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Top-rated albums this month
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Inter Arma

Sulphur English

Inter Arma - Sulphur English album cover

In the early ‘10s it felt like the progressive sludge scene had produced all of its great records, and that moving forwards the genre would settle in a plateau state. But in the underground, there was one band that was still not contempt with the confinements of the genre, and ...

85%

Coathangers

The Devil You Know

Coathangers - The Devil You Know album cover

Much of what I listen to on the regular is of the three-chord punk variety. While I want the bands in that field to switch up their sound, to develop and grow, the differences are usually pretty subtle in that world. The Coathangers, though, are something else and for some ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Radical Fun Time

There Is Only One Race The HUMAN RACE EP

Radical Fun Time - There Is Only One Race The HUMAN RACE EP album cover

What’s in a name? Radical Fun Time. Well, it is radical. Just take a look at that artwork. Someone had fun with that! It hurts a bit on the eyes, but someone had fun. And sometimes you can judge a book by it’s cover. This sounds like a bunch of ...

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Wang Wen

Invisible City

Wang Wen - Invisible City  album cover

China isn’t the first country you think of when it comes to rock music but over the last two decades, Wang Wen has been placing their home on the musical map and in Invisible City the band brings a range of new emotion to their instrumental work. Wanting to record something warmer than ...

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Vaura

Sables

Vaura  - Sables album cover

Vaura is an interesting act for multiple reasons. Firstly it is the brainchild of four incredible musicians in Joshua Strawn of experimetal, dark pop explorers Azar Swan, Kevin Hufnagel of technical death metal beast Gorguts, Toby Driver of elusive post-everything act Kayo Dot and Charlie Schmid, previously of extreme avant-metallists Tombs. What is even more ...

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Wristmeetrazor

Misery Never Forgets

Wristmeetrazor - Misery Never Forgets album cover

With a name like Wristmeetrazor could assume what you would be getting with this record before heading in and pressing play. While you may not be entirely wrong you would most certainly be partially wrong at best. While you could assume the record treads in emotionally raw lyrics and you ...

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Bob Mould

Sunshine Rock

Bob Mould  - Sunshine Rock album cover

Music is a form of expression and therapy and often times the only way an artist can make sense of the events going on around them. It's something Bob Mould makes very clear when he steps up to the mic. After years of dealing with loss and delving deeper into ...

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Inter Arma

Sulphur English

Inter Arma - Sulphur English album cover

In the early ‘10s it felt like the progressive sludge scene had produced all of its great records, and that moving forwards the genre would settle in a plateau state. But in the underground, there was one band that was still not contempt with the confinements of the genre, and ...

80%

Oozing Wound

High Anxiety

Oozing Wound - High Anxiety album cover

Chicago’s Oozing Wound have been riding the thrash train since their inception in 2011, yet this trio are more than just that label, instead they are a band that incorporates many different aspects of the metal world into their music and in doing so create high energy vibrations that enable ...

70%

Nadir

Collecting Misery

Nadir - Collecting Misery album cover

From the start of Collecting Misery it’s clear that Nadir is one of those bands fronted by someone who is usually on a different instrument. Sure, the DIY production also influences the sound, but the vocals are just a bit less fluid than in most bands. It’s not a slight ...

85%

Coathangers

The Devil You Know

Coathangers - The Devil You Know album cover

Much of what I listen to on the regular is of the three-chord punk variety. While I want the bands in that field to switch up their sound, to develop and grow, the differences are usually pretty subtle in that world. The Coathangers, though, are something else and for some ...

70%

Various Artists

Symphony Of Distraction / 69 Enfermos - They Came From Faster Space Split

Various Artists - Symphony Of Distraction / 69 Enfermos - They Came From Faster Space Split album cover

Recently I picked up my longboard from the barn where it was in hibernation for quite some time. I have been cleaning the bearings and other necessary maintenance. All the while looking out the window checking if the weather was adjusting to the meteorological time of the year: spring! Why ...

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Nightmarathons

Missing Parts

Nightmarathons  - Missing Parts album cover

Nightmarathons are a tough band to pin down. Sure, they fit somewhere under that ever-widening punk umbrella, but it pulls from different areas without fitting neatly into any single substyle. To make a blanket statement, I’d say its heavily influenced by ‘00s punk across the board, with different singers who ...

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Various Artists

The Bananas/Rivers Edge - split

Various Artists - The Bananas/Rivers Edge - split album cover

It had been a long time since I’d listened to The Bananas – and I have to ask myself why. It’s that peppy, poppy, yet underproduced DIY thing that I basically groove on. A few seconds of “La Touraine” is all it takes to get the leg bouncing and a ...

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Radical Fun Time

There Is Only One Race The HUMAN RACE EP

Radical Fun Time - There Is Only One Race The HUMAN RACE EP album cover

What’s in a name? Radical Fun Time. Well, it is radical. Just take a look at that artwork. Someone had fun with that! It hurts a bit on the eyes, but someone had fun. And sometimes you can judge a book by it’s cover. This sounds like a bunch of ...

73%

Landfill Crew

Landfill Crew

Landfill Crew - Landfill Crew album cover

I’m sure fictitious bands are a fun concept for the musicians writing the material, but I could care less if it's Tim Armstrong behind the mic or “Bagga” – they both sound the same. There are animated videos for this 4-song EP that develop the storyline of a fake 1980s ...

60%

Wang Wen

Invisible City

Wang Wen - Invisible City  album cover

China isn’t the first country you think of when it comes to rock music but over the last two decades, Wang Wen has been placing their home on the musical map and in Invisible City the band brings a range of new emotion to their instrumental work. Wanting to record something warmer than ...

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Whiplash

Unborn Again

6.0 / 10 Whiplash - Unborn Again album cover
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Three piece thrash outfit from New Jersey returns with this barnburner. In your face guitar riffage, pummeling drum beats, and punishing bass lines feature prominently on this record. These guys ...

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