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August 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
41Nyss
Princesse Terre


This is how I like my Doomy Black Metal, all dismal, depressive and hellish. Then again, the album doesn't exactly present all that much new in terms of music that I haven't heard before. Basically, if you are a seasoned listener, you can skip this album and not miss out, but if you are an enthusiast, it can bring you solid and stable 30 minutes of entertainment. 7/10
40Chalk Hands
Burrows and Other Hideouts


Bloody monumental! This EP blasts, blisters and bursts. It manages to bring so much raw emotional destruction in just two short tracks and it makes you want to put it on an infinite repeat. Magnetically powerful and crushingly nihilistic it is. 8/10
39Cormorant
Diaspora


Heavy, dissonant and hellish album, but one that lacks that special punch to make it completely stunning. At /this moment, it's merely a display of good metal music making, but with quality not too far above the average. 7/10
38Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Finisterre


Man, how long have I not heard the German language? It's so nice to hear it again. I didn't even know I missed it so much. That sweet and tender, yet strict and coarse sound caresses my ears.
Now, to the music. This album is monstrous. Indeed, it doesn't reach much of anywhere outside of the ususal Atmospheric Black Metal norms, but it flows so naturally and freely within the boundaries of the genre. From the opening until the very end, you are treated with collage of masterful instrumentation, demonic vocalism and an enthralling atmosphere that no other genre can ever produce. A beast of a record. 8/10

Aufbruch, Ein letzter Tanz, Finisterre, Neubeginn
37Ghostpoet
Dark Days + Canapés


Ghostpoet delivers a vibrant, somewhat relaxing and utterly mesmerising performance. His mixture of monotone vocals that balance between mumble-rapping and spoken-word, with often atmospheric instrumental arrangement creates some truly unusual vibes. Its beautiful in its own way, while definitely showcasing a great portion of a certain feeling of menace and almost ominous nonchalancy. 8/10

Trouble + Me, (We're) Dominoes, Dopamine If I Do, Live>Leave, Karoshi, Immigrant Boogie
36Third Day
Revival


Blousey, Country-ish and very, very, very Christian... like, ridiculously so. 6/10
35Gang of Youths
Go Farther In Lightness


So here's a story: I leave Australia for some shitty shit place in Europe and like a day or two afterwards this album comes out. And of course it's available only in Australia and UK (also known as the countries that matter). So I now have to wait for fucking months until it comes out in my neck of the shithole.
34Kutmah
Trobbb!


I mean, if you want to hear a collection of Hip-Hop producer's semi-finishedmusical ideas, however intriguing, give this a shot. It's fine, some tracks are quite decent, but it just doesn't really provide much of anything to hold on to. 6/10

Thoughts Under the Full Moon, Arrival, Strangetown, Cooler of Evidence
33Hell (USA)
Hell


Demoic, devilish, hellish, dismal, abysmal and brooding. Ugly this is. Ugly. 7/10

SubOdin, Mahitikos, Inscriptus, Victus
32Starsailor
All This Life


Hey, for my money? Why the fuck not? 7/10

Listen to Your Heart, Blood, Best of Me, No One Else
31Leprous
Malina


This is odd, the vocals have all the merits to be absolutely excruciating and the music is such a typical melodramatic Prog that it should annoy me. So my question is, why do I like it? I mean, I don't love it, but I really enjoyed it for what it was. Be it its epic songwriting that actually progresses from point A to point B to C and so on, to its instrumental finesse that doesn't feel too mechanical and by-the-numbers, to even the aforementioned vocals that are by all means designed to feel obnoxious to me, but aren't... for the most part. It's a perfectly fine album and I didn't mind listening to it multiple times. I really don't understand how is this possible... with Prog? The world is weird. 7/10
P.S.: Regarding the vocals, I mean, I also periodically enjoy Starsailor's vocals, so the problem might be me...

Bonneville, From the Flame, Captive, Malina, Coma
30together PANGEA
Bulls & Roosters


A rapid, fun, lightweight and relaxed Indie Rock. You won't find any worldly distress or despair in here. Think the Maccabees, the Vaccines and all the Indie bands such as these with their life-loving, youthful and down-to-earth truthfulness. It's fun is what I'm saying. 7/10

The Cold, Kenmore Ave., Money On It, Southern Comfort, Is It Real?
29Liars
TFCF


Liars have left that obscure electronic phase and entered an even more obscure, but largely instrumental one. But this just sounds like that LCD Soundsystem album, but much cockier and full of strange bitterness... also awful musicianship every now and then. 6/10
P.S.: The album cover is one of the most ridiculous things I've seen this month.

