ's section. The information is there and has always been there. The majority of that audience simply doesn't care.

(2.) I've grown tired of Adfly and it's practices.

Up until recently, we've had severe problems with Adfly in regards to their inability to remove many Microsoft Technical Support scams on their service. We took it upon ourselves to report these to Adfly which in turn, have been removed (for the most part) However at this time, these adverts are no longer the problem. Now it the increase in pornographic content which Adfly claims is in direct violation of their terms of service.

No matter how many times we report these to Adfly, the same pornographic adverts still continue to appear on their adverts. It has gotten to the point that we've reported so many within the last year and the beginning of this year that all of our emails are now blocked from Adfly's report abuse email address. Every time we try to submit a report, complete with Screenshots! which is what they ask for! the message is blocked by them meaning that they are well aware of this problem and no matter how many times they claim to not allow these types of adverts, they would rather keep them than to do their job and remove them. This is beyond unacceptable and more time is being spent tracking and reporting these adverts than the actual practice of publishing content which is already hindered due to repeated disregard for our guidelines by the Hip-Hop section. I can no longer continue to have this website or my associates operate under these conditions.

(3.) The introduction of Vinyl rips.

Myself & Sentinel have many releases that were only ever released on Vinyl records and moving them into the Premium territory is the only way we can have those on Mediasurf since Adfly is now plagued with pornographic content. The introduction of our Vinyl rips was actually supposed to be the big surprise for 2020 but due to the conditions laid out above - that didn't happen. Once more, we are not talking about the Vinyl pressings of the albums that are already available on Mediasurf, we're talking about albums, E.Ps, singles etc.. that are only available on Vinyl from various generes, Hip-Hop included. Myself & Sentinel were able to buy turntables that can digitally rip the records into FLAC. These rips, just like many of our rips here on Mediasurf, will contain photographs of the records as well as AAC versions for those that want them. Once the change to premium occurs, we will begin publishing those rips.

. All of this will take time and it will not happen overnight. As things are now, this will definitely happen and I do not fault anyone who wishes to leave and never return but based on what I have laid out, it must happen.

- Buccaneer for Mediasurfer.ch

June 03, 2020

Loud Lucy - Breathe (1995) ☠

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Post Grunge
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© 1995 DGC
AllMusic Review by Tracy Frey
In the mid-'90s, major labels scrambled to sign alternative bands in Chicago in hopes of finding the next big thing. However, most of the bands signed during this frenzy fizzled out after only one or two albums. Loud Lucy was one of those bands. Known more for their connections with other bands, such as Alanis Morissette and Veruca Salt, than for their talent, Loud Lucy released their only major-label album, Breathe, in 1995. Comprised mostly of three-minute songs, Breathe features the band's bland guitar-driven alternative pop. Each song is built around a repetitive guitar riff and has lyrics describing relationship troubles, which singer/guitarist Christian Lane hoarsely delivers. Although the album is mediocre, one of its catchier songs, "Ticking," enjoyed modest success with both MTV and radio airplay

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Kingdom of Sorrow - Behind The Blackest Tears (2010)

*U.S. standard pressing. 
Contains 12 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Sludge Metal
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© 2010 Relapse Records
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato
As evidenced by the amount of touring and albums that Crowbar's Kirk Windstein and Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta have each individually racked up over the years, it would be completely understandable if both gentlemen decided to take a breather during off-time from their full-time gigs. Not a chance. 2010 saw the sophomore effort of their ongoing collaboration, Kingdom of Sorrow, titled Behind The Blackest Tears. And like their self-titled debut effort two years earlier, it sounds just like you think it would -- Jasta's hardcore drill sergeant barking doing battle head-on with Windstein's brutal/sludgy guitar riffage. It's certainly not pretty -- but that's the whole point. In an era when more and more metal bands are softening their sound or experimenting, you have to respect Kingdom of Sorrow's commitment to 100-percent pure, unadulterated metal. Forget about toe-tapping tunes here -- what you get is a non-stop flurry of grinding metal, especially on such tracks as "Enlightened to Extinction," "God's Law in the Devil's Land," and the title track. Even when the group attempts to slow things down for a tad (namely the track "From Heroes to Dust"), it's only a matter of time until the gears shift back to a metallic roar. They may not be breaking a whole lot of new metallic ground, but it's always reassuring to know exactly what you're going to get from Windstein and Jasta when their schedules coincide.

