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Top-rated albums this month
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Various Artists

Selvans / Downfall of Nur - s/t Split

Various Artists - Selvans / Downfall of Nur - s/t Split album cover

Both Selvans and Downfall of Nur are prime examples of the quality of underground black metal. Both bands do not register their sound with the bitter traditional approach of the genre, and rather temper with mellower tendencies. Selvans depicted thoroughly their understanding of the folkish side of the genre in ...

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Downfall Of Gaia

Atrophy

Downfall Of Gaia - Atrophy album cover

Downfall of Gaia is a prime example of the underground post-hardcore and post-crust scenes. Starting off in 2008, the band came into the prominence with their debut full-length, Epos, a record that introduced the potential of the band, the elements that would later bloom into making them what they are ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Pears

Green Star

Pears - Green Star album cover

It’s been a while since I thought about the Fat Wreck effect, where a band signs to the San Francisco label and then releases a notably “Fat styled” album. Propagandhi’s How to Clean Everything is the biggest example to come to mind, but it was a thing people talked about ...

70%

Civil War Rust

Help Wanted

Civil War Rust - Help Wanted album cover

With Help Wanted, California’s Civil War Rust aren’t inventing any new sounds but they’re delivering heartfelt, direct punk rock in a familiar and comforting tone. It leans more toward the introspective and personal, pop-structured and relatively clean in production while letting the energy and emotion carry the tunes. I made ...

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80%

Downfall Of Gaia

Atrophy

Downfall Of Gaia - Atrophy album cover

Downfall of Gaia is a prime example of the underground post-hardcore and post-crust scenes. Starting off in 2008, the band came into the prominence with their debut full-length, Epos, a record that introduced the potential of the band, the elements that would later bloom into making them what they are ...

84%

Various Artists

Selvans / Downfall of Nur - s/t Split

Various Artists - Selvans / Downfall of Nur - s/t Split album cover

Both Selvans and Downfall of Nur are prime examples of the quality of underground black metal. Both bands do not register their sound with the bitter traditional approach of the genre, and rather temper with mellower tendencies. Selvans depicted thoroughly their understanding of the folkish side of the genre in ...

80%

Mind Spiders

Prosthesis

Mind Spiders - Prosthesis album cover

Mind Spiders continues to be a very accurate name as the sound evolves.The one-time “solo” Mark Ryan project was to be his creative space for worlds outside of the garage-punk perfection of bands like The Marked Men. It began sounding a little like The Marked Men + keyboards and, oh, ...

75%

AFI

AFI (The Blood Album)

AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) album cover
Multiple Authors

AFI's trajectory over the last twenty and more years has been one that emulates growth and experimentation and the quartet that once sang about not being allowed a mohawk is now one that that sings about much darker, twisted subjects (although in more obvious terms than they once did). Still ...

72%

AFI

AFI (The Blood Album)

AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) album cover
Multiple Authors

Album number ten for the ever-evolving Californian four piece, whose shift in sound from skate punk to hardcore to "goth punk" to pop-influenced radio rock to... whatever 2009's Crash Love was... is well documented. And now here we are, after the gritty, aggressive Burials: a self-titled album also known as ...

70%

Civil War Rust

Help Wanted

Civil War Rust - Help Wanted album cover

With Help Wanted, California’s Civil War Rust aren’t inventing any new sounds but they’re delivering heartfelt, direct punk rock in a familiar and comforting tone. It leans more toward the introspective and personal, pop-structured and relatively clean in production while letting the energy and emotion carry the tunes. I made ...

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Blessed

Blessed EP

Blessed - Blessed EP album cover

Don't you just love how you know what you're going to get from just the name of a band? Just think of all those verb-the-noun bands out there. Not so with simple band names. The name Blessed does not give much to work with. The cover art is a good ...

75%

Ódú

Conversations EP

Ódú  - Conversations EP album cover

Ódú, aka Sally Ó Dúnlaing, is an Irish singer songwriter who crafts sonic heartbreak packaged in a glossy sheen of danceable pop. Born in New York and raised in the Irish seaside town of Bray, Ó Dúnlaing's Conversations EP is the singer's first foray into putting her music on record. ...

78%

Lorn

Arrayed Claws

Lorn - Arrayed Claws album cover

I still remember when Lorn released their debut full-length, Towards the Abyss of Disease, where their raw and unapologetic black metal blew me away. Their sound was well structured, and even though it was not diverging from the core of the genre, they achieved in building a distinct sound, within ...

80%

Various Artists

Wonk Unit/Raging Nathans - split

Various Artists - Wonk Unit/Raging Nathans - split album cover
200 Words Or Less

This split 7” from a US band and a UK band carries a surprisingly unified sound over its four songs, two from each band. The record starts with Raging Nathans and their whoa-oh pop-punk that sounds like it’s just a hair faster than it’s supposed to be – in a ...

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Code

Lost Signal

Code - Lost Signal album cover

There is a lot of history in Code's DNA. When releasing their debut album, they were considered a type of supergroup, including members such as Vicotnik of Dodheimsgard and Aiwarikiar of Ulver in their line-up, as well as Kvohst, who would later become the new vocalist of Dodheimsgard. With an ...

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Need

Need

Need - Need album cover

Some bands just make things difficult for those interested in the band. Some bands do so by making complicated music. Need is not one of those bands. Need makes things unnecessary complicated by choosing a name that will not soon pop up after searching for it online. And by making ...

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Pears

Green Star

Pears - Green Star album cover

It’s been a while since I thought about the Fat Wreck effect, where a band signs to the San Francisco label and then releases a notably “Fat styled” album. Propagandhi’s How to Clean Everything is the biggest example to come to mind, but it was a thing people talked about ...

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The Huguenots

Discography

7.0 / 10 The Huguenots - Discography album cover

The Huguenots were a band that existed at some point during the late 1990’s, or at least that is what I can conclude based on the limited information available on ...

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