The Spoils of War were a little-known avant-garde psychedelic group based in Illinois who barely released anything during their short run, but two sprawling collections of their material were issued by Shadoks Music around the turn of the millennium. This record is a carnival of twisted whimsy filled with surreal lyrics, fractured rhythms, and slice-and-dice tape manipulations. If you ever wished The United States of America made a second album, seek this out immediately.
Two decades after splitting up, the late Chester Bennington's first band decided to go ahead with their plans to reunite before his untimely passing. Re-recording with a team of friends from Helmet, Korn, Bush, P.O.D., and Breaking Benjamin, the post-grunge outfit revived old tracks while keeping Bennington's original vocals intact. A gift for grieving fans, it's a cathartic tearjerker of an album that offers a peek into the inimitable singer's early days.