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Top-rated albums this month
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Blind Idiot God

Before Ever After

Blind Idiot God - Before Ever After album cover

Coming back from an extended break seems to be always tricky, for any band. Back in the late '80s and early '90s, Blind Idiot God were releasing great record after great record. Their refreshing style and no boundaries approach to mixing different genres under their unique kaleidoscope resulted in three ...

90%

Algiers

Algiers

Algiers - Algiers album cover

I feel like I’ve seen a lot of bands forcing genres together - black metal and shoegaze (Deafheaven), indie rock and hip-hop (Why?), jazz fusion and rap (Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead) - and I could go on and on. Often genre mashing can be a bit gimmicky, but if it’s ...

Worst-rated albums this month
73%

Priscilla Ford

The Blackout Club

Priscilla Ford - The Blackout Club album cover

Priscilla Ford's debut EP, The Blackout Club, is a raging punk rock'n'roll album. It careens with a controlled abandon, much like the Reno, Nevada murder spree after which the band is named. The band is composed of veteran musicians from a variety of punk rock subgenres, but The Blackout Club ...

75%

Rei Rea

Food For The Worms

Rei Rea  - Food For The Worms album cover

Christian Dubé’s project has certainly blossomed over the years. Originating back in 2000, Rei Rea started off as a software-based musical outlet based in Dubé’s basement (that must be one fucking dark basement), releasing a number of split collaborations throughout the years as well as standalone albums, such as Hate ...

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Algiers

Algiers

Algiers - Algiers album cover

I feel like I’ve seen a lot of bands forcing genres together - black metal and shoegaze (Deafheaven), indie rock and hip-hop (Why?), jazz fusion and rap (Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead) - and I could go on and on. Often genre mashing can be a bit gimmicky, but if it’s ...

85%

Menace Beach

Ratworld

Menace Beach - Ratworld album cover

Though many people – even those who weren’t around when the system was - could probably rattle off several of the more popular NES titles of the 8-bit era, there was a whole world of games existing outside the realm of the familiar gray plastic cartridge. Developed by independent publishers, ...

90%

Warhorse

As Heaven Turns To Ash...

Warhorse - As Heaven Turns To Ash... album cover

As much as I like the “what if?” scenarios, at the same time I hate them. It is always nice to theorize about what could have happened if x has taken place instead of y. In the case of Warhorse that is a big “what if?” and at the same ...

75%

Rei Rea

Food For The Worms

Rei Rea  - Food For The Worms album cover

Christian Dubé’s project has certainly blossomed over the years. Originating back in 2000, Rei Rea started off as a software-based musical outlet based in Dubé’s basement (that must be one fucking dark basement), releasing a number of split collaborations throughout the years as well as standalone albums, such as Hate ...

77%

Mishka Shubaly

Coward’s Path

Mishka Shubaly - Coward’s Path album cover

If Nic Cage from Leaving Las Vegas had cut an album, it might sound something like Mishka Shubaly’s Coward’s Path. Dealing with such upbeat subjects as alcoholism, death, alcohol, loneliness, drugs, failure, and alcohol, these tunes were originally written in 2008 during a particularly out-of-control patch in the author’s life, ...

83%

Underground Railroad To Candyland

The People Are Home

Underground Railroad To Candyland - The People Are Home album cover

I wasn’t sure what to make of Underground Railroad to Candyland when I first saw them. They were a very new band, but the style was off-kilter and different than what I expected of a Todd Congelliere (Toys That Kill,F.Y.P) band. But along the way it’s clicked, both for me ...

88%

Prurient

Frozen Niagara Falls

Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls album cover

There is not much one can say about Prurient, the project of Dominick Fernow. Throughout the years Prurient have produced an extensive discography that sees them creating a cartography of the dark ambient and noise genres with their own experimental mindset. The project has been going on for about twenty ...

77%

Red Dons & TV Smith

A Vote For the Unknown

Red Dons & TV Smith - A Vote For the Unknown album cover

Red Dons are a band I’ve meant to check out for some time. As a reviewer, perhaps I’m supposed to go check out the whole back catalog, but I often find it equally useful to approach a band tabula rasa, as that gives a better view of where this specific ...

82%

Lightning Bolt

Fantasy Empire

Lightning Bolt -  Fantasy Empire album cover

This noise rock duo has been terrifying the music scene for close to two decades now with their unconventional sound and experimental attitude. Throughout their career Lightning Bolt have stuck with the same recipe that seems to be working so marvelously for them: chaotic patterns, schizoid riffs, intense songs and ...

88%

Lightning Bolt

Fantasy Empire

Lightning Bolt -  Fantasy Empire album cover
Multiple Authors

Though much attention relating to 2015’s Austin Psych Fest (a.k.a. Levitation) was directed towards the reunion of the legendary 13th Floor Elevators, one of the biggest surprises in the lineup for me was the appearance of Rhode Island’s Lightning Bolt. I guess I never really thought of this aggressive and abrasive ...

96%

Blind Idiot God

Before Ever After

Blind Idiot God - Before Ever After album cover

Coming back from an extended break seems to be always tricky, for any band. Back in the late '80s and early '90s, Blind Idiot God were releasing great record after great record. Their refreshing style and no boundaries approach to mixing different genres under their unique kaleidoscope resulted in three ...

73%

Priscilla Ford

The Blackout Club

Priscilla Ford - The Blackout Club album cover

Priscilla Ford's debut EP, The Blackout Club, is a raging punk rock'n'roll album. It careens with a controlled abandon, much like the Reno, Nevada murder spree after which the band is named. The band is composed of veteran musicians from a variety of punk rock subgenres, but The Blackout Club ...

80%

Birthday Suits

Adult Party: Spin the Bottle

Birthday Suits - Adult Party: Spin the Bottle album cover

Birthday Suits always surprise me on record. Live, it’s fierce and reckless; sweaty mayhem and cathartic rock ‘n’ roll. On record, it’s more calculated, with the vocals coming stronger in place of the guitar/drum overload that powers the live show.The Minneapolis two-piece play something in the vein of garage rock, ...

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Amenra

Mass V

8.0 / 10 Amenra - Mass V album cover

Rituals are deeply ingrained into our shared human experience and the modern ones seemingly thrust us back through the ages to some vaguely remembered race memory locked in the genetic ...

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