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Kingdom of Sorrow - Kingdom of Sorrow (2008)

*U.S. standard pressing. 
Contains 11 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Sludge Metal
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© 2008 Relapse Records
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato
That Jamey Jasta is one busy gentleman. In addition to all his other projects (Hatebreed, running Stillborn Records, and up until recently, hosting Headbangers Ball, etc.) in 2008, he somehow found the time to unveil his latest musical venture, Kingdom of Sorrow, which turns out to be a collaboration with Crowbar/Down riffmeister Kirk Windstein. The group's self-titled debut is equal parts hardcore metal (the vocals) and sludge metal (the music), as evidenced by such pummeling, heavy-duty tracks as "Grieve a Lifetime," "Lead into Demise," and "Begging for the Truth." Consistently midtempo and burning with rage, Kingdom of Sorrow doesn't present very many musical surprises, but fans of Hatebreed, Crowbar, and Down should find it all very appealing.

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Stillborn - The Permanent Solution (1991)

Country: Sweden
Language: English
Genre: Doom Metal, Heavy Metal
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© 1991 Century Media
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Crowbar - Odd Fellows Rest (1999 Re-release)

*Re-released in 1999 by Spitfire Records
This pressing contains the bonus track 
"Remember Tomorrow" and 13 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Sludge Metal
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© 1998-1999 Spitfire Records
AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny
Despite the change in labels, Crowbar's fifth album differs only imperceptibly from past releases -- Odd Fellows Rest is as thick and slow as molasses, with titles like "...And Suffer as One," "December's Spawn" and "Behind the Black Horizon" clear tip-offs that the group takes itself way too seriously.

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Crowbar - Equilibrium (2000)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Sludge Metal
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© 2000 Spitfire Records
AllMusic Review by Steve Huey
Equilibrium is a typically heavy, slow, doomy album from Crowbar, breaking in new drummer Sid Montz (the band's third). It's also a good one, featuring just the right balance between melody and the band's signature, sludgy instrumental attack. There are a couple of novel touches as well: "To Touch the Hand of God" is a haunting dirge arranged only for piano and harmonized vocals, and the band also borrows a page from the Type O Negative book, covering a '70s pop chestnut in gothic-doom fashion (in this case, Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver," which is actually pretty effective in spite of the inherent irony, thanks to the haze of desperation imparted by Crowbar's trademark style). Still, this release doesn't radically reinvent the band's sound; rather, it's another solid example thereof, and a worthy addition to the band's discography.

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June 02, 2020

Crowbar - Obedience Thru Suffering (1991) ☠

*U.S. first pressing. 
Contains 10 tracks total
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Sludge Metal
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© 1991 Grind Core
AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano
After a decade of metal where speed and fury were emphasized, Crowbar stepped into the '90s with a sound directly reacting to those ideas. Equally influenced by the robotic approach of Helmet, the razor sharp riffing of Exhorder, and the brutally slow pacing of Melvins, Obedience Thru Suffering shows a band who is not afraid to stand out with a bizarre mix of influences. The production is the roughest part of the album, robbing the riffs of their punch, bringing the bass too high into the mix, and attempting to pass the band off as a Tad-esque grunge group. But the songwriting overcomes many of the weaker moments, as tracks like "Subversion" unveil a warped take on the Sabbath sound that would later gain the nickname sludge metal. The incredible roar of Kirk Windstein doesn't hurt matters any, as his brutal vocals are one of the key elements to the record. They would follow this up with a more impressive effort and continue a successful career into the decade, but this is where the group introduced the first true recording of the Louisiana sound. Fans will want to hunt this down, and any follower of Louisiana metal would do themselves a favor by giving this a listen -- it is one of the key releases in the formation of that scene.

