Local Discs 2006: The Honorable Others

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Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
In this week's issue, the Scene's resident music nerds gave you their ten most played Cleveland jams of 2006, but they felt like more discs just had to be listed (they're music nerds). So here are the honorable mentions for 2006: 20goto10, Elizabeth. Haunted by Ghosts (Plastiq Musiq): Dark, sensual, female-fronted electro-rock. Beyond Fear, Beyond Fear (SPV): Ex-Judas Priest/current Iced Earth frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens' killer thrash/power-metal hybrid. The Black Diamonds, Black Diamonds (Bad Breaker): 18-year-olds who play rawk like it's 1976. Winners of Scene readers' Song of the Year with "Cold Cold Heart." The Black Keys, Magic Potion (Nonesuch): Akron's fave blues duo gets raw and rocks out. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Thug Stories (Koch): Cleveland's OGs prove they still have it. Emeralds, Laying Under Leaves cassette (self-released): Damn near indescribable, but lets go with this: Young dudes launching Eno's ambient drone into deep, deep outer/inner space. Flat Can Co./Yeti Scalp, Death to False Improv Vol. 1 (self-released): After years of metalbore, I mean core, dominating the rockier regions of Cleveland' soundscape, this split release explodes with noise-rock freakery, promising one thing: "Look out, Cleveland, the storm is comin' through, and it's runnin' right up on you." The Homostupids, Brutal Birthday 7" (Richie Records/TestosterTunes), and The Glow 7" (My Mind's Eye Records): Nasty little records exploding with shitty production, offensive humor, and squealing PUNK ROCK, as defined by the Electric Eels and Lil Bunnies. Perfect. The Lovekill, These Moments Are Momentum (Eyeball): Dynamic post-hardcore that's actually closer to tense indie-rock. Mushroomhead, Savior Sorrow (Megaforce): Masked men cranking-out underrated art-metal. Patrick Sweany Band, C'mon C'mere (Nine Mile Records): Patrick Sweany plays raw, rootsy blues so sensuous that his guitar wants to make out with him. Ray Cash, C.O.D. (Sony): Hip-hop that's NOT thugged-out. Roue', Totally Fuckin Totally (self-released): Killer, passionate indie- rock. Saul Glennon, Trilogy 1: How Can You Call That Music? (GDR): Smart, catchy, lively indie-pop. Self Destruct Button, Natural Selection Of Accidents (Tower Control): Jae Kristoff can barely be heard when playing live, but here his malleable voice finds its home amidst a nightmare of noise, static, and earnest hardcore. Skeleton Witch, Worship the Witch EP (self-released): From the ancient North Coast shores comes an amazing display of thrash metal mastery. Skeleton Witch possess the look, attitude, and chops to make 'em metal gods. Years of Fire, Visceral Departure (Thorp Records): With former members of Ascension and Chimaira, this metalcore-thrash crossover kills and rules total ass. -- Justin F. Farrar, D.X. Ferris, Matthew Chernus, Matt Gorey, and Duane Verh.
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