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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 17th, 2024.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: May 17, 2024 –

Ani DiFranco: Unpresedented Sh!t
Genre:
Indie Folk
Label: Righteous Babe

The Avett Brothers: The Avett Brothers
Genre:
Americana / Folk
Label: American Recordings

Billie Eilish: Hit Me Hard and Soft
Genre:
Pop / Indie Pop
Label: Interscope

Botanist: Paleobotany
Genre:
Experimental Black Metal
Label: Prophecy Productions

Cage the Elephant: Neon Pill
Genre:
Alternative Rock
Label: Sony Music

Celestial Season: Mysterium III
Genre:
Doom
Label: Independent

Elvellon: Ascending in Synergy
Genre:
Power Metal
Label: Napalm Records

From Indian Lakes: Head Void
Genre:
Indie Rock / Dream Pop
Label: Independent

Gatecreeper: Dark Superstition
Genre:
Doom/Death Metal/Hardcore
Label: Relapse Records

Jamey Jasta: … And Jasta for All
Genre:
Metalcore
Label: Perseverance Media

Jinjer: Live in Los Angeles
Genre:
Metalcore / Progressive

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 15th, 2024.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: March 15, 2024 –

Aborted: Vault of Horrors
Genre:
Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Andrea Von Kampen: Sister Moon
Genre:
Indie Folk
Label: Independent

Atrophy: Asylum
Genre:
Death Metal
Label: Massacre Records

The Black Crows: Happiness Bastards
Genre:
Rock
Label: Silver Arrow Records

Dragonforce: Warp Speed Warriors
Genre:
Power Metal
Label: Napalm Records

Four Tet: Three
Genre:
IDM / House
Label: Rough Trade

Justin Timberlake: Everything I Thought I Was
Genre:
Pop
Label: RCA Records

Kacey Musgraves: Deeper Well
Genre:
Country / Folk
Label: Interscope

Lenny Kravitz: Blue Electric Light
Genre:
Pop Rock
Label: Roxie Records

Lutharo: Chasing Euphoria
Genre:
Metalcore / Melodic Death Metal
Label: Thrash / Metalcore

Marla Hansen: Salt
Genre:
Trip Hop / Pop
Label: Just Isn’t Music Ldt.

Necrophobic: In the Twilight Grey
Genre:
Melodic Death Metal
Label: Centruy Media Records

Pink Milk: Night on Earth
Genre:
Gothic Shoegaze
Label: Black Hair Records

The Progressive Souls Collective: Sonic Rebirth
Genre:
Progressive
Label: Metalville Records

Sam Lee: Songdreaming
Genre:
Folk
Label: Norman Records UK

Scott Stapp: Higher Power
Genre:
Rock
Label: Napalm Records

Till Lindemann: Zunge
Genre:
Industrial Metal
Label: Universal Music Group

Whom Gods Destroy: Insanium
Genre:
Progressive Metal
Label: InsdeOut

World Wide Whack: Tierra Whack
Genre:
Rap / Pop / R&B
Label: Interscope Records


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 23rd, 2024.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: February 23rd, 2024 –

A Burial At Sea: Close to Home
Genre:
Progressive Rock / Math Rock
Label: Pelagic Records

Ace Frehley: 10,000 Volts
Genre:
Rock
Label: Ace Frehley Merchandise

Allie X: Girl With No Face
Genre:
Synthpop
Label: Rough Trade

Amaranthe: The Catalyst
Genre:
Metalcore / Pop / Electronic
Label: Nuclear Blast

Atoll: Inhuman Implants
Genre:
Death Metal
Label: Rough Trade

Austrian Death Machine: Quad Brutal
Genre:
Metalcore / Thrash
Label: Napalm Records

Borknagar: Fall
Genre:
Progressive / Black Metal
Label: Century Media

Cathubodua: Interbellum
Genre:
Symphonic Metal
Label: Massacre Records

Coltre: To Watch With Hands…
Genre:
Heavy Metal
Label: Dying Victim Productions

Darkest Hour: Perpetual | Terminal
Genre:
Metalcore / Melodic Death Metal
Label: MNRK Heavy

