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Albums of the Year- 2019

Moderate Rock’s 2019 was, apparently, a mood. Because while previous Album of the Year lists have been peppered with a variety of music from across the alternative (ergh) spectrum, this year’s list sits under a storm cloud. Here there is doom, gloom, big riffs, nasty noise, and a record that sounds like it wants to pull you through a portal […]

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Sifting #2- ZAO

Zao are a mess. Ok, that’s harsh. The West Virginia outfit are a pioneering hardcore band responsible for some of the most intense sounds the scene has ever produced. But they’re also the flaky dudes with an exhausting former members section that once broke up in the middle of a show, and untangling the band’s history and discography can be […]

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR- 2018

Here we are again. Another December’s end, another Album of the Year list, and another note to say that there’s no way this particular list is definitive. But then, with so much music released in 2018 and so many different ways to hear it, I’m not sure that any list, even those that stretch to a top 100 releases, can […]

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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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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR- 2016

Albums of the year lists usually come easy around here. Oh sure, there’s some always some debate, ‘hmm, should that be at 7 or 8’, but by the time December rolls around, it’s normally become pretty clear exactly who will make the cut. Not so in 2016. This year there could have been a Top 50. As terrible as the last 12 months seem […]

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Sifting #1- THRICE

At first the rumble was low- a hopeful rumour here, a one-off benefit show there. Then the noise built- there was a summer of sneaking onto festival bills and a photo of what looked decidedly like a recording studio. Now it’s confirmed– the hiatus is over, an album is due this year, Thrice are back. But before new Thrice finally […]

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR- 2015

This year sure felt like it had a little more terribleness in it than the usual. Real life is a hell of a thing. The music though, the music didn’t let anybody down. As the increasingly fast passing of days denotes, it’s time for Moderate Rock’s albums of 2015. 11 because Spinal Tap: 11. NO DEVOTION ‘Permanence’ 10. THE WEEKND […]

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR- 2014

It’s all about what stays with you, right? You could be listening to some of the busiest, best new metal of the year or wordless soundscapes but unless it sticks somehow, makes some kind of mark, it might not be remembered later that day, nevermind six months after the fact. We couldn’t get over these. Moderate Rock’s albums of 2014. […]

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