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Our latest album reviews, grouped by highest-scoring, lowest-scoring, most read and most recent.

Top-rated albums this month
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Old Man Gloom

The Ape Of God

Old Man Gloom - The Ape Of God album cover

THIS IS A FAKE REVIEW!! Old Man Gloom sent out a fake version of the album to the reviewers in order to avoid the actual albums (yeah that’s right! Albums!) from leaking before the release date. So what can I say? The Gloom and The Ape got me. Still, in ...

90%

Aphex Twin

Syro

Aphex Twin - Syro album cover

Sometime around the mid-2000’s, I began to realize just how much I missed having new music by Richard D. James, who typically records under the name of Aphex Twin. I’d been spoiled in the 1990’s: starting off the decade with a pair of outstanding and other-wordly ambient releases (the positively ...

Worst-rated albums this month
69%

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 ...

71%

Black Anvil

Hail Death

Black Anvil - Hail Death album cover

Black metal is cool now right? Not to complain. I enjoy the genre, generally speaking, and the statement isn't a cut on Black Anvil as a band. It does seem like there are millions of BM bands coming out of the woodwork at this point. The skill or adherence to ...

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Recent reviews

Our most recent reviews, organised by date.

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S

Cool Choices

S - Cool Choices album cover

“This is how losers feel // I am a loser // and you’re here to remind me” ...so begins Cool Choices, recorded by Jenn Ghetto, founding member of the outstanding and sorely missed Carissa’s Wierd, under the name of “S.” Ghetto has made a career of producing some of the ...

91%

Old Man Gloom

The Ape Of God

Old Man Gloom - The Ape Of God album cover

THIS IS A FAKE REVIEW!! Old Man Gloom sent out a fake version of the album to the reviewers in order to avoid the actual albums (yeah that’s right! Albums!) from leaking before the release date. So what can I say? The Gloom and The Ape got me. Still, in ...

85%

Nai Harvest

Hold Open My Head EP

Nai Harvest - Hold Open My Head EP album cover

Nai Harvest released this four song EP earlier on this year and I've been meaning to listen to it for a while now and man I wish I hadn't waited. It is a powerful record with soaring guitar work and vocals to match compliments of Ben Thompson who is ably ...

71%

Black Anvil

Hail Death

Black Anvil - Hail Death album cover

Black metal is cool now right? Not to complain. I enjoy the genre, generally speaking, and the statement isn't a cut on Black Anvil as a band. It does seem like there are millions of BM bands coming out of the woodwork at this point. The skill or adherence to ...

77%

Full Of Hell & Merzbow

Full Of Hell & Merzbow

Full Of Hell & Merzbow - Full Of Hell & Merzbow album cover

Full of Hell paved their way with their two previous albums, Roots of Earth Are Consuming My Home and Rudiments of Multilation, establishing the band as a force to be reckoned with in the grindcore scene. Their mixture of the hardcore/crust with their grind core has proven golden so far, ...

78%

Mourn

Mourn

Mourn - Mourn album cover

Coming out of Spain, this group can come up with some seriously good tunes. Mourn started out as a duo act by Jazz Rodriguez Bueno and Carla Perez Vas, but it soon grew into a quartet with the inclusion of drummer Antonio Postius and bassist Leia Rodriguez. The really crazy ...

80%

Grouper

Ruins

Grouper - Ruins album cover

Though I’ve been familiar with the name Grouper for some time, perhaps it’s not entirely coincidental that the solo project from Portland, Oregon-based artist and musician Liz Harris has never quite made an impression on me. While many of today’s groups strive to work their way into a listeners head, ...

80%

Alexeï Kawolski

My DC Offset Fields

Alexeï Kawolski - My DC Offset Fields album cover

Recording under the guise of Alexeï Kawolski, Montreal-based composer and producer Alexis Langevin-Tétrault walks the line between making harsh and abstract material and more noticeably melodic compositions. Kawolski has built up quite a library of releases since the late 2000s and was nominated in 2013 for a Quebec Indy Award ...

80%

The Smith Street Band

Throw Me in the River

The Smith Street Band - Throw Me in the River album cover

Summarizing The Smith Street Band is a bit difficult. While I want to lump them in with folk-punk, that’s only true in song structure. There’s far too much electric guitar to drop that name on them—and maybe too much to just label it “punk.” Think Against Me! without the shouting. ...