Erika de Casier: Still
Genre:
Trip Hop / Pop
Label: 4AD

Hand of Kalliach: Corryvreckan
Genre:
Melodic Death Metal
Label: Prosthetic Records

Jazmin Bean: Traumatic Livelihood
Genre:
Pop Rock
Label: Interscope

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10. Hail the Sun – Divine Inner Tension

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I’m going to say something that shouldn’t actually be controversial, but will inevitably cause a bunch of people to lose their shit: Divine Inner Tension is Hail the Sun’s best work.

[long awkward silence]

“Ye speaketh blasphemy, ye corpulent mammalian sea creature!”

Yes, I do. Shamelessly.

I’ve said this before, but it took a lot to bring me to listen to this album. I refused to listen to the singles. I refused to have anything to do with the rotten cadaver of the genre Hail the Sun had been pigeonholed into. “It all sounds the same anyway!” was the chant I told my friends about the singles that kept dropping. “They’ve peaked! They’re on the decline!” is what I kept saying to myself to justify my refusal to give Divine Inner Tension a chance.

It didn’t matter that I have a deep-seated respect and admiration for Donovan Melero as a musician and seemingly good dude. It didn’t matter that of all the “swancore” bands out there, Hail the Sun had actually put out the most consistent music. It didn’t matter that — while they hadn’t quite achieved the highs of WakeCulture Scars, Mental Knife and New Age Filth were all very good records. All that would come of a new album in the age of aging guitar-wankery…

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10. Magdalena Bay – mini mix Vol. 3

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Short and sweet collection of almost-banging tunes that take their time to show how smooth these earworms are. The production is gorgeous, and Tenenbaum’s vocal delivery finely walks the playful-quirky line. Really excited about their future. –dedex

9. Joliette – Luz de Bengala

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If you are still sleeping on Joliette, Luz de Bengala is a short and sweet cacophony to disturb your slumber: the Mexican post-hardcore mainstays are firing on all cylinders here, conjuring up an expected, spellbinding amalgam of downtrodden riffs, chiming, post-rocky builds, and zesty screams en español. Coming off a couple standalone singles in the years prior, this EP marks the band’s first multi-track project with bassist Gastón Prado on lead vocals, and that lineup change isn’t elemental so much as it is tonal: where once Joliette doubled down on grisly, violent imagery or infernal despair, their latest incarnation ultimately espouses hope without sacrificing their knack for tense, tightly-wound arrangements. Fans of Birds In Row, Ostraca, a theoretically skramz-ier At The Drive-In, or basically anything on the quartet’s latest home, Zegema Beach Records: don’t overlook these guys any longer. –ashcrash9

8. Dream Dolphin – Gaia: Selected Ambient & Downtempo Works (1996-2023)

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30. Sleep Token – Take Me Back to Eden

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One of the most fascinating factoids of Sleep Token’s extensive and intricate lore is that the band themselves were concocted in a lab to piss off music snobs and elitists. Everything from the soaring clean vocals that are polished to a blinding sheen to the admittedly kind of obnoxious RnB samplings do everything they possibly can to make the conventional fan of prog or metal roll their eyes out of their skull, and frankly, I get it. But that test for elitist purity — known as the No Trve Metalhead fallacy — is a race to the bottom. I was there in the last.fm trenches in 2010 when everyone called Wolves in the Throne Room “Shirts In the Dorm Room” due to their perceived accessibility. Take Me Back to Back to Eden has plenty to criticize and is far from the majesty of Opeth’s Ghost Reveries or the creativity of Between the Buried and Me’s Colors, but in time, it may reveal itself to be the nexus in the same way those works were for an entirely new generation of metal fans and acts. It’s one hell of a time, but only if you’ll uncross your arms and allow yourself to have fun. –Odal

