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Top-rated albums this month
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The Banner

Greying

The Banner - Greying album cover

The Banner has always been a band that embraced the darker side of their style. Being a hardcore band that tends to them lean closer to metal than punk, the band have always made their own version of this general style. Whether it was the more youthful style of their ...

90%

Emmy The Great

S EP

Emmy The Great - S EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Creating the most welcoming introduction that you're likely to hear this year, S opener "Swimming Pool" features haunting, echoing synthesisers that sound like a distorted church organ, while Wild Beasts' bassist Tom Fleming's vocal timbre compliments the ethereal quality of the song. Musing on the perils of engaging with other ...

Worst-rated albums this month
60%

Sergio Mendes

Magic

Sergio Mendes - Magic album cover

Sergio Mendes is a Brazilian legend. His name might not be a big draw here at Scene Point Blank, where the focus is on punk, hardcore, and metal, but—hey—we gotta branch out now and then, right?Magic is the 73 year-old’s latest offering, and it comes with a smorgasboard of rhythmic ...

65%

Gang Of Four

What Happens Next

Gang Of Four - What Happens Next album cover

I haven’t listened to Gang of Four in a long time, and I tend to stick to the classic Entertainment!, released in 1979, when I do. That’s not to talk about the band’s changes in 30 years, but to introduce that I’m not well versed on recent output. Obviously the ...

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78%

Boduf Songs

Stench Of Exist

Boduf Songs - Stench Of Exist album cover

Started as the acoustic project of musician Mat Sweet, Boduf Songs have been transforming throughout the years. The debut self-titled album of the band featured interesting acoustic compositions, recorded with minimal equipment in Sweet’s own room back in 2004, but soon enough bloomed into a darker, experimental act. Such tendencies ...

65%

Gang Of Four

What Happens Next

Gang Of Four - What Happens Next album cover

I haven’t listened to Gang of Four in a long time, and I tend to stick to the classic Entertainment!, released in 1979, when I do. That’s not to talk about the band’s changes in 30 years, but to introduce that I’m not well versed on recent output. Obviously the ...

82%

Murder By Death

Big Dark Love

Murder By Death - Big Dark Love album cover

Making a career in the arts is hard. The job description lands somewhere between self-expression and entertainment and there isn’t a sure fire way to know whether or not what you’re creating is going to be profitable until well after all the art is done and out in the world ...

70%

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

IX

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - IX album cover

I always get scared when I listen to a new album by a band that I listened to in middle school. Throwing all the embarrassing angst that led me to terrible music aside, there are a lot of other things to worry about when it comes to still-active bands from ...

75%

Grand Vapids

Guarantees

Grand Vapids - Guarantees  album cover

Athens, Georgia has a long history of producing some great musicians and music, known for being the birthplace of groups like the B-52’s and R.E.M. as well as the adopted home of the Elephant Six Collective. One of the latest bands to emerge from the storied Athens scene is Grand ...

75%

Hurry

EVERYTHING/NOTHING

Hurry - EVERYTHING/NOTHING album cover

Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Hurry started out as the solo project of guitarist/songwriter Matt Scottoline before expanding to its current three-piece form, and it’s quite obviously Scottoline’s fuzzed-out vocals and guitar that are front and center in any of the songs on the group’s 2014 album Everything/Nothing. The album features ...

80%

Iceage

Plowing into the Field of Love

Iceage -  Plowing into the Field of Love album cover

If Danish punk band Iceage’s debut New Brigade gave us just that, then it looks like their third album Plowing into the Field of Love gives us another brigade. Indeed, if it weren’t for Elias Rønnenfelt’s distinct baritone vocals (think Jonathan Richman of The Modern Lovers or Ian Curtis of ...

60%

Sergio Mendes

Magic

Sergio Mendes - Magic album cover

Sergio Mendes is a Brazilian legend. His name might not be a big draw here at Scene Point Blank, where the focus is on punk, hardcore, and metal, but—hey—we gotta branch out now and then, right?Magic is the 73 year-old’s latest offering, and it comes with a smorgasboard of rhythmic ...

75%

Franz Nicolay

To Us, the Beautiful

Franz Nicolay - To Us, the Beautiful  album cover

Franz Nicolay is often billed as an ex-member of The Hold Steady, an ex-member of The World/Inferno Friendship Society, or a former touring member of Against Me! He’s a working musician, and while his contributions to other bands are notable, they never showcased the full extent of Nicolay’s talents. Franz ...

