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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 […]

CONTRIBUTORS’ GENRE ROULETTE: ROUND 2 It’s back! By popular demand, some of us contributors (current, former, and new) sat down to introduce ourselves to genres that people in general and we in particular tend to avoid, as recommended by you, the users. Here’s what we thought…     HARDCORE PUNK Recommended by cvlts Assigned to […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile to the Surface Genre: Indie Rock // Released: 2017 I remember things that I have business remembering. I remember things that are strangely specific and serve no purpose other than adding another aspect to a memory. It might be that it helps […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Sun Kil Moon – Benji Genre: Indie Folk // Released: 2014 Death sucks.  That goes without saying, especially now, yet we never seem to grow tired of those artists who explore the topic, at least where broached with due care and respect.  Those aren’t words I would typically […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Swans – To Be Kind Genre: Noise Rock/Post Rock/Experimental  // Released: 2014 I’d bet Michael Gira still cracks a good chuckle every now and then when recalling that time he tried to sell his soul to the Devil in exchange for eternal inspiration and unbridled creativity, and the […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 75. Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog Genre: Indie Rock/Folk // Released: 2018 There’s a case for any Hop Along album to be placed here, but Bark Your Head Off, Dog stands out as their most accessible and most innovative work. It saw them shift from releasing […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 100. Thrice – Major/Minor Genre: Alternative/Post Hardcore // Released: 2011 The version of Thrice that made Major/Minor was an enviously well-oiled machine, a savvy group of veterans effortlessly creating some of the best rock music of the decade. A natural conclusion to the band’s sonic transformation, in some alternate universe […]

Outside of the incredible musical content, the fleeting existence of No Note as a band was captivating to me; their work seemingly arrived and departed without any explanation. Here was a collection of tracks with titles taken from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a despairingly brief band biography, little to no information on contributing members, […]

25 – 11 | 10 – 1 10. Earth Tongue – Floating Being Genre: Heavy Psych/Fuzz | [Bandcamp] Floating Being by Earth Tongue Marrying the sound of bands like Big|Brave or True Widow with the imagery of Dr. Who (the connection makes a lot of sense in my head somehow), this couple from New Zealand […]

25 – 11 | 10 – 1 25. Homeshake – Helium Genre: Indie Pop/Psychedelic | [Bandcamp] Helium by HOMESHAKE When I think ‘under the radar,’ the words “underrated” and “underappreciated” are obviously synonymous. Still though, this album is a pretty hard sell with that abysmal 2.6 average, but I find it hard to discern the […]

It’s been said time and time again, but Melt-Banana are as unique as bands come. Now well into the third decade of their career, Yako (vocals) and Agata (guitar) are still writing and touring their brand of light-speed noise rock with rare, enduring levels of excitement and proficiency. Now on the verge of a 15-date […]

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