29. TesseracT – War of Being

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50. Urne – A Feast On Sorrow

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“Like Mastodon but not like Mastodon” is one of my favorite genres. –Egarran

Has some old-school Sepultura/Slayer/Coroner tones — with an upgraded sound, of course. Worth the listen. –Astaroth666

49. Chepang – Swatta

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Let’s make one thing really clear: Swatta is absolutely not for the faint of heart; but if you’re the type of person that seeks thrills, do yourself a favor and listen to this record. It’s hard for me to describe this album without resorting to a bunch of oxymoronic platitudes like “chaotically precise” or “brilliantly raw,” but the fact of the matter is that I don’t think any band brought more unrestrained ferocity to the table than Chepang did in 2023. Swatta is not just a triumph for grind, it’s a triumph in heavy music — and it’s the kind of album that follows the mantra of shooting on sight and taking no prisoners. Don’t be lulled by the disarmingly-satisfying-to-say names, either: Swatta will systematically break every bone in your body before torching you to a cinder. Oh, and you’re going to enjoy every fucking second. –Manatea

48. Panopticon – The Rime of Memory

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An entirely new level for Panopticon. This is the album…

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Due to the continued slow release schedule as 2024 begins, here is a list of major new releases for the weeks of January 5th through the 19th, 2024.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: January 5th, 2024 –

Kinoteki: Faith and the Vessel
Genre: 
Atmospheric Drum & Bass
Label: Tabula Rasa

Animal Ghosts: Swell
Genre:
Indie Rock / Dream Pop
Label: Independent

– List of Releases: January 12th, 2024 –

Alluvial: Death is But a Door
Genre:
Deathcore
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Bill Ryder-Jones: Iechyd Da
Genre:
Indie Rock
Label: Domino Recording Co

Drown in Sulphur: Dark Secrets of the Soul
Genre:
Blackened Death Metal
Label: Scarlet Records

Hannah Ellis: That Girl
Genre:
Country
Label: Curb Records, Inc

Kali Uchis: Orquideas
Genre:
R&B / Pop / Soul
Label: Geffen

Kid Cudi: Insano
Genre:
Hip Hop / Alternative
Label: Republic Records

Mourning Dawn: The Foam of Despair
Genre:
Funeral Doom
Label: Aesthetic Death

Nailah Hunter: Lovegaze
Genre:
New Age / Ambient
Label: Fat Possum

Neal Morse: The Resoration – Joseph Part Two
Genre:
Progressive Rock
Label: Frontiers Music

Rough Justice: Faith in Vain

What a year for the site and for music. Within the genres I listen to, I wouldn’t say there was anything significant that happened.

In the world of metal… Floor had another baby. Mike Portnoy rejoined Dream Theater. What else? Musically speaking, it seems like the metal genre (and its sub-genres) are content to keep things status quo for now. I’m not sure what needs to happen for that to change, and I’m sure there are some ground breaking bands out there, but I didn’t hear them. We can chalk that up to age and apathy, I’m assuming.

Industrial is pretty much a dead genre with nothing truly significant being released — and Skinny Puppy did their final tour before calling it quits.

As for indie pop… I don’t really track that genre, I just stumble across albums I enjoy from time to time, so NSTR.

As for the website, we’ve gone ahead and stuck some more duct tape over another hole in an attempt to keep it functional. So, pay no attention to the corpse behind the curtain.

As always, these were my favorite albums of the year regardless of originality, impact on any genre, or any other superfluous qualifier. The only thing that mattered was how much I personally enjoyed it.