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Crowbar - Crowbar (1993) ☠

*U.S. first pressing. 
Contains 10 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Sludge Metal
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© 1993 Pavement Music
AllMusic Review by Vincent Jeffries
Bands as one-dimensional as Crowbar usually don't deserve much recommendation, but when stylistic imperatives are mastered so thoroughly, even the most single-minded deserve credit and respect. Crowbar will never get any credit for subtlety or diversity, yet they are one of heavy music's most obscure and delightful gems. Purity has its value, and New Orleans' all-time sludgiest exports have plenty of it on display within each of their recordings, and this eponymous second full-length from the group is no exception. Released in 1993, Crowbar features a lineup of Kirk Windstein on guitars and vocals, Craig Nunemacher on drums, Matt Thomas on guitar, and bassist Todd Strange. It's hard to pick any superior songs from the track list, as each is nearly identical in its dirge-riff absolutism and lyrical negativity. They're all completely uncompromising and catchy in a slowed-down Black Sabbath-meets-Melvins-meets-Pantera kind of way. Crowbar isn't for everybody, but fans of the band or listeners fond of anything that values heaviness above all else will enjoy this solid offering

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Crowbar - Time Heals Nothing (1995)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Sludge Metal
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© 1995 Pavement Music
AllMusic Review by Vincent Jeffries
Crowbar was never afraid to share their pain, and Time Heals Nothing exemplifies the New Orleans doom purveyor's well-practiced aching out loud. The final recording before a series of lineup changes and side projects tested the band's focus, this disc might qualify as the sludge rocker's most punishing collection. Songs like "Through a Wall of Tears" typify the depressing, densely textured morass that the group's small but loyal following spent almost a decade wallowing in. Time Heals Nothing's ten tracks could possibly sound nondistinct to new listeners. Patient fans, however, are rewarded by Crowbar's uniquely catchy tunes after repeated listening. The interesting melodies that emerge from singer/guitarists Kirk Windstein's damaged vocal chords are surprisingly hummable. Pulling double-duty, Windstein (along with co-guitarist Matt Thomas) crafts the thickest of sludge-guitar grooves that nicely complement the vocals and Craig Nunemacher's solid drumming. Bitter howling and the thickest of slow-metal riffing combine to make this 1995 Zoo release as powerful as any of the band's attempts at sour self-evisceration.

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Crowbar - Broken Glass (1996) ☠

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Sludge Metal
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© 1996 Pavement Music
AllMusic Review by Steve Huey
Broken Glass finds Crowbar stirring a bit more experimentalist noise rock into their cauldron of doom-laden, grungy dirges. The songs flow into one another like molten metal, balancing punishing atonality with thunderous guitar riffs that help keep things structured. The result is one of the group's best albums, as challenging as it is pummeling.

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Bachelor Girl - Waiting For The Day (1998)

*Australian first pressing. 
Contains 15 tracks total.
Country: Australia
Genre: Pop Rock
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© 1998 Gotham
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Bachelor Girl - Dysfunctional (2002)

Country: Australia
Genre: Pop Rock
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© 2002 Gotham
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Blasphemy - Fallen Angel of Doom (1990)

