Alabaster Jones

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Currently Digging:
The Dillinger Escape Plan
La Dispute
Bob Marley and The Wailers

favorite bands
Converge/Napalm Death Split
Two of the most ferocious bands around coming together for a split EP sounds pretty swell, and that's exactly what Converge/Napalm Death is. And although it pains me to say it, Napalm Death's side is better than Converge's. As blasphemous as that is to say for a 'Verge fan like myself, it's the truth. And it's not because Converge's side is bad or even just average; "No Light Escapes" is a burner, and the cover of Entombed's "Wolverine Blues" sounds great. Yet, Napalm Death's duo of songs are powerful and even better written, especially the second of the two. Of course, nothing here matches the prowess of either bands' best material,
Wormrot Voices
Singaporean grindcore trio Wormrot have been purveyors of very solid and fun grind for about eight years now, but the knock on them has always been their lack of originality, despite their knack for writing some nice riffs and keeping high energy. Voices won't do much to sway those opinions, but it's apparent that they are doing more this time around to set themselves apart from their peers. For instance, many of the riffs here are reminiscent of something you might hear on a screamo record (just listen to "Hollow Roots" and "Shallow Standards" for proof of this). There's also some influence coming in from crust punk later in the al
Cluster and Eno Cluster & Eno
You undoubtedly know who Brian Eno is, given that he has attained a legendary status in the world of electronic and ambient music. Cluster, while certainly not as well known, were an important group in their day and are in the same boat as Eno insomuch as both of their earlier works act as a precursor ambient music, albeit even earlier in Cluster's case. This collaboration is a very nice piece of ambient electronic that lends itself to some progressive electronic leanings as well. The use of airy piano and slight drones mixed with repetition makes for a hypnotizing and altogether relaxing listen, especially with tracks such as the opener, "We
Anberlin Lowborn
It doesn't seem like it matters what tweak Anberlin makes to their sound, whether it be the highly energetic pop-punk/alt-rock of earlier records like Never Take Friendship Personal, the electronic-influenced records like Cities, or the stripped down, bare-bones approach like on Dark Is The Way, Light Is The Place, one thing always remains the same: they write the hell out of their hooks. It's no different on Lowborn, which offers elements of synthpop in addition to their catchy brand of alt-rock. The songwriting is Anberlin to a T, and the lyrics and vocals remain constantly solid and occasionally brillian
Kuedo Slow Knife
It's always interesting and ultimately fulfilling to hear an album that can express a wide array of emotions, no matter what the genre. Electronic covers such a wide spectrum of sounds that the potential for this is limitless, yet it isn't tapped into all that often, as the music usually sticks to a certain specific feel or identity, and that's fine. Yet, there's something about albums like Stimming's Alpe Lusia and now Kuedo's Slow Knife that is endlessly captivating. The album starts out as a mysterious, yet oddly inviting album, using cold (but completely alive) synth work and influences from U.K. bass and footwork to cre
mewithoutYou I Never Said That I Was Brave
If mewithoutYou had jumped straight from their very raw screamo-influenced debut EP Blood Enough For Us All into the much more refined and intricate mixture of post-hardcore and indie/art rock that was [A-->B] Life, it would've left some questions unanswered. But, since I Never Said That I Was Brave exists, we don't have to wonder. This EP bridges the sound of those projects, keeping the harsher vocals and the rawer production, but bringing the songwriting up a notch and nearer to what they would release later. It's no secret, then, why two of these tracks ended up on their debut LP (although one would be re-invente
Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
The second installment in the Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light series see Earth coming to the logical conclusion of the tandem with their sound. This is one of the slowest Earth albums, maybe the slowest outright, and definitely one of the more minimal in their discography. Their western-American take on psychedelic post-rock is brought to its most simplified and yet, still very dreamy and atmospheric, conclusion. There's really not much more to it, but it's still a head above its contemporaries because Earth know better than most others how to turn simple, repetitive music into mesmerizing and trance-inducing numbers. It's just a

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  • LotusFlower true. but yeah, amazing record.
    October 4 04:49 PM
  • LotusFlower gotta thank pots, hes the one who told me to check it.
    October 4 04:39 PM
  • LotusFlower its currently my third favorite of 2016.
    October 4 04:25 PM
  • LotusFlower it really IS that good. if the first track doesnt make u feel than something is wrong with you.
    October 4 04:25 PM
  • BallsToTheWall Youtube Braveyoung's A Light Narrows. You won't be disappointed.
    September 22 08:18 PM

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