Latest Reviews

There are way too many records released every week - which one should you listen to? We want to help you by reviewing lots of records every week and you can also check out a little teaser before reading the whole thing. And if you want to, you can also browse through our archive and have a look at the amazing records you might have missed out on.

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  • Abraham - Debris de Mondes Perdus

    21 Feb 2022 - Simon
    post hardcore post metal sludge metal

    How do you follow up an album about the end of the world? You imagine a letter sent back hundreds of years lamenting the sickness which lead to the disaster in the first place, it’s bleak, dark and glorious.

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  • And So I Watch You From Afar - Jettison

    20 Feb 2022 - Wouter
    Post-Rock , Alternative Rock

    ”Uplifting”, “transcending” and “transformative” are terms I seem to be using more often lately when writing about and describing music. And although I think it could very well be my own association with the music and therefore a reflection of my own state of mind, it is still the best description I can come up with when describing Jettison by And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA). Especially when listening to Jettison as a whole, fittingly called a score by the band, the music takes the listener on an associative, euphoric and exploratory journey of one’s state of mind.

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  • Turpentine Valley - Alder

    19 Feb 2022 - Sebastian
    Post-Metal / Post-Rock

    It is finally time for Turpentine Valley’s second album and let me tell you right of the bat: It is just as good as their first one! Their combination of heavy and dark post rock is just phenomenal and if you’ve slept on their debut, you definitely need to check this out.

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  • Lark's Tongue - Eleusis

    18 Feb 2022 - Knut
    Progressive Rock/Psychedelic Rock/Shoegaze

    With an album title referencing the ancient Greek mysteries of Eleusis invoking Demeter and her daughter Persephone, and a band name derived from one of the giants of progressive music, Lark’s Tongue conjure up fascinating sonics. Their sound is an amalgam of progressive rock, heavy metal, psychedelic rock and shoegaze that sometimes glistens in its cascading heaviness, lifted by the ever-present gliding organ-like synths, and driven forward by an inventive rhythm section.

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  • Frank Turner - FTHC

    16 Feb 2022 - Sebastian
    Hardcore / Folk / Punk

    Since last Friday I have been recommending Frank Turner’s newest album to basically everyone I meet, so it seems just natural to write down my thoughts on this incredible piece of work for you all and hope that you will also give it a spin.

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  • First Draft - Declines Are Long Gone

    16 Feb 2022 - Ben
    Rock / Post Rock

    The dynamic French duo return to the fray with their second studio release – a multifaceted 5 track EP that’s part quiet introspection, part self-motivational speech and part fight song.

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  • Zeal & Ardor - s/t

    15 Feb 2022 - Stephan
    Black Metal, Gospel, Synthwave, Soul

    As much as Zeal & Ardor has been stirring waves in the metal world since its rather unnoticed inception in 2013 and eventually going viral in 2016, the existence of this new album should never be taken for granted. Because with a music project based on some random internet douche’s joking suggestion to mix black metal and “n-word” music - what is actually supposed not to go wrong?

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  • Bank Myna - VOLAVERUNT

    14 Feb 2022 - Sebastian

    Bank Myna’s debut album is unlike anything I have reviewed so far. The Parisian trio created something beautiful, haunting and captivating, which is perfect for this misty time of the year. Join me on an adventure into the soundscapes of VOLAVERUNT.

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  • Salo - From Melmac With Hate

    12 Feb 2022 - Thorsten

    James Bond and ALF meet in France… sounds like a bad joke? Not if you think like Salo: the French noise-rock trio released their debut record last month and it should be something for all those who like Metz, Thee Oh Sees or Pissed Jeans. Powerful, straight to the point and uncompromising. Sounds intriguing, right?

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  • Cult of Luna - The Long Road North

    11 Feb 2022 - Jonas

    Cult of Luna from Sweden are the current torchbearers of modern post-metal and they have been a band for nearly 25 years now. They have not, however, shown any signs of slowing down, save for that mostly introspective period between the albums Eternal Kingdom (2008) and Vertikal (2013), where they went through some lineup changes. During the nine years since then, they have released a split EP with The Old Wind, a universally lauded collaborative album with Julie Christmas, a few live albums, a studio album, and an EP. It has only been a year since their last release and now it is, once again, time to prepare yourself for a gruesome journey, on “The Long Road North”, their ninth studio album!

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  • We Broke The Weather - We Broke The Weather

    10 Feb 2022 - Daniel F.
    Prog Rock

    By its very definition, progressive rock should challenge, surprise and add value to the genre as a whole. Over the years we have seen many bands come and go - some leaving more of a lasting impression than others - lots of which get stuck in the rut of writing what they think prog ‘should’ sound like, rather than how they feel it ‘could’ be perceived. When the Massachusetts quintet We Broke The Weather hit my radar a few weeks ago, it didn’t take long for them to cement themselves as the latter in my mind, and since then their debut album has drilled itself deep into my consciousness by way of creative hooks and brave, diverse songwriting. In other words, it’s bloody good.

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  • Comeback Kid - Heavy Steps

    10 Feb 2022 - Sebastian

    When reading the name Comeback Kid one thing immediately comes to mind: No nonsense oldschool hardcore. In the twenty years since their inception they only released seven albums, which isn’t a lot, when you consider that every album clocks in at about 30 minutes. So how does their new album Heavy Steps hold its ground?

