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Year End 2018

Music: 2018: A Year In Review

Top 10 Most-Read SPB Reviews of 2018

Via some ghosts in the machine (well, website analytics), here's an automatically-compiled list of our most-read reviews across the entirety of 2018. Now, we're not suggesting that controversial bands attract lots of pageviews... but check out who's #1. These are our album reviews you wanted to read the most in 2018.


The Dwarves

Take Back the Night

Burger Records

Take Back The Night isn’t one of those experiment Dwarves records, like the industrio-tinge of Come Clean. On their latest offering, the long-running band alternates styles consistently between their unique and twisted take on bubblegum pop-pu ... Read more




Alerta Antifascista

After a couple of years of reviewing I’ve got a love-hate relation with genre definitions. I love ‘em because it makes my job so much easier. Just should a genre name and you, my dear reader, should have an idea about the sound of the record in question and if this ... Read more


Four Fists



Four sixes, four fists, two rappers and some punchy production that’s equally space age and heavy hitting. It’s my own interpretation here, but the group name is more a reference to solidarity and kinship between rappers P.O.S and Astronautalis than it’s a st ... Read more


Daniel Miller and Terry Burrows

Mute: A visual document from 1978 – tomorrow

Thames & Hudson

For the uninitiated, and if you are, you might want to look at changing that immediately – shame on you: Mute Records (commonly known, referred to and stylized as “mute”) by and large is one of the most influential British independent platforms and record lab ... Read more


Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots


Jeff Gutt has a thankless task before him. Some might say impossible, even. He's replacing Scott Weiland, one of the most loved and recognizable frontmen of the last 30 years, who tragically died far too young.

He's also replacing Chester Be ... Read more



Beacon of Faith

Southern Lord

Canadian hardcore is a weirdly veiled style. Like Canadian politics, it is highly deferential, often distinctly so. This means it both blends in with previous hardcore styles at the same time it writes original sounding songs, and it sounds highly derivative and mediocre despi ... Read more


Mark Lanegan

I Am the Wolf

Da Capo Press

I came late to the party when it comes to Mark Lanegan and his career.

It was him opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 2013 and I was instantly overcome with the feeling that I have missed out on an intriguing man and his works.

Delving into his oeuvre an ... Read more



Trident Wolf Eclipse

Century Media

Spending any length of time with Watain will convince you of at least one thing: this is a band who means it. For this Swedish horde, black metal is life. It’s everything and for frontman Erik Danielsson it’s an integral part of his personality. Interviews with him ... Read more


Street Sects

The Kicking Mule


This deviant punk/industrial hybrid sprout onto the scene in 2014 with their EP Gentrification I: The Morning After the Night We Raped Death, introducing their aggressive, noisy and extravagant sound. However, it was their debut record End Position& ... Read more





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 “Perturbat ... Read more

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