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Top-rated albums this month
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Schammasch

Contradiction

Schammasch  - Contradiction album cover

Existence is a series of challenges – ones that force you to adapt, to change and to create sides of yourself that you show to the world, ones that are more appealing and accepted, ones that help you feel more at ease and able to cope with the journey we ...

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Nothing

Guilty Of Everything

Nothing - Guilty Of Everything album cover

it would be perfectly simple to couple Nothing into the wave of modern shoegaze and close the book. They carry certain trademarks that point towards them owing their guitar sound and then some to Slowdive. This would show an immense degree of short sightedness. While it is clear what band ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Spellcaster II: Death in Space

Quintron and Miss Pussycat - Spellcaster II: Death in Space  album cover

Quintron and Miss Pussycat have never been known as a vocal group, but Spellcaster II: Death in Space takes that to a new level, waiting until the fourth song, “Do the Raid” for the first vocal utterings. That’s not a bad thing, but it is a slow start to the ...

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Terrence Hunnam

Via Negativa

Terrence Hunnam - Via Negativa album cover

Via Negativa marks the first solo album for Terrence Hunnam, visual artist and member of the incredible Locrian. The connection that Locrian have with ambient music is quite apparent in their music and that is the aspect that Hunnam is exploring in his solo attempt. Even though Via Negativa is ...

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Schammasch

Contradiction

Schammasch  - Contradiction album cover

Existence is a series of challenges – ones that force you to adapt, to change and to create sides of yourself that you show to the world, ones that are more appealing and accepted, ones that help you feel more at ease and able to cope with the journey we ...

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Dream Police

Hypnotized

Dream Police - Hypnotized album cover

The Men has been one of the great acts of the past decade (at least.) The Brooklyn based group has been able to put together indie rock, punk, noise and post hardcore into a sick mix, incorporating along the ways elements of psychedelia, country music, surf rock and Americana. What ...

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Noises We Make When No One Is Around

the black box contained nothing but our deaths

Noises We Make When No One Is Around - the black box contained nothing but our deaths album cover

Recorded under the name of the noises we make when no one is around (a name that aside from being wordy, seems quite appropriate), the music of Briton Craig Taylor-Broad reminds me not just slightly of the depressing folk-like music of American project Giles Corey. Though I could point out ...

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The Copyrights

Report

The Copyrights - Report album cover

I like most of my music to have a pop bent. Yes, I like it rough around the edges and only mildly repetitive, which often rules out some of the biggest names that fall under ye olde “pop-punk” flag. Ramonescore, for the most part, just doesn’t motivate me like the ...

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Nothing

Guilty Of Everything

Nothing - Guilty Of Everything album cover

it would be perfectly simple to couple Nothing into the wave of modern shoegaze and close the book. They carry certain trademarks that point towards them owing their guitar sound and then some to Slowdive. This would show an immense degree of short sightedness. While it is clear what band ...

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Anatomy Of Habit

Ciphers + Axioms

Anatomy Of Habit - Ciphers + Axioms album cover

Put together great musicians from diverse backgrounds and you are bound to get something special. That is what happens with Anatomy of Habit and their debut album. With an impressing line up which includes guitarist Will Lindsay of Indian, drummer John McEntire of Tortoise, percussionist Theo Katsaounis of Joan of ...

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Terrence Hunnam

Via Negativa

Terrence Hunnam - Via Negativa album cover

Via Negativa marks the first solo album for Terrence Hunnam, visual artist and member of the incredible Locrian. The connection that Locrian have with ambient music is quite apparent in their music and that is the aspect that Hunnam is exploring in his solo attempt. Even though Via Negativa is ...

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Light Bearer

Silver Tongue

Light Bearer - Silver Tongue album cover

The hyper literate lads of Light Bearer have always kept a level of consistency within their records. whether through the content lyrically , or musically the band have always been nothing but themselves. So here the band return with their second official LP and delving deeper into stretched out structures. ...

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Neighborhood Brats

Recovery

Neighborhood Brats - Recovery album cover

Reading Scene Point Blank can pay off. A year or so ago we streamed No Sun No Tan, which was the first I’d heard of LA’s Neighborhood Brats.And I dug it.September sees the release of Recovery, the band’s first proper LP, released on Deranged. It gets things off with the ...

