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Big Red Machine
How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?


some things last a long time
Turnstile
Glow On


y'all have lost your damn minds
Deafheaven
Infinite Granite


UMBASA
Ulver
Hexahedron


If only Flowers of Evil sounded more like these live improvisations...
Wolves in the Throne Room
Primordial Arcana


Bow to the Arcana. Hallowed be their name.
Tropical Fuck Storm
Deep States


Tell your friends!
James McMurtry
The Horses and the Hounds


The stock example of an excellent Americana record in 2021
The Killers
Pressure Machine


Although not exactly meticulous in its execution, Pressure Machine is an uncharacteristically daring album that is far more powerful in its humility than the tired and overwrought glamour pomp they've become notorious fo
Qrixkuor
Poison Palinopsia


The endless nightmare
Laura Stevenson
Laura Stevenson


No one teaches you to breathe
King Woman
Celestial Blues


My name is Lucifer, pleased to meet you.
Darkside
Spiral


Darth Vader voice: join me.
Drinking Boys And Girls Choir
Marriage License


Summertime punk earworms x LGBT+ solidarity bangers: drink up!
Ophidian I
Desolate


Essential modern tech-death.
Musk Ox
Inheritance


A breathtaking return from Canada's finest dark folk act that makes one thing especially clear: Woodfall was no fluke. Musk Ox are masters of the craft.
Adjy
The Idyll Opus (I-VI)


"I've spent years trying to find my way back in."
Lucy Dacus
Home Video


A vivid memory reel
Hiatus Kaiyote
Mood Valiant


An album that flowers in both sound and in theme, Mood Valiant is Hiatus Kaiyote’s most focused work yet.
Cerebral Rot
Excretion Of Mortality


...just writhe along
Dale Kerrigan
noise bitch


If a label doesn’t pick this up I swear to God I’m going to press it to vinyl myself, inflicting penury on myself and misery on my neighbours / Yea it’s really good eh
Papangu
Holoceno


An incredibly musically ambitious album that is executed as well as it is envisioned. 7 years in the making, Holoceno combines progressive sludge metal with elements of avant garde and zeuhl.
Lightning Bug
A Color of the Sky


Turn off my phone and live alone in everlasting peace
o'summer vacation
Wicked Heart


Just the good noise. Fuck your stereo.
The Raging Nathans
Waste My Heart


Every single day is goddamn strange
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