Album Reviews

Altin Gün Yol review

Altin Gün : Yol

The Dutch band’s latest global blend of sounds will leave you yearning for the disco.

Roy Montgomery Island of Lost Souls review

Roy Montgomery : Island of Lost Souls

The experimental guitarist opens a quartet of planned releases this year with a mournful series of gothic dirges.

Thirdface Do it with a smile review

Thirdface : Do It With A Smile

A blistering 22 minutes of hardcore comprise the Nashville band’s debut.

Hand Habits dirt review

Hand Habits : dirt

Meg Duffy reaches toward a bigger sound on their brief new release.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen Invisible Cities review

A Winged Victory for the Sullen : Invisible Cities

The drone duo continue to prove that what is soft can still be substantial.

Gravesend methods of human disposal review

Gravesend : Methods of Human Disposal

A grimy grindcore debut that captures the filth of New York’s darkside.

Cloud Nothings The Shadow I remember review

Cloud Nothings : The Shadow I Remember

The Cleveland indie rock stalwarts project a sense of power in the darkest of times.

Blanck Mass In Ferneaux review

Blanck Mass : In Ferneaux

Benjamin John Power dials back the intensity on this set comprising two lengthy compositions.

Octo Octa She's Calling review

Octo Octa : She’s Calling

Maya Bouldry-Morrison’s latest EP rounds out a trio with some of her most authentic and personal pieces yet.

The Notwist Vertigo Days review

The Notwist : Vertigo Days

A more subdued version of the band arrives on their first new album in seven years.

Transatlantic Absolute Universe review

Transatlantic : The Absolute Universe

A sprawling, massive prog piece in three variations, which feels strangely like epic pop music.

The Hold Steady Open Door Policy review

The Hold Steady : Open Door Policy

The best sounding and most dynamic The Hold Steady’s ever been on record.

Mogwai As the Love Continues review

Mogwai : As the Love Continues

The Glasgow group’s 10th album is as much a career summary as a document of change.

Madlib Sound Ancestors review

Madlib : Sound Ancestors

An underwhelming entry—the first, really—in two heavyweights’ careers.

John Carpenter Lost Themes III

John Carpenter : Lost Themes III: Alive After Death

The horror icon makes his electronic series into a trio with a new set of soundscapes.

Emptiness Vide review

Emptiness : Vide

The Belgian metal group dive deeper into goth and industrial textures on their latest

Ruins of Beverast Thule Grimoires review

The Ruins of Beverast : The Thule Grimoires

Alexander von Meilenwald’s latest under the Beverast mantle leans heavy on goth and post-punk aesthetics.

Transatlantic absolute universe review

Steven Wilson : The Future Bites

Steven Wilson‘s new record The Future Bites places itself in a curious lineage of Wilson’s…

USA/Mexico Del Rio review

USA/Mexico : Del Rio

The Austin duo delivers an intense barrage of noise rock.

Archie Shepp Jason Moran Let My People Go review

Archie Shepp & Jason Moran : Let My People Go

Two jazz maestros of different generations come together for something subtle and sublime.