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Top-rated albums this month
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Cult of Luna

Years In A Day

Cult of Luna - Years In A Day album cover
Video/DVD Review

Years in a Day, a Live DVD/CD combo, is the latest release from Sweden’s Cult of Luna. A DVD featuring a 13-song live performance and two live CDs, each with 7-song performances, are included. Intense photographic artwork and thorough visual coverage of their live set make this release a special ...

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Planning For Burial

Below The House

Planning For Burial - Below The House album cover

Would you rather a musician be great live commanding all manner of powers that conjure spirits and whisk the entire gathering to a place of other or of temporary enlightenment, or would you rather that same musician be a paragon of studio craft, wielding instruments like a paintbrush and the ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Spelling Reform

No One’s Ever Changed

Spelling Reform  - No One’s Ever Changed album cover

This was a tough nut to crack. Wow! Why, you ask? Well, this is way out of my comfort zone. It’s as simple as that. Every now and then I enjoy that. It made me discover some great music. Writing about it is a bit more difficult as my frame ...

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Western Addiction

Tremulous

Western Addiction - Tremulous album cover

Has it really been 12 years since Cognicide? Well, Western Addiction are back with another single word, make-you-think album title in Tremulous. They may have skipped releasing records for the entire Obama presidency (plus some), but the band didn’t mellow with age.Tremulous is 11 songs of melodic hardcore. Led by ...

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Wear Your Wounds

WYW

Wear Your Wounds - WYW album cover

Is the world filled with melancholy and sadness that gives way to brief moments of euphoric happiness or joy that carries people from peak to peak, or is that just those of us not blessed with “cheer-y” dispositions nor the ability to feign an air of contentedness or ease? Some ...

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STNNNG

Veterans of Pleasure

STNNNG - Veterans of Pleasure album cover

STNNNG have slowed down their output but it doesn’t seem that age is catching up to them. If anything, their anger seems more pronounced than ever. Pronounced “The Stunning,” the band plays aggressive and confrontational rock that punches, kicks and occasionally claws at the listener, with guitar barbs, drum-fronted jabs ...

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Teleplasmite

Frequency Is The New Ecstasy

Teleplasmite  - Frequency Is The New Ecstasy album cover

Another excellent release coming through the House of Mythology label, Teleplasmite is the brainchild of an unholy alliance between Mark O. Pillington, musician known from his work in Urthona and author publishing interesting countercultural and cryptic literature through Strange Attractor, and Michael J. York, expert in wind instruments and member/collaborator ...

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Frenzal Rhomb

Hi-Vis High-Tea

Frenzal Rhomb - Hi-Vis High-Tea album cover

It would be easy for the uninitiated to dismiss Frenzal Rhomb and throw them into the bucket of playful pop-punk epigones from Australia. While their sound does incorporate the key ingredients of what makes the likes of The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX and Blink 182 appealing and palatable, all of ...

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Dimmu Borgir

Forces of The Northern Night

Dimmu Borgir  - Forces of The Northern Night album cover

There’s no denying that Dimmu Borgir come from a solid black metal background but what these Norwegian’s have done in the (nearly) twenty five years that they’ve been active is turn their version of black metal into a massive spectacle, one that involves orchestras and a full scale choir. Not ...

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Spelling Reform

No One’s Ever Changed

Spelling Reform  - No One’s Ever Changed album cover

This was a tough nut to crack. Wow! Why, you ask? Well, this is way out of my comfort zone. It’s as simple as that. Every now and then I enjoy that. It made me discover some great music. Writing about it is a bit more difficult as my frame ...

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Slowdive

Slowdive

Slowdive - Slowdive album cover

Why do bands or musical partners decide to reconvene to see if the magic can still be conjured? There a slew of bands that have reunited for various reasons (cash grabs, nostalgia trips, etc) over the last five to ten years that range from exciting to shaking one’s head as ...

