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Top-rated albums this month
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The Carvels NYC

Late Night Heart EP

The Carvels NYC - Late Night Heart EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

If you follow Scenepointblank you might be aware I like The Carvels NYC. So a new EP by their hand is good news in my book. Even if it only has three tracks and leaves me hungry for more. Again.This is going to be a short review. There is not ...

80%

MakeWar

Get It Together

MakeWar - Get It Together  album cover

MakeWar aren’t like most of the other punk bands out there. They play what I call midtempo punk. It’s not built on anthems, choruses or super-fast into-the-pit adrenaline. Get It Together isn’t about fist-in-the-air release, it’s about built-up tension. The band is actively calling for people to (ahem) Get. It. Together. The ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Various Artists

Sin Bad / Bad Wig - Split EP

Various Artists - Sin Bad / Bad Wig - Split EP album cover

Sometimes I am just a lazy slouch. This review is not just a bit late, it is almost a year overdue. When I make a promise, I make it with the intention of keeping it. This is one of those examples. Luckily for me I never promised when I would ...

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Puppy and the Hand Jobs

I Hate Everything

Puppy and the Hand Jobs - I Hate Everything album cover
200 Words Or Less

It'd be quite easy to write off (the fantastically named) Puppy and the Hand Jobs for making self-described “trash rock and roll.” Much as is the case with bands like The Dwarves however, while the band does produce vulgar rapid-fire punk music that seems to have been recorded as “hot” as possible, ...

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Envy

The Fallen Crimson

Envy - The Fallen Crimson album cover

I doubt that many musicians would claim to not be slightly jealous of Envy's career trajectory. From humbler beginnings as a hardcore band singing in a non-native tongue, to issuing splits with the likes of Thursday and Jesu, releasing albums through Stuart Braithwaite's Rock Action, and palling around with Steve ...

70%

Black Lips

…Sing In a World That’s Falling Apart

Black Lips - …Sing In a World That’s Falling Apart album cover

In an era of heart-on-sleeve Americana, the Black Lips are up to something else on …Sing In a World That’s Falling Apart. Black Lips approach Americana in this record in half parody and half serious mode. It embraces the ugly with their tongues sticking out instead of buried in their cheek. ...

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(මහසෝනා​)​*

යන්ත්‍ර.මන්ත්‍ර.ගුරුකම්!

(මහසෝනා​)​* - යන්ත්‍ර.මන්ත්‍ර.ගුරුකම්! album cover

Given that I’ve put together year-end lists of the strangest albums I heard for the past couple years, I was pointed to this release coming out of Sri Lanka. It’s by a band with no name (the only representation of the group is the image of Sri Lankan demon Mahasona depicted on ...

78%

Personality Cult

New Arrows

Personality Cult - New Arrows album cover

I like to find new bands. One of the challenges as I get older is exactly that. I listen to a lot of music, but a lot of it follows a certain artistic lineage. I want to keep up with what old favorites are doing, but with new groups too. ...

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The Carvels NYC

Late Night Heart EP

The Carvels NYC - Late Night Heart EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

If you follow Scenepointblank you might be aware I like The Carvels NYC. So a new EP by their hand is good news in my book. Even if it only has three tracks and leaves me hungry for more. Again.This is going to be a short review. There is not ...

63%

Puppy and the Hand Jobs

I Hate Everything

Puppy and the Hand Jobs - I Hate Everything album cover
200 Words Or Less

It'd be quite easy to write off (the fantastically named) Puppy and the Hand Jobs for making self-described “trash rock and roll.” Much as is the case with bands like The Dwarves however, while the band does produce vulgar rapid-fire punk music that seems to have been recorded as “hot” as possible, ...

80%

MakeWar

Get It Together

MakeWar - Get It Together  album cover

MakeWar aren’t like most of the other punk bands out there. They play what I call midtempo punk. It’s not built on anthems, choruses or super-fast into-the-pit adrenaline. Get It Together isn’t about fist-in-the-air release, it’s about built-up tension. The band is actively calling for people to (ahem) Get. It. Together. The ...

80%

Vesperith

Vesperith

Vesperith  - Vesperith  album cover

Vesperith is the project of Finnish artist Sariina Tani, and a vessel in which music is used to explore the inner depths and outer limits of the mind. In Vesperith, Tani channels black metal sonics within a structure that takes in ambient textures, hypnotic vocals and psychedelic tones. When a project ...

75%

Jumpstarted Plowhards

Round One

Jumpstarted Plowhards - Round One album cover

I’m going to jump right into the thick of it and admit I’m not well-versed in Mike Watt’s catalog. In my defense, the man is a workhorse, releasing records with Minutemen, firehose, Stooges, solo, and many many more. I know the big ones, but not the deep cuts. Watt’s songwriting counterpart with ...

60%

Various Artists

Sin Bad / Bad Wig - Split EP

Various Artists - Sin Bad / Bad Wig - Split EP album cover

Sometimes I am just a lazy slouch. This review is not just a bit late, it is almost a year overdue. When I make a promise, I make it with the intention of keeping it. This is one of those examples. Luckily for me I never promised when I would ...

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Celestia

Apparitia-Sumptuous Spectre

7.5 / 10 Celestia - Apparitia-Sumptuous Spectre album cover

More melody than mayhem, France's Celestia is a band that catches your ear immediately because while they can definitely fly the black flag over their heads, they have an oddly ...

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