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YEAR IN PREVIEW- 2018

So long 2017 you miserable no-good bastard. Oh sure, some outstanding records saw the light of day last year but god damn were some of the days dark. No pressure then 2018, but you kind of need to turn this whole thing around. Yet more excellent music will help of course and while the records that make the deepest mark […]

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR – 2017

Things can only get better, right? Wrong. Things, it turns out, can get so, so much worse. I know we mostly share the same tyrants and everybody has their shit to deal with but my 2017 was fucking horrible. It ain’t over either- little weight is going to be lifted because the calendar has ticked over to another day. While […]

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GLASSJAW- Material Control

I get it. At one point, in the unsettled territory between the twin peaks of nu-metal and metalcore, Glassjaw meant everything. In a flurry of activity they released two scene-defining records, even though it wasn’t clear what scene they were in, and no one else looked or sounded or performed quite like them. And then they disappeared, leaving only myth […]

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NO OMEGA- Culture

No Omega go to work. Since 2012 the Stockholm quartet have been relentlessly touring, writing and recording music. ‘Culture’, though, is the best they’ve ever sounded. It’s tough to say that the band’s sound has been crystallised because there’s nothing bright or shiny or easy to look at here but everything they do best has been brought into relentless, fearsome […]

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CONVERGE- The Dusk in Us

It feels like Converge can do no wrong. Since 2001 and the release of ‘Jane Doe’ the hardcore pioneers have been on an untouchable run of form. Their ferocity, focus, and ability to slightly alter their course to incorporate new elements without comprising quality- here noise rock, woozy ambience, and whisper it, melody- have all become legendary. One thing they […]

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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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