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Top-rated albums this month
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Botanist

VI: Flora

Botanist - VI: Flora album cover

The whole concept of one-man black metal projects is quite old. From back in the ‘90s you would have acts like Burzum and Ildjarn (although they would feature also Nidhogg occasionally.) Those acts were great and it was quite nice to see that other musicians today would adapt the same ...

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Wolvhammer

Clawing Into Black Sun

Wolvhammer  - Clawing Into Black Sun album cover

Having already released two albums showing great promise, Wolvhammer nail it with their third try. No matter how brutal and awe inspiring Black Marketeers of World War III and The Obsidian Plains were, Clawing Into Black Sun stands in a league of its own. It might just be the case that ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Buckcherry

Fuck EP

Buckcherry - Fuck EP album cover

As might be expected considering the word can be used in a variety of ways and can make up nearly every word in a still-coherent sentence, there’s a rich history of use of the f-bomb in music. While the word has sometimes been used to prove a point or make ...

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Various Artists

Balsa/Sei Hexe - Split EP

Various Artists - Balsa/Sei Hexe - Split EP album cover
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Two bands hailing from the US Northwest bring a Metalcore filled split from String Break Records. Seattle's, Balsa, take control of the first half with three tracks, while Portland's all-female act, Sei Hexe, fills out the rest of the split with two tracks. Balsa opens the EP with, "Rasputin." The ...

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Botanist

VI: Flora

Botanist - VI: Flora album cover

The whole concept of one-man black metal projects is quite old. From back in the ‘90s you would have acts like Burzum and Ildjarn (although they would feature also Nidhogg occasionally.) Those acts were great and it was quite nice to see that other musicians today would adapt the same ...

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Steve Adamyk Band

Dial Tone

Steve Adamyk Band - Dial Tone album cover

This is Dirtnap Records.Not to pigeonhole anybody, but man does Steve Adamyk Band hit on that pop structure, garage chaos element that defines the label.Dial Tone is the fourth full-length out of Canada’s Steve Adamyk Band and I reviewed Third a while back. This time around, the band continues their ...

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Various Artists

Balsa/Sei Hexe - Split EP

Various Artists - Balsa/Sei Hexe - Split EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Two bands hailing from the US Northwest bring a Metalcore filled split from String Break Records. Seattle's, Balsa, take control of the first half with three tracks, while Portland's all-female act, Sei Hexe, fills out the rest of the split with two tracks. Balsa opens the EP with, "Rasputin." The ...

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Wolvhammer

Clawing Into Black Sun

Wolvhammer  - Clawing Into Black Sun album cover

Having already released two albums showing great promise, Wolvhammer nail it with their third try. No matter how brutal and awe inspiring Black Marketeers of World War III and The Obsidian Plains were, Clawing Into Black Sun stands in a league of its own. It might just be the case that ...

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Pussy Cactus

HE'S FAST

Pussy Cactus - HE'S FAST album cover
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Connecticut musician Pussy Cactus is more than just another quirky and boisterous noise pop guy. With his new five-track EP entitled He’s Fast, Pussy Cactus shows that he can lyrically be very wise and philosophical.On his glum “I Call My Dick Cheney,” Cactus preaches to the human race that “we ...

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Mad The Martian

Blast Off

Mad The Martian - Blast Off album cover

All I keep hearing these days is that Rock is dead, the ever popular Gene Simmons schooled us with this factoid in an interview he did with Esquire (Esquire WTF??) last month. Well friends let me assure you Mad the Martian, a band we interviewed here on Scene Point Blank ...

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Masked Intruder

M.I.

Masked Intruder - M.I. album cover

I haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t like Masked Intruder, and I prefer to keep it that way. However, despite everyone being completely in love with them, they manage to still remain mysterious. I’m sure everyone has asked themselves these questions before about Masked Intruder: How long are they ...

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Buckcherry

Fuck EP

Buckcherry - Fuck EP album cover

As might be expected considering the word can be used in a variety of ways and can make up nearly every word in a still-coherent sentence, there’s a rich history of use of the f-bomb in music. While the word has sometimes been used to prove a point or make ...

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Flagpolers

Arse Ways EP

Flagpolers - Arse Ways EP album cover

Sometimes the RIYL doesn’t lie. When Vancouver punks Flagpolers list Tiltwheel as an influence, it comes across clearly on the four song EP Arse Ways. The songs are built in that Davey Tiltwheel guitar style and then the lyrics are pelted atop in a gruff and staggering delivery. It’s rough ...

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In The Whale

Nate & Eric

In The Whale - Nate & Eric album cover
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In The Whale's Nate & Eric promises a look at the seedier side of Colorado. Combining two EPs written by the duo, Nate & Eric is a brazen, unfiltered balls-to-the-wall rock record. On "Robert Johnson", a song about the eponymous jazz musician who purportedly made a deal with the devil, ...

