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50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 10. The Ocean – Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] The modern era of The Ocean Collective — a settled aggregate as opposed to the revolving door era of the early 2000s — forced audiences across the metal world to pay attention with Pelagial. Unlike the prior -centric series, it was a […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 10. Amenra – Mass VI Live [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] You’d be hard-pressed to pick Mass VI Live out of a lineup of Amenra’s studio records were you not already well acquainted with their 2017 release of the same name. The live rendition of the Belgian post-metal legends’ most recent opus is sublime, sporting better […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 30. The Weeknd – After Hours [Official site] // [Spotify] Abel Tesfaye always had the ’80s flair in him. Instead of the blatant hedonism of his reference decade, he uses the same tropes to criticize the lifestyle he lives. Self-loathing his way through new wave-y, dream-poppy R&B, Tesfaye appears less dysfunctional than ever, yet […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 50. Intronaut – Fluid Existential Inversions [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] Intronaut’s rise to fame over the last decade and a half has been anything but luck, but in a year as turbulent as 2020, the band’s Fluid Existential Inversions somehow moved past the success of their 2015 release and a change of drummers (normally a […]

lol owned u guys so hard. April fools! get rekt losers!! Can’t give y’all the decade list just yet (altho expect it soon!).  Instead, here’s the next best thing: the OFFICIAL Sputnikmusic Staff’s ranking of the Top 50 Songs of 2018! Me and the boys have been working hard on refining this since November of ’18, […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 10. Periphery – Periphery IV: Hail Stan [Official site] // [Spotify] Whether you love Periphery or hate them, you can’t ignore them. Well, you can, but where’s the fun in that? 2019 was a pretty huge year for the shitposting meme-lords of the progressive metal world. They started their own record label and released Hail Stan, which […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 10. Nostromo (CHE) – Narrenschiff [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] Sailing Narrenschiff (aka “Ship of Fools”) is like getting your ass kicked for 20 minutes straight by a bunch of deranged Swiss freaks. Nevertheless, this massive display of power never really gets out of control, just like an experienced fighter who always delivers his blows at the right moments. […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 30. Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel [Official site] // [Spotify] Sonic Citadel is a timely reminder of exactly how much colour and joy can be packed into a solid noise rock album. While last year’s big name releases in that field (Daughters and KEN Mode) were harrowing and monochromatic, Lightning Bolt smash their way through every […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 50. Prince Daddy and The Hyena – Cosmic Thrill Seekers [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] In case you couldn’t tell from that gloriously stupid band name, Prince Daddy are a bit of an audacious bunch. Cosmic Thrill Seekers is the most ambitious emo release of the 2010s and can be counted as one of the best, too. Hung loosely […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 10. SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Artificiality gets a bad rap. Despite the divide between “natural” and “unnatural” being a nebulous and slippery one, many people are highly invested in establishing and maintaining a hierarchy between the two. These people affix the […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 10. Iglooghost – Clear Tamei [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] By now Iglooghost has solidified himself as one of the most talented producers, being able to take the most frantic drums of Aphex Twin’s and molding it into something that’s altogether his own. Within the splashes of melody lines, one […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 30. Tim Hecker – Konoyo [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Bandcamp] The location: an unnamed New Zealand city, a suburb which I will grant anonymity. A long-disused industrial warehouse, fallen into dilapidation, on the corner of a noisy major thoroughfare and a street which exclusively houses those kind of depots, tin expanses stowing wares […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 50. Horrendous – Idol [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Horrendous’ ascension from rabid Swede-worshiping youngsters to trailblazing veterans has been one of the most compelling arcs to witness in all of death metal history. The way these four Philly natives have progressed over the last six years has been nothing short of awe-inspiring, and […]

25-11  |  10-1 10) Sepulcher – Panoptic Horror Genre: Death Metal  |  Bandcamp Despite how fantastic of a sales pitch it is, I can’t help but feel like I’m doing Panoptic Horror a disservice by describing it as “Hell Awaits era Slayer meets crust punk.” That feeling mostly comes down to the fact that, although they’re […]

25-11  |  10-1 25) Yung Lean – Poison Ivy Genre: Hip-Hop  |  Official Site I feel somewhat reticent talking about Yung Lean, let alone his latest, Poison Ivy. Whatever I write drips with ignorance, despite my love for the 22-minute project; and in some sense, that’s unavoidable. An air of mystique has always seemed to surround the […]

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