Category Archives: Album Reviews

THE SHAKING SENSATIONS- How Are We to Fight the Blight?

The Shaking Sensations were over, finished, done. After more than a decade and three records together, the Danish outfit felt they had accomplished what they’d set out to do. They’d gone from covering grunge classics and aping post-rock pioneers to sharing world stages with the genre’s best, and, in 2013’s ‘Start Stop Worrying’, had set a benchmark they themselves felt […]

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GOLDEN CORE- Fimbultýr

Depending on how you look at it, Golden Core’s debut album was adorned with one of the best or worst album covers of all time. Fans of stock goat photography will be disappointed but sophomore effort ‘Fimbultýr’ features more fitting, grown-up artwork, and it reflects a startling newfound sonic maturity within. You can hear it in the first minute of […]

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COLORED MOTH- DIM

Colored Moth have transformed. No wait, they’ve evolved. Pupated, perhaps? Whatever… they’ve changed. If the Berlin-based trio’s first full-length was a searing but relatively straight-ahead slice of hardcore punk, ‘DIM’ is a firecracker in an oil drum. The band are working with the same blueprint as before but it’s been warped and distorted, still kind of recognisable but now something […]

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BON IVER- i,i

Three years since it first emerged to passionate praise and perplexed head-scratching and seemingly nothing in between, Bon Iver’s last album, the enigmatic ’22, a Million’, still rewards repeat listens. From its abstract artwork and song titles, ‘i,i’ initially promises more of the same. There’s even a grand concept in play- this is apparently the final ‘season’ of Bon Iver, […]

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JEROMES DREAM- LP

Time is a funny thing. Over 20 years ago Jeromes Dream were another fiery screamo outfit with wild ideas and a weird sense of humor. Depending on who you asked, their biggest achievement was either recording a split with Orchid or pissing everybody off with a change in sound on their second and final record. In the years following their […]

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JUNRO- From Hell

There’s a distinctly unfashionable whiff to Junro’s debut album. The New England outfit’s chunky, melodic rock is reminiscent of early Incubus, latter-day Taproot, and even Alien Ant Farm. Despite that, or perhaps even because of it, ‘From Hell’ is an engaging and addictive listen. The title track is a bouncy, surprisingly technical slice of punk, ‘Invincible’ feels like the best […]

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SPOTLIGHTS- Love & Decay

Spotlights know magic. Before now, Chino Moreno, Mike Patton, and, yes, even Moderate Rock have all fallen under the spell of husband and wife doomgazers, Sarah and Mario Quintero. Their debut album seemed to come out of nowhere, emerging from a cloud of smoke to celebrity endorsement and rave reviews, and their second record, the stunning Seismic, not only managed […]

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LAZYBONES FLAME KIDS- Beyond

This shouldn’t work. The second record by Lazybones Flame Kids methodically ticks every post-rock box before the opening track is through. Slow marching drums, a languid, looping guitar line, and the requisite rapturous crescendo are all put in their right place. But as ‘Beyond’ barrels forward, the excellently-named Sardinian four-piece behind it bend and break and bolt new things on […]

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