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Nickelus F and Shawn Kemp Trick Dice
It's funny to me that the NBA's Shawn Kemp is one of the most underrated dunkers to ever pick up a basketball, while this Shawn Kemp, better known as Lil Ugly Mane, is one of the most underrated artists in hip-hop, criminally so given his impact on the underground. His production here is, as expected, superb, using an array of samples and production styles throughout the record. The record is lifted to new heights by Nickelus F, who sounds absolutely furious and hungry on all of his verses. The wordplay and metaphors on display are definitely up to snuff, and the lyrics tend to focus on one thing: depravity. Whether it be drugs, violence, pro
Periphery Periphery (Instrumental)
Djent is a genre that, like a lot of metal subgenres, is maligned. I can't speak for the masses, but it's certainly never been my cup of tea. The only bands I really enjoyed within Djent where The Contortionist, which is on the fringe of the genre, and the instrumental Intervals. Periphery is the face of Djent, for better or for worse, and though I've only had small samples of the band, they weren't all that great. While this release is void of any vocals, which were too clean and perfectly-produced for my liking, the record doesn't do all that much for me. While the quieter moments are indeed pleasant and there is a nice amount of technical
Rush A Farewell to Kings
I think the title of this record is a bit ironic looking back on history. That's because this album cemented Rush as the kings they were, the kings of progressive rock. This album is everything great about Rush in a thirty-seven minute package: great riffs, inventive drumming, audible and wonderfully skilled bass work, enjoyable vocals, interesting song structures, and so much fun to be had. Pretty much every track is wonderful, the best of these being the immortal "Xanadu", and although "Madrigal" isn't exactly up to snuff with the rest of the tracks, it's still a pleasant listen. Alas, so much has been said about this record by others that
Amebix Winter
On Amebix's formative EP's, the blueprint to crust punk was created. On Winter, a two-track, nine minute EP, Rob Miller is the driving force behind it all. Due to the production value on this EP, the guitars and drums are pretty low in the mix, whereas the vocals and bass are at the forefront. However, this gives Miller a chance to shine, as he turns in a fantastic performance both vocally and on the bass, especially on the title-track. In short, it's a great EP, and crust punk fans should definitely hear it.
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Worse Than Alone
12 was always a band I considered to be on the progressive side of metalcore/mathcore, but never had they quite been "experimental". Worse Than Alone changes that, and it's quite interesting. Almost gone are the immensely technical mathcore riffs, replaced with tasteful and worthwhile progressive experimentation, seen in full on songs like "Given Life", "The Garden's All Nighters", and "Retort, Rebuild, Remind". Don't let that fool you into thinking they can't still make a great, intense metalcore song, though, as "To Catch A Tiger", "If They Holler, Don't Let Go", and "I'll Make My Own Hours" are all very mature and interesting songs. While
Loma Prieta Self Portrait
I know many of us, myself included, have either been through or are currently going through depression and anxiety. For all its wonder and intricacies, music cannot cure something like that. It can, though, in my experience at least, take the edge off a slight bit. That's why records like Self Portrait exist. The album is a cacophonous, angry, sad, hopeful, and at some times beautiful collection of screamo that ranges from pulsating, loud hardcore riffs with a sound like that of locusts and quieter, more melodic post-rock crescendos. Emotionally, it begins giving off a feeling of uneasiness, but this quickly tailspins into anger and finally i
Deafheaven New Bermuda
There has always been a weird mystique surrounding the Bermuda triangle. Tales of aliens, supernatural forces, and just about anything the mind can conjure have been told all stemming from this particular place. This mystery and eeriness is how Deafheaven have decided to approach their new record, New Bermuda, through tightened black metal dirges, beautiful and melodic post-metal swoons, and introspective lyrics. Things are much darker than on their previous opus Sunbather, as opener "Brought To The Water" will immediately show you, but that doesn't mean there aren't any pleasant and hopeful moments. Take the endings to "Come Back" and "Gifts

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  • ArsMoriendi Yeah he thought I was bigot for supporting gay rights, but being against pedophilia/bestiality. The irony, right?
    September 27 05:13 PM
  • ArsMoriendi Was it me who did it? :o
    September 27 04:54 PM
  • 420YoloSwag420 I proofread your Gnaw Their Tongues review, enjoy!
    September 15 07:12 PM
  • BMDrummer it's gonna sound like have a nice life or something, so be prepared
    August 28 01:22 AM
  • BMDrummer all is generally well i guess, although all my senior friends are leaving next year so i'm sad about that. but new musics from me and judio is on the way
    August 28 01:06 AM

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