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Top-rated albums this month
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Pallbearer

Foundations of Burden

Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden album cover

When Pallbearer released their debut album, Sorrow and Extinction, I was stunned. No matter how good their 2010 demo was, there was no way you could be prepared for an album of the caliber of Sorrow and Extinction. And of course the expectations for the sophomore album of the doom ...

94%

Subrosa

More Constant Than the Gods

Subrosa - More Constant Than the Gods album cover

Subrosa have managed to get lumped into the doom genre. While that genre tag isn't completely inaccurate it certainly fails to tell the full story of the band. The band certainly has doom elements at times heavy guitars and lengthy song structures may stick out the band refuses to stick ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Teenage Bottlerocket

American Deutsch Bag

Teenage Bottlerocket - American Deutsch Bag album cover

I never learned German in high school, but Teenage Bottlerocket must have because their latest 7’’ is a nod to the punk side of the German language. It's been nearly a year and this is still the most currently release from Teenage Bottlerocket. People didn’t seem to expect much from ...

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Vow

Make Me Yours EP

Vow - Make Me Yours EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Easily the aural equivalent of the light and fluffy clouds that pepper your daydreams, LA duo Vow's second EP Make Me Yours finds them producing a more definitive sound couched in an ethereal sweetness. Opener "Miles Away" embraces an industrial aesthetic with vocalist Julia Blake's lithe, sugar-sweet singing acting as ...

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Recent reviews

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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 ...

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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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Vegas

Sagevisule

Vegas - Sagevisule album cover
200 Words Or Less

The ever elusive Vegas has returned. While the band have released a scant few songs in the years since their full-length those songs have shown them maitaining a sense of quality. After a lengty wait a new EP containing four songs arrives,  reflecting what Vegas is and where they may be ...

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Son Of Man

Burn The Witch EP

Son Of Man - Burn The Witch EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

The possible hermits of Son Of Man have returned after their all too brief burner of a debut the band has reconvened for something even more nasty and dark. With the release of a new EP on a new label they have managed to up the ante overall. While the ...

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Shitty Weekend

Shit Week

Shitty Weekend - Shit Week album cover

This thing is all over the map, from freak-out jazz-punk one minute (“Geneva”) to a track of haunting old man ghost noises laid atop a galloping horse, and then band to spastic punk. I mean that in a good way.Shitty Weekend is made up of members of Transient and The ...

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Yob

Clearing the Path to Ascend

Yob - Clearing the Path to Ascend album cover

YOB has been a constant force in the doom metal field. Since their first release, Elaborations of Carbon, they have not ever really disappointed me. Releasing records year after year, they took over the doom/sludge/stoner genre by storm, having excellent moments with Catharsis, The Illusion of Motion and The Unreal ...

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Death From Above 1979

The Physical World

Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World album cover

For a time in the mid- to late-2000s, it seemed as if Canadian drum and bass duo Death from Above 1979 might go the way of Neutral Milk Hotel and disappear right at the height of their popularity. Coming off their exhilarating and slightly raunchy 2004 album You’re a Woman, ...

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Replica

Beast

Replica - Beast album cover
200 Words Or Less

Beast is the latest 7” vinyl release from Oakland’s hardcore punk band Replica. It's the first I’ve heard of them since their 2012 demo cassette, which I was big fan of. Likewise I’ve been spinning this one pretty regularly since it arrived this past summer via Prank Records. Replica were ...

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Jimi Goodwin

Odludek

Jimi Goodwin - Odludek album cover

After a career spanning more than ten years and 4 critically acclaimed albums as the frontman of Manchester 3-piece Doves, Jimi Goodwin has been waiting quite a while before indulging in his first solo release. Taking direction from mix tapes that used to circulate between Goodwin and his friends, Odludek ...

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Pallbearer

Foundations of Burden

Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden album cover

When Pallbearer released their debut album, Sorrow and Extinction, I was stunned. No matter how good their 2010 demo was, there was no way you could be prepared for an album of the caliber of Sorrow and Extinction. And of course the expectations for the sophomore album of the doom ...

