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As a music critic, I’ve always strived to go beyond curation by attempting to contextualize the artists and albums I review. Of course, finding and recommending noteworthy new music is still an important part of the job, especially in today’s saturated music market. But the opportunity for deeper analysis has…

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The Anatomy Of – Stephen Taranto

It seems as if the dubiously titled nu-prog has been slowing down over the past two to three years, at least when compared to the onslaught from the genre that we experienced in 2014-2016. However, the collective imagination around the sound still seems to be there. Something about the unabashed…

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Osiah – Kingdom of Lies

It’s easy to be sneery about deathcore. Its cartoonish extremes, horror movie lyrical subject matter and total devotion to the breakdown mean that the jokes virtually write themselves. Deathcore sounds like what your Nan thinks all metal sounds like. Throw into the mix a seemingly infinite parade of cookie-cutter bands…

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Town Portal – Of Violence

Geography is a liar. It tells us for instance that Town Portal are from Denmark when it would be much easier for our narratives were they from Switzerland or the UK. This is because their brand of meaty post-rock fits right in with the resurgence of such groove based antics…

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Hey! Listen To Climate of Fear!

There aren’t too many of the good early 2000’s melodeath/metalcore bands remaining but, if I’m being ignorant and missing a few good ones, then they should just be releasing better music. The precarious balance between At The Gates-worship and the clinical edges of modern metal was too much for most…

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Whitechapel – The Valley

Listening back to Whitechapel’s much-maligned 2016 record, Mark of the Blade, I’m finding it difficult to discern exactly what I’m meant to dislike about it. Am I meant to resent it for being a watered-down continuation of the groove-heavy sound the band had developed over their past two albums? Or…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Hear Town Portal Appease “Roko’s Basilisk”

From RationalWiki: “Roko’s basilisk is a thought experiment about the potential risks involved in developing artificial intelligence. The premise is that an all-powerful artificial intelligence from the future could retroactively punish those who did not help bring about its existence, including those who merely knew about the possible development of…

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Hey! Listen to Darwin!

Sometimes, a group comes to your attention so early in their existence that they still have that ‘New Band Smell’. You might still find the occasional polystyrene packing chip caught in a fold, and a few little plastic screen protectors waiting to be peeled off here and there. And this…

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