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The city of Columbus has changed much over the past decade. Ohio’s reputation as ‘that lame Midwestern state’ certainly persists, but it’d be hard to figure that when observing the growth of the state’s capital; it’s undergoing one of the highest growth rates of all Midwestern metropoles. It’s no longer simply a domain for the […]

It should bear no repeating, yet I’ll do so once more for those in the back: modern metalcore is in safe hands. Bands come and go, trends rise and fall, but the genre is a resilient one; a slew of acts have come to prominence in the past decade, each one eager to carve out […]

Welcome to sputnikmusic’s (first ever?) roundtable interview, featuring the contributors! The goal is to create an opportunity to illuminate some of the current contributing team, like how it goes with the staffers in the ongoing Staff Wars series: questions and answers in a cozy interview. But there is a twist: we ask and answer the […]

Once again, out of sheer obsession and love for visual art, I have compiled my 100 favorite album covers of the year. Keep in mind that this list is not ranked in any way, instead ordered left to right by aesthetics, imagery, and framing, with an emphasis on color this year. There is so much […]

  Author’s note: This interview was conducted in April; however, due to personal reasons, it fell by the wayside until now. Because of this, a few questions and answers may be slightly outdated. Please enjoy the interview.   UK upstarts Pupil Slicer are one of the most promising acts in modern mathcore. They may have […]

While there was certainly no shortage of exceptional metalcore releases in 2018, one in particular possessed a level of ingenuity in its craft that deserved far greater praise. Despite their underground status, Noise Trail Immersion managed to emerge from the depths to secure a portion of the spotlight, revealing to a broader audience their expertise […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 13th, 2021.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. – List of Releases: August 13, 2021 – Ænigmatum – Deconsecrate Genre: Death Metal Label: 20 Buck Spin Bendigo Fletcher – Fits of Laughter Genre: Folk Rock […]

After years of procrastination, deep into my 2020 lockdown, I decided to turn my love for album artwork into something concrete. Drawing off of my previous quarterly lists, I’ve spent the past year curating a compilation of the 100 most impressive and beautiful album covers of the year. The art is not ranked, but ordered […]

Yon Interview Paving a path out of the underground is a difficult achievement to attain. With new domains cropping up across the internet, discovering new music has become an easier task than ever before while simultaneously making the life of an artist all the more challenging; the expansion of the game has caused ‘making it’ […]

Post-Metalcore: The Little Engine That Could A four-part series by MarsKid [Part I] || [Part II] || [Part III] || [Part IV] Part IV: Changing the Game On paper, detractors that remained in the metalcore scene had plenty of ammunition in 2016. After years of providing the most chaotic brand of the genre to hit […]

Post-Metalcore: The Little Engine That Could A four-part series by MarsKid [Part I] || [Part II] || [Part III] || [Part IV] Part III: Death of a Genre? What exactly causes a genre of music to ‘die’? The concept is used commonly, yet the specific definition shifts depending on who utters it. For some observers, […]

Do you ever listen to music and feel like it was made for you, when it clearly wasn’t? Sometimes even when you know an artist absolutely has not had the same experiences, something about their music feels personalized, as if they were watching your life and wrote it with you in mind. I can’t speak […]

Post-Metalcore: The Little Engine That Could A four-part series by MarsKid [Part I] || [Part II] || [Part III] || [Part IV] Part II: Underground Alone The blueprints for post-metalcore had been amassed over the course of the 1990s. Once the genre began near the early 2000s and stepped into a new century, the efforts […]

Post-Metalcore: The Little Engine That Could A four-part series by MarsKid [Part I] || [Part II] || [Part III] || [Part IV] Part I: Roots What Rolo Tomassi managed to accomplish in 2018 deserves to be remembered for decades to come. The year 2018 as a whole was a landmark for the metalcore genre in […]

Here’s a small list of some new releases for the week of July 24th, 2020.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors, and by all means, feel free to leave a comment as to what’s missing. How Sowing does this every week is beyond me. – […]

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