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Svarta Stugan

Aspects of Our Future Selves

Svarta Stugan - Aspects of Our Future Selves album cover

With their 2014 album Aspects of Our Future Selves, Swedish three piece Svarta Stugan (translated as “Black Cottage”) has come up with their third EP release in as many years. One might have thought given the post-rock labeling that this band would make the type of intricate and melodic, typically ...

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Shallow Cuts

Storm Watch

Shallow Cuts - Storm Watch album cover

Shallow Cuts are a group of friends. Oh, they’re a group of musicians too. Some people call that a band. They’re a three piece, with members of Dan Padilla, Madison Bloodbath, and Dear Landlord/The Gateway District.Oftentimes saying a band features members of XYZ isn’t the greatest descriptor, more caught in ...

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Keith Emerson and Greg Lake

Live at Manticore Hall

Keith Emerson and Greg Lake - Live at Manticore Hall album cover

After forming in 1970, the members of progressive rock group Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (i.e. keyboardist extraordinaire Keith Emerson, guitarist/bassist/vocalist Greg Lake, and drummer Carl Palmer, all highly experienced and extremely technically proficient players) crafted some incredibly influential music and perhaps were the only popular music group that performed classical ...

88%

Various Artists

Low Culture-Needles//Pins - split 7"

Various Artists - Low Culture-Needles//Pins - split 7" album cover

I’ve probably said this before for those 3 people who read all of my reviews, but I feel that the 7” is one of the hardest items to review. Not because they’re short, but because it takes a truly special 7” to jump from an 8 to a 10. It’s ...

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Serpentine Path

Emanations

Serpentine Path - Emanations album cover
Multiple Authors

When you have members of Unearthly Trance, actually the whole last known line-up of Unearthly Trance, alongside Tim Bagshaw, previously of Ramesses and Electric Wizard, and to top it all off Stephen Flam of fucking Winter participating in the same band, then you find yourself sailing in the seas of ...

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Serpentine Path

Emanations

Serpentine Path - Emanations album cover
Multiple Authors

For a band such as Serpentine Path it seems nigh impossible to seperate the members past from their current works. Being that the band is comprosed of the whole of Unearthly Trance coupled with members whose former bands include Electric Wizard and Winter. If that doesn't read like doom metal ...

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Panopticon

Roads to the North

Panopticon - Roads to the North album cover

Panopticon has been around since 2007, releasing great albums, from their self-titled full-length to the 2012 Kentucky. And it was with Kentucky that the band really made many heads turn. Their folk infused black metal was a breath of fresh air for the scene, with A.Lunn making things more interesting, ...

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Le Butcherettes

Cry Is For The Flies

Le Butcherettes  - Cry Is For The Flies album cover

When The Mars Volta went on hiatus and sequentially disbanded, I was interested to see what Omar Rodriguez-Lopez was going to get himself involved in. Soon his new band Bosnian Rainbows released their first, self-titled album and that was how I got introduced to Terri Gender Bender, the vocalist of ...

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Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Spellcaster II: Death in Space

Quintron and Miss Pussycat - Spellcaster II: Death in Space  album cover

Quintron and Miss Pussycat have never been known as a vocal group, but Spellcaster II: Death in Space takes that to a new level, waiting until the fourth song, “Do the Raid” for the first vocal utterings. That’s not a bad thing, but it is a slow start to the ...

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Dope Body

Lifer

Dope Body - Lifer album cover

On a long enough timeline, all genre descriptors start to lose meaning. Spend enough time hopping through the tags on Bandcamp, and you'll discover that "hardcore" and "post-hardcore" are mired down with mostly those bands who are championed as "emo revival" on the internet. Despite whatever evidence there is to ...

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Mammoth Grinder

Underworlds

Mammoth Grinder - Underworlds album cover

Mammoth Grinder have made a name for themselves by playing a mix of old school death metal , d-beat and hardcore. While that combination of influences isn't singular to them they have played it with a considerable amount of consistency and rage. This got the attention of more than a ...

70%

Total Control

Typical System

Total Control - Typical System album cover

Sometimes you get stuck on a review. Sure, I meant to delve outside my comfort zone a bit in grabbing this record, but I’ve been a little stuck on the details. The plus side, of course, is that means I’ve given it dozens of spins.Typical System is the second release ...

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Everything Falls Apart

Escape

7.5 / 10 Everything Falls Apart - Escape album cover
200 Words Or Less

Everything Falls Apart gets big ups and putting this seven-inch out all on their own. Six songs of semi-melodic 80's styled punk/hardcore with snotty vocals. No chugga-chugga breakdowns, no useless ...

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