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Top-rated albums this month
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Ulcerate

Stare Into Death and Be Still

Ulcerate - Stare Into Death and Be Still album cover

Writing this review has been a long time in the making. Usually, sitting down and pressing play is enough to get some words flowing, however, Ulcerate are a unique experience and apparently so is the process of trying to explain why Stare Into Death and Be Still is so, so good. Much time has ...

90%

Wake

Devouring Ruin

Wake - Devouring Ruin album cover

Wake started out as a grindcore act with a lot of Nasum influences. Nasum being one of my favorite grind bands that was never a big issue for me. It did not take very long to find a voice of their own though. The band added more and more sludge influences on ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Wreath

Wreath EP

Wreath - Wreath EP album cover

One era that continues to be emulated is the ambiguous brand of post-hardcore often dubbed Revolution Summer. Wreath burst onto the scene last year out of the hotbed of whiskey-soaked punk music that is central Florida, the latest to give their own interpretation of the style. Their newly released debut self-titled EP ...

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Saint Vitus

Saint Vitus

Saint Vitus - Saint Vitus album cover
200 Words Or Less

On paper, it’s really a miracle Saint Vitus was able to last as long as they did. The forefathers of what became “doom” started out in Los Angeles just a couple of years before the sunset strip exploded in a hail of spandex and aquanet. Surviving numerous lineup changes, this ...

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Spanish Love Songs

Brave Faces Everyone

Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Everyone album cover

I’ve known of Spanish Love Songs for a few years and I’ve liked what I heard in passing without diving in. When I saw them at Fest 18 last year and saw the crowd response, it confirmed it was time to pay closer attention. The band is familiar in style, ...

70%

Casual Burn

Mean Thing

Casual Burn - Mean Thing  album cover

Imagine that your favorite modern hardcore band hopped into Doc Brown’s DeLorean and ended up in 1982. Upon arriving, they decided to start over and carry their same ferocious messages with the spirit of New Wave music percolating the airwaves at the time. Does that sound appealing? Then you’ll love ...

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Wreath

Wreath EP

Wreath - Wreath EP album cover

One era that continues to be emulated is the ambiguous brand of post-hardcore often dubbed Revolution Summer. Wreath burst onto the scene last year out of the hotbed of whiskey-soaked punk music that is central Florida, the latest to give their own interpretation of the style. Their newly released debut self-titled EP ...

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Paradise Lost

Obsidian

Paradise Lost - Obsidian album cover
Multiple Authors

I don't think I'm the first metal critic to acknowledge that they haven't been keeping up with Paradise Lost as well as they should have over the years. I feel like this is a product of both my own evolution of interests, and frankly, Paradise Lost's overwhelming success over the years. They're hard to ...

85%

Paradise Lost

Obsidian

Paradise Lost - Obsidian album cover
Multiple Authors

The darkest colours of our world are reflected in the glistening surface of Paradise Lost’s music; the shining pain of loss, the radiant horror of a God who has abandoned us or the bitter twist of hopelessness, Paradise Lost know our fears and they shine a light on who we ...

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Barren Womb

Lizard Lounge

Barren Womb - Lizard Lounge album cover

Barren Womb can hardly be accused of stagnation. Lizard Lounge, the fourth album by this hard working two-man band is again an interesting step further down the road. The band once started with a heavy Refused influenced framework on which they added whatever came to mind. The albums that followed showed slightly more ...

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Spells

Stimulants & Sedatives

Spells - Stimulants & Sedatives album cover

Spells are party punk, pure and simple. And I’m not talking songs about beer and friendship, a la early Pkew Pkew Pkew or Andrew WK. Spells are the life of the party, not just songs about what goes down when the lights dim low.Stimulants & Sedatives is sort of a concept ...

90%

Wake

Devouring Ruin

Wake - Devouring Ruin album cover

Wake started out as a grindcore act with a lot of Nasum influences. Nasum being one of my favorite grind bands that was never a big issue for me. It did not take very long to find a voice of their own though. The band added more and more sludge influences on ...

79%

Worriers

You or Someone You Know

Worriers - You or Someone You Know album cover

If it weren’t for playing in a certain scene, Worriers would likely be branded as a pop band instead of punk. The band is DIY all the way, with a growing discography, plus a back catalogue of previous bands dating into the early 2000s. As the project has grown since ...

74%

Drakulas

Terminal Amusements

Drakulas - Terminal Amusements album cover

Pre-album press releases for the latest Drakulas album pushed the “art-punk” label. Based on Drakulas’ earlier work, I got it – but I also thought it was a little bit off. They’ve always had elements of some deeper conceptual stuff going on, but it always felt too straight-forward and rollicking ...

63%

Saint Vitus

Saint Vitus

Saint Vitus - Saint Vitus album cover
200 Words Or Less

On paper, it’s really a miracle Saint Vitus was able to last as long as they did. The forefathers of what became “doom” started out in Los Angeles just a couple of years before the sunset strip exploded in a hail of spandex and aquanet. Surviving numerous lineup changes, this ...

95%

Ulcerate

Stare Into Death and Be Still

Ulcerate - Stare Into Death and Be Still album cover

Writing this review has been a long time in the making. Usually, sitting down and pressing play is enough to get some words flowing, however, Ulcerate are a unique experience and apparently so is the process of trying to explain why Stare Into Death and Be Still is so, so good. Much time has ...

90%

Mark Lanegan

Straight Songs Of Sorrow

Mark Lanegan - Straight Songs Of Sorrow album cover

Mark Lanegan didn’t set out to write a new album, but after finishing writing his memoir, Sing Backwards and Weep (Out now from Hatchette Books), the waves of catharsis were so strong, he returned to the studio to create what’s possibly his finest work to date.To call Sing Backwards... a ...

72%

Hoi-Poi Farplane Wind

Sain’t Adorable

Hoi-Poi Farplane Wind - Sain’t Adorable album cover

Hoi-Poi Farplane Wind hails from Thessaloníki, Greece, and apparently splits their time between there and Copenhagen, which is an arrangement that sounds like a travel blogger’s wet dream. They play an evolving brand of post-hardcore that often has a Hot Water Music influence standing front and center. Their early sound is fuzzier, harsher, ...

70%

Dinosaur Pile-up

Celebrity Mansions

Dinosaur Pile-up - Celebrity Mansions album cover

Celebrity Mansions, the fourth album by the UK’s Dinosaur Pile-Up, has been like finding a needle in a haystack for me. I’m not good at looking for new music and I feel that it gets harder as I find more grey in my beard, especially finding music that is actually ...

70%

Euglossine

Psaronius

Euglossine  - Psaronius album cover

Created using a combination of physical instruments and various synthesized elements, it wasn’t particularly surprising for me to learn that one of the major concepts behind Gainsville, Florida-based musician Euglossine’s Psaronius (a name which could refer to either a type of prehistoric tree fern or a kind of precious stone) was recreating ...

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Bankrupt

Rocket to Riot City

3.0 / 10 Bankrupt - Rocket to Riot City album cover
200 Words Or Less

Wow. I am sick to death of reviewing bands from across the pond. This time it's Hungry. One of my favorite uh adult actresses of all time was from Budapest. ...

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