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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  • ROOK - Infinite Empty

    25 Aug 2022 - Thorsten
    Synth-Pop, Post-Rock, Ambient Doom

    The cupboard in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia realms. Platform 9 ¾ in the Potter-verse. The river in Heart of Darkness: spots in famous books where someone transfers from one sphere to another, from one form of existence to another. That trope is far too often applied to music - ”when listening to this track, you will be transported to another place”. Far too often and yes, we also used this one here on VoS already. However, for the very, very first time I have heard a track for which this might be really true: ”White Wall” opens ROOK’s debut full-length and man, after listening to this synth-ambient-psychedelia that is as much Amon Düül as it is Brian Eno, as much Bauhaus as 13th Floor Elevators, you are open enough for what follows next. I am pretty sure that one wouldn’t be without. It is quite overwhelming.

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  • Hush - Pornography of Ruin

    24 Aug 2022 - Thorsten
    (Funeral) Doom Metal, Post-Metal

    Philadelphia is so much more than bad fans (which is not quite true, imo), a mighty cheese steak sandwich, Cold Case and Rocky – it is also home to some mighty interesting bands and one of them is Hush, who just released a strong outing in the form of their third full-length The Pornography of Ruin! A record that was more than five years in the making but which sounds like it was done in the last five months. Timeless (funeral) doom metal.

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  • Motorpsycho - Ancient Astronauts

    23 Aug 2022 - Thorsten
    Motorpsycho, Progressive Rock

    No matter if you like them or not, one has to admit that Motorpsycho from Norway are not only one of the more productive bands of our time (basically one album a year is their average) but that their output is also of a constantly high level. So the question for the new record Ancient Astronauts is not a level of quality but rather one of differentiation – what does this record different and/or better than the other umpteen records the trio has put out in their long history?

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  • Long Distance Calling - Eraser

    22 Aug 2022 - Sebastian
    Progressive Metal, Post-Rock

    It feels a bit weird writing this review just after releasing my interview with Jan from Long Distance Calling and I hope I don’t just repeat what we said about their new album. But man is this new record just amazing. It is so vastly different from their last one, that it is almost like a completely different band.

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  • Hexis - Aeternum

    22 Aug 2022 - Knut
    Blackened Hardcore/Post Black Metal/Darkwave

    However long or short each fast-blasting Hexis-song is on this album, they always manage to bring on elements of elongated post-metal structures into their songs, even with dips into Darkwave. After numerous EPs, splits, two full-length albums and constant touring (800 shows and counting) since their inception in 2010, the pandemic forced the band and the world to a full stop. Now Hexis comes thundering and screeching back with their third full length and promises of new shows. Brace yourselves, for this is a breathless rollercoaster of an album seeping of urgent desperation and anger that in the end sink into eternal echoing.

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  • Pjusk - Svaberg

    21 Aug 2022 - Skyler
    Electronic, Ambient

    Pjusk and Chihei’s new magical soundscape.

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  • Buried Under Sky - Darkest Corners

    19 Aug 2022 - Knut
    Melodic Hard Rock/Death Metal

    Having day jobs, but wanting to make music in their spare time these seasoned musicians joined forces to make an engaging album with catchy melodies. Having gone through almost every genre on the heavy side of rock and metal, they fuse their influences into five songs with memorable melodic themes.

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  • Dalila Kayros - Animami

    13 Aug 2022 - Stephan
    Electronic, Experimental

    Earlier this year Dalila Kayros’ unmistakable voice already shone on the album Pyramiden by the equally unique Italian post djent (or whatever you’ll want to call them) band Syk. If you either missed that phenomenal release or just got addicted to the intriguing vocal perfomances on it - rejoice, because here comes more! And it’s a lot more, because on her new solo work Animami the vocals are front and center, left and right, and everywhere in between and all around.

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  • Russian Circles - Gnosis

    12 Aug 2022 - Simon

    Russian Circles return with their eigth album Gnosis which was written remotely due to the pandemic (unlike previous albums where they were all in the same place), which if anything has galvanised the band to even greater heights

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  • Gospel - The Loser

    11 Aug 2022 - Thorsten
    Post-Hardcore, Afrobeat, Progressive Rock

    Has anyone ever investigated that little crack between At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta? No? You haven’t? You might want to do so, because in there you will find a pretty little solitaire ring with the name GOSPEL engraved on the inside. And that shiny diamond at the top of this classic engagement ring – when held against the light – will throw the glistening, glittery words The Loser onto the next surface it touches. A sight as miraculous as the record this review will talk about!

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  • Head in Hand - Unnatural Providence

    10 Aug 2022 - Thorsten
    Blackened Sludgey Post-Hardcore

    How can we describe the sound of the earth? Does earth have something like its own sound? Can we synesthesize any given sound with that somewhat primal element? Until today that was nothing that set my mind in motion, but since listening to Head in Hand’s miraculous record Unnatural Providence I have this feeling of associating it with the feeling of dirt and sand, of stones and grit. Why? No idea.

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  • Omegashift - Doctrine of Dust

    09 Aug 2022 - Knut
    Heavy Doom Metal, Hard Doom Rock

    Inspired by the 80s Doom Metal and Hard Rock scene, the Norwegians of Omegashift released an album earlier this year with some modern twists. What if the giants of the 70s and 80s had used clear and strong female vocals like the ones on this album, would they have sounded like this? Probably not, but it is nice musing about while listening to the band unfolding five well performed Heavy Metal songs induced with Doom and Hard Rock.

