Guckkasten (국카스텐) : Frame

Guckkasten (국카스텐) : Frame

I never expect anything less than greatness from Guckkasten . Whether they’re doing standard pop-rock or alienating psychedelic rock, they always manage to put it on fire with their raw performance energy. This is especially true with vocalist Ha Hyun Woo at the...
LudiSTELO (루디스텔로)  : Flashpoint

LudiSTELO (루디스텔로) : Flashpoint

Considering how LudiSTELO teased Experience with three singles, the full album release of Flashpoint was welcome. Having seen the band live once, the album recordings to live performance are slightly different. While the recorded songs have polish, watching the band...
Holy Hum : Appendix C

Holy Hum : Appendix C

I didn’t know Holy Hum until I received his email. “Appendix C” is 59 minutes and 44 seconds long and it’s one song. So how do you listen and understand why a musician would make a song that long? Honestly, I don’t think you can. There...
Monni (몽니) : She

Monni (몽니) : She

For any artist/band that has been performing for a while and has a signature style, each new release garners significantly contrasting responses. Having made their first release in 2005, Monni certainly has its loyal fans that will love each release. However, they...
Reflex (리플렉스) : My All

Reflex (리플렉스) : My All

There are times when I really appreciate getting exactly what I expect from a band or a release. That’s precisely what Reflex’s latest EP My All delivers – solid, upbeat pop rock that’s just pure fun from beginning to end. Reflex takes bold, catchy melodies coaxed in...
Victim Mentality (피해의식) : Magic Finger

Victim Mentality (피해의식) : Magic Finger

Glam metal isn’t the first thing you think of when you think about Korean rock music. Victim Mentality break a lot of expectations with their 2013 single Magic Finger. I don’t even listen to glam rock, but somehow the band’s debut release got stuck...
Mate : End of the World

Mate : End of the World

Mate is back as a duo with members Jung Joon Il and Im Heon Il. Their new album is called End of the World which has a total of 6 tracks. The majority of the songs on this album are ballads but you will fall in love with them while listening. The album starts off with...
Moollonkyen (물렁곈) : Psychedelik

Moollonkyen (물렁곈) : Psychedelik

Three years after indie rock band Poe (포) released their debut EP Poe, vocalist and radio DJ Moollonkyen brought us her solo album Psychedelik, a kaleidoscope of sounds that recalls less the manic of Guckkasten as the sorrow and off-kilter of Jaurim and March Rabbit...
Pe2ny : Born to Be Blue

Pe2ny : Born to Be Blue

You can’t really go wrong with Pe2ny. He’s the master at mellow, jazzy atmospheres that are both sophisticated and easy on the ears. He’s created quite a name for himself with a consistently strong solo discography and his work with hip-hop group Epik High. His...
18gram : 18gram

18gram : 18gram

I’ve seen a few live videos of 18gram, but that was my only preview. The release of their self-titled album on iTunes lead me to buy it immediately to hear more of their music. A strong melodic rock band, 18gram is a little different from what I expected. I...