*U.S. first pressing. 
Contains 9 tracks total.
Country: Canada
Language: English
Genre: Black Metal
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© 1990 Wild Rags Records
Review by Matt Butler for Echos & Dust.com
Way back in 1990 I used to while away my time listening to Pop Will Eat Itself, Jane’s Addiction and the final throes of The Ramones. My only window into heavy music was through a friend of my brother’s named Colin, who would delight in sneaking into our house (not nearly as creepy as it sounds) and waking us up with the likes of Slayer’s Reign in Blood at ear-damaging volume.
The odds are high he’d have had Blasphemy‘s savage dĂ©but, Fallen Angel of Doom…. when it first came out in 1990. If he didn’t, it wouldn’t have been through any lack of trying.
Because this, apparently a massive influence on black metal as we know it, is nothing like anything that was around back then. Sure, Seasons in the Abyss from Slayer and Cannibal Corpse’s Eaten Back to Life were both released that year, but compared to Fallen Angel…, they sound like the Backstreet Boys – whose biggest album was also released then, in case you are wondering.
And anybody who bought this album in the year of its spawning would have spent the next couple of decades disappointed that very little surpasses it in terms of sheer evilness or heaviness, not to mention scary amateurism. In this cosseted 21st century bubble we live in, Fallen Angel… sounds more like a demo tape from a death metal band that can’t play very well, rather than what we’ve come to call
It’s full of blast beats, death roars (and plain angry ones), skin-shredding, all-fingers-and-thumbs guitar solos – the sort that you’d thrash out when handed a Flying V and a Marshall stack if you couldn’t play a note – and also boasts the occasional neck-wrecking, riff-filled breakdown. And it all sounds as if it was recorded in a brimstone cave. By a person with no knowledge of how music is supposed to sound.
There is nothing to be gained by looking deeply at each song – they are uniformly offensive. I swear that sometimes the vocalist actually utters “yuck”. Or at least “yeuurgh”.
So why are we reviewing it now? By rights, this album should have been locked up: it’s raw, it’s angry (about something, although song titles like ‘Hoarding of Evil Vengeance’, ‘Desecration’ and ‘Weltering in Blood’ suggest their fury wasn’t focused) and at times it sounds bloody awful.
But for all that, it’s awesome. And apart from anything else, it served as a huge influence on metalheads of an extreme persuasion, so it deserves to be heard by anyone too sheltered or young to have enjoyed – no, that’s the wrong word – experienced it the first time around. Yes, this album may have given rise to the occasional guitar-wielding pyromaniac, but then again, once upon a time Elvis Presley was accused of corrupting minds.
And, in this age of post, blackened, doomed, math, god-knows-what metal, it’s good to hear a source of all that music which is just plain furious. And now that it’s being re-released, on vinyl, CD and cassette, on a label headed by R Förster of fellow Canadian black metal merchants Conqueror, you have no excuse not to hear this relic.
Put it this way: despite (or maybe because of) its teenage anger and sonic limitations, I can’t stop listening to it. Wish I’d heard it in 1990.

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Nemesis - The Day of Retribution (1984)

*U.K. first pressing on CD. 
Contains 7 tracks total.
Country: Sweden
Language: English
Genre: Doom Metal
Style: Epic Doom
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© 1984-1990 Active Records
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June 01, 2020

Freestyle Fellowship - To Whom It May Concern… (1999)

*Reissued on CD in for the first time in 1999 by B.A.R
Contains 18 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
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© 1991-1999 B.A.R.
AllMusic Review by Scott Thill
Freestyle Fellowship's first album is a potent glimpse into the subcultural, conscientious side of Los Angeles hip-hop, one that would later be eclipsed by gangsta boogie from the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and all the pretenders who followed in their wake. As such, the joint -- like much of the work from De La Soul, the Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, and other equally diverse artists of the period -- is a snapshot of a burgeoning art form's purity before it capitulated to the market and rolled out its gripload of Kristal and Bentley worshipers. Not that Freestyle Fellowship ever wandered down that path: they were too busy twisting tongues with blissed-out, stream-of-consciousness rhymes -- which is more or less what you'll find, without the hard-hitting beats, on To Whom It May Concern... For example, songs like "Jupiter's Journey" and "Sunshine Men" showcase Self-Jupiter and J. Sumbi's respective rhyme flows, but ignore song structure altogether; basically, you're getting the MC without the DJ, which can get boring after a while. But when they pull it all together and work as a collective (as their name implies), things heat up quickly, like on "Convolutions," a breakneck bebop session that is over all too quickly, or "We Will Not Tolerate" and "Dedications," shout sessions that are truncated versions of songs found on their later (and better) album, Inner City Griots. Which is not to say that To Whom It May Concern... is a snoozer when each rapper works alone. Most of the woefully underrated Aceyalone's tunes are bracing exercises in skill and speed, and Mikah 9 and Self-Jupiter are stellar wordsmiths. But a fellowship functions best when everyone is working together, and there's more evidence of this particular group's promise in its ensuing work.

