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Top-rated albums this month
94%

Strung Out

Transmission.Alpha.Delta.

Strung Out - Transmission.Alpha.Delta. album cover

There are some albums that you hear for the first time and fall in love instantly. There are others that require repeated listens in order to grasp the depth and complexity of the material. These albums get progressively more enjoyable as you listen to them. With every spin another pleasant ...

92%

Dodheimsgard

A Umbra Omega

Dodheimsgard - A Umbra Omega album cover

It always takes a while for Dodheimsgard (DHG) to release a new album, but it is also always worth the wait. The experimental alchemists from Norway started off their career back in the mid ‘90s when the second wave of black metal bands was starting to come together. The core ...

Worst-rated albums this month
60%

Soup Moat

Enjoy Your Hobbies

Soup Moat - Enjoy Your Hobbies  album cover
200 Words Or Less

Doubled-up, sometimes indecipherable screamed vocals, waves of sludgy, growling guitar and a thudding, powerful rhythm section ensure that Enjoy Your Hobbies, a 7” vinyl release from Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Soup Moat, is anything but dull. Containing five tracks falling in the one to two minute range, this album switches things up ...

70%

Derek Grant

Breakdown

Derek Grant - Breakdown album cover

Chances are, most listeners have would heard everything on Derek Grant’s 2015 solo album Breakdown before - it seems to imitate everything from the driving road music of Jackson Browne to the ballads of Guns ‘n’ Roses while frequently capturing an alt-country vibe that might be unexpected coming from a ...

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85%

Anti-Flag

American Spring

Anti-Flag - American Spring album cover

Barack Obama recently apologised to the families of two Western hostages killed during US drone strikes in January in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The use of drones is nothing new, they've been used since George W Bush was commander in chief, and it seems the narrative of American politics never greatly ...

60%

Soup Moat

Enjoy Your Hobbies

Soup Moat - Enjoy Your Hobbies  album cover
200 Words Or Less

Doubled-up, sometimes indecipherable screamed vocals, waves of sludgy, growling guitar and a thudding, powerful rhythm section ensure that Enjoy Your Hobbies, a 7” vinyl release from Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Soup Moat, is anything but dull. Containing five tracks falling in the one to two minute range, this album switches things up ...

78%

The Lookouts

Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories)

The Lookouts - Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories) album cover

I was apprehensive about reviewing this record. When hear “music by teenagers,” it tends to mean preachy and rather one-sided political rants that are well meaning but, well, immature or not all that developed. Plus teenage voices aren’t all that great to hear singing, know what I mean?The Lookouts were ...

75%

Built To Spill

Untethered Moon

Built To Spill - Untethered Moon album cover

Calling Untethered Moon guitar rock is somewhere to start. While the band takes their chops from the 1990s alternative boom, the defining moments of their songs come out of the guitars rather than in vocal styling or rhythmic direction. This record succeeds or fails because of that guitar. (See what ...

80%

Death Grips

Jenny Death

Death Grips - Jenny Death album cover

I almost don’t want to write a review for experimental rap outfit Death Grips, because I feel like I’d be giving them exactly what they want: attention. Their overly abrasive attitude – from no-show live shows to perpetually shitting on their record label via publicity stunts – comes off as ...

75%

Six Of Swords

Polar Vortex EP

Six Of Swords - Polar Vortex EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Modern death metal often suffers under the weight of trying to emulate old school heroes while not doing very much of interest at all, so it’s a nice surprise when a newer project manages to pay homage to the old days while still bringing a nice modern flavour to proceedings. ...

92%

Dodheimsgard

A Umbra Omega

Dodheimsgard - A Umbra Omega album cover

It always takes a while for Dodheimsgard (DHG) to release a new album, but it is also always worth the wait. The experimental alchemists from Norway started off their career back in the mid ‘90s when the second wave of black metal bands was starting to come together. The core ...

94%

Strung Out

Transmission.Alpha.Delta.

Strung Out - Transmission.Alpha.Delta. album cover

There are some albums that you hear for the first time and fall in love instantly. There are others that require repeated listens in order to grasp the depth and complexity of the material. These albums get progressively more enjoyable as you listen to them. With every spin another pleasant ...

70%

Derek Grant

Breakdown

Derek Grant - Breakdown album cover

Chances are, most listeners have would heard everything on Derek Grant’s 2015 solo album Breakdown before - it seems to imitate everything from the driving road music of Jackson Browne to the ballads of Guns ‘n’ Roses while frequently capturing an alt-country vibe that might be unexpected coming from a ...

70%

Summer Cannibals

Show Us Your Mind

Summer Cannibals - Show Us Your Mind album cover

I know I’d already read the band’s bio, but I think I would have guessed Pacific Northwest anyway. There’s just something dreary and with a bi to’ sunshine about Summer Cannibals. Just like their name, it’s a mix of positive and desperate, with a genre tag somewhere in the vein ...

75%

The Rutabega

Shiny Destination

The Rutabega - Shiny Destination album cover
200 Words Or Less

After a 2013 full length album that marked the band’s first full-length as a self-described “Carp Rock Power Duo,” a title which I can in no way explain yet love nonetheless, South Bend, Indiana’s The Rutabega is back with Shiny Destination, a 7” vinyl release that presents two very different ...

81%

Matana Roberts

COIN COIN Chapter Three: River Run Thee

Matana Roberts -  COIN COIN Chapter Three: River Run Thee album cover

The meaning of the word “personal” does not even begin to describe what the COIN COIN works must signify for Matana Roberts. Through the chapters of COIN COIN, Roberts narrates the story of her family as far back as it can be traced. Roberts herself has said that it would ...

71%

Western Settings

Yes It Is

Western Settings - Yes It Is album cover

When listening to a band you’ve never heard of, it’s a lot easier to make all those “sounds like” comments. Whether that’s why I think Western Settings sounds so much like some familiar favorites, or if that’s because they really do, well, that’s maybe beside the point anyway. It’s punk ...

70%

Dustin Kensrue

Carry The Fire

Dustin Kensrue - Carry The Fire album cover

The basic tenets of theology and philosophy concern discerning right from wrong, good from evil. There will never be any clear answer to this, but as humans we're going to keep guessing and muddling through. At least partly as a result of its ambiguous nature, morality will always be a ...

77%

Siskiyou

Nervous

Siskiyou  - Nervous album cover

Third album for the American indie rock, and it comes with a quite disturbing story to it as well. Main man, Colin Huebert, of the band was diagnosed with hyperacusis, a condition that makes the ordinary noise level of everyday life intolerable. That enough could knock out most ordinary people, ...

82%

Pears

Go To Prison

Pears - Go To Prison album cover

Naming an album is something of a branding concept. Yes, it’s also artistic, but occasionally those two worlds collide, even if we don’t want to admit it.Go To Prison is fitting for Pears debut. It’s angry and often reflects the tone of a loner lashing (slashing?) out at the system. ...

71%

Swingin' Utters

Fistful of Hollow

Swingin' Utters - Fistful of Hollow album cover

If Fistful of Hollow seemed fast, well it is. Swingin’ Utters released Poorly Formed in 2013 and Here, Under Protest in 2011. With another one in the can in late 2014, the band is showing a little more experimentation this time around.That’s not say their folky version of ’77 punk ...

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From the archive...

Narrows

New Distances

9.0 / 10 Narrows - New Distances album cover
Multiple Authors

Narrows return to the musical fold with their debut full-length and follow-up to last year’s very impressive self-titled EP. Like many others, when news of this project was first announced, ...

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