The Dollyrots – Daydream Explosion

The Dollyrots have been doing their style of Ramones-inflected pop punk for about 20 years now. Over the course of all those years they’ve managed to get picked up by the likes of Ben Weasel’s Panic Button label which was an offshoot of pop punk institution, Lookout Records, as well…

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Batushka – Hospodi

There are always two sides of every story. Everyone sees things a little bit differently. Every person reading this review knows that. When a relationship goes sour, each person has a different interpretation of what went down. Who hasn’t broken up with that one crazy person? And how many of…

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Disentomb – The Decaying Light

It’s already been a year full of releases that proudly defy the limitations of genres applied to them. Disentomb’s third full-length, The Decaying Light shoots for this too. The Australian brutal death practitioners made fans wait five years for a new dose of hair raising, skin blistering jams- 2014’s Misery…

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Andavald – Undir skyggðarhaldi

Black metal is at its best when it’s raw. And I’m not referring to tin can production quality, which has become an obsessively mandated component of the genre for purists. The rawness I’m referring to is a of a more human variety. Give me black metal that feels utterly unhinged,…

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State Faults – Clairvoyant

As with any artistic venture, albums can be a lot like a favorite painting, book, or film which, when returned to with fresh senses, lends us an all new understanding of the work than that which we initially took away. Some would argue that this is what the very best…

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Immortal Bird – Thrive On Neglect

Crusty blackened proggy deathgrind. That’s how Immortal Bird describe their sound on social media. It’s enough of a mouthful that it will surely put some folks off before they even hit play, but that would be a mistake on their part. Four years on from the release of the criminally…

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The Odious – Vesica Piscis

It’s obviously no secret that there are several ways one could interpret the “progressive” label. We even wrote a pretty long piece about exploring some of the many ways such an interpretation could manifest, though even that is not exhaustive. Summarized rather crudely, one could either understand “progressive” as denoting…

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Abyssal – A Beacon in the Husk

I’m a sucker for the kind of discordant, dissonant, technically adventurous death metal that leaves you simultaneously baffled and awed. Think Portal and their utterly unhinged songwriting, Ulcerate and their fire and blood approach to technical death metal, and Mitochondrion’s relentless, blisteringly paced barrage of audio brutality. It’s a sound…

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Victims – The Horse and Sparrow Theory

Twenty years into a career loaded with releases, Victims could be forgiven for falling back into old habits and spitting out yet another d-beat driven blast of Scandinavian hardcore – tuned low, fuzzed over, and satisfyingly predictable. A band criminally underappreciated outside of their native land, Victims still have the…

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