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Top-rated albums this month
94%

Strung Out

Transmission.Alpha.Delta.

Strung Out - Transmission.Alpha.Delta. album cover

There are some albums that you hear for the first time and fall in love instantly. There are others that require repeated listens in order to grasp the depth and complexity of the material. These albums get progressively more enjoyable as you listen to them. With every spin another pleasant ...

92%

Dodheimsgard

A Umbra Omega

Dodheimsgard - A Umbra Omega album cover

It always takes a while for Dodheimsgard (DHG) to release a new album, but it is also always worth the wait. The experimental alchemists from Norway started off their career back in the mid ‘90s when the second wave of black metal bands was starting to come together. The core ...

Worst-rated albums this month
70%

Derek Grant

Breakdown

Derek Grant - Breakdown album cover

Chances are, most listeners have would heard everything on Derek Grant’s 2015 solo album Breakdown before - it seems to imitate everything from the driving road music of Jackson Browne to the ballads of Guns ‘n’ Roses while frequently capturing an alt-country vibe that might be unexpected coming from a ...

70%

Summer Cannibals

Show Us Your Mind

Summer Cannibals - Show Us Your Mind album cover

I know I’d already read the band’s bio, but I think I would have guessed Pacific Northwest anyway. There’s just something dreary and with a bi to’ sunshine about Summer Cannibals. Just like their name, it’s a mix of positive and desperate, with a genre tag somewhere in the vein ...

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92%

Dodheimsgard

A Umbra Omega

Dodheimsgard - A Umbra Omega album cover

It always takes a while for Dodheimsgard (DHG) to release a new album, but it is also always worth the wait. The experimental alchemists from Norway started off their career back in the mid ‘90s when the second wave of black metal bands was starting to come together. The core ...

94%

Strung Out

Transmission.Alpha.Delta.

Strung Out - Transmission.Alpha.Delta. album cover

There are some albums that you hear for the first time and fall in love instantly. There are others that require repeated listens in order to grasp the depth and complexity of the material. These albums get progressively more enjoyable as you listen to them. With every spin another pleasant ...

70%

Derek Grant

Breakdown

Derek Grant - Breakdown album cover

Chances are, most listeners have would heard everything on Derek Grant’s 2015 solo album Breakdown before - it seems to imitate everything from the driving road music of Jackson Browne to the ballads of Guns ‘n’ Roses while frequently capturing an alt-country vibe that might be unexpected coming from a ...

70%

Summer Cannibals

Show Us Your Mind

Summer Cannibals - Show Us Your Mind album cover

I know I’d already read the band’s bio, but I think I would have guessed Pacific Northwest anyway. There’s just something dreary and with a bi to’ sunshine about Summer Cannibals. Just like their name, it’s a mix of positive and desperate, with a genre tag somewhere in the vein ...

75%

The Rutabega

Shiny Destination

The Rutabega - Shiny Destination album cover
200 Words Or Less

After a 2013 full length album that marked the band’s first full-length as a self-described “Carp Rock Power Duo,” a title which I can in no way explain yet love nonetheless, South Bend, Indiana’s The Rutabega is back with Shiny Destination, a 7” vinyl release that presents two very different ...

81%

Matana Roberts

COIN COIN Chapter Three: River Run Thee

Matana Roberts -  COIN COIN Chapter Three: River Run Thee album cover

The meaning of the word “personal” does not even begin to describe what the COIN COIN works must signify for Matana Roberts. Through the chapters of COIN COIN, Roberts narrates the story of her family as far back as it can be traced. Roberts herself has said that it would ...

71%

Western Settings

Yes It Is

Western Settings - Yes It Is album cover

When listening to a band you’ve never heard of, it’s a lot easier to make all those “sounds like” comments. Whether that’s why I think Western Settings sounds so much like some familiar favorites, or if that’s because they really do, well, that’s maybe beside the point anyway. It’s punk ...

70%

Dustin Kensrue

Carry The Fire

Dustin Kensrue - Carry The Fire album cover

The basic tenets of theology and philosophy concern discerning right from wrong, good from evil. There will never be any clear answer to this, but as humans we're going to keep guessing and muddling through. At least partly as a result of its ambiguous nature, morality will always be a ...

77%

Siskiyou

Nervous

Siskiyou  - Nervous album cover

Third album for the American indie rock, and it comes with a quite disturbing story to it as well. Main man, Colin Huebert, of the band was diagnosed with hyperacusis, a condition that makes the ordinary noise level of everyday life intolerable. That enough could knock out most ordinary people, ...

82%

Pears

Go To Prison

Pears - Go To Prison album cover

Naming an album is something of a branding concept. Yes, it’s also artistic, but occasionally those two worlds collide, even if we don’t want to admit it.Go To Prison is fitting for Pears debut. It’s angry and often reflects the tone of a loner lashing (slashing?) out at the system. ...

71%

Swingin' Utters

Fistful of Hollow

Swingin' Utters - Fistful of Hollow album cover

If Fistful of Hollow seemed fast, well it is. Swingin’ Utters released Poorly Formed in 2013 and Here, Under Protest in 2011. With another one in the can in late 2014, the band is showing a little more experimentation this time around.That’s not say their folky version of ’77 punk ...

90%

Swami John & The Blind Shake

Modern Surf Classics

Swami John & The Blind Shake - Modern Surf Classics album cover

When it was announced that John Reis (Night Marchers, Rocket From the Crypt, Hot Snakes) was collaborating with The Blind Shake, it was expected that the combo would pack a punch. When it came out that the collaborative record was to be instrumental surf, even that made some sense—though the ...

76%

Disappears

Irreal

Disappears - Irreal album cover

Fifth album for the rock band from Chicago, and they are still at it, blending the elements of shoe gaze and kraut rock in their alternative rock base. Irreal is an album that finds Disappears pushing their sonic identity to extremes, with the dark quality of the album remaining always ...

79%

Metallica

Through The Never Soundtrack

Metallica - Through The Never Soundtrack album cover
200 Words Or Less

You had to be there. In the grand scheme of box-office existence, Through The Never was a blip. The release was limited, as was apparently, the appeal. Despite all this, It was well worth seeing. It looked fantastic, the sound mix was great. It was possibly the most immersive concert-film ...

85%

Orange The Juice

The Messiah is Back

Orange The Juice - The Messiah is Back album cover

With a hard copy release that’s designed to look like a blood-spattered wedding invitation, The Messiah is Back has to be one of the most excitingly eclectic and boundlessly imaginative albums that came out in 2014 – or any year for that matter. Produced by Polish group Orange the Juice ...

80%

Hail The Ghost

Forsaken

Hail The Ghost - Forsaken album cover

There's something deliciously miserable about Dublin weather that stretches from the end of January to the early flecks of spring, with the pre-summer season not usually making its presence known until the end of April. The skies are grey and morbid, the rain feels heavy and overarching, the ground is ...

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The Stills

Oceans Will Rise

6.5 / 10 The Stills - Oceans Will Rise album cover
200 Words Or Less

The third record finds this Canadian five-piece returning to the smooth atmospheric rock of their debut. But with more songwriting maturity to show for it, this is actually a stronger ...

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