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Listen to RAVENS & CHIMES

Something happened to the members of Ravens & Chimes. You can tell from the sounds of melancholy and lyrics of longing and loss in the New York outfit’s music. But then something else happened to them, because despite the consistent quality across both of their albums, they haven’t been heard from in years. Fans of Brand New, Sufjan Stevens, and […]

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HAMMOCK- Mysterium

Hammock are consistent. Since 2005 the Nashville duo have released ten albums, a handful of EPs, and a movie soundtrack. But they’ve never been consistently great. ‘Mysterium’ though, excellent throughout, instantly ranks as one of the best, most blissful things they’ve ever done. Maybe blissful is not the right word- this is a record born from the death of a […]

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CANVAS- Worry

Life is tough and only getting tougher. That’s the message on ‘Worry’, the debut album from Bedfordshire five-piece, Canvas. And the music they use to soundtrack their tales of woe, anxiety, and fear is fire-breathing hardcore heartily mixed with sky-scraping post-rock. It’s something that has been done before of course but, from the almost-orchestral choruses of ‘Medicate Me’ to the […]

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MARILYN MANSON Playlist

To celebrate the release of Marilyn Manson’s new album, ‘Heaven Upside Down’ (spoiler alert, it’s good), Moderate Rock has curated a Spotify playlist of his weirdest and most wonderful songs. It’s not a greatest hits- there are no Sweet Dreams here- and it’s heavy on ‘Holy Wood…’ (His best album. Fight me.) but there’s no denying it’s some of Mr. […]

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MARILYN MANSON- Heaven Upside Down

Marilyn Manson stumbles. If you’ve caught the news coming out of Mr Warner’s comeback tour recently you’ll already know that. But more dangerous than too-high heels or falling stage props are the blunders in Manson’s back catalogue. He has undoubtedly proven himself capable of greatness but for every ‘Antichrist Superstar’ there’s been a ‘The High End of the Low’, for […]

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GRAVE PLEASURES- Motherblood

Ever wondered what sort of metal band Elvis might have formed? No, me neither. But what about the sound of a goth Morrissey, or the Misfits if they weren’t such… misfits? Well these questions and many more are answered by ‘Motherblood’, the second album from Scandanavian something-of-a-supergroup Grave Pleasures. Vocalist Mat McNerney and bassist Valtteri Arino from the defunct Beastmilk […]

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Listen to NILE ON WAX

This, from prolific violin virtuoso Catherine Graindorge, is intriguing. The first release under their Nile on Wax moniker (Graindorge and her two bandmates used to be NOX) is occasionally too jazzy for its own good but otherwise strikes a creepy, compelling tone. It’s not at all surprising to find out that they’ve also completed some movie soundtrack work.

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36 CRAZYFISTS- Lanterns

Just in case anyone felt like 36 Crazyfists, almost 25 years and now seven full-lengths into their career, could no longer make an impact, they open ‘Lanterns’ with one of the best, most whip-crack riffs they’ve ever written. After that the quality ebbs and flows, just as it has done on every one of the Alaskan-born outfit’s albums since the […]

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