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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- July 2018

Completely at odds with the scorching summer weather, things got dark and heavy in July’s ModerateRockRecommends Spotify playlist. American gloom, French hardcore, and Irish sludge all helped to lower the tone. There was some light in the darkness though, Strawberry Girls gave tribute to George Michael and that Soft Science track has been on my mind all month. Whatever the […]

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HOPESFALL- Arbiter

Hopesfall were one of the better bands to emerge from the mid-2000s post-hardcore gold rush. They possessed the requisite style and sound to ascend with the scene but always had something… more. Their grungy, shifting riffs were reminiscent of Hum or The Smashing Pumpkins rather than just another metal band and their abstract, Deftonsian lyrics seemed to look anywhere but […]

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SECRET CUTTER- Quantum Eraser

Holy Roar are on a hell of a roll in 2018. And not content with releasing new scene-stealing material by Svalbard, Møl, and Modern Rituals, alongside a potential album of the year by Rolo Tomassi, they’ve now ushered another Secret Cutter record into the world. Whether the world will accept it is another matter entirely- this is relentless, abrasive rage […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- June 2018

June’s ModerateRockRecommends playlist runs from glitchy electronica to hyperactive hardcore to post-rock noodling. Variety is the spice of life and all that! I hope you find something to love. ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER- ‘Warning’ I AM WAITING FOR YOU LAST SUMMER- ‘Better Days’ 1099- ‘Tundra’ ETERNITY FOREVER- ‘Fantasy’ EL TEN ELEVEN- ‘Phenomenal Problems’ THE GET UP KIDS- ‘Maybe’ CULTURE ABUSE- ‘Dip’ […]

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Listen to VOYAGERS

Voyagers are not hip. Voyagers are not cool. Voyagers play rock music, about as unfiltered as you can get it. But, like Thrice or Sparta or Cave In before them, the Washington State outfit are doing it with brains, brawn and audible honesty. This is music to chop wood to.

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STOMACH- Monument

Stomach are suitably named. From their fuzzy, rumbling riffs to lyrics like “I’m trying out all of your old hobbies, reaching for something to hold on to”, this is music that punches at your gut. Like Brand New turned all the way up to 11 or a Ken Andrews project determined to drill into the dirt rather than soar into […]

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Listen to LESSER GLOW

It’s rare to describe post-metal or doom as immediate. But it takes mere seconds to know that Lesser Glow stand out from the crowd. Built on a familiar foundation of titanic riffs and hoarse screams, the Boston quintet also incorporate serpentine guitar lines, smoky clean vocals, hypnotic melodies, and dark ambience to produce a noise that’s as compelling as it […]

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