All posts by Bryan Batiste

The Used

Live Review: The Used Rewarded Long Time Fans At Starland Ballroom

The last time I saw The Used, it was 10 years prior on the Taste Of Chaos Tour. Riding the success of their 2004 album, In Love and Death, the band was at the top of their game with hits [...]

May 1, 2015 Live, Reviews, Uncategorized
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Live Review: Bayside Celebrated 15 Years At Starland Ballroom

On Saturday night, Long Island punk mainstays Bayside took the stage at Starland Ballroom on the final night of their 15th Birthday Tour. Longtime fans like myself were treated to a career encompassing set that certainly sent everybody home happy. [...]

April 6, 2015 Live, Reviews
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Interview: Bayside On Cult & Their 15th Anniversary, Playing Starland Ballroom

Even more elusive than breaking through as a band is longevity. There are plenty of different examples of what a long career in music looks like, with plenty of acts happy to plateau and bang out the hits until they’re [...]

April 1, 2015 Interviews
Huldra

Split Single Review: NJ’s Huldra Drags You To Death Metal Hell With “Pulling Us Down”

Huldra is a doom/black metal band from a mysterious part of North Jersey. The band’s new release “Pulling Us Down” instantly pulled me in (pun intended) with a distorted to hell bass tone that had my tower speakers trembling. What [...]

September 26, 2014 News
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Album Review: Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

I can remember back in 2005, in the midst of my second Ozzfest, (remember those?) when I was first exposed to Mastodon. Like many others, my first listen to the track “Blood And Thunder” was all it took to get [...]

July 23, 2014 New Music, Reviews
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Album Review: JNMF (ex Bible Fiction & Careless Kids) – Half Hard

Comprised of punks metalers formerly of local outfits Bible Fiction and The Careless Kids,¬†JNMF¬†formed in late 2013 and quickly churned out their debut EP Half Hard, a 20 minute collection of furious, punk-infused Rock N’ Roll reminiscent of late 80’s [...]

July 3, 2014 New Music, Reviews