New Primals – Horse Girl Energy

I’m still not sure what “Horse Girl Energy” is, but it certainly has New Primals more hyped up than any other rock band I’ve heard this year. Across a tight but raucous half-hour run time, the Minneapolis-based trio consistently blows me away with the sheer amount of (horse girl) energy…

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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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Have a Nice Life – Sea of Worry

As important as first impressions can be, they’re often given more weight than they deserve. Lead singles often receive these types of extreme initial reactions, something exacerbated by the seemingly increasing number of pre-album tracks bands release these days. Sure, these songs can be a perfect outline for what listeners…

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Secret Shame – Dark Synthetics

As I covered in our video premiere for “Calm,” Secret Shame strike just the right balance of post-punk nostalgia and innovation. The group employs a “dark rock” kaleidoscope throughout Dark Synthetics that touches on elements of deathrock, darkwave, and goth rock. Yet, at their core, the band maintains the punk…

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Helms Alee – Noctiluca

When I say grunge or post-punk, I bet the first adjective that pops into your head isn’t “fun”, right? Sure, the genres can be irreverent and often incorporate a kind of rebellious humor but they’re also usually coated with a grave seriousness, a thematic kind of weight. But on their…

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What’s Up Punks? May 2019, part 2

So here we are with the second installment of this month’s cavalcade of punk music in just about every style imaginable. Punk is, after all, as much a mindset as a musical style, right? Right. There’s a lot to get to so I won’t hold you up. Dig in, enjoy.…

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