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July 2018 resumé

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
1Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
No New World


Imagine Kero Kero Bonito, but trying to do digestable music. It still will sound awkward and off-putting, but at least you will be able to find decent spots. Maybe that's just the Japanese aesthetic that puts me off, I don't know. 5/10
2Immortal
Northern Chaos Gods


The legends at this point are back with an album that is both an exercise in unoriginality and an okay enough ride as to not to be disliked. 6/10
3Bongripper
Terminal


Good god, can you be more exhausting? 4/10
4Between the Buried and Me
Automata II


Even though it is still quite a drag and mostly fairly forgettable, I do commend the band for improving upon seemingly unimprovable low they're been firmly establishing their entire career. 5/10
5Deafheaven
Ordinary Corrupt Human Love


Even though filled with great moments and powerful performance, this overstays its welcome really, really quickly. 6/10
6Oxblood
Michael


A fellow Sputnik's very own post-hardcore inspired indie EP told as a three-part tale of one man named Michael. It's a tad emotional, as you'd expect with post-hardcore, but it never turns sappy or overbearing. Apart from Part Two, this EP turned out quite catchy and pleasant. The shoegaze-y production softens the instrumentation a little and makes everything seem a few notches more breezy and dramatic (without melo-). It's quite a damn well done EP, fellas. Kudos! 7/10

Part One, Part Three
7Covet
effloresce


I do highly admire the instrumental finesse and taht sweet, sweet tangly guitar-work, but from a song-writing perspective, I could unfortunately only remember the intriguing instrumentation, nothing else. 6/10
8Obscura
Diluvium


Yeah, even I sometimes need to get into some of that dumb shitty tech death silliness. Leave me alone! 7/10
9Birds in Row
We Already Lost The World


It might be better to enter every musical experience as a skeptic, because then everything outstanding has a much grander effect on you. This album is by no means an outstanding mark of its genre, but for what it is, it is a prime example of a job well done. Hardcore, near-screamo and emo fans, get on it now. 8/10

We Count So We Don't Have To Listen, Love is Political, We vs. Us, I Don't Dance, 15-38, Morning, Fossils
10Black Fast
Spectre of Ruin


Eh, I might just not be in the mood. I like the viciousness, but the album didn't really grip me as much as I'd want to and ended up a tad repetitive. 6/10
11The Ophelias (USA, OH)
Almost


Yeah, I don't know what it is, but this album just didn't really do all that much to me. Probably the overly soft nature of it that is almost sickening and obnoxious is what turned me off. 5/10
12Chastity
Death Lust


I applaud the oddity of this, making a punk record sound like shoegaze dream pop, but that shtick gets a little stale after a while, especially since the songs aren't always that engaging. 6/10
13Bass Drum of Death
Just Business


One of the problems of listening to so much music is that after a while you just don't really know what to say about some of the albums anymore. And sometimes an album comes along that exemplifies the "nothing to say" aesthetic. 5/10

Too High, Heavy
14Denzel Curry
TA13OO


Denzel's latest is also his most mild-mannered. And while it alarmed me at first, for I liked the in-your-face aggression of Imperial a little too much, but this smooth, moody dance-able coolness - while admittedly a whole different kind of music - is just as enjoyable. (and it's not like the two don't have things in common) 7/10

Black Balloons, Sumo, Switch It Up, Sirens
15Rick Astley
Beautiful Life


Before you start laughing, know that this is not actually as godawful as it should be. It might be my old age speaking, but I enjoyed this album quite a bit. Now you can laugh. 6/10

Beautiful Life, She Makes Me, Every Corner, I Need the Light, Try
16The Jayhawks
Back Roads And Abandoned Motels


I've been following The Jayhawks' work for a while now, if nothing else, because nobody else did and I believe everyone should at least be aware of them. A sweet, tender and universally likeable folksy country music that you will enjoy, provided you enjoy acoustic music. 7/10

Come Cryin' to Me, Everybody Knows, Gonna Be a Darkness, Need You Tonight, Bird Never Flies, Carry You to Safety
17Hopesfall
Arbiter


I don't know, it all just seems a bit too forgettable and non-distinct. I do like it when the songs progress and explode to a complete fucking catharsis, but pretty much eveything around that usually lays low for me. 6/10
18The Lion's Daughter
Future Cult


This mixture of electronic post-metal with downright blackenned death metal layover appealed to me greately. It's a raw, fuzzy mess that just keeps on giving. Some instrumental mixing maybe could use a bigger punch, but overall it is a damn solid effort. 7/10

Call the Midnight Animal, Die Into Us, Grease Infant, Tragedy, In the Flesh
19Skeletonwitch
Devouring Radiant Light


After a long line of solid and crushing releases with a psychedelic edge, Skeletowitch delve even deeper into the abyss of sinister music and deliver possibly their best effort to date. No kidding, I'm a bitch for atmospheric black metal and blackened death metal, you can't blame me. 8/10

Fen of Shadows, When Paradise Fades, Temple of the Sun, The Luminous Sky, Sacred Soil
20Ty Segall and White Fence
Joy


Well, this sure is psych music. I only wish they went for something more complete than just tiny conceptual shells of songs. 6/10
21Dirty Projectors
Lamp Lit Prose


Dirty Projectors found a silver lining between the obnoxious drabness of their previous record and still staying off-kilter. It certainly isn't my thing, but at least has its own sound, that I cannot deny. 6/10
22Inexorum
Lore of the Lakes


Remember me saying I'm a bitch for atmospheric black metal and such? Yeah. 7/10
23Mesarthim
Coma Wall


Remember me saying I'm a bitch for atmospheric black metal and such? Yeah. [2] and this one also has a bloody beautiful cosmo-electronic setting. Fuckin'a. 8/10
24Bellini
Before the Day Has Gone


6/10
25Smokescreens
Used to Yesterday


6/10
26Real Friends
Composure


4/10
27Burial Invocation
Abiogenesis


6/10
28Cowboy Junkies
All That Reckoning


6/10
29The Bamboos
Night Time People


Description in my side of Con X Papa - Off.
7/10
30Holy Esque
Television / Sweet


Atmospheric, oddly sung and with a great song-writing. This is about as artsy a banal post-punk-infused pop-rock as it gets, without sounding pretentious. 7/10
31Khorada
Salt


5/10
32Kilometers Davis
The Death of Kilometers Davis


6/10
33Ross from Friends
Family Portrait


6/10
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