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50. Nospun – Opus


Genre: Progressive Metal // Review
Recommended Track: The Death

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 20th, 2023.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: October 20th, 2023 –

Afterbirth: In But Not Of
Genre:
Progressive Death Metal
Label: Willowtip Records

The Amenta: Plague of Locus
Genre: Industrial / Blackened Death Metal

Label: Independent

Angelus Apatrida: Aftermath
Genre:
Thrash
Label: Napalm Records

Asagraum: Veil of Death, Ruptured
Genre:
Black Metal
Label: Edged Circle Productions

Blink-182: One More Time
Genre:
Pop Punk / Alternative
Label: Columbia Records

Bombay Bicycle Club: My Big Day
Genre:
Indie Pop / Indie Rock
Label: Mmm… Records

The Callous Daoboys: God Smiles Upon the Callous Daoboys
Genre:
Mathcore / Metalcore
Label: Independent

Catch Your Breath: Shame On Me
Genre:
Alternative / Metal
Label: Thriller Records

Cirith Ungol: Dark Parade
Genre:
Heavy Metal / Power Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records

City Girls: Raw
Genre:
Hip-Hop
Label: Capitol Records

Daria Zawialow: Dziewczyna Pop
Genre:
Electronic / Pop
Label: Sony

Dreamwell: In My Saddest Dreams, I Am Beside You
Genre:
Post Hardcore
Label: Prosthetic Records

Duff McKagan: Lighthouse
Genre:
Rock
Label: The World

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 22nd, 2023.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: September 22nd, 2023 –

3teeth: Endex
Genre:
Industrial Metal / Alternative
Label: Century Media

Annisokay: Abyss Pt. 1
Genre:
Metalcore
Label: Arising Empire

Bakar: Halo
Genre:
Indie / Hip Hop / Electronic
Label: Black Butter Limited

Cannibal Corpse: Chaos Horrific
Genre:
Death Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records

Chappell Roan: The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess
Genre:
Pop
Label: Independent

Dayshell: Pegasus
Genre:
Post Hardcore / Alternative
Label: Independent

Doja Cat: Scarlet
Genre:
Hip Hop / Pop
Label: RCA Records

Dominique Fils-Aime: Our Roots Run Deep
Genre:
Soul / R&B / Dream Pop
Label: Ensoul Records

Emily Kinney: Swimteam
Genre:
Pop / Folk
Label: Julian Records

Follakzoid: V
Genre:
Psychedelic / Ambient
Label: Sacred Bones Records

Grails: Anches en Maat
Genre:
Psychedelic / Post Rock / Experimental
Label: Temporary Residence

Grrl Gang: Spunky!
Genre:
Indie Rock / Indie Pop
Label: Green Island Records

K. Michelle: I’m the Problem
Genre:
R&B / Pop
Label: Atlantic

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 7th, 2023.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: August 18th, 2023 –

After Earth: The Rarity of Reason
Genre:
Melodic Death Metal
Label: Independent

Ally Evenson: Big Lie
Genre:
Indie Pop
Label: Independent

Amaka: Oasis
Genre:
R&B / Soul
Label: Venice Music

Atreyu: The Moment You Find Your Flame
Genre:
Metal
Label: Spinefarm Music Group

Birdy: Portraits
Genre: 
Indie Pop / Pop
Label: Warner Music UK

Ciara: CiCi
Genre:
R&B / Pop / Hip Hop
Label: Beauty Marks Entertainment

The Circle: Of Awakening
Genre:
Post Black Metal / Melodic Death Metal
Label: AOP Records

Caroline Cotter: Gently as I Go
Genre:
Indie Folk
Label: Independent

Cyhra: The Vertigo Trigger
Genre:
Melodic Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast

Dizzy: Dizzy
Genre:
Indie Pop
Label: Royal Mountain Records

Genesis Owusu: Struggler
Genre:
Hip hop / R&B
Label: AWAL Records

Gregory Alan Isakov: Appaloosa Bones
Genre:
Indie Folk
Label: MNRK Records

Gretta Ray: Positive Spin
Genre:
Folk / Pop
Label: Ballarat Pty

Horrendous: Ontological Mysterium
Genre:
Melodic

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 7th, 2023.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: July 7th, 2023 –