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  • Locrian - New Catastrophism

    08 Aug 2022 - Dan D.
    Ambient, Electronic, Death Metal

    7 years. 7 long years. That’s been the time since LOCRIAN’s Infinite Dissolution. The world is now a very different place than it was in 2015. Our planet is a more fractured and dangerous place than it was. The rise of egotistical bigots has made fascists feel they can now scurry out of their dank, insipid hovels. We are faced with the real threat of nuclear annihilation at the hands of ‘leaders’ not stable or of sound mind enough to have access to such power. An unprecedented, and seemingly inevitable, global environmental crisis casts a grim spectral shadow over Earth. How long humanity has left in its current guise is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for certain, when I do go, I want the audio accompanying my demise to be LOCRIAN.

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  • Effluence - Sarmat

    07 Aug 2022 - Brayden
    Avantgarde Free Jazz, Goregrind

    After hearing Effluence’s Sarmat I can say it’s becoming increasingly difficult to believe the blueprint to metal was founded by the likes of Black Sabbath. There have been fundamental bands decades later that too are abjected comparatively to Effluence.

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  • Drift Into Black - Earthtorn

    06 Aug 2022 - Thorsten
    Doom Metal, Krautrock, Psychedelia

    “We have made engine start. Four, Three, Two. … 60,000 cases in a single day, it is the longest number of new cases, a new record. … A plane has crashed into one of the World Trade Center. … Dann tritt für mich ein, so wie ich für dich eintreten werde. … Without power. … A Day which will live in infamy. … The United States of America is suddenly at war. … has exploded in mid-air” Speech samples lead into Drift into Black’s new album Earthtorn. Combine them with the title and you got a good idea what they are trying to tell you! Important!! Warning!!!

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  • Alburnum - Buitenlucht

    06 Aug 2022 - Knut
    Post Black Metal, Folk Black Metal, Blackgaze

    Between the outer hard bark of a tree and the heartwood there is a soft part called alburnum or sap wood, the lightest and the youngest part of the tree trunk. Such a band name gives some expectation when the band is branded in the realm of the Black Metal genre. And yes, it is a magnificent debut release from this Dutch band that brings thirty minutes of riffs, tremolos, arpeggios accompanied by diverse drumming and folk related instruments as they sweep along the melodic themes and embrace the harsh and clean vocals.

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  • VAURA - Vista of Deviant Anatomies

    04 Aug 2022 - Joshua
    Experimental Metal, New Wave, Goth

    Each summer day has its flies, but lately they seem unremitting, deliberate even. Like bombardiers they careen across sunlit afternoons, incessantly buzzing and wringing their…hands?…as if plotting nefarious deeds or relishing those accomplished. Like noontide demons sent to despoil the midday calm, their clamorous buzz festers, looms—an aural sign of something poorly repressed resurfacing. Even these spent carcasses on the windowsill—the crushed velour of their brilliant jackets now fading—still tremble with cryptic meaning: Ɐ A Ɐ A A What could they possibly signify? What dark mote perdures in this summer sky? These can mean only one thing: today we reckon with the length of cold shadows cast by an unheralded January offering, VAURA’s Vista of Deviant Anatomies.

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  • Aftab Darvishi - A Thousand Butterflies

    02 Aug 2022 - Stephan

    Leaving home, be it by choice or by force. Finding new homes. Yearning for familiarity, yet learning to embrace the unknown. This is the outline of themes on this collection of works by Iranian composer Aftab Darvishi.

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  • Stick To Your Guns - Spectre

    01 Aug 2022 - Sebastian

    After years of hard to contain anticipation the new Stick To Your Guns album has finally arrived. It is packed full of highlights and showcases the versatility of the Californian Hardcore powerhouse. If you didn’t follow all of Jesse’s many side projects, you might be surprised about some directions this album goes.

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  • 40 Watt Sun - Perfect Light

    30 Jul 2022 - Ben
    Alternative / Dirge

    Patrick Walker returns with a lilting, affecting follow-up to 2016’s Wider Than the Sky. Recorded over the course of a year with an ensemble of collaborators, Perfect Light finds him in a reflective mood.

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  • Chat Pile - God's Country

    29 Jul 2022 - Thorsten
    Noise-Rock, Math-Rock

    God‘s chosen country. The first modern democracy. The pursuit of happiness. Bring me your huddled masses yearning to be free. A manifest Destiny. With Liberty and Justice for all. Or maybe …
    … a country to rule them all, one country to find them … and in the darkness bind them?

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  • Final Light - s/t

    28 Jul 2022 - Dan D.
    Blackened Synthwave

    Skynet is winning. The world is in ruin. Buildings stand no more, and the remains of civilisation lay strewn across the wastelands we once called home. Only a brave few members of the resistance remain.

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  • Oahk - Tiny Husks

    27 Jul 2022 - Thorsten
    Shoegaze, Ambient, Indie

    I am writing this review while driving to Berlin with my lively group of juniors, shortly about to embark on their last summer as school students, full of that wonderful vibrancy of youth. On my air pods I am listening to a record that fascinates ever since my dear friend Josh told me about it, roughly a month ago - Tiny Husks by Oahk. The latest record of that one-man-project from New Hampshire, which is also really exciting and vibrant. But its topic is quite the opposite of my current environs: the premature loss of an unborn child.

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  • My Sleeping Karma - Atma

    26 Jul 2022 - Sebastian
    Psychedelic, Stoner, Post-Rock

    After many years full of uncertainty and difficulties, My Sleeping Karma finally return and present us with one of their best works to date. The band was not sure if the album would even see the light of day, but it finally does and is once again a display of the incredible musicianship of the German four-piece.

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  • Exaltation - Under Blind Reasoning

    25 Jul 2022 - Stephan
    Death Metal

    “Exaltation from New Zealand are a death metal band releasing their debut album on Sentient Ruin Laboratories.” - Does this count as a full review yet?

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