Album Reviews

Brick + Mortar – Bangs – EP Review

Brick and Mortar’s EP, Bangs, is interesting and innovative and alive. I usually know whether or not I connect to a band’s sound and sentiment within two minutes of jumping through the digital files sent to Maine Music News. It didn’t take that long with this band, maybe 30 seconds. The first distortion and bass line had me listening... Read more →
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Lynam – Halfway to Hell – EP Review

Lynam, Halfway to Hell, released 2013   The hardest part of writing a review is coming up with new and various ways to say this is great music. The rule around here is we only review CDs that we want to listen to… over and over again. Lynam’s seventh and latest release, Halfway to Hell, has been in heavy rotation at Maine Music... Read more →
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Roses Unread – Album Review

Roses Unread – Self-Titled CD – Independent   If you are a fan of melodic hard rock and are looking for something that somehow defies categorization and gets better and better with each listen, get the new self-titled release from Roses Unread. My rule is that I only review music that I like, that I can connect to, music that... Read more →
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Watain – The Wild Hunt – Album Review

Watain - The Wild Hunt, released August 20th, 2013. Reviewed by Justin Hamm. Watain, a black metal group from Uppsala, Sweden are a band of true conviction. For them music is secondary, the outcome of something much bigger. Watain are openly satanic and they keep it no secret.  For them, satanism as a belief and as a lifestyle is the... Read more →
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Charm City Devils – Sins – Album Review

Maine Music News has been anxiously waiting for September 20th. Why? Because we love straight up rock and roll shows, that’s why. Opening for Hinder and Candlebox at the State Theater in Portland, Maine, on Friday the 20th is Charm City Devils. These boys kick ass. If you do not have your tickets yet what are you waiting for? Click here for... Read more →
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Lullwater Album Review

We have one rule here at Maine Music News – I only review shows and albums that I like. After about three minutes listening to LullWater’s soon-to-be-released self-entitled debut, the review was already taking shape in my mind. I can sum it up in two F-words – Finally & Fantastic. LullWater originates from the roots of... Read more →
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John Waite – Live: All Access – CD Review

I had no idea that I missed John Waite. Think about it. If you remember life before personal computers, you remember John Waite’s music whether from his solo career or his work with The Babys and Bad English. And I bet you liked it all. Why? Because it was good. His latest release, Live: All Access, is a brief collection of recent... Read more →
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Steve Earle – The Low Highway

I’ve come to believe over the last twenty-plus years that you are either a Steve Earle fan or not.  There are no fence-sitters when it comes to the man’s music, his expression, and certainly not his politics.  You either get him or you do not. Personally, I have never met a Steve Earle song that I didn’t like.  Low... Read more →