Northlane – Alien

Northlane have been rising through the progressive metalcore ranks with each album they’ve released since 2011. Once they acquired multi-faceted frontman Marcus Bridge in 2015, it seemed the band were destined for new heights. With two studio albums and a live LP dropping since then, the band appeared to be…

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LINGUA IGNOTA – CALIGULA

Though I have no first-hand experience with this, my sense is that it’s more difficult for women and members of the LGBTQ+ to break into the relative mainstream of experimental music. Sure, you could argue that people with an affinity for “outsider” art would naturally be more inclined to accept…

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Halshug – Drøm

Copenhagen’s hardcore and metal scenes are one of the hottest around Europe right now – maybe even the world’s. Leaving Mercyful Fate, Volbeat, and Aqua to the normies, the city is home to a slew of acts from the worlds of avant-grind to hairy-chested progressive power metal. It’s also the…

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Jute Gyte – Birefringence

Up to this point, Jute Gyte has made an almost annual tradition of releasing the boldest black metal album of the year. With this project, multi-instrumentalist Adam Kalmbach has channeled the black metal blueprint through classical composition techniques—microtonality and serialism, primarily—and paired the results with elements of dark ambient, industrial,…

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3Teeth – Metawar

Industrial sounds are busy shaking up hardcore at the moment but, as far as the mainstream incarnation of the genre goes, industrial metal appears to be largely done and dusted. The pounding, mechanical sounds that once dominated alternative music during the ’90s and early 2000s have left little mark on…

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Zvi – Deer Pink

Sometimes music critics can benefit from adhering to the notion that “form follows function.” It’s an abstract use of the bauhaus principle, but one which feels especially relevant in the modern music landscape. We often slather genre tags on scenes and artists that are growing more and more stylistically agnostic,…

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Surachai – Come, Deathless

There are certain electronic artists who have logical crossover appeal with metal fans; Merzbow and Prurient immediately come to mind, as well as industrial-leaning acts like Author and Punisher. Yet, there are other purveyors of dark electronics whom I’ve always felt should have more fans in the metal community, specifically…

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