Alabaster Jones

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Currently Digging:
ScHoolboy Q
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favorite bands
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Though often decried as a bastardization of black metal fit only for imaginary hipsters (as if rejection of societal norms isn't one of the defining aesthetical factors of black metal and metal as a whole), Deafheaven is much more than that. Roads To Judah makes that abundantly apparent, as while the songwriting skill would take a bit to catch up, the sheer ferocity and frustrated energy the band perform with carries the music miles, especially when juxtaposed with evocative and even beautiful post-rock passages. Though there is nothing structurally original about these songs, there are praiseworthy moments aplenty, an example being the exce
The World Is a Beautiful Place... Formlessness
The debut EP from Midwest emo/post-rock collective The World Is A Beautiful Place And I'm No Longer Afraid To Die is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from them: gorgeous post-rock and evocative emo coming together seamlessly. That said, it does suffer somewhat from being pretty non-descript despite its inherent prettiness. No one moment on the EP really sticks out as an emotional climax, which is different even from their latest incarnations. It's well written and enjoyable to listen to, and the potential is undoubtedly there, but the songs don't quite reach the heights they look to being aiming for. They'd get better, to be sure, but ev
Silent Cicada Filth
Silent Cicada was the alias of Nick Shutter during his earliest forays into harsh noise. A prolific artist, Shutter released many projects under the name, two of which, known respectively as Filth One and Filth Two are compiled together on this record, sewing them together like some twisted Siamese twin experiment. The first half of the record is a stirring mass of tense ambient and noise textures, patiently adding and taking away layers of sound until the end result is entirely different from what was started with. The second half is much more explosive, utilizing spastic, glitchy noise in a way that sounds chaotic and randomized, but soon r
Bladee Eversince
Eversince is unlike any album I've ever heard in the sense that it takes the whole "autotune-as-an-instrument" style of R&B to the furthest extent. The album is like some sort of crystalline sing-rapping monument to indifference; Bladee himself sounds so detached from everything it's like he's not even there. The lyrics switch back and forth between blunt expressions of suicidal intent/general apathy and purposefully empty lean-soaked brags, ultimately serving to further portray the atmosphere of cold indifference. The production here, handled almost exclusively by whitearmor, is the perfect backdrop for Bladee, providing a shivering, icy sou
Junius Meyvant Floating Harmonies
Hailing from the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago of Iceland, Unnar Gisli Sigurmndsson, known more famously as Junius Meyvant, has released a rich, engaging mixture of indie folk and chamber pop with Floating Harmonies. Among the first things one notices about the album, next to Meyvant's wonderful voice, is just how alive with instrumentation it is. Nearly all of the songs have these really vibrant strings that give a distinct boost to the already well-written pop songs, and the pianos and bass provide a strong backbone for the strings to stand on. The hooks here (especially on "Hailslide", my goodness) are all excellent, and the backing vocals ad
ScHoolboy Q Blank Face LP
WHen it comes to tHe Black Hippy collective, it's easy to tHink tHat Kendrick Lamar is Head and sHoulders above tHe rest of tHe group. THere's always been potential in tHe otHer members, but none of tHem Have realized it yet. Until, of course, ScHoolboy Q released tHis record. He's always been a pretty versatile rapper, Having tHe ability to sHift into wHatever style of Hip-Hop He pleases seamlessly. THe only issue was tHat he didn't do any of tHose styles particularly excellently. Again, until He released tHis record. Blank Face is one of tHe most well-rounded Hip-Hop albums of tHe year so far, witH a dominant west coast feel tHat gravitates
Suffocation Despise the Sun
Before their unfortunate break-up, pretty much everything Suffocation had put to their name was undeniably seminal death metal, sparking a few subgenres and creating a trio of death metal classics. Despise The Sun, while nowhere near the quality of their first three full-lengths, is a condensed version of everything that made Suffcatiom great: sickening riffs, rolling and blasting drums, spidery bass, and beastly vocals. The songs here are all very good, lasting about three minutes in a sustained blast of energy. No song reaches the highs of their previous efforts, but all of the tracks are well above-average death metal. If you want a sample

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  • iloveyouall it's pretty much the perfect fusion of slam and dxc. should be a classic, not the failure it is widely considered. it absolutely nails the schlocky serial killer atmosphere it goes for and delivers in spades when it comes to groove... that pencil lead syringe is a similar example, but it goes more for the pure wall of sound approach, totally waylaying the grooves. have you checked the devouring humanity album that came out this year? you'd definitely dig.
    July 19 06:03 PM
  • iloveyouall at least 90% tbh. I feel like most are too concerned with trying to hate it to give it a proper chance... it's a shame really.
    July 19 05:25 PM
  • BallsToTheWall Thanks dude.
    June 28 11:04 PM
  • BallsToTheWall Can you link me to Draped Urn's EP?
    June 28 08:59 PM
  • wwyd agreed so hard. you're speaking to my soul.
    March 28 06:14 PM

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