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Top-rated albums this month
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Tool

Fear Inoculum

Tool - Fear Inoculum album cover

hype - Informal.nounexaggerated publicity; hoopla.an ingenious or questionable claim, method, etc., used in advertising, promotion, or publicity to intensify the effect.Let’s be real. 13 years is a long goddamn time between albums. Particularly for a band that didn’t even break up. There’s just no way on earth ANY band could ...

90%

Blood Incantation

Hidden History of the Human Race

Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race album cover

By now it’s clear that Blood Incantation are the death metal band of the future, a band willing to push the genre and do things with its base elements that others may be scared of or not capable of. The quartet meld progressive qualities with dirty riffs, speak of their ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Cunts

Cunts

Cunts - Cunts album cover

Calling your band “Cunts” and releasing some sort of grindcore or blackened death album wouldn’t really be a big shocker. It wouldn’t take a whole lot of balls or thought to do. But calling your band Cunts and releasing a more-melodic-than-extreme hardcore album complete with a Tom Waits cover takes ...

78%

DIÄT

Positive Disintegration

DIÄT  - Positive Disintegration album cover

Positive Disintegration is an ideal name for this album, the follow-up to Positive Energy, which DIÄT released in 2015. The record is dreary post-punk with a lot of repetition and monotone vocals that carry a beaten-down-by-the-world-but-the-show-must-go-on vibe. “We,” starts things on this path, but as the record progresses that exasperation turns to ...

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Blood Incantation

Hidden History of the Human Race

Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race album cover

By now it’s clear that Blood Incantation are the death metal band of the future, a band willing to push the genre and do things with its base elements that others may be scared of or not capable of. The quartet meld progressive qualities with dirty riffs, speak of their ...

80%

The Blackjaw

Burn The Artisan

The Blackjaw - Burn The Artisan album cover

Some soft strumming on the guitar draws your attention. Post-hardcorish emo vocals ask you if you ever wondered what it is like to kill someone. Welcome to the wonderful world of The Blackjaw.The Blackjaw is Spanish quartet who recently released their fourth album unto an unsuspecting world. Well, it is either ...

72%

Cunts

Cunts

Cunts - Cunts album cover

Calling your band “Cunts” and releasing some sort of grindcore or blackened death album wouldn’t really be a big shocker. It wouldn’t take a whole lot of balls or thought to do. But calling your band Cunts and releasing a more-melodic-than-extreme hardcore album complete with a Tom Waits cover takes ...

80%

Have a Nice Life

Sea of Worry

Have a Nice Life - Sea of Worry album cover

Time changes us all. As people we are bound to the rules of time and how it moves regardless of whether we want it to or not. Music changes us. However, the rules surrounding how music moves us is on a different scale to that of time - one piece ...

80%

Fleshies

Introducing The Fleshies

Fleshies - Introducing The Fleshies album cover
200 Words Or Less

Sure, I know of Fleshies but I don’t really know them. I’ve heard the hits over the years, but I’m coming at Introducing The Fleshies from a relatively clean slate. And it’s a rager. It’s got the aggression, a little bit of slop, and lyrics that are both biting and intelligent. It ...

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Tool

Fear Inoculum

Tool - Fear Inoculum album cover

hype - Informal.nounexaggerated publicity; hoopla.an ingenious or questionable claim, method, etc., used in advertising, promotion, or publicity to intensify the effect.Let’s be real. 13 years is a long goddamn time between albums. Particularly for a band that didn’t even break up. There’s just no way on earth ANY band could ...

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Various Artists

Desert Sessions, Vol. 11 And 12

Various Artists - Desert Sessions, Vol. 11 And 12 album cover

It’s been 16 long years since Josh Homme sent out invitations to a group of musicians to join him out in the high desert for a few days.The last time it happened was in 2003 and a whole lot has happened for Homme in that time. Queens of the Stone ...

78%

DIÄT

Positive Disintegration

DIÄT  - Positive Disintegration album cover

Positive Disintegration is an ideal name for this album, the follow-up to Positive Energy, which DIÄT released in 2015. The record is dreary post-punk with a lot of repetition and monotone vocals that carry a beaten-down-by-the-world-but-the-show-must-go-on vibe. “We,” starts things on this path, but as the record progresses that exasperation turns to ...

90%

Thom Yorke

Anima

Thom Yorke - Anima album cover

There’s a kind of anxious immediacy that bleeds through every song on Anima, Thom Yorke’s latest solo album. Normally this would signal a lack of cohesion or at the very least an uneven listening experience, but somehow Yorke manages to pack all his troubles in his old kit bag and ...

80%

Mamiffer

The Brilliant Tabernacle

Mamiffer - The Brilliant Tabernacle album cover

Mamiffer was born in a field of darkness, a trajectory between the areas of dark ambient, downtempo and minimal music. The first days of Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner reveled in a drone aesthetic, vividly apparent in their self-titled debut and Mare Decendrii. But then something changed for Mamiffer. Following a ...

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Liar In Wait

Translations Of The Lost

9.0 / 10 Liar In Wait - Translations Of The Lost album cover

A cold wave/goth group made up of members of dark, black, sludgy metal bands? Huh? Sounds wild right? But hey, don't knock 'til you've tried it! Because Liar In Wait ...

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