The record cover of the month award goes to The Great Sabatini. There’s a photograph of what looks like a Sesame Street reject, the poor loner who smoked some pot and was completely disowned by everyone. This poor character had to move to Ghetto Street and lives a hard life. So that brings us to the actual music. This record is heavy as hell. I think these guys could be human versions of the cover star; this is metal with brains, heart, and experience. I have a hard time describing this type of metal and hardcore hybrid music. But the part of me that loves bands like Tomahawk, Mastodon, and Queens Of The Stone Age is completely amped on this record.

 –Ryan Nichols (Solar Flare, [email protected])