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Top-rated albums this month
85%

King Buzzo w/ Trevor Dunn

Gift of Sacrifice

King Buzzo w/ Trevor Dunn - Gift of Sacrifice album cover

Simon and Garfunkel.Seals and Crofts.Hall and Oates.Captain and Tennille.Some artists just go together. Sure, they might make music on their own. But once they find their “other”, their “person” - you never want to hear them with anyone else.Such is the case the case with Buzz Osbourne and Trevor Dunn. ...

84%

Chain Whip

14 Lashes

Chain Whip - 14 Lashes  album cover

This is the kind of hardcore that makes my throat hurt just listening. It’s also the kind of hardcore where I can’t sit still while listening, even when tethered to headphones at work. It’s high energy, relentless and, somehow, it just never lets up. To keep coining silly phrases, this ...

Worst-rated albums this month
70%

Old Ghosts

Crow

Old Ghosts - Crow album cover

These last few weeks I've started to notice that the creases in my forehead are deepening. It's a subtle change to my face, but it's progressively becoming more noticeable. My pores are becoming more visible as well, and my skin doesn't have the same spongey, moist quality to it that ...

70%

Sanctifying Ritual

Sanctifying Ritual

Sanctifying Ritual - Sanctifying Ritual album cover

Most death metal bands exhibit a morbid quality to their sound but few would be believed if they said that their music was actually recorded in a catacomb. However, if the German death-thrash thrallers Sanctifying Ritual confessed as much to me, that their raw and cavernous debut was recorded in such an ...

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85%

King Buzzo w/ Trevor Dunn

Gift of Sacrifice

King Buzzo w/ Trevor Dunn - Gift of Sacrifice album cover

Simon and Garfunkel.Seals and Crofts.Hall and Oates.Captain and Tennille.Some artists just go together. Sure, they might make music on their own. But once they find their “other”, their “person” - you never want to hear them with anyone else.Such is the case the case with Buzz Osbourne and Trevor Dunn. ...

84%

Chain Whip

14 Lashes

Chain Whip - 14 Lashes  album cover

This is the kind of hardcore that makes my throat hurt just listening. It’s also the kind of hardcore where I can’t sit still while listening, even when tethered to headphones at work. It’s high energy, relentless and, somehow, it just never lets up. To keep coining silly phrases, this ...

70%

Old Ghosts

Crow

Old Ghosts - Crow album cover

These last few weeks I've started to notice that the creases in my forehead are deepening. It's a subtle change to my face, but it's progressively becoming more noticeable. My pores are becoming more visible as well, and my skin doesn't have the same spongey, moist quality to it that ...

73%

Inject the Light

The Apocalypse Is Boring

Inject the Light - The Apocalypse Is Boring album cover

Inject the Light is a time capsule, a one-person project from Chris Mason that’s about living in the moment of the COVID-19 lockdowns. Mason, who has also plays with Low Culture and Macho Boys, among others, takes a new approach here. This five-song digital release is a little on the lo-fi side, with ...

80%

Raging Nathans

Oppositional Defiance

Raging Nathans - Oppositional Defiance album cover

Boy do The Raging Nathans know how to start a record on a down note. The band plays melodic DIY pop-punk that’s of the verse-chorus-verse variety with driving rhythm to give it that extra oomph. While I tend to think of this kind of music as a little more light-hearted, ...

80%

Sun-0-Bathers

Floater EP

Sun-0-Bathers - Floater EP album cover

Two years ago I reviewed Local Warming, the debut EP by Sun-0-Bathers. Two years have passed, but not much has changed for Sun-0-Bathers. I am not going to blame them for it. If you have a winning formula, why change it, right?That winning formula for Sun-0-Bathers is straightforward 90’s skatepunk. Summer ...

70%

Sanctifying Ritual

Sanctifying Ritual

Sanctifying Ritual - Sanctifying Ritual album cover

Most death metal bands exhibit a morbid quality to their sound but few would be believed if they said that their music was actually recorded in a catacomb. However, if the German death-thrash thrallers Sanctifying Ritual confessed as much to me, that their raw and cavernous debut was recorded in such an ...

80%

Einst├╝rzende Neubauten

Alles in Allem

Einst├╝rzende Neubauten - Alles in Allem album cover

It’s a fairly long story as to the exact circumstance, but a couple of years ago on a rainy winter day in Tasmania I found myself as the only passenger in a shuttle bus when just when we were about to depart, the door opened and three constituents of the ...

80%

Skeleton

Skeleton

Skeleton - Skeleton album cover

There are a lot of skeletons out there. Stuffed in closets. Hanging on metal hooks in medical school classrooms. There is a skeleton in me writing this. And there is a skeleton in you reading it. If you think about all of those sharp, calcified rods and lobes, shifting below ...

73%

Sam Russo

Back To The Party

Sam Russo - Back To The Party album cover

Anytime it’s just one person on the stage, the music being created is going to be intimate and personal. Sometimes it’s so personal that it doesn’t bridge the gap from the stage to the floor. Fortunately, Sam Russo isn’t one of those artists. When he sings, you know it’s about ...

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Hard- Fi

Stars of CCTV

5.0 / 10 Hard- Fi - Stars of CCTV album cover

The preamble about Hard-Fi is something about DIY, self-financing, self-promotion and the dole. There's something about the middle-English wastelands in which the band live. Something else about inner city tower ...

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