No Help Pamphlet, No Tree No Branch, Crying Fountain
28Mogwai
Every Country's Sun


Mogwai make another album of tracks that you'll hear every time there's an inspiring and breathtaking moment in a National Geographic documentary... And the ones with vocals are okay enough to be in an overpriced car commercial or something. 6/10
27AJJ
Back in the Jazz Coffin


AJJ pulled off a bunch of, what I assume are B-Sides. It's as goofy and strangely dramatic, as their usual stuff, but way shorter. I mean, it's a 9 minutes long EP, it's fine. 7/10

Blood, Hatred, Money and Rage 2, My Crooked Leg, Fuckboi
26LCD Soundsystem
American Dream


This is definitely an album worthy of a listen, but I can hardly see what all the fuss is about. Surely enough, the off-the-wall production with all of its robotic strangeness, together with the irregular and obscure songwriting, create a certain atmosphere of a futuristic discotheque-swirling odd-world. But that is also the album's biggest wrongdoing. It's extremely hard to get into. Individual songs maybe, and even then only with a severe amount of effort. The rest, as it went over my head the first time I heard it, still doesn't near the distance. 6/10

I Used To, How Do You Sleep?, Tonite
25Mermaidens
Perfect Body


A Psych-infused Pop album with some ominous atmosphere, but unfortunately, a lot of the times it just sort of lingers on uneventfully. And even when some overwhelmingly great moment does come up, it tends to shut it off quite quickly with that quieter subdued sound it usually impliments. Kind of sad, had it had more hard-hitting moments, I would have really enjyed it. Still, the menacing atmosphere and the slightly dizzying instrumentation and production are quite noteworthy. 6/10

Sunstone, Satsuma, Give It Up
24 Drudkh / Paysage d'Hiver
Somewhere Sadness Wanders


You can only guess how hard my dick was, when I found out this was a thing. Now, Drudkh have never been exactly on a piedestal of Black Metal for me, but they were doing fine. Oddly enough, their most solid material was always on splits (see last years split with Grift). Talking about the cult classic status of Paysage d'Hiver is probably pointless at this point. And on this split you get pretty much what you'd expect. It's an overwhelming blast of atmosphere from Drudkh and a distorted trackful of cold, wintery hell from Paysage d'hiver (y'know, as their title suggests). 7/10
23Masterplan
PumpKings


What a day this has been. I first listened to Attic, then Accept, then Masterplan... and that was the day I thought I'll revisit Avantasia's discography, but after all of that I just couldn't. Too much cheese and silly Power Metal and Heavy Metal clichés. 5/10
22Accept
The Rise of Chaos


Did you think you can forget that the 80s happened? Accept remembers and they are determined to remind you too with this shebang of samey and often overly-generic Heavy Metal in its most cliché style album. 5/10

Hole in the Head, What's Done Is Done, Worlds Colliding
21Attic
Sanctimonious


The vocals on here reach from fantastic to ridiculous. They are high pitched and obscure, but the heights they reach might put some people off. I didn't find them to be particularly obnoxious, but thatis probably because they are not as loud as the heavy and devilish music surrounding them. 7/10

Sanctimonious, The Hound of Heaven, On Choir Stalls
20Sannhet
So Numb


Listen, one one hand, it's your typical Post-Rock/Post-Metal stuff, so if you enjoy that kind of music already, you might as well enjoy this all throughout. However, even though instrumentally this album does display a certain level of finesse, it has little to no actually outstanding moments to it. I went away from it not remembering a single thing, not even any particularly distinct sound. 5/10
19Hammock
Mysterium


Hammock are back with another portion of tiring echoes and ambient stretches...but hey, at least it has a certain digestible atmosphere now. 6/10

Hammock, I Would Give My Breath Away, Remember Our Bewildered Son, Elegy, This Is Not Enough (Epilogue)
18Turnover
Good Nature


Funny thing, huh? I rec'd Peripheral Vision in a competition here on Sputnik and it got straight 5s from the judges... and now we have this. 4/10
17The War on Drugs
A Deeper Understanding


How many people are gonna hate me for this? A lot... I predict a lot... 5/10

Strangest Thing, In Chains
16Queens of the Stone Age
Villains


I used to have one of those 100$ turntables back in the day, it made every record sound like this. I couldn't have imagined that it would be considered 'artistic' today. 5/10

Fortress
15Count to Altek
Penile Pesharim


Ehm...what? What is this? I feel like someone 3D-printed two screwdrivers straight into my ears. 6/10
14Milo
Who Told You To Think?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!


Dreamy and poignant. Levitating and trippy. Wordy and nonchalant. Milo is back with an album of some really interesting tunes, but ones that I have to be in a specific mood in to enjoy. 7/10

Landscaping, The Young Man Has a Point (Nurture), Sorcerer, Take Advantage of the Naysayer, Ornette's Swan Song
13Uncommon Nasa
Written at Night


This is one of those conscious-rappers that knows how to write decent lyrics, has a fine flow and a well put-together production, but this album just doesn't hold up in the long run. The songs are decent enough, but I had a hard time getting through it. Maybe it's because of my own lack of experience in the genre, but hearing samey songs one after another was a little tedious. Still, some really good tracks on here. HOWEVER, THE FUCKING SPACE ART SAMPLE ON GOD'S AIM, MAN, THEY SAMPLED SPACE ART. THIS IS THE BEST SONG EVAH!!! 6/10

