Category Archives: Love Buzz

#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- July 2019

Among the American metalcore, Mexican noise, British punk, and Spanish screams in the darkness on this month’s playlist, I hope you find something to love. NORMA JEAN- [Mind Over Mind]FRIENDSHIP- PunishmentMIND POWER- See MeHESITATION WOUNDS- Paragons of VirtueCLEANUP- Grey LionEL SHIROTA- Tarde/TempranoCHASTITY- Sun PoisoningNERVUS- FliesMUSKETS- DetentionBROKEN FIELD RUNNER- Palm Trees WaveCRUSHED BEAKS- Sky BurialTRACE MOUNTAINS- Where It GoesTHOM YORKE- Dawn […]

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Listen to OUT OF BODY

The 1990s are well and truly back. And while this is terrible news for, well, pretty much everything, a thin sliver of hope can be found in modern bands taking inspiration from that decade’s now-classic post-hardcore sounds. Austin, Texas outfit Out of Body aren’t the only ones doing so but they stand out- especially on new EP, ‘Son Sun’- by […]

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Listen to WE LOST THE SEA

We Lost the Sea have been banging out ace post-metal for a decade now but if you haven’t heard them before then there’s no better time to tune in. It’s just been announced that Holy Roar will be releasing the Australian outfit’s next album ‘Triumph & Disaster’ in the UK. The rest of the world will be covered by Translation […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- June 2019

Summer is here. The season of sun, fun and frolics!Well, not around here apparently. This month’s playlist is marked by heartache, violence, relentless hardcore punk, and death. Not something to dive into during your neighbour’s barbecue then. Still, I hope you find something to love. CAVE IN- Final TransmissionBAD BREEDING- ExiledRUSSIAN CIRCLES- MilanoPELICAN- Midnight and MescalineTHE SHAKING SENSATIONS- Tremendous EffortsJAMBINAI- […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- May 2019

From time to time I wrestle with giving ModerateRock sharper focus. Should we pivot to post-hardcore or go all-in on modern ambient? But then I hear something new, something I fall so quick and hard in love with, that wouldn’t fall within whatever lines might have to be drawn, and I say focus be damned. If you long for ever […]

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Listen to THROES

Throes aren’t fucking around. The Idaho outfit are relentlessly intense, describe their music (or maybe themselves) only as “ugly”, and their debut album due out in July via Holy Roar, will be titled ‘In the Hands of an Angry God’. This is bleak, barreling sludge made to soundtrack the planet’s sick, slow death. So highly recommended of course!

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Listen to DIANACRAWLS

There’s no middle ground here. Bands with names like Dianacrawls that describe their music as funkviolence are guaranteed to either be terrible or totally balls-out terrific. It takes about a millisecond of the Montreal quartet’s debut to decide they are five-star blast of modern screamo for fans of Portrayal of Guilt, early Rolo Tomassi, and latter-day global panic. Tres bien.

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Listen to HOLDING PATTERNS

Crash of Rhinos were a great band with a bad name and maybe, just maybe (although probably definitely not) that’s why they split up back in 2014. Now, three of the Rhinos have emerged as Holding Patterns, playing rip-roaring, distinctly old-school emo for fans of Piebald, Braid, and Bear Vs Shark. Most importantly though, they’ve nailed it with that name. […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- April 2019

A quiet month in terms of our usual mixtape content but what April lacked in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality- including two sides of Stephen Brodsky, the return of Sainthood Reps, and some staggering UK post-rock. I hope you find something to love. DRONEFLOWER- Space Ghost ICAVE IN- All IllusionSPOTLIGHTS– The Age of DecayBLOOD COMMAND- No […]

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