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Top-rated albums this month
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Owls

Two

Owls - Two album cover

Post-hardcore merges the experimentation of noise rock with the energy of hardcore punk. During its first two decades, post-hardcore was pretty underground, but it produced notable acts like Shellac, Fugazi, and Big Black in the 80’s and Chavez, Slint, and Unwound in the 90’s.In the 2000’s, post-hardcore broke with The Used’s 2003 self-titled album and My Chemical Romance’s 2004 album Three ...

87%

Coathangers

Suck My Shirt

Coathangers - Suck My Shirt album cover

This Atlanta trio caught my attention with Larceny & Old Lace a couple of years ago, and Suck My Shirt is a continuation of that sound. It shifts into hypnotic, rhythmic patterns and eschews melodies at times, instead just shouting their fury over the beat while discordant guitars clash away. It’s not noise rock—there’s ...

Worst-rated albums this month
70%

The Faint

Doom Abuse

The Faint - Doom Abuse album cover

It came as a surprise to everyone. The Faint sprung up from the ground out of nowhere after being gone for a few years. They came out of the dark to celebrate Danse Macabre's 10-year anniversary. What people didn't expect was for them to accompany the tour with new music. At their ...

70%

Brain F≠

Empty Set

Brain F≠ - Empty Set album cover

Apparently this band is called “Brain Flannel.” I don’t know what that means, but as somebody capable of reading the English language, I’m pretty sure it’s actually “Brain Unequal To.”Empty Set here is their second full-length, and it’s really only a full-length by a hair, totaling 20 minutes for the 10 ...

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The Faint

Doom Abuse

The Faint - Doom Abuse album cover

It came as a surprise to everyone. The Faint sprung up from the ground out of nowhere after being gone for a few years. They came out of the dark to celebrate Danse Macabre's 10-year anniversary. What people didn't expect was for them to accompany the tour with new music. At their ...

78%

Brown Brogues

Zoloto

Brown Brogues - Zoloto album cover

In an alternate universe, Brown Brogues' "Shit In Your Eye" sits atop the charts; following in the lineage of other certified gold cuts such as Ty Segall's "Girlfriend" and the Black Lips' "Bad Kids." As the shit-kicker guitar rings out of the speakers, you can practically see someone beating their fist atop a ...

80%

Helms Alee

Sleepwalking Sailors

Helms Alee - Sleepwalking Sailors album cover

Sleepwalking Sailors is just too good, promptly inserting itself at the top of my list for album of the year (for now, and yes, I keep a running list all year long because I am a weirdo); and Helms Alee continues to impress me with every new release not just in the fact ...

83%

Helms Alee

Sleepwalking Sailors

Helms Alee - Sleepwalking Sailors album cover

Helms Alee’s Sleepwalking Sailors is a ferocious asteroid of post-hardcore, doom metal, and noise rock. The Seattle-based trio’s third album, released on Sargent House Records, hurls you through a deathly metal ocean, into the Earth’s burning core, and back out again; it’s Michael Bay making rock music.“Pleasure Center” puts the 11-song fireball ...

79%

Blackrat

Whiskey and Blasphemy

Blackrat - Whiskey and Blasphemy  album cover

Whiskey and Blasphemy (Xnihilo Records), the 11-song debut album from Canadian trio Blackrat, is a grittily produced 28 minutes of totes gnarly extreme metal. Like holy metalheads Aura Noir and Sodom, Blackrat combines the Satanic themes and rawness of black metal with the speedy guitars of thrash metal, resulting in some good ol’ black/thrash crossover.The blast-beats, violent ...

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Various Artists

Capitalist Kids/Tight Bros. - split 7"

Various Artists - Capitalist Kids/Tight Bros. - split 7" album cover
200 Words Or Less

If sweet and easy pop punk is your thing, this is the split for you. Capitalist Kids take Side A, fresh after releasing Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene. They play Mr. T Experience influenced pop punk/song-about-a-girl. Here, only two of the three are on that subject: opener “Special Looks,” which features the ...

85%

Twilight

III: Beneath Trident's Tomb

Twilight - III: Beneath Trident's Tomb album cover

Twilight is a difficult band to define. Throughout the years, since their inception back in 2004, the band has seen some very interesting line-up changes which obviously resulted in the evolution of their sound. The core members of Twilight always were N. Imperial of Krieg, Wrest of Leviathan and Blake Judd of Nachtmystium (even though ...

