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Top-rated albums this month
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The Brokedowns

Sick of Space

The Brokedowns - Sick of Space album cover

When I stop and look at the discogs, The Brokedowns have been doing what they do for a long time now. What is that, exactly? Well, it’s Midwestern punk that’s angry, funny, heavy, and harmonic. There are contradictions in plain sight in that description, and that diversity in sound is ...

85%

Thou

Rhea Sylvia

Thou - Rhea Sylvia album cover

Thou, in this particular rendition, throw down great song thud after thud, right on the table, while permeating a delicate scent through their carefully constructed EP, Rhea Sylvia. Each song is a steamy dish, smelling like Tool, Starkweather, and Isis mishmashed together. The vocals have a Maynardish-Alice In Chains chest voice, a Starkweather scream, and a ...

Worst-rated albums this month
55%

The Plurals

Swish

The Plurals - Swish album cover

The Plurals are a heavy indie rock band from Lansing, Michigan. Their latest album, Swish, was released on GTG Records, a record label the band created when they started putting out music in 2007. The trio’s passion for the Lansing rock scene and DIY aesthetic is compelling, and this piece in the ...

65%

Duvel

Attempts at Speech

Duvel - Attempts at Speech album cover

Welcome to Duvel’s childlike fantasy, their ruminations inspired by Norwegian life. The bleak echoing of whatever neurosis such a wonderfully Scandinavian culture produces, other than seasonal depression and too much equality, speaks through them in musical duality. This album is so childlike, oftentimes aloof, stumbling upon pure goodness as if by ...

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85%

Thou

Rhea Sylvia

Thou - Rhea Sylvia album cover

Thou, in this particular rendition, throw down great song thud after thud, right on the table, while permeating a delicate scent through their carefully constructed EP, Rhea Sylvia. Each song is a steamy dish, smelling like Tool, Starkweather, and Isis mishmashed together. The vocals have a Maynardish-Alice In Chains chest voice, a Starkweather scream, and a ...

78%

Jack of None

The Tattle Tale Heart

Jack of None - The Tattle Tale Heart album cover

Playfully naughty lyrics might have been the first thing I noticed about Jack of None's The Tattle Tale Heart EP, but there's more to this record created by three Filipino-born siblings, A.G., Maxine, and Julian Syjuco. Things change from sultry to sinister on a dime, and the album's combination of murky, atmospheric ...

55%

The Plurals

Swish

The Plurals - Swish album cover

The Plurals are a heavy indie rock band from Lansing, Michigan. Their latest album, Swish, was released on GTG Records, a record label the band created when they started putting out music in 2007. The trio’s passion for the Lansing rock scene and DIY aesthetic is compelling, and this piece in the ...

85%

Immortal

Northern Chaos Gods

Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods album cover

Immortal’s career hasn't been the smoothest of rides their ninth full length comes after a protracted and tense battle with founding member Abbath, who finally left the band in 2015 before the Norwegian black metal masters could continue work on a follow up to 2009s All Shall Fall. The problems stemmed ...

87%

The Brokedowns

Sick of Space

The Brokedowns - Sick of Space album cover

When I stop and look at the discogs, The Brokedowns have been doing what they do for a long time now. What is that, exactly? Well, it’s Midwestern punk that’s angry, funny, heavy, and harmonic. There are contradictions in plain sight in that description, and that diversity in sound is ...

75%

Superhero Status

Escape The Herd EP

Superhero Status - Escape The Herd EP album cover

This EP is voted best album of 2018 by half of the band according to the sticker on the CD. That should tell you something about the band we are dealing with today. So they do have humour, there's no denying that. The big question is: do they deserve their ...

85%

Wild Pink

Yolk in the Fur

Wild Pink - Yolk in the Fur album cover

Any band's second album is cause for concern. It can go two ways - a retread of the first, a brand new direction, or something entirely forgettable. Yolk in the Fur is none of those. In every way, it's the sound of a New York-based Wild Pink accumulating mass, becoming something bigger than they ...

70%

Pariuh

Family Witchcraft Attack

Pariuh  - Family Witchcraft Attack album cover

I'm not sure what exactly I expected going into an album titled Family Witchcraft Attack, but I wound up being pleasantly surprised by the type of sound exhibited by Miami-based Pariuh on their 2018 Moniker Records release. Almost immediately upon pressing play, I found myself transported out of 2018's frustrating reality to a sugar-coated ...

65%

Duvel

Attempts at Speech

Duvel - Attempts at Speech album cover

Welcome to Duvel’s childlike fantasy, their ruminations inspired by Norwegian life. The bleak echoing of whatever neurosis such a wonderfully Scandinavian culture produces, other than seasonal depression and too much equality, speaks through them in musical duality. This album is so childlike, oftentimes aloof, stumbling upon pure goodness as if by ...

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Capital

Homefront

9.1 / 10 Capital - Homefront album cover

There is presumably no one this side of the Mississippi that is more stoked than me on hearing the latest offering from the Long Island hardcore outfit Capital. Bands like ...

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