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Top-rated albums this month
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Pallbearer

Heartless

Pallbearer - Heartless album cover

Pallbearer’s evolution over the last seven or so years has been one that seems natural and organic, with each record building on what came before and giving the Arkansas based band a step forward on the ladder towards greatness. Their demo of 2010 introduced a band indebted to doom greats ...

90%

Mastodon

Emperor of Sand

Mastodon - Emperor of Sand album cover

There have been few bands as exciting to watch their ascension into music legend than Mastodon. What's that you say? No, the term 'legend' is not hyperbole. Mastodon is just that good. And if there's any justice in this cold, cruel world, that legendary status will be hermetically sealed with ...

Worst-rated albums this month
65%

The Menzingers

After The Party

The Menzingers - After The Party album cover
Multiple Authors

The Menzingers are a four-piece punk band from Scranton, PA, sharing the same hometown as band sibling Tigers Jaw. Although not musically the same, The Menzingers have a similar lyrical purpose to The Smiths: to tell detailed, emotional narratives about everyday people. Except, instead of about middle-aged well-read women and ...

70%

Totally Unicorn

Dream Life

Totally Unicorn - Dream Life  album cover

Complex, highly technical, unusual time signatures.Staccato and syncopated polyrhythmic guitar melodies.Mathcore.Yawn.Does not sound fun to you?Alright - enter nudity, booze fueled shenanigans and fascinating borderline performance art live incarnations.Enter Totally Unicorn from Wollongong, NSW South Wales, Australia.Dream Life is their first impressive full length, which was released in 2016 and ...

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95%

Pallbearer

Heartless

Pallbearer - Heartless album cover

Pallbearer’s evolution over the last seven or so years has been one that seems natural and organic, with each record building on what came before and giving the Arkansas based band a step forward on the ladder towards greatness. Their demo of 2010 introduced a band indebted to doom greats ...

75%

Sorority Noise

You’re Not As _____ As You Think

Sorority Noise - You’re Not As _____ As You Think album cover

What is emo? A classicist view may lend itself to sounds like The Promise Ring’s Nothing Feels Good or Weezer’s Pinkerton, which gave way to second-generation icons like Brand New. While The Promise Ring and especially Weezer never really quite built on the successes of their early records, Brand New ...

85%

Ash Borer

The Irrepassable Gate

Ash Borer - The Irrepassable Gate album cover

Haunting, mournful, and soulful, Ash Borer dials in with a killer new slab of music with The Irrepassable Gate; and the band tosses down the gauntlet with a densely layered album that breathes and stretches and smolders and seethes in a gorgeous cacophony that hints at mystic imagery and hidden ...

78%

Falls of Rauros

Vigilance Perennial

Falls of Rauros - Vigilance Perennial album cover

There has always been a pull in the black metal genre towards a folk interpretation. It is not that far of a leap, and since the first releases in the genre, bands have been crossing borders left and right, be it the early experiments of Ulver, or the big turn ...

80%

Ensemble Economique

In Silhouette

Ensemble Economique  - In Silhouette album cover

Brian Pyle, the individual behind Ensemble Economique, begun a crazy trip as a member of Starving Weirdos in the mid '00s. This insane musical duo, featuring Pyle alongside Merrick McKinlay, traversed the paths of rock and electronic music, applying deranged psychedelia, resulting in the impossibility of pigeonholing their musical endeavors. ...

90%

Mastodon

Emperor of Sand

Mastodon - Emperor of Sand album cover

There have been few bands as exciting to watch their ascension into music legend than Mastodon. What's that you say? No, the term 'legend' is not hyperbole. Mastodon is just that good. And if there's any justice in this cold, cruel world, that legendary status will be hermetically sealed with ...

90%

White Willow

Future Hopes

White Willow - Future Hopes album cover

They call it prog-rock, art-rock, jazz-rock, they call it tedious and pretentious, they call it heady, too-much, reserved as the best time to get a drink at the bar or shop the merch table….White Willow’s record Future Hopes assists in refuting that argument.I like when a musician takes an idea ...

65%

The Menzingers

After The Party

The Menzingers - After The Party album cover
Multiple Authors

The Menzingers are a four-piece punk band from Scranton, PA, sharing the same hometown as band sibling Tigers Jaw. Although not musically the same, The Menzingers have a similar lyrical purpose to The Smiths: to tell detailed, emotional narratives about everyday people. Except, instead of about middle-aged well-read women and ...

75%

The Menzingers

After The Party

The Menzingers - After The Party album cover
Multiple Authors

For the past 7 or so years I have been saying that The Menzingers are the best current punk band around. Not only do they put on a hell of a live show, but their records resonate weeks, months, years after listening to them. A punk band that manages to ...

