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October 2017 resumé

You know the drill: It's the end of the month, thus in comes my short commentary on all the stuff released that I got a chance to hear. If there's a record you loved, but don't see on here, chances are I didn't get to it yet, so stick around and I will write something up about it. And now a score guide: 10/9 - 5; 8 - 4.5; 7 - 4; 6 - 3.5/3; 5 - 2.5; 4 - 2; 3 - 1.5; 2/1 - 1

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In This Moment We Are Free - Cities

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28Collapse Under the Empire
The Fallen Ones

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27August Burns Red
Phantom Anthem

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26And So I Watch You From Afar
The Endless Shimmering

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25Andrew Hung

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24The Used
The Canyon

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23Bell Witch
Mirror Reaper

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22The Front Bottoms
Going Grey

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21We Call This Courage
We Call This Courage

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20Fever Ray

Guys, this is just not doing it for me. It started out as a 3.0, but I feared it would drop lower... and it did. At first I thought I'll just put it on 2.5 and be done with the thing, but upon multiple excruciating relistens it grew off more and more and eventually I realised I can't stand it at all. It's a completely drab, uninteresting record. And what's worst is that it made me go relisten to Fever Ray's first album and the Knife's discography and I realised that all of it is tonnes worse than I rememeber it. It's just one of those releases. Ugh. 4/10
19Stick to Your Guns
True View

People like to hail the new Counterparts as this year's Metalcore highlight (or the new Converge, whatever), but this record gets quite dismissed, although it had much more musical variety, better production andmore driving instrumentation. Sure, the lyrics are quite silly, but pretty much everything else is your usual gutsy, blasting Metalcore fun. Yes, please. 7/10

3 Feet from Peace, The Sun the Moon the Truth, Delinelle, 56, The Inner Authority, You Are Free, The Better Days Before Me
Mechanics of Dominion

This album was not as hard to sit through as I feared it would be. Still, it is your usual overbearing, tiring, tedious Post-Rock sameness, but this time around it at least had an interesting and clear instrumental palette. It was at times vibrant, at times magnetic. I didn't end up liking it, but I could at least appreciate all teh effort that went into making this dreaded out blandness. 5/10

The Space in Between, Mechanics of Dominion, Northeast Kingdom
Mass VI

It might be just me, but this album just had no staying value whatsoever. It's like a collection of utmost forgettable, dreadfully slow-burning, lamentably unengaging snoozefests. This album is pure nothing. It gives nothing, but it takes nothing. I had no expectations going in, I got pretty much an equal amount of a big bloated bag of big ol' nothing. It's like Alcest's even more depressed sibling (I don't know, whether Alcest is older and therefore reference-worthy enough in comparison to Amenra, but then again, I couldn't care less.) 5/10
16The Prids
Do I Look Like I’m In Love?

So here's a story. A friend of mine tells me "Oi, I've got sum new pospunk'alled th'Prids on ffinyl. Y'heard o' that?" (the guy's from Brisbane, they just talk like that). And I say that no, I have not. And I believe I know why now. I tend to ignore unnoteworthy things. This one goes out to all of you still actively seeking Goth-induced Post-Punk about your midlife crisis of pretending like you're young. 5/10
15Liam Gallagher
As You Were

Another one of those records, where you just look at the artist and you know immediately just what kind of thing this probably is. Yeah, it's Liam still thinking he was ever worth a shit without his brother: 2017 edition. 4/10

Paper Crown, For What It's Worth, Universal Gleam, All My People/All Mankind
14Marilyn Manson
Heaven Upside Down

I just... I just can't with this album's production. Everything else seems fine enough, but for whatever reason the sound of it is so incredibly rough, but not like in juicy heaviness kind of rough, more like in dry from working with asbestos bricks all day kind of rough. I know I missed about a decade of his music, but has he always been like this? Cause damn.. 5/10
The Sin and the Sentence

Another collection of silly lyrics, forgettable songwriting and potentially good music that is just wasted to no talent in assembling it all together. This album is just another one of Trivium's attempts at putting together a tasteful album and failing, no matter how obviously they are trying. 5/10
12Snoop Dogg
Make America Crip Again

