An Autumn For Crippled Children – All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet

Enigmatic Dutch post-black metal band An Autumn For Crippled Children have been pushing black metal’s long-standing flirtation with new wave, shoe gaze, and dreampop to its logical conclusions for over a decade now, garnering a dedicated underground following in niche circles. I’ve advocated on behalf of the band for their piece of the pie in their recognition as forebears to the genre’s exploration of these blurring genre margins, taking things further and getting there faster than the more household names like Deafheaven and Alcest. Broader audiences simply haven’t taken notice, likely due to the fact that the band is anonymous and has never intended on playing live, making them a hard sell to would-be labels seeking to advertise and move units.

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Hey! Listen to Greet Death!

Oh boy! New year, new shoegaze! Although I guess this is technically from last year, it doesn’t matter. You should listen to Greet Death. If you’re a music nerd, this is the band you wait for. New Hell is your personal modern masterpiece. It scratches a bunch of personal musical…

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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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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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