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Great Cynics

Posi

Great Cynics - Posi album cover

Calling their fourth record Posi is an interesting statement about Great Cynic’s vibe across the 11-song, half-hour record. From lyrics about being the clouds and listening to the birds to others that proclaim “what makes you special,” this is posi-punk, music that’s uplifting in an overtly cynical music scene. Hell, ...

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Ian William Craig

Slow Vessels

Ian William Craig - Slow Vessels album cover

The classically trained Ian William Craig released in 2016 one of the best experimental works of the year in Centres. Applying ample processing to his vocals, in effect enhancing the performance, he created an adventurous record without tempering with the underlying emotion. Today he returns with Slow Vessels, a long ...

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Flobots

No Enemies

Flobots - No Enemies album cover

pro·testnounˈprōˌtest/A complaint, objection, or display of unwillingness usually to an idea or a course of action.It's been 5 long years since Flobots released their 2012 effort Circle in the Square. Normally that wouldn't be such a long stretch of time, but given all that's happened within that time frame, it ...

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Svart Crown

Abreaction

Svart Crown - Abreaction album cover

Blackened death metal requires a complex formula. It is not a hybrid state between black and death metal, where 50% of each individual component will give you the appropriate result. Svart Crown belongs in the few bands that understand how to get his sound right, and they have been traveling ...

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Cult of Luna

Years In A Day

Cult of Luna - Years In A Day album cover
Video/DVD Review

Years in a Day, a Live DVD/CD combo, is the latest release from Sweden’s Cult of Luna. A DVD featuring a 13-song live performance and two live CDs, each with 7-song performances, are included. Intense photographic artwork and thorough visual coverage of their live set make this release a special ...

73%

Western Addiction

Tremulous

Western Addiction - Tremulous album cover

Has it really been 12 years since Cognicide? Well, Western Addiction are back with another single word, make-you-think album title in Tremulous. They may have skipped releasing records for the entire Obama presidency (plus some), but the band didn’t mellow with age.Tremulous is 11 songs of melodic hardcore. Led by ...

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The Slackers

Redlight (20th Anniversary)

The Slackers - Redlight (20th Anniversary) album cover

Has it really been twenty years since this album made its way out into the world? Time does fly by when you are living life, but Redlight does not sound like a two decade old record in the least bit; the Slackers still sound down right in the moment with ...

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Oxbow

Thin Black Duke

Oxbow - Thin Black Duke album cover

I first saw Oxbow perform live back in 2007. The band has just released their then new album, The Narcotic Story, and the experience was simply beyond words. I was not familiar with their back catalogue and they completely stunned me, apart from the vocalist methodically removing his items of ...

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Planning For Burial

Below The House

Planning For Burial - Below The House album cover

Would you rather a musician be great live commanding all manner of powers that conjure spirits and whisk the entire gathering to a place of other or of temporary enlightenment, or would you rather that same musician be a paragon of studio craft, wielding instruments like a paintbrush and the ...

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Pharmakon

Contact

Pharmakon - Contact album cover

Back in 2014, Margaret Chardier came face to face with a life-threatening situation, which inspired her new record at the time, Bestial Burden. As was the case with her third record, her previous works were dealing with the human experience, the disconnect between mind and body, and the notion of ...

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L.A. Takedown

II (2017)

L.A. Takedown - II (2017) album cover

You don’t need to have been to Los Angeles to best experience L.A. Takedown’s latest album, II. It’s an album that’s evocative of a time and place, though it’s one that may or may not exist. The fact that it’s almost entirely instrumental (save for some lightly sprinkled vocoder in ...

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Jim and the French Vanilla

Afraid of the House

Jim and the French Vanilla - Afraid of the House album cover

Jim and the French Vanilla is the solo moniker for Jim Blaha, guitarist in The Blind Shake, a band with have several of their own releases, as well as collaborations with notables like Michael Yonkers and John Reis. This is his third “French Vanilla” release, but the first with true ...

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Saviours

Crucifire

6.4 / 10 Saviours - Crucifire album cover

I had been listening to this record for almost three weeks trying to place the sounds and get some kind of footing for writing about Crucifire. After completing some minor ...

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