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  • Norna - Star Is Way Way Is Eye

    09 Feb 2022 - Simon
    post metal sludge metal

    The debut album by Norna comes roaring out of the deepest recesses of the earth to delightfully pummel you into a new way of thinking

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  • Thought Trials - Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

    08 Feb 2022 - Jonas
    Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore

    Since June 2020, the Buffalo-based solo project called Thought Trials has released two EPs and four stand-alone singles, and now it’s finally time for the genre-bending debut album – Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing!

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  • Black Country, New Road - Ants From Up There

    07 Feb 2022 - Thorsten
    Indie-Rock, Post-Rock

    Apart from the fact that one should always be proud of one’s children – especially if they do their best – today was one of the glory days for this author when our nine-year-old came to me while I was listening to Ants From Up There, the new record by Black Country, New Road. First and perfect comment: ”That is quite jazzy, huh, daddy? But it’s not real jazz!” So true, so proud!

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  • Deeper Graves - The Colossal Sleep

    04 Feb 2022 - Thorsten

    At the end of last year we had a sequence of three days with reviews of new releases by three different projects/bands that all shared one musician: Jeff Wilson, known for his work in many bands like Abigail Williams or Wolvhammer. A few days ago, Wilson’s project Deeper Graves released its next record and of course, I had to give it a listen and also a review as happy about the record as I am. Enter: The Colossal Sleep.

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  • Cloakroom - Dissolution Wave

    03 Feb 2022 - Thorsten
    Doomgaze, Shoegaze, Indie-Rock

    Somewhere in a non-existent universe there was a tiny bridge between the oeuvre of The Melvins and some faint and fleeting college-rock in the vein of “Walking After You” or “If You Could Only See” - a bridge that has been steadied and refurbished with some nice My Bloody Valentine-ornaments. Who built it? Cloakroom did! Why they built it? Because they can!

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  • Rolo Tomassi - Where Myth Becomes Memory

    02 Feb 2022 - Gene
    Progressive, Mathcore, Post-Hardcore, Post-Metal

    Rolo Tomassi burst back onto the scene with the final part of an unintended trilogy that began with 2015’s Grievances and continued with 2018’s Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It.

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  • There's A Light - For What May I Hope? For What Must We Hope?

    01 Feb 2022 - Wouter

    I like that you don’t have to look to the obvious countries (hello US, UK and Scandinavia!) anymore to find really good post-rock. Good post-rock is being written all over the world these days. But to give credit where credit is due, Germany has been doing more than their fair share of heavy post-rock lifting the last couple of years.

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  • Violet Cold - Səni Uzaq Kainatlarda Axtarıram

    31 Jan 2022 - Jonas
    Blackgaze / Voidgaze / Blackened Trance

    When you realize that Violet Cold has released a dozen albums since 2015, you definitely start to believe the biography that states that, and I quote: “Violet Cold is an experimental AI simulated music project from 40°22’37.7”N 49°50’51.6”E”, and that’s without counting the instrumental versions, the EPs, splits and standalone singles released along the way. A couple of days ago, on January 31, the project released yet another EP out of the blue, called “Səni Uzaq Kainatlarda Axtarıram” – Just like that!

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  • Tears Of Fire - Relics Of Ancient Love

    30 Jan 2022 - Thorsten
    Oriental Doom, Blackened Doom

    This record kind of closes the circle for me for this month as my first review of the month was on Dakhma‘s new album and on this last review for the month some similar kind of blackened doom metal with lots of Middle-Eastern influences can be heard. German-based band Tears of Fire gives us some cleverly arranged songs full of samples, sounds and strings!

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  • Shoreline - Growth

    29 Jan 2022 - Sebastian
    Emo / Pop punk

    Clean-ish guitars, heavy drums and lyrics with attitude. These three things sum up the music of Shoreline pretty well. The four musicians are the newest signing to End Hits Records who now finally, after a longer than expected waiting time, release their second album Growth.

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  • Boris - W

    28 Jan 2022 - Thorsten
    Drone, Ambient, Dreamgaze

    Sometimes things must be clear cut and to the point as my friend Maarten would always advise me! So let‘s make it clear: Boris‘ new record W should be on a lot of AOTY-lists for 2022 because which other band is perfectly in the middle of SunnO))), Sigur Ros, and the Melvins?! None!

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  • Amon Tobin - How Do You Live

    27 Jan 2022 - Skyler
    Ambient, Experimental, Avantgarde

    Amon Tobin is a long standing, experimental, and sonically complex composer who has completed 10 albums in 25 years. Beyond his work as Amon Tobin, he has also worked under the names: Cujo, Two Fingers, Only Child Tyran, Figueroa, and Stone Giants. The catalog of albums he’s built so far has established a strong and distinct sound, utilizing resampling and heavy amounts of synthesis played in on a Continuum. I recall a video in which he records tapping light bulbs together to make percussion sounds for a different album.

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  • Nordic Giants - Symbiosis

    26 Jan 2022 - Jonas
    Post-Rock / Neoclassical / Cinematic

    Rôka and Löki are the highly enigmatic members that make up the cinematic post-rock duo Nordic Giants. Through a successful crowdfunding campaign, they are now back with their first album in five years – Symbiosis! Here are my thoughts on the album, my first experience with them, and how their audio-visual concept brings their live shows to a completely different level.

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