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Sean Loughborough

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Somewhere at 1 PM. Actually, by somewhere I mean the Rivoli on Queen Street. We’re in the back of the bar, where the bands go on stage, amongst stacked tables and chairs. Fluorescent lights flood the room and the environment is nothing like what it will be later tonight, when the lights go down and another band takes the stage. Charlotte is off somewhere else, and I…

Young for Eternity is UK Indie act The Subways’ first album and I think they’ve got something more than debutante luck when it comes to putting together simple chord arrangements and throat-blasting vocals. I think it’s unfair to say that their sound is nothing more than evocative of a grunge revival, but if they’re merely aping…

This is HIM’s (His Infernal Majesty) first domestic release, after a successful run in Scandinavia that began with 1997’s Greatest Lovesongs, Vol. 666. This album is, in a word, garbage. Or, as the French would say, ‘garbage’. Now, that’s not to say it’s a terrible album – it could be that the sugary hooks and cookie-cutter ‘goth-ish’ lyrics are masterfully crafted to be just so. It’s just sort of pulpy and very simple. Certainly, a ton of people out there are totally going to be down with this album. But in giving it the requisite few spins on my iPod, I found myself deciding to mercifully stop listening to it so that I wouldn’t be too harsh in the review (I was starting to hate it). I just can’t stomach it, but there probably are many who can and I suppose it’s worth checking out, if you’re into very self-indulgent, miserable music, albeit with fun melodies and dramatic power chords.