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Top-rated albums this month
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Abstracter

Cinereous Incarnate

Abstracter - Cinereous Incarnate album cover

Loads of bands that I follow or followed start out pretty heavy and during their career start to get (a bit more) mellow. Sometimes this evolution is only marginal, sometimes a band is almost unrecognisable after a few albums. Abstracter evolved as well over the course of their albums. Instead ...

90%

Young Fathers

Cocoa Sugar

Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar album cover
200 Words Or Less

Every once and a while there will be an album that pretty much levels the musical plane, one that becomes an earworm in the most serious of ways, rendering everything else kind of secondary. For me, right now, that is Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers.It’s hard to classify exactly what genre the Edinburgh, ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Feed The Cat

Never Press Rewind, Except...

Feed The Cat - Never Press Rewind, Except... album cover

Feed The Cat is skatepunk band from Toulouse, France. Never Press Rewind, Except… is their second release after the EP Kick The Fat. Their sound is undeniably skatepunk. For some reason I'm reminded of Smartbomb. Not the most well known of all skatepunk bands, but Feed The Cat has the same vibe. Musically it's ...

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Baptists

Beacon of Faith

Baptists - Beacon of Faith album cover

Canadian hardcore is a weirdly veiled style. Like Canadian politics, it is highly deferential, often distinctly so. This means it both blends in with previous hardcore styles at the same time it writes original sounding songs, and it sounds highly derivative and mediocre despite the musician’s individual skill. Split in ...

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82%

The Smith Street Band

More Scared of You Than You Are of Me

The Smith Street Band - More Scared of You Than You Are of Me album cover

There’s something oddly humbling and comforting about listening to the Smith Street Band, it’s like they’re that hometown band you watched put on shows in garages and living rooms growing up. It just feels like you know them—their lyrics are very real and they as people are very much real, ...

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Rotterdam Ska Jazz Foundation ft. Bosco

Big Horns EP

Rotterdam Ska Jazz Foundation ft. Bosco - Big Horns EP album cover

Just look at the name of this band. Any associations? Mine was: ah, Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation, Killimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, must be working along the same lines. And in a way it is. This band delivers exactly what they promise: a blend of ska and jazz. And in doing so sounds nothing ...

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Gulch

Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath

Gulch - Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath album cover

Here we go, something horribly maniacal approaches. An out of focus haunt looking like a Goya sketch funnels all the screaming souls from hell at the threat of a Gatling gun and an itchy trigger finger. In their place we as Listener fall into the gap. Each song features a ...

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DeeCracks

Sonic Delusions

DeeCracks - Sonic Delusions album cover

DeeCracks don’t reinvent anything, but they don’t regurgitate it either. There’s a lot of Ramones behind the experienced Austrian band, but they utilize familiar techniques like harmonies, solos, and even a surf instrumental to mix it up. It’s the kind of music that many bands try to pull off, but fail. It ...

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Feed The Cat

Never Press Rewind, Except...

Feed The Cat - Never Press Rewind, Except... album cover

Feed The Cat is skatepunk band from Toulouse, France. Never Press Rewind, Except… is their second release after the EP Kick The Fat. Their sound is undeniably skatepunk. For some reason I'm reminded of Smartbomb. Not the most well known of all skatepunk bands, but Feed The Cat has the same vibe. Musically it's ...

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Maps & Atlases

Lightlessness is Nothing New

Maps & Atlases - Lightlessness is Nothing New album cover
200 Words Or Less

Chicago natives Maps & Atlases first new release in six years shows them down a member and finding that their tightly constructed guitar and rhythm pieces turning up to something a little brighter and buoyant with synths taking more of a larger role in their sound. First single “Fall Apart” sounds just ...

90%

Abstracter

Cinereous Incarnate

Abstracter - Cinereous Incarnate album cover

Loads of bands that I follow or followed start out pretty heavy and during their career start to get (a bit more) mellow. Sometimes this evolution is only marginal, sometimes a band is almost unrecognisable after a few albums. Abstracter evolved as well over the course of their albums. Instead ...

75%

Wye Oak

The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs

Wye Oak  - The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs album cover
200 Words Or Less

Wye Oak have never made the same record twice, and on The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs, it’s not about to change. Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack grow by leaps and bounds on each release, and this, their first proper studio album since 2014’s Shriek has them taking ...

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Kacey Musgraves

Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour album cover
200 Words Or Less

Let’s get it out of the way: Believe the hype. All of Kacey Musgraves’s records are the real deal – slices of contemporary country that don’t sound like shit and hint at something greater and more progressive. Hint no more. Golden Hour is Musgraves best and most fully realized record, ...

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Sleep

The Sciences

Sleep - The Sciences album cover

Hendrix takes the stage with his band—right-handed guitar upside down, LSD stashed in his headband, visions of blue baize fields and purple skies are immanent. The experience is underway. "Voodoo Child" ends, bongos rip, drums roll, Jimi feedbacks and chaos continues behind him. “Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s ...

90%

Young Fathers

Cocoa Sugar

Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar album cover
200 Words Or Less

Every once and a while there will be an album that pretty much levels the musical plane, one that becomes an earworm in the most serious of ways, rendering everything else kind of secondary. For me, right now, that is Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers.It’s hard to classify exactly what genre the Edinburgh, ...

75%

Hop Along

Bark Off Your Head, Dog

Hop Along - Bark Off Your Head, Dog album cover
200 Words Or Less

Hop Along have been on a tear since the release of their 2012 debut, Get Disowned and came to proper prominence with 2015’s Painted Shut, a showcase of a young band coming into their own, and placing the extraordinary voice of singer/guitarist Frances Quinlan center stage. It’s a low-key classic in it’s own ...

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Baptists

Beacon of Faith

Baptists - Beacon of Faith album cover

Canadian hardcore is a weirdly veiled style. Like Canadian politics, it is highly deferential, often distinctly so. This means it both blends in with previous hardcore styles at the same time it writes original sounding songs, and it sounds highly derivative and mediocre despite the musician’s individual skill. Split in ...

75%

Dimmu Borgir

Eonian

Dimmu Borgir  - Eonian album cover

For Dimmu Borgir, who haven’t released a full length album in over seven years, Eonian marks a shift for a band that have kind of been the butt of many black metal jokes for the best part of a decade. Dimmu Borgir make no apologies for their bombastic sound and on Eonian they fully ...

71%

The Lawrence Arms

We Are the Champions of the World (A Retrospectus)

The Lawrence Arms - We Are the Champions of the World (A Retrospectus) album cover

The excitement of We Are the Champions of the Word (Retrospectus) is supposed to be the five new songs at the end of the 29-song collection. It probably is, but given how bands often release a Best Of before they breakup, this record feels more worrisome than celebratory. That’s just a personal ...

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Paco Sala

The Silent Season

7.8 / 10 Paco Sala - The Silent Season album cover

Paco Sala is the strange, outsider pop project of producer Anthony Harrison and singer Marie-Pascale Hardy. Having released a series of albums, with their main goal being the tinkering of ...

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