75%

Empty Yard Experiment

Kallisti

Empty Yard Experiment - Kallisti album cover

Music is wonderful and is one of the few things that echoes across the world and can bring people together in unity. Of course, that’s putting the most simplistic of slants on it but when bands are forged in countries that we may not expect to hear music from, it’s ...

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Needles//Pins

Shamebirds

Needles//Pins - Shamebirds album cover

Needles//Pins are something different in the punk rock realm. Well, that’s not true. They’re entirely familiar and warm, yet they have that pizzazz—that’s what the kids are calling it these days, if you didn’t know. They play familiar-ish DIY punk with some pop sensibility, but there’s a little more attitude, ...

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Vow

Make Me Yours EP

Vow - Make Me Yours EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Easily the aural equivalent of the light and fluffy clouds that pepper your daydreams, LA duo Vow's second EP Make Me Yours finds them producing a more definitive sound couched in an ethereal sweetness. Opener "Miles Away" embraces an industrial aesthetic with vocalist Julia Blake's lithe, sugar-sweet singing acting as ...

80%

United Nations

The Next Four Years

United Nations - The Next Four Years album cover

United Nations have been locked away for a few years now. Members have come and gone and we aren't even exactly sure which ones. In those four years though, they created music, and that music is finally available to the masses in the form of The Next Four Years. While ...

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Cara Neir

Portals to a Better, Dead World

Cara Neir - Portals to a Better, Dead World album cover

Cara Neir have made a name for themselves by playing a suffocating blend of grind and black metal. while this may not seem like a particularly novel mix how the band does it and/or makes it work lends them enough credence to deserve a listen. From the discordant riffing of ...

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Electric Wizard

Time To Die

Electric Wizard - Time To Die album cover

Somewhere along the way (and it's hard to say when exactly), but somewhere along the way Electric Wizard became more than a band. They became an idea. They became an attitude. A state of mind. Words like "titans" and "legends" began to accompany the band any time they were mentioned ...

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The Proselyte

Our Vessel's in Need

The Proselyte - Our Vessel's in Need album cover

Proselyte return with their newest EP, Our Vessel’s In Need, which also marks the first release for Gypsyblood records ( the label of Stavros Giannopoulos of The Atlas Moth) and they really nail it. The insane trio from Boston throw everything they got in this EP, putting together their admiration ...

60%

Teenage Bottlerocket

American Deutsch Bag

Teenage Bottlerocket - American Deutsch Bag album cover

I never learned German in high school, but Teenage Bottlerocket must have because their latest 7’’ is a nod to the punk side of the German language. It's been nearly a year and this is still the most currently release from Teenage Bottlerocket. People didn’t seem to expect much from ...

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City States

Geography

City States - Geography album cover

They say that good things come to those that wait and for City States and their main member Joel Ebner, it's certainly true. Ebner has spent many years creating and perfecting his debut - Geography - and after forming in 2008, City States first record finally saw the light of ...

80%

Sd Laika

THAT'S HARAKIRI

Sd Laika - THAT'S HARAKIRI album cover

First showing up in 2012 and making waves in the underground music scene ever since, Sd Laika makes a brand of electronic music that seems to suggest what Richard D. James (i.e. Aphex Twin) might have been making had he turned up in the 2000s and 2010s as opposed to ...

80%

Devo

The Complete Truth About De-Evolution

Devo - The Complete Truth About De-Evolution album cover
Video/DVD Review

I’ve long felt there are fewer lesser art forms than the music video. It turns out I was wrong—or, at least pre-1990 it was another game. The Complete Truth About De-Evolution is a DVD compilation of all of Devo’s music videos (1976-1990, minus “Are U Experienced?”), running in chronological order, ...

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Subrosa

More Constant Than the Gods

Subrosa - More Constant Than the Gods album cover

Subrosa have managed to get lumped into the doom genre. While that genre tag isn't completely inaccurate it certainly fails to tell the full story of the band. The band certainly has doom elements at times heavy guitars and lengthy song structures may stick out the band refuses to stick ...

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Coffins / XXX Maniak

The Cracks of Doom

4.0 / 10 Coffins / XXX Maniak - The Cracks of Doom album cover
200 Words Or Less

To offend me takes special talent, talent that knows no boundaries to how far the one can push idea of indecency. People who believe there is nothing sacred, no subject ...

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