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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- October 2018

Sure feels like the end of 2018 is screaming up fast huh? Before we truly enter list season and Album of the Year territory though, October was worth stopping and listening out for. From new names to returning legends, from neoclassical gloom to brusing British everythingcore, and three bands with deities in their name, the #moderaterockrecommends playlist features my favourite […]

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Listen to BIG JESUS

Big Jesus have somehow passed me by until now and I have no idea how. The Atlanta, Georgia four-piece play fuzzy, buzzy, warm and anthemic, capital-r rock that’s right up my street and, hey, maybe yours. They released one full-length in 2016 and new EP, ‘Not a Dreamer’, is out today. For fans of Torche, Nothing, and My Bloody Valentine. […]

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LEONOV- Wake

Leonov know exactly what they’re doing. Two months ago this might’ve made no sense. In the coming low lights and low temperatures of the next few though, ‘Wake’ will work wonders. The Norwegian outfit’s second album takes the template of the first- Tåran Reindal’s ethereal vocals over dark post-rock and fuzzy, buzzing doom- and expands on it, bringing it into […]

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SET AND SETTING- Tabula Rasa

Set and Setting’s last album struck a brilliant balance. 2017’s ‘Reflectionless’ was part starry ambience, part metallic technicality, all instrumental awesomeness. A year later and ‘Tabula Rasa’ sees the scales tip, perhaps naturally, towards the heavier end of the scale. There are harder edges, heavier riffs, and extra helpings of ominous darkness here. The shift will work for some, there’s […]

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GODLESS- Swarm

Godless get minus points for giving their band the same name as a million other metalheads, but that goes down as about the only misstep the Indian outfit have ever made. Their first release was a warning shot of power and potential and, from the eerie introduction of ‘Exordium’ to the final belligerent beats of ‘Empty Graves’, this thing only […]

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MINSK & ZATOKREV- Bigod

Despite living halfway around the world from each other, Minsk and Zatokrev make perfect bedfellows. Both play dark and doom-infused post-metal, but both have been bold enough to step outside the confines of their genre, and yet both are sorely underappreciated. The former are even among the inspirations for the latter to start kicking out their extended jams. ‘Bigod’ sees […]

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THE BLACK QUEEN- Infinite Games

The Black Queen’s first album was a slick and exciting, 80s-influenced, tech-noir triumph. This… is not that. Oh, ‘Infinite Games’ is made of much the same ingredients- dark ambience, drum loops, bubbling synths, and the whispers and croons of erstwhile Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato- but instead of icy cool and tightly coiled, it’s grim and grey and meandering. […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- September 2018

Holy crap was there a ton of good music out this month! There’s incredible metal, powerful post-rock, energy-boosting punk, and more than one album of the year contender in here and only half of the excellent releases are represented. I hope you find something you love. PIG DESTROYER- ‘The Last Song’ BOSSE-DE-NAGE- ‘Down Here’ ZAO- ‘Hide from the Light’ SVFFER- […]

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