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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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Ourlives

Den Of Lions

Ourlives - Den Of Lions album cover

Somewhere among the snowy and otherworldly environs of Reykjavik, Jón Björn Árnason and Leifur Kristinsson created Ourlives. They've been together for nine years, having already released two albums in their native Iceland. Their second album Den of Lions has now been released stateside, and neatly displays the band's penchant for ...

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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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FKA Twigs

LP1

FKA Twigs - LP1 album cover

Tahliah Barnett, who looks something of an art-school alien, first descended into the tellurian realm as a Grimes incarnate: girl with space-cadet aesthetics turned one-woman powerhouse. twig’s status as Robert Pattinson’s new beau, her paint-smeared, caricatured album cover, and inclination for the grotesque have a way of garnering the important ...

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Modest Midget

Crysis

Modest Midget - Crysis album cover

Following the group’s ambitious 2010 debut The Great Prophecy of a Small Man, Dutch group Modest Midget returns with 2014’s Crysis, an album that’s equally as sprawling, eclectic, and generally cheerful as its predecessor. Admittedly, it took me a few listens to really get into what Modest Midget had to ...

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Ourlives

Den Of Lions

Ourlives - Den Of Lions album cover

Somewhere among the snowy and otherworldly environs of Reykjavik, Jón Björn Árnason and Leifur Kristinsson created Ourlives. They've been together for nine years, having already released two albums in their native Iceland. Their second album Den of Lions has now been released stateside, and neatly displays the band's penchant for ...

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The Tim Version

Ordinary Life

The Tim Version - Ordinary Life album cover

The Tim Version’s set at Fest 12 was slower. The songs were drawn out—still loud, and angry—but they were a notch slower, going for expansive and big instead of that 1-2 punch. Was that to be the style on their next album, or was it just the hangover influencing their ...

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Burial Hex

The Hierophant

Burial Hex - The Hierophant album cover

Burial Hex, the project of multi-instrumentalist Clay Ruby has put out a plethora of releases, with their excellent debut, self-titled album and Book of Delusions really standing out. Now with his latest release, Ruby takes the project even further in terms of how dark his sound can get and how ...

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Nazoranai

The Most Painful Times Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Today?

Nazoranai  - The Most Painful Times Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Today? album cover

The guys participating in Nazoranai, do not really need much of an introduction. Stephen O’Malley of drone doom overlords Sunn O))), Australian guitarist Oren Ambarchi (who acts as the drummer in this case) and the maestro himself, Keiji Haino, collaborate to bring a terrorizing album of experimental free rock fury ...

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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 ...

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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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Hawks & Doves

Year One

8.0 / 10 Hawks & Doves - Year One album cover

Not knowing how much in the majority that I am, the passing of Gared O’Donnell’s previous band (Planes Mistaken For Stars for those that were unaware) was a sad occasion ...

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