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01.19.18 Deweekly'18 / January Week 301.18.18 Dewi's Time Machine Pt. 1
01.11.18 Deweekly'18 / January Week 2 12.29.17 Deweekly'18 / January Week 1
12.24.17 Dewinged's AOTY 2017 12.11.17 Overlooked 2017 Recs
12.05.17 Music Documentaries 10.19.17 I gotta thank you...
10.09.17 Reached Level 40 09.27.17 2 Piece bands (Drummer & Bassist) RECs
08.03.17 Sputnik Birthdays Sputnik Birthdays
07.27.17 Dark Souls OST Triple Vinyl Release04.20.17 Roadburn 2017 (Saturday & Sunday)
04.19.17 Roadburn 2017 (Thursday & Friday)02.09.17 Dewi's drunk faux prog list. Recs welco
01.20.17 Dewi's solo album 12.19.16 I'm gonna get high
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Deweekly'18 / January Week 2

Another week into January, 7 new releases to delve. Here are my picks for this week starting tomorrow. No Black Veil Brides, Camila Cabello, Anderson East cause they are just not my thing. I did check the singles though but yeah, nope. With BØRNS I doubted until the last minute but in the end decided to leave it out in favour of the 7th pick. Never dug much Joe Satriani and what I heard of Avatar was alright but didn't make me crazy. Hope everyone have a nice weekend!
1Typhoon (USA-OR)

Release: January 12th
Label: Roll Call Records
Genre: Indie Folk

bgillesp has been hyping this to hell and back and I know that NPR has it on First Listen since a couple of days but I prefer to wait for release day, I know, I am weird. I checked 3 tracks though and really digging what they do.

*One week after*
There is a significant plunge into darkness when comparing this to Typhoon's previous entry, "White Lighter". The story of a man and his descent into the hells of a devastating sickness like Alzheimer is told masterfully here, with echoes and reverb representing his progressing detachment to reality and deteriorating condition. Lyrics on "Algernon" are absolutely crushing in this sense. The structure of the album is very well thought, divided into acts that include that signify the sickness taking over until it has gain total control. Superb album.

Final Rating: 4.5
2Corrosion of Conformity
No Cross No Crown

Release: January 12th
Label: Roll Call Records
Genre: Stoner

They're back! Only heard the single "Wolf Named Crow" and it brings back the good "Deliverance" and "Wiseblood" days so excited about it.

*One week after*
First of all, fuck every music streaming service and Nuclear Blast for not making this available in the country I live. With that out of my chest, Pepper returns to CoC as a freaking messiah and the band manages to make their best album since groundbreaking Wiseblood and Deliverance. Demolishing riffs and Pepper's voice as 20 years haven't passed for him. Special mention of the use of interludes which not only help the album to breathe but that also stand by themselves as unique pieces. A must listen for Stoner and Southern Metal fans.

Final Rating: 4.2
3Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Wrong Creatures

Release: January 12th
Label: Vagrant
Genre: Psychedelic Blues

The name has been flying around for a while but I had never listened to them. I was expecting something more garage or hillbilly, i don't know, but the 3 tracks I heard were pretty chilled. Sounds good though.

*One week after*
Little is left of the rebel part of the band at this point. Having lost their fuel, I see little to no point in insisting with tracks like "Spook" or single "Little Thing Gone Wild". However, Hayes shows the band benefits greatly from the moody, dark and Twin Peaks(ish) atmosphere of songs like "Haunted" or the laid back melodic groove of "Echo". This is where the record truly shines, when not trying to be young again, and instead giving in to a hazier and more gloomy take on their music.

Final Rating: 3.3

Release: January 12th
Label: Self released?
Genre: Synth Pop

Electronic Pop duo formed by Ceci Gomez and Kess Gordon releases their second album. Echoes of Bjork, Fever Ray, looks interesting.

*One week after*
This was probably my first disappointment of the year. The band citing Bjork and Fever Ray as influences was for me a sign that something interesting was going on but unfortunately this lacks the depth, the magic or the spirit of the two artists mentioned. Instead, songs are built around very simple synths with little to no attention to vocals. There's so much they could have done with this record, and I bring last year's Lowly's "Heba" as an example of what this could have been.

Final Rating: 2.5

Release: January 12th
Label: Roll Call Records
Genre: Shoegaze Post Punk

First time coming to this band, their vocalist reminds me of Robert Smith at times and they do some kind of Indie Rock masked as Post punk with remnants of Shoegaze. The single "Crystal" has a nice feel to it.

*One week after*
German trio Jaguwar have been quite a nice surprise. "Ringthing" is basically a shoegaze album that flirts with jangle pop, indie rock, but that at the end of the day it has MBV written all over the face. Male and female voices take turns and unison in some tracks while a thunderous guitar sound erupts occasionally riding on high stamina drums and unforgiving bass lines. I can feel the band has been specially careful working on their individual sounds, with extra mention to guitars because really, when they go haywire they sound absolutely tasty. Opener "Lunatic" and "Slow and Tiny" are my favourite tracks. I may review this soonish if no one else does.

Final Rating: 3.8
6Tonight Alive

Release: January 12th
Label: Hopeless
Genre: Alt Rock

Gotta have my dosis of teen rock to keep my blood running smoothly, my skin well oiled and my neurons fired up. The single "Disappear" featuring Lynn Gunn from Pvris is pretty enjoyable.I might regret it though, we'll see.

*One week after*
My, my, my, what do we have here. I swear to God I may have watched the video for "Temple" like 50 times this week, absolutely hypnotic the way she moves. This was my first introduction to the band and gotta say, I am pleasantly surprised. "Temple" and "Disappear" are really solid singles but there is barely a low moment in "Underworld". True, Corey Taylor's feature came a bit strange but I admit those harmonies are well done. Things will have to change drastically for this album not being among my favourite (is this pop punk?) albums of the year.

Final Rating: 4.1
7Shame (UK)
Songs Of Praise

Release: January 12th
Label: Dead Oceans
Genre: Post Punk

South London based Post Punk quintet. Only heard a couple of tracks and I kind of feel they are worth a shot, let's see how the final product holds up.

*One week after*
The media selling this as the next UK revelation band is probably gonna harm them more than benefit them in the long term. Really fun album, with obvious call backs to post punk classics but taking the extra step to try different approaches. Overall very enjoyable but I am not sure how will it take the test of time.

Final Rating: 3.7
Province of the Unknown

Release: It's out dudes
Label: On the website
Genre: Hard hitters sput approved

Extra space for the one and only. You motherfuckers get on this.
9Leaves' Eyes
Sign of the Dragonhead

Release: January 12th
Label: AFM Records
Genre: Symphonic Metal

From manosg: Working with your spouse is almost never a good idea but somehow Liv Kristine and Alexander Krull managed to coexist for 13 years. Leaves' Eyes is the band's first release without Liv handling the mic and needless to say, it is going to be interesting how the band manages to exist without her.
10Dean Mcphee
Four Stones

Release: January 12th
Label: Hood Faire
Genre: Ambient

From brokencycle: "Four Stones" seems to be a collection of 3 remastered tracks only available in his previous work "The Folklore Tapes" plus two new tracks. It seems all the tracks are recorded live with no overdubbing. His guitar style is certainly enticing.
11Panda Bear
A Day With the Homies

Release: January 12th
Label: Domino
Genre: Neo Psychedelia (according to RYM)

From brokencycle: Noah Lennox's new music since 2015 is a 12 inch vynil exclusive release but of course, you can probably stream it here and there (no link found so far, sorry!)
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