12 Rods: If We Stayed Alive
Genre:
Indie Rock / Shoegaze
Label: Rough Trade


Alice Phoebe Lou: Shelter
Genre:
Indie Pop / Art Pop
Label: Independent


A Life Divided: Down The Spiral of Soul
Genre:
Industrial Rock
Label: AFM Records


Amaara: Child of Venus
Genre:
Dream Pop / Pop / R&B
Label: Lady Moon Records Records


Anohni: My Back Was a Bridge for You to Cross
Genre: 
Indie Pop / Electronic
Label: Downtown Music


Blackbraid: Blackbraid II
Genre:
Atmospheric Black Metal
Label: Independent


Blackscape: Suffocated By the Sun
Genre:
Power Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast


Celestial North: Otherworld
Genre:
Dream Pop / Shoegaze / Electronic
Label: Independent


Emma Ruth Rundle: Engine of Hell – Live
Genre:
Indie Folk / Gothic / Ambient
Label: Sargent House


Fen: Monuments to Absence
Genre:
Post Black Metal
Label: Prophecy Productions


Hazing Over: Tunnel Vision
Genre:
Metalcore / Deathcore
Label: 1126 Records

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 16th, 2023.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: June 16th, 2023 –


Arkona: Kob’
Genre:
Melodic Black Metal
Label: Napalm Records


AVKRVST: The Approbation
Genre:
Progressive Metal
Label: Century Media


Ben Howard: Is It?
Genre:
Indie Folk
Label: Island Records


Chocolate Hills: Yarns from the Chocolate Triangle
Genre:
Ambient / Electronic
Label: Cooking Vinyl


Creeping Death: Boundless Domain
Genre:
Death Metal / Thrash
Label: Megaforce Elektra


Deer Tick: Emotional Contracts
Genre:
Alternative Rock / Americana
Label: ATO Records


Fifth Angel: When Angels Kill
Genre:
Power Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: PetroDragonic Apocolypse
Genre:
Psychedelic / Progressive Rock
Label: KGLW


Killer Mike: Michael
Genre:
Hip Hop
Label: Bertelsmann Music Group


Kool Keith: Black Elvis 2
Genre:
Hip Hop / Experimental
Label: Mello Music Group


Maisie Peters: The Good Witch
Genre:
Pop
Label: New Elektra


Motorpsycho: Yay!
Genre:
Psychedelic / Progressive Rock
Label: Stickman Records


Queens of the Stone Age: In Times New Roman
Genre:
Stoner Rock
Label: Matador Records

Sigur Ros: Atta
Genre:
Post Rock / Experimental / Dream Pop
Label: Krunk


Thy Catafalque: Alfold
Genre:
Black Metal / Experimental
Label: Season of Mist


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 31st, 2023.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: March 31st, 2023 –


Ad Infinitum: Chapter III: Downfall
Genre:
Metal / Symphonic Metal
Label: Napalm


Boygenius: The Record
Genre:
Indie Folk / Indie Rock
Label: Interscope Records


Bury Tomorrow: The Seventh Son
Genre:
Metalcore
Label: Music For Nations


Chloe: In Pieces
Genre:
Singer / Songwriter
Label: Columbia


The Classic Crime: Grim Age
Genre:
Alternative Rock
Label: Tooth & Nail Records


Damien Jurado: Sometimes You Hurt The Ones You Hate
Genre:
Indie Folk / Psychedelic
Label: Maraqopa Records


Deerhoof: Miracle-Level
Genre:
Noise Rock / Indie
Label: Joyful Noise Recordings


The Hold Steady: The Price of Progress
Genre:
Indie Rock
Label: Positive Jams


Jael: Midlife
Genre:
Pop
Label: Zealand Records


Jodye Reign: I Fell in Luv
Genre:
R&B
Label: Servcorp


Kalia Vandever: We Fell in Turn
Genre:
Jazz
Label: AKP Recordings


London Brew: London Brew
Genre:
Jazz Fusion
Label: Downtown Records


Lordi: Screem Writers Guild
Genre:
Hard Rock
Label: Atomic Fire


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