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Top-rated albums this month
85%

Electric Chair

Social Capital

Electric Chair - Social Capital album cover
200 Words Or Less

This is short, fast, loud; brutal, punishing stuff. Ripping straight into it with “Bastard,” the first verse is spit-shouted in a way that, to normal people who don’t listen to this kind of thing all the time, will literally sound like he’s saying “blah blah blah, fuck shit.” It’s damn ...

85%

Neighborhood Brats

Confines of Life

Neighborhood Brats - Confines of Life album cover

Neighborhood Brats play punk as you’d expect it to sound – regardless of year or era. It’s angry, aggressive and timeless. A review doesn’t require hyphens and subcategories. But while they’re easy to pin into a genre, they remain full of surprises, which is exceedingly rare. For every political lyric, ...

Worst-rated albums this month
50%

Van Dammes

Finally There EP

 Van Dammes - Finally There EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Finlands Van Dammes release their fifth EP with Finally There. This time it is kind of special. This EP celebrates the first time Finlands football team can join the European Championship. Congratulations with that achievement, Finland!I really do hope your team will fare better than Van Dammes on this EP. The three garage ...

60%

Early Riser

Vocations

Early Riser - Vocations album cover

I was really into a few folk-bands for a while. But while I enjoy the lo-fi and personable tones, I find a lot of the vocals to be hit/miss. Which, to be honest, is in tune with my feelings on folk too. It’s a genre where voice matters a lot. ...

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Recent reviews

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80%

Senyawa

Alkisah

Senyawa  - Alkisah album cover

Indonesian duo Senyawa are experimentalists of the highest order on Alkisah, a record the dives head-first into the strange and unusual through improvisation with homemade instruments from Wukir Suryadi and a voice that ranges from the manic to the beautiful from Rully Shabara. Senyawa link the traditional to the modern as Alkisah progresses ...

85%

Electric Chair

Social Capital

Electric Chair - Social Capital album cover
200 Words Or Less

This is short, fast, loud; brutal, punishing stuff. Ripping straight into it with “Bastard,” the first verse is spit-shouted in a way that, to normal people who don’t listen to this kind of thing all the time, will literally sound like he’s saying “blah blah blah, fuck shit.” It’s damn ...

85%

Neighborhood Brats

Confines of Life

Neighborhood Brats - Confines of Life album cover

Neighborhood Brats play punk as you’d expect it to sound – regardless of year or era. It’s angry, aggressive and timeless. A review doesn’t require hyphens and subcategories. But while they’re easy to pin into a genre, they remain full of surprises, which is exceedingly rare. For every political lyric, ...

50%

Van Dammes

Finally There EP

 Van Dammes - Finally There EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Finlands Van Dammes release their fifth EP with Finally There. This time it is kind of special. This EP celebrates the first time Finlands football team can join the European Championship. Congratulations with that achievement, Finland!I really do hope your team will fare better than Van Dammes on this EP. The three garage ...

80%

Cluttered

Accidents EP

Cluttered - Accidents EP album cover

I’ve listened to a lot of Future Girls, Modern Cynics, and Weekend Dads the past couple of years. What does that have to do with Cluttered? Well, they share a key songwriting voice in Matty Grace, for starters. But Cluttered is a new band and a new direction, albeit more of a variation than ...

75%

Tomahawk

Tonic Immobility

Tomahawk - Tonic Immobility album cover

It would be nice if art could exist in a vacuum. I’m certain that a person finding Tomahawk randomly on YouTube or Spotify or whatever would have far different opinions than somebody who has known of Mike Patton since Faith No More’s The Real Thing blew up, which is probably like fifty albums ...

80%

Raging Nathans

Waste My Heart

Raging Nathans - Waste My Heart  album cover

It’s the pop-punk conundrum. Raging Nathans are a distinct band -- yet they aren’t. On first listen their sound is familiar. Take Lookout Records and Ramones-inspired sing-alongs, add skatepunk urgency, put it in a blender and set to crush. It’s not an even mix of all the ingredients, rather familiar ...

85%

Shevils

Miracle Of The Sun

Shevils  - Miracle Of The Sun album cover

Once upon a time I picked an album to review based on its cover art. It was an album by a Norwegian band called Shevils. That artwork was completely bonkers with Cthulhu dressed as a cowboy riding a manta ray and much, much more. This was back in 2013. I ...

80%

Yuko Araki

End of Trilogy

Yuko Araki - End of Trilogy album cover

Sonic playground, or finding beauty in the cracks. It feels that this is an appropriate title for Yuko Araki’s new opus, End of Trilogy. But again, this is to be expected from an artist that has been so curious throughout their musical endeavours. From starting out as a pianist to becoming ...

78%

Satanic Planet

Satanic Planet

Satanic Planet - Satanic Planet album cover

Justin Pearson has a lot of irons in the hellfire. If he isn’t playing with any number of his musical projects - The Locust, Dead Cross, Planet B, Retox and others, he’s tirelessly working behind the scenes as founder of Three One G, an aggressively independent record label dedicated to ...

60%

Early Riser

Vocations

Early Riser - Vocations album cover

I was really into a few folk-bands for a while. But while I enjoy the lo-fi and personable tones, I find a lot of the vocals to be hit/miss. Which, to be honest, is in tune with my feelings on folk too. It’s a genre where voice matters a lot. ...

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Sequoia

Time to Change

7.0 / 10 Sequoia - Time to Change album cover
200 Words Or Less

The metropolis of Chicago, IL is home to many many artists. While listening to Sequoia, I found their sound to be somewhat fitting, but at the same time I could ...

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