87%

Sumac

The Deal

Sumac - The Deal album cover

Aaron Tuner sure keeps himself busy. After the demise of Isis back in 2010, Turner has been active musically with other acts such as Old Man Gloom and Mamiffer, while at the same time being a part of SIGE Records alongside Faith Coloccia. There have been quite a few projects ...

81%

A Perfect Circle

A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo

A Perfect Circle - A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo album cover

Writing a review for a live album can be a daunting task. There's only so much you can say about songs presented in a live fashion that doesn't echo what was said in the original album review, but reviewing a live box set? Time to put the coffee on.A Perfect ...

70%

WAR//PLAGUE

Temperaments of War EP

WAR//PLAGUE -  Temperaments of War EP album cover

Over the course of their last few records these Minneapolis crust punk stalwarts have really honed their metal chops. I’ll do my best to avoid any “who put their metal in my punk” type of argument and just say, as someone who prefers my metalpunx leaning more to the punk ...

92%

The Banner

Greying

The Banner - Greying album cover

The Banner has always been a band that embraced the darker side of their style. Being a hardcore band that tends to them lean closer to metal than punk, the band have always made their own version of this general style. Whether it was the more youthful style of their ...

75%

Treasure Fleet

The Sun Machine

Treasure Fleet - The Sun Machine album cover

You can’t have your middle finger in the air all the time. As such, Isaac Thotz (The Arrivals) has stepped away from his punk-leaning project to explore spacey 1960’s inspired psychedelia with The Treasure Fleet. The band also includes members of Smoking Popes, The Lawrence Arms, and Sass Dragons and ...

69%

Atlas Losing Grip

Currents

Atlas Losing Grip - Currents album cover

I first discovered Atlas Losing Grip after the release of their 2009 EP, Watching the Horizon, and became an instant fan. 2009 seemed to be a dark time for technical melodic skatepunk and Watching the Horizon was basically a glimmer of hope in the blackness. It didn’t hurt that the ...

70%

Various Artists

NEONAUTICS v.01

Various Artists - NEONAUTICS v.01 album cover

Running nearly 70 minutes in length, the Neonautics v.01 compilation from Russian label skyQode collects sixteen tracks (many of which in album-exclusive versions) from a variety of European synthpop artists who clearly know their stuff when it comes to making catchy, danceable electronic music. Full of bouncy rhythms, lots of ...

74%

Terminal Sound System

Dust Songs

Terminal Sound System - Dust Songs album cover

Hailing from Australia, Skye Klein’s project Terminal Sound System is set on an interesting path. The merging of doom, post rock, and jazz with the diverse fields of electronica and heavy dub has yielded some very promising results. The music of Terminal Sound System is quite difficult to pinpoint due ...

65%

I Wanna Die

I Wanna Die

I Wanna Die - I Wanna Die album cover

Offering up an abrasive quintet of hardcore punk that flies by in five minutes, the 2015 self-titled demo from Oakland, California four-piece I WANNA DIE conveys the type of reckless desperation suggested by their name – the hopelessness present in the material is probably the demo’s strongest and most noticeable ...

90%

Emmy The Great

S EP

Emmy The Great - S EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Creating the most welcoming introduction that you're likely to hear this year, S opener "Swimming Pool" features haunting, echoing synthesisers that sound like a distorted church organ, while Wild Beasts' bassist Tom Fleming's vocal timbre compliments the ethereal quality of the song. Musing on the perils of engaging with other ...

85%

The Blind Shake

Breakfast of Failures

The Blind Shake - Breakfast of Failures album cover

The Blind Shake have been consistently banging out juicy, syncopatic jams for the better part of a decade now. Breakfast of Failures is their fifth full-length and, with it, continues the evolution. They’ve always been a concise group, focused on big stomping hooks within the confines of a pop structure, ...

74%

Kayo Dot

Coffins On Io

Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io album cover

Just last year, Kayo Dot were releasing one of their most ambitious and challenging albums, Hubardo. The US based band, led by mastermind singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Toby Driver, has made a career out of their crazy mold of different musical genres. Hubardo was the perfect example of the Kayo Dot vision, encompassing ...

85%

Triptykon

Melana Chasmata

Triptykon  - Melana Chasmata album cover

In his long, storied, and in this mind, legendary career, Thomas Gabriel Fischer (Tom G. Warrior) has been a man of dark talent and darker vision. Where I think he has always been separated from his peers however, is always being able to show the listener the beauty in that ...

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husband&wife

Acoustic Recordings

7.5 / 10 husband&wife - Acoustic Recordings album cover

The beauty in acoustic albums usually comes from hearing a song you know and love take on a different resonance when it’s stripped back and unpolished. This is definitely the ...

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