85%

Woe

Hope Attrition

Woe - Hope Attrition album cover

After a promising start to a career that began in earnest with the release of debut A Spell for the Death of Man in 2008 and continued through to 2013s Withdrawal, Woe’s fate took a turn soon after that many bands find themselves encountering – real life happened and the ...

70%

Totally Unicorn

Dream Life

Totally Unicorn - Dream Life  album cover

Complex, highly technical, unusual time signatures.Staccato and syncopated polyrhythmic guitar melodies.Mathcore.Yawn.Does not sound fun to you?Alright - enter nudity, booze fueled shenanigans and fascinating borderline performance art live incarnations.Enter Totally Unicorn from Wollongong, NSW South Wales, Australia.Dream Life is their first impressive full length, which was released in 2016 and ...

75%

New Gods

Weird War Tales EP

New Gods - Weird War Tales EP album cover

The majority of punk bands seem to have a hard time to stay together for more than a handful of releases. I can see positive sides of this as loads of musicians just go on to form a new band where new sparks of creativity can be released upon an ...

80%

Dead Bars

Dream Gig

Dead Bars - Dream Gig album cover

Reading that Dead Bars never meant to be a band explains a lot of things. They started as a one-off project to go on a tour rather than to share their art. It turned out to be fun and they stuck with it. After a series of 7”s, the Seattle ...

77%

Various Artists

Botanist/Oskoreien - EP3: Green Metal/Deterministic Chaos

Various Artists - Botanist/Oskoreien - EP3: Green Metal/Deterministic Chaos album cover

I am guessing that most people are familiar with Botanist and their unique take on black metal, in terms of instrumentation and vibe. The band has released a series of great records through the years, replacing guitars with hammered dulcimer, focusing thematically on, as the name would suggest, flora. This ...

81%

Unearthly Trance

Stalking the Ghost

Unearthly Trance  - Stalking the Ghost album cover

To my mind Unearthly Trance was the act that truly defined the doom/sludge push of the '00s. Starting off with their debut album, Seasons of Seance, Science of Silence they displayed a claustrophobic, catastrophic drone induced version at a time where the push was towards the more fun side of ...

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Emptiness

Not For Music

Emptiness - Not For Music album cover

Belgium’s Emptiness have spent much of their career eschewing traditional approaches and with Not for Music they continue to imbue their singular take on black metal with wholly impure vibrations and ever more intriguing design elements. One such decision is the inclusion of Jeordie White (Marilyn Manson’s Twiggy Ramirez) on ...

75%

Bearcubs

Underwaterfall EP

Bearcubs - Underwaterfall EP album cover

25-year-old English producer and DJ Jack Ritchie, aka Bearcubs, first attracted the attention of the BBC's new music arm, BBC Introducing, after uploading some of his tracks to their website. This piqued the interest of the BBC Introducing team, and saw Ritchie's experimental electronica get praise from the likes of ...

70%

Strange Relations

Going Out EP

Strange Relations - Going Out EP album cover

Admittedly, I’m a little leery of a press kit that features more band photos than songs. Then again, this is an EP, so it’s probably me yakking about something inconsequential anyway. They’re just attachments. It’s not like they sent me glossies. More is always better, right?Anyway, part of this record ...

72%

All Them Witches

Sleeping Through The War

All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War album cover

All Them Witches is a rock band with a psychedelic blues tinge that reflects their southern-but-also-hip hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Although All Them Witches can really deal in those druggy, heavy-hitting riffs that make you want to knock back a six pack in the desert, they also have a real ...

80%

Grit

Ghost estates EP

Grit - Ghost estates EP album cover

Do you ever play games where you imagine what would have happened if an artist or a band would have had other influences than they had now? For example: what if Girlschool would have listened to punk instead of New Wave of British Heavy Metal? What would their albums have ...

80%

Worm Ouroboros

What Graceless Dawn

Worm Ouroboros  - What Graceless Dawn album cover

Lorraine Rath and Jessica Way initiated a mystical journey with Worm Ouroboros, blurring the lines between doom metal, post-rock, neo-folk and dark ambiance, attempting to create music that is as powerful as it is otherworldly. Releasing their debut album in 2010, they were soon joined by drummer Aesop Dekker, whose ...

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The Bronx

The Bronx

2.6 / 10 The Bronx - The Bronx album cover

Now, I can't claim to know much about this band. I don't know what they are ex-members of or where they're from, but I do know this... this record bored ...

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