MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL #393: $4.99, 8½ x 11”, newsprint, 112 pgs

Apr 28, 2016

Everyone’s favorite fingerprinting smudge-fest is back for the three-hundred and ninety-third time. This issue is comprised primarily of the staff’s 2015 year-end top ten lists. I learned a couple things reading the lists: 1) I have no idea who most of the bands are that MRR covers, but the staff are passionate as hell about their choices. Many of the staff write wonderfully about why they chose the albums they did. 2) That being said, I can’t help but wonder how insular the MRR world is, as I saw a lot of the same album titles again and again. I’m not saying they don’t deserve it (that G.L.O.S.S. cassette is pretty badass), but a little diversity would’ve been cool. As always, the columns are generally solid and there are a plethora of reviews of all sorts. There are also interviews with Scabeater, Busted Outlook, Communion Of Thieves, and Sei To Shi. Despite any minor nit-picking, this is still another entertaining, solid issue. (PO Box 460760,SF, CA 94146)