Snoop got himself some better production than usual, but in pretty much every single other way this is just another one of his endless, drab, boring and expendable projects. 4/10

Pacific Daydream

So the kings of all things washed out and uninspired are back with a washed out and uninspired album. What a surprise. 3/10
The Crowning of the Fire King

Still think it should be Fire Lord or Phoenix King at least. If you are making an Avatar fan-album, do it right, goddammit! 6/10

Sirens, The Devil's Incubus, Crimson Cross
9Blut Aus Nord
Deus Salutis Meae

No matter how much these overproduced new bands try to convince you they are diabolical, they will never be as hellish and utterly monstrous as bands like Blut Aus Nord. 7/10

Chorea Macchabeorum, Impius, Apostasis, Ex tenebrae lucis
8Canker Blossom
In Space

It has all the attributes to be a fun, turn-your-brain-off, kooky album with sharp instrumentation and songwriting, but the vocals just dragged the whole thing down. They are beyond annoying. Guess that's just a taste thing. 6/10
There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light

The cover is beautifully pleasant. The music is tediously boring. 4/10

Alone, The Maze

Destroyer's partial transition to electronics can now officially be called successful, for this album is full of calm, deeply pleasing and relaxing tuneful little beauties. Each song has its own autumn-like, sweater-wearing, tea-sipping atmosphere to it. It's pure stress-reliever. My only gripe with it is that there is no real cohesion or consistency between the tracks. The songs flow from one to another as if they were different works from separate albums, randomly put on shuffle. 7/10

Sky's Grey, In the Morning, Tinseltown Swimming in Blood, A Light Travels Down the Catwalk, Sometime in the World, Ivory Coast, La Regle du Jeu
5King Krule
The Ooz

This album's monotony and lifelessness is almost hypnotic, but every now and then you can only sigh over the lack of any excitement or emotions and wait for the next mildly stranger musical moment to kick in to spice up the dread. It's an unusual album with an intriguing aesthetic. Unfortunately, it also hangs dry a lot of the time. 6/10

The Locomotive, Dum Surfer, Emergency Blimp, Czech One, Vidual
4Street Sects
Rat Jacket

Street Sects dial back on insanity to deliver a little more structured, textured and more clearly conceptually defined tracks. On one hand, it is an interesting change of pace and the songs still carry that almost horrifying atmosphere, but on the other hand, it's much more non-descript and plain. The band already excelled in the off-colour, skincrawling insanity they presented before, so it doesn't make all that much sense to me, why would the want to slow that down. 6/10
3St. Vincent

Congratulations, Annie! You've released your weakest album thus far. I feared for this album ever since the first single dropped. New York, while a decent and pleasant tune, was far from anything she ever did in the past. And sure, it's in her nature to always reinvent and push forward with her sound, but this almost shoegaze-y mint-pop howling mess was not within the desirable spectrum. And my fears more or less came true once the album itself dropped. It's packed with booming production and overly electric instrumentation. Half of the songs sound like the b-sides for her self-titled album. Like the song Fear the Future, where you just wait for that almost inevitable dubstep drop to kick in. Thankfully, it doesn't. Then again, there are moments that, in St. Vincent's truest fashion, seem one way, but then progress beyond expectation and develop into grandiose and immersive pieces of music (Pills, Young Lover).
2St. Vincent

It's just sort of flat and forgettable all throughout, which I could never ay about her music before. It's a 3.0 so far, but I'm afraid it'll grow off me more. 6/10
P.S.: At least you can't say that she half-assed it...

Pills, Happy Birthday Johnny, New York, Slow Disco, Smoking Section
1Odonis Odonis
No Pop

No Pop sees Odonis Odonis delve even deeper into the darker and near-insane territories. As the title suggests, this album pretty much finalises the band's efforts to create to most horror-like futuristic Industrial Electro-Punk with the lowest glimmers of hopeful catchiness. And while their previous effort Post Plague managed to cleverly balance the near-demonic subdued instrumentation with some instantly memorable songwriting, No Pop dials back on that, delivering even more dense and darker atmosphere, but unfortunately not as much in terms of memorability. It's the band's most skincrawling, but also inconspicuous release. 6/10

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