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Anita Baker - Rhythm of Love (1994)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: R&B, Soul
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© 1994 Elektra
AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson
As the 1990s progressed, Anita Baker was sounding more and more contrived. One hoped that someone with so appealing a voice would challenge herself and try something different -- perhaps recording more standards or exploring straight-ahead jazz (which she's obviously quite capable of doing). But instead of gambling with inspiration and risking a decline in sales, Baker tends to play it safe and offers a disc that often sounds like formula at work. Though Rhythm of Love is a generally decent album and even contains a few gems (including the dusky "Wrong Man," the torchy "Sometimes I Wonder Why," and heartfelt interpretations of "My Funny Valentine" and "The Look of Love"), Baker is capable of a lot more. The diva gives the impression that she desperately needs to follow Natalie Cole's lead and get away from catering to radio.

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Sharon Benson - Sharon Benson (1994) ☠

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: R&B
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☠: Selected by Lass
© 1994 Leap of Faith Records
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May 31, 2020

Gene - Olympian (1995)

*U.S. pressing. 
Contains 13 tracks.
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Alternative Rock
Style: Britpop
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© 1995 Polydor
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kicking off with the sprightly "Haunted by You," Olympian immediately conjures images of the Smiths, particularly "This Charming Man." Martin Rossiter's voice also sways like Morrissey, yet his band plays their songs as if they were hard rockers, bringing a desperate edge to their best material. Most of Olympian's finest moments were singles -- aside from "Haunted by You," the epic sweep of "Sleep Well Tonight" and the gentle urgency of the title track form the heart of the album; two other singles were added to the American version, including the stellar "Be My Light, Be My Guide." While Gene manages to carve out an identity indebted to the Smiths but not dominated by them, they also fail to produce an album of consistently compelling material -- considering that it's a debut album, that's not a fatal flaw. And Gene's best material shows they are capable of transcending their influences.

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Simple Agression - Formulations In Black (1993)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Thrash Metal
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© 1993 Leviathan Records
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Gene - Libertine (2002)

*U.S. pressing released in 2002. 
This pressing contains 14 tracks total.
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Alternative Rock
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© 2001-2002 Contra/iMusic
AllMusic Review by Jack Rabid
Though not quite back to the high plane of their first two monumental albums, Libertine is an improvement over 1999's Revelations. Producer Hugh Jones (who really should be knighted by now) has corrected the rare small botch he made of Revelations, restoring the dollops of shiny radiance and vigor. If the band still seems more world-weary than in their beginnings, when their songs were hung on greater exuberance, Libertine is still the most soulful record since Ken Stringfellow's Touched. And whereas Revelations' most emotional, astounding song came too late for many, at the finale, this time the three that break 1,000 hearts -- the sort of wildly emotive feeling this band gives at its best -- mostly come at the onset. The first, the seven-minute epic opener "Does He Have a Name," features the pungent rage and helplessness of a left-behind lover contemplating his ex's next. Likewise, the five-minute soundtrack-spectrum single "Is It Over?" backtracks to the sticky endgame of that deteriorating romance. The last of this terrific trio, another tearjerker that could shake a happy man to his knees, is the closing "Somewhere in the World," which remains as poignant as on 2000's live LP, Rising for Sunset. What lies in the valley betwixt these mountains? Namely, a greater predilection to classic '60s soul influences in a modern, post-Smiths pop context than listeners have seen previously. There's a few lesser songs that don't rate, but the more up-tempo tracks -- like the nimble bounce of "Walking in the Shadows" and the late-period Jam-ish "Yours for the Taking" -- are spry winners, and the eerie, desperate "Spy in the Clubs" is the sort of haunting, worried beauty that was once Gene's staple. Libertine is the sort of LP that is rarely made by anyone anymore: one that engages every ounce of empathy one possesses. [The U.S. edition appends three bonus tracks: "Let Me Move On," "With Love in Mind," and "From Georgia to Osaka."]

