Latest Reviews

There are way too many records released every week - which one should you listen to? Why is the new Bruit the best record of the year? Which post-metal record is the dark-horse of the year? Questions that we want to answer - we review 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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  • Rising Insane - Afterglow

    11 Dec 2021 - Sebastian
    Metalcore

    Everybody has a different way to deal with mental and personal problems. Some cry, are angry, maybe lash out. Aaron Steineker and his band Rising Insane work through pain with their music and while the pain might still be there, their new record Afterglow for sure is a manifest of strength and their way to deal with the crap the world throws at them.

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  • Maybeshewill - No Feeling is Final

    10 Dec 2021 - Jonas
    Post-Rock/Neoclassical

    “All good things must come to an end” is the old saying that came to mind back in September, 2015, when Maybeshewill announced they would be calling it quits, citing personal reasons, the following year after a final tour which included playing a show in New York City, their first show across the Atlantic Ocean. They had been a band for over a decade at that point and could definitely bow out gracefully, having four albums, an EP, and a sound of their own under their belt. It’s been said that some of the members probably would’ve preferred to keep the show rolling, but given the nature of this band and how tight they were, like a family, it would’ve had to be all in, or not at all, so that was that. On April 15, 2016, they played what was assumed to be their last show, a sold-out one at that, at KOKO in London. The end.. Right?

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  • Diadem - The Silver Tray

    09 Dec 2021 - Pat O'
    Darkwave/Goth/Blackgaze

    Houstons’ Diadem have released a three track EP under a dark wave of dream-gazed soundscapes and sweeping synthesised patinas. From the serene to the sinister, The Silver Tray serves up a truly unique and gothic inspired journey.

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  • Rival Consoles - Overflow

    08 Dec 2021 - Daniel F.
    Experimental Electronic

    After much deliberation, I’ve decided that the best way to start this review is with a confession. Three listens into the latest Rival Consoles album, I am still not sure how I should be listening to it. Before you sharpen your pitchforks, understand that far from being a damning admission, this is a result of the incredible depth on display throughout a record that demands an astute and willing ear. Consider this piece a rhetorical insight into one the year’s more astounding electronic releases; an ebbing, flowing hors d’oeuvre that refuses to travel at anything other than it’s own pace. It’s a lock that perhaps doesn’t need to be unpicked, we simply owe it to stand back and admire.

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  • Lhaäd - Below

    08 Dec 2021 - Thorsten
    hadopelagic black metal

    Sometimes you hear a record and it immediately clicks and the feeling is right there for a review. Sometimes you need days and days, spin after spin for one. With Lhaäd’s debut Below it was definitely the former as this record takes us back several decades and also pushes us forward years at the same time. A wonderful trip back and forth in black metal past, present and future.

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  • Enshroud - Darkness Grips Us All

    07 Dec 2021 - Pat O'
    Technical Metal/Death Metal/Metal

    Thunderous melodies, wicked harmonies and explosive vocals go some way in describing Enshroud’s latest release Darkness Grips Us All. A technical masterclass armed with clever hooks and a potency that will devastate.

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  • Somnolent - The Infernal Expanse

    06 Dec 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Industrial, Droney Ambient

    Whenever I hear the word ‘expanse’ I automatically think of the beginning of Star Trek, when they are talking about and its line of ”to boldly go where no man has gone before”. Why am I bringing this up in a review on a meandering, machine-like, industrialized, blackened ambient record? Because of the title and because of its structures!

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  • Saffronkeira - The Faded Orbit

    05 Dec 2021 - Thorsten
    Ambient, Drone

    How best to review the latest release by a highly productive artist who has released groundbreaking stuff in his own genre and who is – rightfully so – praised beyond recognition? Best stick to rule number one – stick to the release itself! Okay, so this is the review for SaffronKeira‘s new record The Faded Orbit.

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  • ERNTE - Geist und Hexerei

    04 Dec 2021 - Thorsten
    Black Metal

    True Hellvetic Black Metal. A new genre and a neologism in one. That’s what ERNTE, a brand new black metal outfit from Switzerland came up with. And if you think the name is silly and thus the band is too, well, you are mistaken! Why? Well, read for yourself!

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  • Pantheist - Closer to God

    03 Dec 2021 - Knut
    Funeral Doom Metal

    Pantheist, the brainchild of Kostas Panagiotou, never does anything halfway and you are in for a treat when Pantheist releases a new album. This album is labeled as an EP, but clocks in at almost 48 minutes with four reflective and meditative Funeral Doom tracks. Lean back and enjoy the wide musical canvas Pantheist unfolds.

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  • Darkestrah - Chong Aryk

    02 Dec 2021 - Knut
    Black Metal/Pagan Black Metal

    Darkestah has been on the Black Metal scene for quite some time with their music inspired by myths and legend from their country of origin. They formed in Bishek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan in 1999 and later relocated to Lepzig Germany where they now reside. Five years after their last full length the band releases an EP named after a cemetery in Kyrgyzstan, blasting out their epic music which is, as usual, inspired by shamanic rituals and ideas.

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  • Worn Out - Waste

    01 Dec 2021 - Pat O'
    Hardcore/Noise/Screamo

    An abrasive onslaught of dirty, heaving riffs, frenzied drums and dissonant screams make Worn Out’s latest release Waste a crushing blend of hardcore angst and attitude. These boys have arrived and have clearly marked their territory with this EP.

