TUFF GNARL Staffers Pick: The Top 10 Best Albums of the ’90s

For almost all of us, the 1990s was a beloved era comprised of equal parts awkwardness, conceit, hope, dejection, love, anger, fear and exuberance, and being as our staff at TUFF GNARL consists exclusively of impassioned melomaniacs who truly began to develop the musical tastes we’d carry into adulthood during this tumultuous last decade of the 20th century, it seemed […]

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The Top Ten Albums of 2013

And seemingly as soon as it arrived, we must bid 2013 a bittersweet farewell. Like the years that preceded it, our 365 day trip around the solar crux of our universal existence was rife with confusion, heartbreak, enlightenment and elation, with varying doses of pain and pleasure peppered in amidst the organized chaos we’ve assimilated ourselves into. Everyone got their […]

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Hunters – S/T Review

I’ve been alternating between enjoying and detesting Hunters’ self-titled debut for about two months now. It’s a little maddening. During the time I like what I’m hearing I detect tinges of Nirvana and Fugazi in the guitar work, appreciate the simple, driving nature of the drums and the steady, workmanlike bass playing. When abhorring it, I just keep wishing they’d […]

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Deluded By Lesbians “HEAVY MEDAL” Review

Italy’s Deluded by Lesbians‘ first song on Heavy Medal is contending to be one of the top rock songs for 2013 as far as I’m concerned. The track is called The Drummer and it’s fucking brilliant. The track sounds like it belongs in a Nicolas Winding Refn film complete with 80’s synth effects and Glass Candy drum track. The rest of the record takes a totally different […]

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Black Seal “Pyre” Review

Black Seal‘s new EP, Pyre, starts off with a haunting bass and drum rhythm intro that will remind you of Samhain, then the band quickly busts a right turn into jam session mode (rather randomly I might add) and BAM! Where the hell did that punk rock come from? The rest of the record is fairly the same formula with plenty of stoner […]

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Otep “Hydra” Review

I was pleased to find Otep had released a new album. I admit that I hadn’t listened to the band much since my time in the military. Frankly, there wasn’t a frequent requirement for this kind of rage metal in my life any longer. I suppose now that I’m serving my way through college in the restaurant industry instead of […]

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The Connection “Let It Rock” Review

Portsmouth, New Hampshire sensation The Connection are out with a new album called Let It Rock. The Connection have found solid footing on Let It Rock compared to their earlier 7 inch releases. This outing finds them with a much fuller sound and less amateurish production. Let It Rock sounds like it was thought up and recorded in the 60’s. That’s a good thing because THIS […]

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Sonic Graffiti “Friendly Unit Creation Kit”

Rock band Sonic Graffiti hails from St. Petersburg, Florida. They’re probably Florida’s most anti-hipster rock band who still accidentally look like hipsters. Make no mistake though, Sonic Graffiti are no hipsters. For jam sessions, harmonicas and mandolins are not in a hipsters arsenal. Friendly Unit Creation Kit is a powerful entry into rock n’ roll. These guys get it. One listen to this […]

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