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May 30, 2020

Simple Aggression - Gravity (1996)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Groove Metal
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© 1996 Massacre Records
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Built To Spill - Perfect From Now On (1997)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Indie Rock
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© 1997 Warner Bros. Records
AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett
Not many groups would take a major-label contract as a cue to put out an album where the shortest song is still a radio-unfriendly five minutes in length. For that, listeners can thank their stars that Built to Spill isn't like many groups and Doug Martsch isn't like many artists. Perfect from Now On manages the amazing trick of being one of the band's best albums, with Martsch and company using the opportunity of larger budgets and distribution to create an album at once inspiring and quietly emotional, not the easiest combination to pull off. With drummer Scott Plouf and bassist Brett Nelson as the other core performers, plus second guitarist Brett Netson and cellist John McMahon as key guests, the result is astounding all around. The length of the songs allows the band to create uniquely post-everything mantras, blending psych trances and drones, post-punk airiness and flow, and Martsch's affecting, tender singing and lyrics into a whole. Martsch's high tones and the guitar passion here helped fuel further comparisons to Neil Young -- to pick out one moment, consider the closing minutes of "I Would Hurt a Fly," feedback peeling out over the rhythm and strings -- but the Boise musician is his own man through and through. Selecting standout moments from such a solid disc almost defeats the purpose, but many examples still deserve further notice. "Stop the Show" builds to a dramatic, but not in the least bit hammy, shift from a roaring wash to a quick, clipped pace; Martsch's vocals and further sudden tempo switches are the icing on the cake. "Velvet Waltz" indeed plays at that musical pace, McMahon's playing and Martsch's heartbreaking, lovely lyrics and singing the core of an incredible song. "Untrustable/Part 2 (About Someone Else)" concludes a simply fantastic record.

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Green Magnet School - Illuminatus (1995)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Noise Rock
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© 1995 Sonic Bubblegum
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Built To Spill - Ancient Melodies of The Future (2001) ☠

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Indie Rock
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© 2001 Warner Bros. Records
AllMusic Review by Charles Spano
With Ancient Melodies of the Future, Built to Spill expand on the big sound that they crafted with Keep It Like a Secret. Like their Northwestern peers Modest Mouse, Built to Spill anachronistically create indie rock that can be played in arenas. "In Your Mind," with its Far Eastern guitar lines and thumping beat, beautifully updates "Tomorrow Never Knows" for the guitar rock set. "Alarmed" spirals into a satisfying guitar and keyboard noise jam, while "Trimmed and Burning" brings a dark "Sunday Bloody Sunday"-era U2 grandiosity to the band's usual jangle pop. "Happiness" is like a speeding car -- it has the intensity, rush, and twanging swagger of an automobile race. The following song, "Don't Try," unleashes a full-on assault of melancholy guitar whine in a validation of life and experience where Doug Martsch repeats matter of factly, "and everyone goes on and on." The album closes with "The Weather," a shimmering love song that begins with a resonant acoustic guitar. The narrator describes being "outside in the cool night, and the stars gravitate towards you." These few lyrics are a fitting description of Built to Spill, a band that goes on and on, always changing, always moving forward, but somehow always staying the same -- familiar and comforting -- as they carry the ancient melodies of personal histories, theirs and yours, into the future

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