75%

Explosions in the Sky with David Wingo

Prince Avalanche Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Explosions in the Sky with David Wingo  - Prince Avalanche Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album cover

The soundtrack for the 2013 film Prince Avalanche, created by instrumental rock group Explosions in the Sky in collaboration with David Wingo, has to be considered one of the most strange and potentially divisive albums in the band’s repertoire. Though the group gained notoriety when they were featured extensively on ...

79%

Ambarchi, O'Malley, Dunn

Shade Themes from Kairos

Ambarchi, O'Malley, Dunn - Shade Themes from Kairos album cover

The idea for Shade Themes From Kairos started when Belgian filmmaker Alexis Destoop asked Ambarchi and O’Malley to provide the score for his short film Kairos. The two musicians travelled to Belgium and started working on the score for the film, and after they finished with the soundtrack they returned ...

90%

Aphex Twin

Syro

Aphex Twin - Syro album cover

Sometime around the mid-2000’s, I began to realize just how much I missed having new music by Richard D. James, who typically records under the name of Aphex Twin. I’d been spoiled in the 1990’s: starting off the decade with a pair of outstanding and other-wordly ambient releases (the positively ...

74%

Pan & Me

Ocean Noise

Pan & Me - Ocean Noise album cover

Christopher Mevel, one of the founding members of the Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones, set up his solo project, Pan & Me, in order to step outside of the jazz based sound of the main band and to explore other sonic domains. Ambient music and drone are the key ...

88%

Pharmakon

Bestial Burden

Pharmakon - Bestial Burden album cover

Just last year Pharmakon was putting out Abandon, tearing our brains apart. Margaret Chardiet (the artist behind Pharmakon) was collecting aspects of industrial, noise and power electronics, filtering all that through her mind and producing one of the most intense listens of (at least) 2013. Now how can you top ...

90%

Mannequin Pussy

Gypsy Pervert

Mannequin Pussy  - Gypsy Pervert album cover

It’s kind of remarkable how vaguely similar the debut album by Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy is to that of another of 2014’s breakout artists, Perfect Pussy. Both these similarly-named, female-fronted bands utilize rough sound production to create a listening experience that’s raw, ragged, and jarring, but while Perfect Pussy’s churning Say ...

85%

Perturbator

DANGEROUS DAYS

Perturbator  - DANGEROUS DAYS album cover

If Daft Punk were commissioned to score a cyberpunk horror film of the likes of Hardware, the resulting work may sound something like what Paris musician James “Perturbator” Kent has come up with on 2014’s Dangerous Days, the latest of his four albums. Utilizing vintage synthesizer sound straight out of ...

89%

Blut Aus Nord

Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry

Blut Aus Nord  - Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry album cover

Starting back in the early ‘90s, Blut Aus Nord exists in two intersecting realities. Their earlier releases, which includes the first part of the Memoria Vetusta trilogy (a trilogy so far, I guess it might be extended), showcased an atmospheric black metal band, in the vein of acts such as ...

82%

Mamiffer

Statu Nascendi

Mamiffer - Statu Nascendi album cover

Even though Mamiffer started off as a studio project of Faith Coloccia, throughout the years it has blossomed into something much more. The atmospheric experimental band of the former mastermind behind Everlovely Lightningheart, and Aaron Turner (also of Old Man Gloom and previously of ISIS) released a couple of full-lengths ...

83%

Sunn O))) and Scott Walker

Soused

Sunn O))) and Scott Walker - Soused album cover

The moment I heard Scott Walker would be collaborating for a full album with Sunn O))), I assumed I was dreaming. That was just too good to be actually true. In the past Sunn O))) have had great collaborations with bands such as, Boris, Nurse With Wound and Ulver, all ...

83%

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 ...

75%

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 ...

69%

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 ...

78%

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 ...

81%

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 ...

77%

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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Coffins

Buried Death

7.0 / 10 Coffins - Buried Death album cover

Hailing from Japan, Coffins play a vicious style of doom that relentlessly pummels listeners while at the same time is raw and unhinged. Buried Death is the three-piece group's third ...

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