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Owls

Two

Owls - Two album cover

Post-hardcore merges the experimentation of noise rock with the energy of hardcore punk. During its first two decades, post-hardcore was pretty underground, but it produced notable acts like Shellac, Fugazi, and Big Black in the 80’s and Chavez, Slint, and Unwound in the 90’s.In the 2000’s, post-hardcore broke with The Used’s 2003 self-titled album and My Chemical Romance’s 2004 album Three ...

70%

Brain F≠

Empty Set

Brain F≠ - Empty Set album cover

Apparently this band is called “Brain Flannel.” I don’t know what that means, but as somebody capable of reading the English language, I’m pretty sure it’s actually “Brain Unequal To.”Empty Set here is their second full-length, and it’s really only a full-length by a hair, totaling 20 minutes for the 10 ...

74%

Fuck The Facts

Amer

Fuck The Facts - Amer album cover
200 Words Or Less

Fuck The Facts have long been a bright spot in the canadian metal scene. The long running band have released a nearly ridiculous number of records in their ever changing musical formula. The formula itself retains grind as a backbone but adds layers and ideas up and above that to ...

84%

Kill Matilda

#Punk#Zombie#RocknRoll

Kill Matilda - #Punk#Zombie#RocknRoll  album cover

Blood, decay, and darkness, that’s what I think of when I listen to Kill Matilda’s re-release EP #Punk#Zombie#RocknRoll which derived from their 2011 full length album I Want Revenge. This album grips my mind and twists my emotions! I imagine myself in a dank basement with thirty of the coolest ...

80%

The Estranged

Self Titled LP

The Estranged - Self Titled LP album cover

Despite having been formed in 2006 and having released 3 LPs since, the Portland originated post punk band The Estranged have mostly fallen under the radar and out of public awareness. I myself had never heard of the three man act until the release of their self titled LP this ...

80%

Stop Breathing

Santa Cruz EP

Stop Breathing - Santa Cruz EP album cover

Raging, fast, poignant, and so on; any number of commonly used hardcore band descriptors would be apropos when talking about the sonic onslaught of Oxnard, CA's Stop Breathing. Lead vocalist John Crerar says, “I like to think of us as a cross between RKL and Gorilla Biscuits with a dash of D.R.I.” So there’s that ...

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Epic Problem

Lines

Epic Problem - Lines  album cover
200 Words Or Less

You’ve heard it before a hundred times. You’ve thought it yourself.Punk rock is a safe genre.While I generally hate on talk like this, promoting genre classification over substance and artistic focus, there is a certain argument that can be made (and has been, oh, let’s say a hundred times). When ...

80%

Drawers

Self Titled

Drawers - Self Titled album cover

When it comes to thinking about "heavy" music, it's virtually impossible to not immediately think of titans of the genre Sleep and their epic 63 minute long Dopesmoker and the opening lines "Drop out of life, bong in hand/Follow the smoke toward the riff-filled land." On their self-titled second album for Kaotoxin Records, French ...

73%

Skaters

Manhattan

Skaters - Manhattan album cover

Spawned from drunken promises at an LA house party to "jam together", soon-to-be Skaters vocalist Michael Ian Cummings and guitarist Josh Hubbard made a hazy pact. Fast forward a few months, and England-based (and ex-Dirty Pretty Thing) Hubbard informs Cummings that he'll be arriving in New York in a few ...

87%

Coathangers

Suck My Shirt

Coathangers - Suck My Shirt album cover

This Atlanta trio caught my attention with Larceny & Old Lace a couple of years ago, and Suck My Shirt is a continuation of that sound. It shifts into hypnotic, rhythmic patterns and eschews melodies at times, instead just shouting their fury over the beat while discordant guitars clash away. It’s not noise rock—there’s ...

77%

T.O.M.B.

Third Wave Holocaust

T.O.M.B. - Third Wave Holocaust album cover

T.O.M.B., the one man blackened noise project, has been running strong for many years. the is such a consistency within No One's (the nom de plum of the man behind the project) output that the growth from one release to the next may be decieving to many listeners. Now, with ...

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The Advantage

The Advantage

7.1 / 10 The Advantage - The Advantage album cover

From my childhood there are some very specific things that I can recall: the first time I had sex (in preschool I thought it was lying on top of girls ...

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