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Dödsrit

Dödsrit

Dödsrit - Dödsrit album cover

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 ...

85%

Various Artists

Say Sue Me / Otoboke Beaver Split 7”

Various Artists -  Say Sue Me / Otoboke Beaver Split 7” album cover
200 Words Or Less

Though the thought of pairing a shoegazey indie pop band with an anything-goes punk group on a split record may seem odd, in the case of this effort from South Korea's Say Sue Me and Japan's Otoboke Beaver, the results are magical. Say Sue Me's contribution is the sunny “Good For Some Reason,” ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Baronen & Satan

Why Does The Blood Never Stick To Your Teeth/Satan Is A Lady

Baronen & Satan - Why Does The Blood Never Stick To Your Teeth/Satan Is A Lady album cover

Every now and then I find it entertaining to randomly pick something out of the promo-bin without overthinking what to review. Sometimes this way I discover brilliant stuff, sometimes I question my choices. Baronen & Satan’s short and snappy promo chatter sounds promising enough. This quartet is from Gothenburg, Sweden. ...

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Damon Eliza Palermo

Beacon of Maracaibo

Damon Eliza Palermo - Beacon of Maracaibo album cover
200 Words Or Less

Contemplative and calming, “Delacorta” kicks off Damon Eliza Palermo's Beacon of Maracaibo release with flowing piano and bubbling electronic tones playing under a pleasant, naturalistic bed of chirping birds. Slightly glitchy but undeniably relaxing even when it introduces a cymbal-heavy beat late in the going, the opener transitions into a lengthy title ...

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90%

Dödsrit

Dödsrit

Dödsrit - Dödsrit album cover

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 ...

70%

Balcanes

Carne Nueva EP

Balcanes  - Carne Nueva EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Spain’s Balcanes tread a glorious path through noisy rock with a sound that is as filthy as it is consuming. Although minimally done, Balcanes still force through masses of power by using painful feedback and deep, rumbling bass to create strong textures in their work. Carne Nueva is only a taste of ...

78%

Mind Spiders

Furies

Mind Spiders - Furies album cover

While I’ve always enjoyed Mind Spiders, they’ve kind of felt like a side project, an idea that hadn’t really grown into a full-fledged band yet. On each of their releases so far, I listen and think, “I like this, but it’s not really my thing.” Then the next album comes ...

85%

Various Artists

Say Sue Me / Otoboke Beaver Split 7”

Various Artists -  Say Sue Me / Otoboke Beaver Split 7” album cover
200 Words Or Less

Though the thought of pairing a shoegazey indie pop band with an anything-goes punk group on a split record may seem odd, in the case of this effort from South Korea's Say Sue Me and Japan's Otoboke Beaver, the results are magical. Say Sue Me's contribution is the sunny “Good For Some Reason,” ...

85%

Portal

Ion

Portal - Ion album cover

There is no easy starting point with a record such as Ion. It’s an album that’s dense, almost to the point of being utterly impenetrable, with vocals from The Curator that swirl with crawling chaos and drums that march to an inhuman beat. Portal are not an easy band to digest ...

78%

Spiritual Cramp

Mass Hysteria

Spiritual Cramp  - Mass Hysteria  album cover
200 Words Or Less

Given their name, it's appropriate that San Francisco's Spiritual Cramp have a sound rooted in the punk rock of 40-ish years ago. I don't think debut EP Mass Hysteria would have the same punch had it featured a more aggressive approach. Alienation figures prominently in the lyrics of opener “All MY ...

75%

Nick JD Hodgson

Tell Your Friends

Nick JD Hodgson  - Tell Your Friends album cover

Erstwhile Kaiser Chief Nick Hodgson has spent the past five years penning songs for the likes of Mark Ronson and Shirley Bassey, basking in being out of the limelight and no longer having to endure a punishing touring schedule as part of one of the UK’s most successful indie bands. The 40-year-old spent much of ...

80%

Orphaned Land

Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs

Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs album cover

Music with a message has long been a starting point for many bands but for Orphaned Land that message is of the most extreme importance. Spreading the missive of peace and understanding has been at the root of the Israeli band and their output since the very beginning and over ...

70%

The Dwarves

Take Back the Night

The Dwarves - Take Back the Night album cover

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-punk and screaming, single-vocalist hardcore. For the most part, the hardcore songs are fronted by Rex Everything ...

50%

Baronen & Satan

Why Does The Blood Never Stick To Your Teeth/Satan Is A Lady

Baronen & Satan - Why Does The Blood Never Stick To Your Teeth/Satan Is A Lady album cover

Every now and then I find it entertaining to randomly pick something out of the promo-bin without overthinking what to review. Sometimes this way I discover brilliant stuff, sometimes I question my choices. Baronen & Satan’s short and snappy promo chatter sounds promising enough. This quartet is from Gothenburg, Sweden. ...

68%

Damon Eliza Palermo

Beacon of Maracaibo

Damon Eliza Palermo - Beacon of Maracaibo album cover
200 Words Or Less

Contemplative and calming, “Delacorta” kicks off Damon Eliza Palermo's Beacon of Maracaibo release with flowing piano and bubbling electronic tones playing under a pleasant, naturalistic bed of chirping birds. Slightly glitchy but undeniably relaxing even when it introduces a cymbal-heavy beat late in the going, the opener transitions into a lengthy title ...

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Escape the Floodwater Jug Band

Whiskey Will Fix It

8.0 / 10 Escape the Floodwater Jug Band - Whiskey Will Fix It album cover

A half a century ago, when America was a more wholesome place than its current manifestation, a man by the name of Kerouac wrote the great American novel of its ...

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