Category Archives: Features

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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Year in Preview- 2019

It felt like there was more music per square decibel in 2018 than any year before it, right? Quantity doesn’t mean quality of course but so many great records were released, a new album-of-the-year contender almost every week. Well time and release schedules wait for no one and this year looks like it might be similarly stacked. There’s no way […]

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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

Maybe metal has lost its edge. Maybe I’m getting old* Whatever the reason, the all-out righteous anger and downtuned danger of previous year’s best-of lists has faded a tad here. Moderate Rock’s albums of 2014 in some kind of order. 11 because Spinal Tap: 11. Maybeshewill ‘Fair Youth’ 10. Every Time I Die ‘From Parts Unknown’ 9. Run the Jewels […]

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