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Top-rated albums this month
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Gay Kiss

Preservation Measures

Gay Kiss - Preservation Measures album cover
200 Words Or Less

In this current age of ‘80s hardcore worship overload, it’s refreshing when something this original comes along, even if said originality is the result of a convergence of styles. Phoenix, AZ four-piece Gay Kiss grind and groove forth with teeth-clenching, throat-ripping, temple-piercing rage on their new LP, Preservation Measures. The ...

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 ...

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%

Timeshares

Already Dead

Timeshares - Already Dead album cover

This isn’t what I expected—there’s way more country punk twang than when I caught a short pre-Fest show from Timeshares last year. On Already Dead, the band takes that familiar Fest beard punk thing and mix it up. Using a core of gruff pop punk, they’ve tuned the guitars more ...

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70%

Timeshares

Already Dead

Timeshares - Already Dead album cover

This isn’t what I expected—there’s way more country punk twang than when I caught a short pre-Fest show from Timeshares last year. On Already Dead, the band takes that familiar Fest beard punk thing and mix it up. Using a core of gruff pop punk, they’ve tuned the guitars more ...

84%

Minsk

The Crash & The Draw

Minsk - The Crash & The Draw album cover

I was quite surprised when I heard that Minsk were going to release a follow-up full-length to their previous album, With Echoes In The Movement of Stone. Following that album, the band participated in the Hawkwind Triad split alongside US Christmas and Harvestman, before going silent for the next six ...

75%

Frog

Kind Of Blah

Frog - Kind Of Blah album cover

Frog’s second LP Kind of Blah is one that swings from highs to lows, from poppy pep to slowed down sadness and it encompasses every other emotion within it’s short running time that any of us would know. Opener “All Dogs Go To Heaven” is a guitar led-piece that showcases ...

80%

Little Sister

Split Up

Little Sister - Split Up album cover

Little Sister is an East Bay post-punk group with a passionate and well-deserved local following. The trio consists of Monbon and Erica, who both pull double duty on bass, guitar, and vocals, and Nada responsible, according to the album credits, for “drums, perc, beard and sunglasses.” Blues, soul, garage rock, ...

80%

Dark Ages

Vapor

Dark Ages - Vapor album cover
200 Words Or Less

“You have been wasted. You have been taken for a ride.” That line from the title track of the new Dark Ages LP accurately sums up the feeling you get listening to it. Which is to say it’s difficult to compartmentalize exactly what’s going on here. (Not surprisingly there’s a ...

72%

Powernap

Oreosmith EP

Powernap - Oreosmith EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Oreosmith, whatever the hell that title means, is the first release from Powernap and it’s familiar and powerful, leaving curious signs of where the band may develop. The general sound is gruff, mid-tempo punk a la Jawbreaker or The Broadways.The EP is 6 songs long, clocking at 18 minutes and ...

81%

Faith No More

Sol Invictus

Faith No More - Sol Invictus album cover

June, 1997.Hanson's Mmmbop was at the top of the charts. Hype was building for James Cameron's soon-to-be-released new film Titanic. Layne Staley and Princess Diana had yet to shuffle off this mortal coil. And Faith No More's Album of the Year hit the shelves - what was to be the ...

83%

Arcturus

Arcturian

Arcturus  - Arcturian album cover

The fact that both the new Arcturus and the new Dodheimsgard albums are being released in the same year seems insane for me. On one hand Dodheimsgard had to take eight years in order to put out there latest, magnificent album A Umbra Omega, and just a few months later ...

90%

Gay Kiss

Preservation Measures

Gay Kiss - Preservation Measures album cover
200 Words Or Less

In this current age of ‘80s hardcore worship overload, it’s refreshing when something this original comes along, even if said originality is the result of a convergence of styles. Phoenix, AZ four-piece Gay Kiss grind and groove forth with teeth-clenching, throat-ripping, temple-piercing rage on their new LP, Preservation Measures. The ...

70%

Dan Webb and the Spiders

Now It Can Be Told

Dan Webb and the Spiders - Now It Can Be Told album cover

Dan Webb and the Spiders have been out spreading their punk rock for a few years now. They've collected a bunch of unreleased tracks, some singles and splits, as well as some bonus tracks from their second album and put them on one big compilation for all to enjoy in ...

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. ...

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Bleaklow

The Sunless Country

7.5 / 10 Bleaklow - The Sunless Country album cover

Though a lot of post-anything music can, using a single theme, reach past the 10 minute mark without necessarily becoming repetitive or stale, there is still a point where too ...

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