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  • Hammock - Elsewhere

    01 Dec 2021 - Wouter
    Ambient, Post-Rock

    Sometimes I feel like Hammock are the worst kept secret. When you ask people if they know them, a lot of them will say no. But with almost 400.000 monthly listeners on Spotify and their songs like ”I Can Almost See You” (over 35 million listens), ”Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow” (21 million) and ”Then the Quiet Explosion” (over 21 million) being spun that much, most of those same people probably have heard a song of them over the years. Maybe that is because of the ambient nature of their music, who knows, but one thing is very clear when you listen to Hammock. They are distinct in what they do, and they do it very very well.

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  • THÅRN - Collisions

    30 Nov 2021 - Jonas
    Post-Metal/Sludge/Neocrust

    While the art of fusing various genres isn’t new, probably dating back to the late ’60s when we started seeing various combinations of Jazz and the more contemporary Rock’n’Roll music of the time, we sometimes see amalgamations of genres that shouldn’t work well, in theory. Blending the slow, low and heavy approach of Sludge metal with something like the blistering and visceral nature of Crustpunk may seem entirely antithetical, when in reality it actually works really well, as we’ve seen time and time again with bands like Downfall of Gaia, Alpinist, Fall of Efrafa, Dödsrit, and now… THÅRN.

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  • Thank You Scientist - Plague Accommodations

    29 Nov 2021 - Sebastian
    Progressive Fusion Jazz

    Four songs. 20 Minutes playtime. That does not really sound like a true Prog EP, does it? Yet Thank You Scientist manage to pack these 20 minutes with fantastic arrangements, great vocals and interesting musical ideas.

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  • Spiritworld - Pagan Rhythms

    29 Nov 2021 - Simon
    Thrash/Metal/Hardcore

    A unique blend of chaotic styles of metal music fused with the stylings and themes of old school westerns and horror fiction presented by Las Vegas-outfit SpiritWorld

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  • No God Only Teeth - Placenta

    28 Nov 2021 - Thorsten
    Crustpunk

    Is this Post-Metal or Blackened Hardcore? Crust or Japanese Screamo? The answer is simple – not “or” but “and”! It’s really hard to categorize Placenta the debut record by Northern German outfit No God Only Teeth, and maybe that’s what makes this record so much fun. Not in the literal sense, because that is not what they are looking for.

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  • Death Stare - Haze

    27 Nov 2021 - Pat O'
    Ambient/Post-Rock/Cinematic

    Salt Lake Citys’ Death Stare has released one of the best “ambient post-rock” releases of the year. Without any drama or commotion, Haze was dropped to Bandcamp back in late October, and is a majestic and soul-stirring journey that will transport you through vast open skies and wandering mountainous terrain. It ebbs and flows from beginning to end. This simply has to be heard.

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  • Burial Waves - Holy Ground

    27 Nov 2021 - Ben
    Post-Hardcore, Post-Punk, Post-Rock

    These guys have known one another, played on the same stages, and have admired each other’s music for years. Now’s the time for the highly anticipated debut EP from Washington DC’s own post-hardcore/rock/math supergroup.

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  • SUNN O))) - METTA BENEVOLENCE BBC 6MUSIC - LIVE ON THE INVITATION OF MARY ANNE HOBBS

    26 Nov 2021 - Thorsten
    Drone

    Everybody is talking about creating immersive music. Music to get lost in. Music to forget everything around you to. The only ones who don‘t talk about it are the true masters of really coming up with music you can simply dive into. For you will be caught and held up. SUNN O))) are back with another record and there are only very few bands who can release a live album as something truly unique. Welcome to Metta Benevolence!

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  • Soars - Enfold

    25 Nov 2021 - Wouter
    Instrumental Post-Rock

    Those that treat themselves to a heavy dose of early pg.lost releases every once in a while should be excited, as Enfold is very much a record that has that same feel and can easily be added to the mix. Soars is the solo project of Kristian Karlsson, most well known for writing and producing for Cult of Luna and pg.lost. Enfold is his first solo release under the name Soars. A record that is driven by bass and low register synths, sprinkled with great melodies and that characteristic vocal sound that most people will associate with early pg.lost.

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  • Cynic - Ascension Codes

    25 Nov 2021 - Gene
    Progressive Rock, Fusion

    Transcending tragedy, Cynic bravely brings the cycle started on Focus to an unlikely and poignant end.

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  • La Riviere de Plomb - Modern Men ft. Stéphane Miollan

    24 Nov 2021 - Thorsten
    Raspy Doom, Dark Ambient, Folk

    A few months ago, the author of these lines released a raving review of an album by a “band” (maybe more of a collective?) called ÂGE ⱡ TOTAL and still there is no week when I do not give that record a listen. Some time after this review there was a promo email for a record by a band called Modern Men. However, we all know what Lennon said about life and plans and so on and so here I am – struck by how stupid I have been not reviewing this record by Modern Men and featuring Stéphane Miollan quite late because it is really mesmerizing!

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  • Strangers With Guns - Become A Pope

    23 Nov 2021 - Pat O'
    Modern Grunge

    Seeking a plethora of inspiration from the grunge and metal era of the nineties, Strangers With Guns bring their own unique take on a generation that was flooded with attitude, brashness and vitality. But hey, this is Strangers With Guns we’re talking about, so not everything will be as it seems on Become A Pope. Expect the unexpected!

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  • Outrun The Sunlight - A Vast Field Of Silence

    22 Nov 2021 - Gene
    Progressive, Post Rock, Djent, Instrumental, Metal

    Somewhere between Plini and Porcupine Tree, noodling around with garage-goth throwback riffs and Djent rythms, A Vast Field Of Silence is sure to please the austere fret-afficionado as much as the bored Prog-head.

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