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Top-rated albums this month
89%

Baroness

Purple

Baroness - Purple album cover

Through their career, Baroness has spawned a series of excellent works. From their early Mastodon-ian EPs to the evolution of their own unique sound with Red Album and Blue Record and the adventurous routes that led to the release of their most ambitious work Yellow & Green, the band has ...

87%

Lycus

Chasms

Lycus - Chasms album cover

Extreme doom/death is not an easy sound to get right. Despite the fact that most bands in the genre will just play slow and release heavy riffs, that is not enough to get someone's attention. There must something deeper in the band's sound in order to give you that feeling ...

Worst-rated albums this month
65%

See Through Dresses

End of Days EP

See Through Dresses - End of Days EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

See Through Dresses' sound is lathered in squealing, wailing guitars that melt and sway in the sludge of the rawest depths of grunge. The frazzled cocoon that is "Everyman" is laced with the threat "Wait 'til father gets home" delivered in a neutral tone while the guitars frantically crash through ...

76%

Wall Of Water

Promo 2015

Wall Of Water - Promo 2015 album cover
200 Words Or Less

The deliciously gloomy album art on Wall of Water's two-track Promo 2015 features what seems to be a long-abandoned roller coaster rotting away in the elements, an image that seems to jive with the downbeat but arresting style of music played by band members Cullen Toner (multi-instrumentalist and vocalist) and ...

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77%

Amber Asylum

Sin Eater

Amber Asylum - Sin Eater album cover

Amber Asylum has been a force in the post-rock/post-metal domain, since the mid '90s. With their origin found back in 1996 with the release of Frozen In Amber, this intriguing band was able to keep a presence, unfortunately not as constant as we would prefer. The seven year drought leading ...

87%

Lycus

Chasms

Lycus - Chasms album cover

Extreme doom/death is not an easy sound to get right. Despite the fact that most bands in the genre will just play slow and release heavy riffs, that is not enough to get someone's attention. There must something deeper in the band's sound in order to give you that feeling ...

80%

Ali Muhareb

Existentially Wasted

Ali Muhareb - Existentially Wasted album cover

The concept of being “existentially wasted” seems somewhat appropriate in the context of increasingly confused (and confusing) modern society. It's a concept that could easily have been born out of something like The Matrix, a process of being burnt out on being. Modern humans are often simply swamped with information, ...

80%

The Hussy

Galore

The Hussy - Galore album cover

Why have children when I can just listen to my music and watch the bands change and grow instead? First they learned to stumble, then to walk, and finally to slow dance. Er, I dunno. This metaphor fell apart before it even hit the page.What didn’t fall apart are Wisconsin ...

89%

Baroness

Purple

Baroness - Purple album cover

Through their career, Baroness has spawned a series of excellent works. From their early Mastodon-ian EPs to the evolution of their own unique sound with Red Album and Blue Record and the adventurous routes that led to the release of their most ambitious work Yellow & Green, the band has ...

80%

Oakeater

Aquarius

Oakeater  - Aquarius album cover

Oakeater is a Chicago outfit formed in the mid '00s. I must admit I was not familiar with their work before I saw that the band would be releasing their newest album, Aquarius. However, a listen of their cassette, Intrusion, got me interested so I started digging. Apart from a ...

65%

See Through Dresses

End of Days EP

See Through Dresses - End of Days EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

See Through Dresses' sound is lathered in squealing, wailing guitars that melt and sway in the sludge of the rawest depths of grunge. The frazzled cocoon that is "Everyman" is laced with the threat "Wait 'til father gets home" delivered in a neutral tone while the guitars frantically crash through ...

76%

Wall Of Water

Promo 2015

Wall Of Water - Promo 2015 album cover
200 Words Or Less

The deliciously gloomy album art on Wall of Water's two-track Promo 2015 features what seems to be a long-abandoned roller coaster rotting away in the elements, an image that seems to jive with the downbeat but arresting style of music played by band members Cullen Toner (multi-instrumentalist and vocalist) and ...

87%

David Bowie

★ (Blackstar)

David Bowie - ★ (Blackstar)  album cover

David Bowie has always stood outside the lines. In the last decade or so every album release came as a surprise of sort, no media circus or worldwide promo tour. Each release showed Bowie slipping into his older years with something more stable stylistically. Here on his 69th birthday we ...

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Pellinore

Memento Mori & Hell Mouth

7.2 / 10 Pellinore - Memento Mori & Hell Mouth album cover

Memento Mori & Hell Mouth is a compilation of this newish Northern Jersey hardcore band called Pellinore. I decided to take this CD on one of my many bus trips ...

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