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Hark’s debut full-length Crystalline is a heaving beast of an album that stretches out the bounderies of sludge metal. The songs on the disc are plenty complex with meticulous twists and turns oftentimes honed to perfection. The might of early Mastodon, Crowbar and High On Fire is combined with the technicality of progressive metal and […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 3, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. 50 Cent – Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win (G-Unit Records) Apathy – Connecticut Casual (Dirty Version Records) Biome – Lost Dubs (Biome/Bandcamp) Bis […]


Over the past few days, there’s been a bit of a hullabaloo on Sputnik regarding what, exactly, constitutes evidence in a review. In the comment thread for contributor Josh Fountain’s review for the new Powerman 5000 album, there have been a few people attacking the review itself for, among other things, its “lack [of] basic […]


Roots was one of my top 5 records last year, which made me super excited for Aura ever since the album was announced. Now, thanks to the man behind Saor, Andy Marshall, Sputnikmusic has the chance to host the stream for what is bound to be one of the finest black metal albums of the […]


Even though I have 100+ reviews on Sputnik, I’m actually a man of few words, at least when it comes to writing. Verbally I can talk on for days and about pretty much anything if in the right setting, but you’ll rarely see me posting a review that’s over 1000 words. Why so, I really […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 27, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. 7 Seconds – Leave A Light On (Rise Records) Austin Mahone – The Secret (Universal Republic) Ben Frost – A U R O R A […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 20, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Archie Bronson Outfit – Wild Crush (Domino) Blu – Good To Be Home (InGrooves) Brian Jonestown Massacre – Revelation (A. Records) Bry Webb – Free […]


Increasing your band’s exposure can be a daunting task. Some are fortunate enough to have found spots on “The Big Four” American networks (or their equivalents); for example, House, Parenthood, and Scrubs all have (or had) prime-time TV spots, and expanding our parameters to include networks like CW (e.g. Gossip Girl), HBO (e.g. Treme), and Showtime (e.g. […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 13, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere (Profound Lore) – Kyle Ward Bane – Don’t Wait Up (Equal Vision Records) The Black Keys – Turn […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 6, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Atmosphere – Southsiders (Rhymesayers) BADBADNOTGOOD – III (Innovative Leisure) Barrows – Red Giant (Barrows) Baths – Ocean Death (Anticon) Ben & Ellen Harper – Childhood […]


“Chill out. What you yelling for?” Avril Lavigne seemed to implore critics after her “Hello Kitty” video incited a massive internet outcry. Detractors accused Avril of tasteless, tacky cultural appropriation at the very least and racism at worst, a claim she slammed on Twitter with “RACIST? HOW? I LOVE JAPAN!” Defenders were quick to point […]


Motorpsycho are one of Norway’s finest bands today. Being active for 25 years now, they have been revolving around the  progressive/psychedelic hard rock sphere in the past couple of years. However, they are renowned for their occasional musical shape shifting and their vast discography tackles several genres including metal, jazz, pop and even country. Their […]


For the last two months I’ve been trying to enjoy the new Andrew Jackson Jihad record, and at 4:30 this morning while standing in a parking lot somewhere in the decaying outskirts of Long Beach, California it finally hit me why I don’t. It’s because I’m selfish. I don’t want to empathize with Sean Bonnette, […]


When I heard instrumental progressive group CHON was touring across the United States- and alongside the unforgettable Animals As Leaders, no less- I felt that if I missed the Atlanta show, I’d never quite forgive myself. And I believe that to be true- even though this show happened two months ago, and I’ve been buried […]


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 29, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Andre Obin – Ways Of Escape (Sky Council) Ben Watt – Hendra (Unmade Road) Brody Dalle – Diploid Love (Caroline) Broken Twin – May (Anti […]


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