Album Reviews

Primitive Man Immersion review

Primitive Man : Immersion

The Colorado doom-metal trio delves into emotion and agony to arrive at a place of darkness and truth.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers : Just Coolin’

Blue Note unearths an archival session from the Jazz Messengers, and it cooks, as expected.

Young Jesus Welcome to Conceptual Beach review Album of the Week

Young Jesus – Welcome to Conceptual Beach

Young Jesus complete the transition from indie to art rock on their most ambitious album to date.

Valkyrie : Fear

A rough rock ‘n’ roll album that has greatness within its reach.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids : Shaman!

The legendary spiritual jazz collective returns with a more somber, yet still groove-heavy set of music.

Terminal Nation : Holocene Extinction

A hybrid of death metal and powerviolence that meets our troubled moment.

Microphones in 2020 review

The Microphones : Microphones in 2020

Phil Elverum revives the name of his old “band” for a massive new album-length composition.

Album of the Week: Jason Molina – Eight Gates

The late Songs:Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. songwriter’s set of previously unreleased recordings harbor some of his most shadowy dirges.

Jaga Jazzist : Pyramid

The Norwegian progressive jazz fusion group deliver a warmly exciting permutation of their consistent, yet constantly changing sound.

The Psychedelic Furs : Made of Rain

The UK post-punk icons return with their first new music in 30 years, and one of their strongest to date.

Voivod : The End of Dormancy

The Canadian metal legends offer a reworked recent track with a handful of live gems.

Jaye Jayle : Prisyn

A dark electronic pop record that feels more like an art film.

Imperial Triumphant Alphaville review

Imperial Triumphant : Alphaville

The New York group deliver a dense conceptual work of black metal and avant garde jazz.

Ganser Just Look at that sky review Album of the Week

Ganser – Just Look At That Sky

The Chicago post-punk group’s second album goes to weirder places and finds greater catharsis in its groove.

Laurence Pike : Prophecy

A gentle and meditative improvisational response to the Australian wildfires from earlier this year.

Kamaal Williams : Wu Hen

The London musician and producer downplays his ability on the keys on this nonetheless solid set of groove.

Gulch Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress review

Gulch : Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress

A blistering 16 minutes of some of the year’s most intense hardcore.

Jessy Lanza : All The Time

The Canadian pop artist finds a successful fusion between familiar and innovative on her third album.

Courtney Marie Andrews Old Flowers review

Courtney Marie Andrews : Old Flowers

Andrews’ breakup album feels strangely comforting in a time of overbearing anxiety and panic.

Bedsore Hypnagogic Hallucinations review Album of the Week

Bedsore – Hypnagogic Hallucinations

The Italian death metal band’s debut album evokes vivid horror art cinema in their psychedelic compositions.