Cherubs – Immaculada High

Music can often be heard as a finished product. It’s made professionally by people who have learned about music or production or sound engineering or any number of other technical skills relating to the recording and producing of music. The songs are expertly written by artists, developed by producers, optimized…

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Pound – ••

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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HEALTH – VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR

As far as I can remember, I’ve never started out a review with a personal anecdote. But HEALTH holds a special place in my musical journey. Back in 2008, my dad took me to see my first concert: Nine Inch Nails at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.…

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Hey! Listen to exhalants!

Out of many musical weaknesses I have, I really can’t say no to much noise rock. A lot of it reminds me of 80s alternative bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr., two personal favorites. You have that proto-punk angstiness combined with guitarists willing to try different sounds on their…

Conduit – Drowning World

Of all the extreme music subgenres I’ve been tasked with defending to unimpressed friends and family members, crafting a convincing argument for the qualities of noise has by far been my toughest endeavor. Whereas ambient and drone have alluring, relaxing qualities that some outside listeners can appreciate, noise often just sounds…