Compass (It's 1 AM), God's Aim, The Patient
12The Cribs
24-7 Rock Star Shit


Dissonant and angry, but nearly always a couple of steps behind on the enthusiasm-evoking factor, this album just demonstrates that The Cribs is a band capable of creating a good album, if only they knew what kind of song structures and hooks to coat their brand of Punk. 6/10

In Your Palace, Rainbow Ridge, Broken Arrow
11Mystery Skulls
One Of Us


An overproduced Dance Pop with not a lot of memorable songwriting or even interesting music. It's just sort of dragging on being all bloated and obnoxious. 4/10

Losing My Mind, One of Us
10Guided by Voices
How Do You Spell Heaven


After a streak of generally subpar records, released year by year and seemingly with no actual artistic interest that started in the late 90s (with occasional exceptions) to this day, Guided by Voices have finally hit gold again (well, more like silver or bronze, but still, bullseye). This album is vibrant and colourful and has a certain retro vibe to it that pleases my ears. It's by no means an outstanding record, but still an attentionworthy output. 7/10

King 007, Steppenwolf Mausoleum, Diver Dan, Paper Cutz, Just to Show You
9Oh Sees
Orc


Thee Oh Sees dropped the Thee from their title and also left all the bliss and lightheartedness out of their music. This album might be their most hellish and demonic offering yet. It's a heavy, dissonant, insane and rapidfire album filled with raw and visceral instrumentation, as well as some evil-sounding vocals. It is devilish, as I said. However, the album has way too many unnecessary and tedious slow-downs, something taht bugged me the most about their previous output An Odd Entrances. It sure sounds obscure and dizzying, but ultimately goes nowhere and provides nothing. 6/10

The Static God, Nite Expo, Ray Optics
8Deep Sands
Intended Dream


A vibrant and colourful Hard-Psych album with some strong Stoner influences that kept me intrigued all those months the band was dropping one song after another, until they finalised their release in the middle of August. It seemed like a massive improvement over their last year's EP, which I found to be fine, but lacking some distinct sound. On the Intended Dream, Deep Sands attempt to finally find their own path and come through with five ear-piercing, heavy and muddy tracks that just kept on bringing more to the table, while not exactly having one particular focus, which might be my biggest gripe with the EP. The band's attempts at finding new musical solutions led them to lack a certain cohesion in the songs. While by themselves, the tracks do sound great, together they don't really flow into one another that well. But that's about all the flaws this EP, or mini-album, if you will, has.
7Deep Sands
Intended Dream


Sure, some might say that it is a somewhat standard Hard-Psych output, but at least it's one that id enjoyable and easy to get through all throughout. 7/10

I Am Lost and Golden, Without You Lately
6Everything Everything
A Fever Dream


The British obscurist-outburst-Pop extraordinaires are back with a much more straight-forward record than before. Sort of taking all the good elements of their first two albums and adding all the acquired experience and knowledge in songwriting to make an althroughout worthwhile output. It's much more dense and compressed album than any before and also one with some strong cosmic atmosphere, while still maintaining their usual progressive instrumental spectacle; a sound much foreshadowed on that out-of-album single I Believe It Now they dropped last year. It's like listening to some kind of flamboyant space journey soundtrack. However, with all of that instrumental and atmospheric dreaminess, the album falls falt on the songwriting side a lot of the times.
5Everything Everything
A Fever Dream


It starts off incredibly strong with three bangers one after the other, but right after that it pretty much dissolves into a collection of unrecognisable and often just tedious tracks that don't pick up the pace until about the last three tracks of the whole album. The entire middle part is just a forgettable mess a lot of the time. 2017: A Flamboyant Odyssey. 6/10

Night of the Long Knives, Can't Do, Desire, Ivory Tower, New Deep, White Whale
4Kesha
Rainbow


Yeah, yeah, yeah, she matured, is a better singer, songwriter, lyricist and all that, whatever, all I care about are the Eagles of the fucking Death Metal. Why are they here? 6/10

Let 'Em Talk, Praying, Rainbow
3Grizzly Bear
Painted Ruins


Every single song has a certain dreamlike and hallucnogenic atmosphere to them and their structure and execution is often somewhat patterned with a profound musical progression and gradually rising excitement from even the most drab and seemingly aimless tune into an enthralling and marvellous musical wonder. But the issue I have with this album is rather a paradox. You see, it just works from time to time. It goes from being absolutely engulfing to just kind of okay, even though, as I said, the style is vastly the same. It's strange, but I guess that kind of music requires a very specific kind of songwriting. But the good moments and the absolutely mesmerising atmosphere completely make up for it; it's just that sometimes the songs sound a little too campy. 7/10

Four Cypresses, Three Rings, Aquarian, Cut-out
2Brand New
Science Fiction


The album's shit, but if you want to see my grand embarrasing moment AKA butthurt rant, check out the anti-review I made. 4/10

In the Water, 451
1King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Sketches of Brunswick East (w/ Mild High Club)


...also this. 6/10

Tezeta, A Journey To (S)Hell, Rolling Stoned
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