Stabbing Westward

Stabbing Westward

May 22, 2001

Alternative Metal

Part of the crop of acts that hit the mainstream in the wake of NIN's breakthrough, this band issued a pair of genre favorites before veering in a wildly different direction for this 2001 LP. Without the industrial clang, screaming, and electro-aggression, they crafted one of the most heart-wrenching -- and underrated -- break-up albums of all time. Mostly mid-tempo and sometimes almost-acoustic, it's worth a listen for anyone who's ever been kicked to the curb.

- Neil Z. Yeung

Killing Joke

Killing Joke [2003]

July 28, 2003

Alternative Metal

While Killing Joke's discography has more than its fair share of awkward and overly ambitious albums, they've once again returned to the fury and focus of their classics. "Asteroid," "Blood on Your Hands," and "Loose Cannon" are all highlights with the band sounding as inspired as when they started, adding the advantage of years of interaction, and "You'll Never Get to Me" presents a brand new shimmering and yearning angle to the group.

- David Jeffries