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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 11, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. The 88 – Fortune Teller (The 88) Alison Moyet – The Minutes (Metropolis Records) Andrew Stockdale – Keep Moving (Caroline/Universal) Aoife O’Donovan – Fossils (Yep […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 4th, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Anarbor – Burnout (Hopeless Records) Big Black Delta – Big Black Delta (Masters Of Bates) Big Deal – June Gloom (Mute) Camera Obscura – Desire […]


Wales-based Godsticks is one of the best new progressive rock groups. The trio’s unique symbiosis of jazz fusion, rock and pop is in a class by itself. Their second full length The Envisage Conundrum continues to expand on the outfit’s style, embracing a heavier sonic approach while retaining the distinctly melodic qualities of their excellent […]


‘Cranley Gardens’ by Church of Misery (taken from their upcoming album Thy Kingdom Scum) ————————————————————————————————————————————– Church of Misery have been through a lot since originally forming back in 1995. The band was founded by Tatsu Mikami (bass guitar) after the breakup of his thrash metal band, Salem. He wanted to do something that reflected his […]


It seems slightly blasphemous to have to type it out like this – and believe you me I’m still wincing slightly at this point – but the album that truly taught me how to love the Deftones’ music was Koi No Yokan. But while I now understand that it is far from their best work (that […]


I’ve recently interviewed Steve Colca, the frontman for up-and-coming doom metallers, Destroyer Of Light. Hailing from Austin, TX, the outfit released their well-received debut EP last year, and now they’re just about to hit the road for their most extensive tour to date. Could you tell me how your musical path started? What inspired you […]


Having been released earlier this year, ‘Riptide’ isn’t a brand spanking new tune, but given it would have barely been heard around these parts, I thought it would be well worth spotlighting. It’s creator is Vance Joy, a pseudonym for 25 year-old Melbourne singer-songwriter James Keogh. Talk about a rags to riches story: Just 4 […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 28, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Alex Bleeker & The Freaks – How Far Away (Woodsist) Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Virgin Commercial Marketing/Universal) Anvil – Hope […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 21, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. 30 Seconds To Mars – Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams (Virgin/Universal) Alpine – A Is For Alpine (Votiv) Amos Slade – Hungry Earth (Sodak Media […]


There is a moment right after the first chorus in “Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace” from which the song can go anywhere.  Two piano chords wobble on a tightrope, back and forth, and one can’t help but wonder if perhaps the song is just going to end at that point, the soft […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 14, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. The Abramson Singers – Late Riser (Copperspine Records) Adult. – The Way Things Fall (Ghostly International) Agnetha Fältsko – A (Verve) Amy Grant – How […]


Once upon a time, I honestly hadn’t heard a proper hip-hop record. I was perusing through Sputnik’s recent releases, and lo and behold, a hip-hop album with cool artwork! Sobhi’s review for Dark Time Sunshine’s Vessel sounded promising enough, and so I decided to go out on a limb for the album. I found it […]


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From May 11 until May 18, Sputnikmusic has the exclusive chance to stream Enshine’s debut album Origin, which will be released on May 15 via Rain Without End Records. Enshine is an atmospheric metal project that got its start in 2009 under the hand of Jari Lindholm (guitars, ex-Slumber, Atoma). Soon enough he teamed up […]


For the life of me, I’ve never quite been able to figure out which elements of Gold Panda’s music speak to me the most. I’ve always been fascinated with the orientally-focused electronic producer, because he has this way of expressing Asian culture in a distinctly relatable lens, but what about it works best? “Brazil” answers […]


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Wellington-based Beastwars are already a powerful force in the realm of sludge metal. The quartet’s second full-length Blood Becomes Fire continues the path taken by their audacious debut with the colossal sound that makes their contemporaries look insignificant by comparison. On top of that, the album is told through the eyes of a dying traveller […]


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