Resin Tomb – Resin Tomb

Australia is absolutely killing it right now. The past few years, I have lost count of how many times I’ve asked myself, “Huh, I wonder where they’re from?” about an amazing new band I’ve discovered just to see Australia and go, “Oh, yeah, okay that makes sense.” From now defunct…

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Kardashev – The Baring of Shadows

Arizona’s Kardashev have long been at the cutting-edge of niche yet burgeoning metal subgenres. Their early sound took a unique approach to the progressive deathcore sound that the now arguably iconic album Exoplanet by The Contortionist popularized, with more emphasis on a Fallujah type atmosphere. This was accented with vocalist…

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Fliege – The Invisible Seam

Every year, I grow more impressed by the breadth of new ideas introduced into the world of black metal. I’ve long held the belief that the “blackened” prefix manifests in more unique ways than any other metal subgenre. Even the lightest introduction of black metal aesthetics can significantly alter the…

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Hey! Listen to Dispossessed!

You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed The proliferation of a medium typically leads to a more diverse array of messages, which has certainly been the…

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Hey! Listen to Riffs for Reproductive Justice!

Editor’s note: the world is going to shit, this is known. But what’s less accepted is that, in many ways, the world has always been going to shit. In certain points, it has gotten worse, to be sure. In others, it has gotten better. But my aim with this note…

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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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Hey! Listen to The Chemical Mind!

There’s been so many good albums this year it’s easy for some to slip through the cracks, even ones that you’ve already listened to. When I first heard The Chemical Mind’s Beneath the Shadow It Casts, admittedly I listened to a couple of songs and sort of just dismissed it…

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