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The Eye Of Time

Acoustic

The Eye Of Time - Acoustic album cover

Marc Euvrie is certainly a unique specimen when it comes to musicianship. When the previous, self-titled, album of The Eye of Time came out, it was just an unbelievable record to handle. The sheer weight of the album, its experimental scope and its extreme outbreaks, definitely left their mark. But ...

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Cross Examination

Dawn of the Dude EP

Cross Examination - Dawn of the Dude EP album cover
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Sometimes I just want to eat a bunch of pizza, drink a 30 pack of Special Export Light, smoke one million doobies, make out with chicks in a swimming pool, stay up all night tripping on mushrooms while watching hippies swirl glow sticks and eat fire, and then make out ...

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The Meatmen

Savage Sagas

The Meatmen - Savage Sagas album cover

Hailing from Lansing, Michigan, the Meatmen have been a punk rock band existing in some capacity for roughly 35 years. They took a break in 1996, but returned in 2008 and, break or no break, the band still boasts a staggering number of singles, EPs, live bootlegs and compilations under ...

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The Dwarves

Invented Rock & Roll

The Dwarves - Invented Rock & Roll album cover

I won’t say anything as hyperbolic as that the Dwarves invented rock ‘n’ roll, but I’ll still give them another borderline statement that fits on a press sheet: the 2014 Dwarves are a supergroup—not a supergroup side project of glossy mag pin-ups, but a supergroup that is honestly comprised of, ...

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The Chantey Hook

Underground

The Chantey Hook - Underground album cover
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The Chantey Hook have been around for a few years now, but have only released a handful of songs to the masses. Their most recent addition to the small catalog are two tracks from their new Underground 7-inch. The A-Side features the title track. The song's a great Jersey punk-rock ...

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Supercrush

Lifted b/w Melt Into You (Drift Away)

Supercrush - Lifted b/w Melt Into You (Drift Away) album cover

Surpercrush is the newish Vancouver, British Columbia-based band from Mark Palm, a dude most known for playing in a long ancestry of punk/HC and metal bands and as being the primary songwriter for San Francisco, CA’s bliss-pop snorefest Modern Charms. Hey Mark, Bob Mould called and he wants his Sugar ...

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Nadja and Uochi Toki

Cystema Solari

Nadja and Uochi Toki  - Cystema Solari  album cover

Despite the fact that Canadian/German drone group Nadja has a long history of collaborating with various artists from around the globe, their 2014 collaboration with Italian hip hop duo Uochi Toki may be one of the partnerships that seems the most unlikely. I first became aware of Nadja back in ...

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Joyce Manor

Never Hungover Again

Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again album cover

This one took a while to stand out, which I didn’t expect given the accolades Joyce Manor has been ringing up with their three releases. Never Hungover Again is my first listen to the band and I can’t say I understand the hype. While they do their style well, it ...

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Billy The Kid

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Billy The Kid - Horseshoes and Hand Grenades  album cover

This is the first time I saw Billy the Kid: It's Mid-July and the air conditioner at Toronto Lee's Palace is broken. The show is sold -out and I'm leaning on the stage with the capacity crowd behind me. We're sweaty and dehydrated. The air is getting hard to breathe, ...

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Ex Friends

Rules for Making Up Words

Ex Friends - Rules for Making Up Words album cover

Ex Friends are a group of Philly area punks, recognized from their work in other bands. The band features Joel Tannenbaum (Plow United), JP Flexner (flyer artist), Audrey Crash, and Jayme Guokas. On their debut full-length, Rules for Making Up Words, they don’t let those previous associations get in the ...

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The Great Old Ones

Tekeli-Li

The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li album cover

The incredible nature of The Great Old Ones majestic, sweeping and downright epic black metal was devastatingly apparent on their debut Al Azif - a record that saw them take flight into the musical world and in turn become one of the most talked about bands of 2012. The French ...

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DJ Shadow

The Liquid Amber EP

DJ Shadow -  The Liquid Amber EP album cover

Universally regarded as one of the most important figures in the world of instrumental hip hop and turntablism after having gained massive recognition for 1995’s Entroducing....., DJ Shadow (a.k.a. Josh Davis) seems in recent years to have been operating more in the, well, shadows of an electronic music scene that’s ...

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Padkarosda

Szabadulásom Művészete

Padkarosda  -  Szabadulásom Művészete album cover

Padkarosda is a three piece punk band from Hungary. Szabadulásom Művészete (translated as Art Of My Liberation) is their second full-length release. Recorded in Budapest in June of 2013, Oakland, CA-based Wake Up And Live Records picked it up for US release this year. It comes on cassette with a ...

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Obscurus Advocam

Verbia Daemonicus

6.4 / 10 Obscurus Advocam - Verbia Daemonicus album cover
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I’ve been told that France has been home to a few good bands over the years, but like you, aside from Air I’d be hard pressed to name them. Sure ...

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