Album Reviews

Son Lux Tomorrows III review

Son Lux : Tomorrows III

The experimental electronic outfit’s latest is so odd, it’s prime.

Gojira Fortitude review

Gojira : Fortitude

The French metal band maintain their masterful balance of technicality and progressive metal on their latest.

Alan Vega Mutator review

Alan Vega : Mutator

The late Suicide vocalist’s newly unearthed set of unreleased songs is contemporized, yet feels inevitable.

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Big|Brave – Vital

An excoriating effort from the Montreal trio that finds them applying a broader palette as well as a more personal perspective.

Sarah Louise Earth Bow review

Sarah Louise : Earth Bow

The guitarist and soundscapist returns with a set of music deeply attuned to the natural world.

Lion's Daughter Skin Show review

The Lion’s Daughter : Skin Show

The metal trio more seamlessly blend horror tropes with crushing riffs.

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Satomimagae : Hanazono

An intimate psych-folk album that captures what the artist calls a “small outer space.”

Dinosaur Jr. Sweep It Into Space review

Dinosaur Jr. : Sweep It Into Space

The legendary trio are in top form in this set of howling guitar riffs and earworm melodies.

Body Void Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth review

Body Void : Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth

A metal album set to the rhythm of the doomsday clock.

Gloomseeker Violet Grim review

Gloomseeker : The Violet Grim

A bittersweet spectacle of bronze industrial waste.

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Andy Stott – Never the Right Time

The Manchester producer’s latest is his most insular and atmospheric, a stunning exploration of ambience.

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Spirit of the Beehive : Entertainment, Death

A disorienting gauntlet of dream pop and nightmares.

Mark McGuire Our Family review

Mark McGuire : Our Family

The former Emeralds guitarist delves into more straightforward singer/songwriter material without letting go of his kosmische ambitions.

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble Now review

Damon Locks/Black Monument Ensemble : NOW

The eclectic artist and bandleader crafts a powerful and innovative set of sample-laden jazz with his ensemble.

Balmorhea The Wind review

Balmorhea : The Wind

A more classical leaning set of music from the Texas duo, bound by the story of Saint Caesarius.

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The Armed – ULTRAPOP

A stunning fusion of metal and hardcore’s ferocity with huge pop hooks.

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Dry Cleaning : New Long Leg

As strong a lockdown post-punk debut as you’re likely to hear all year.

Vijay Iyer Uneasy review

Vijay Iyer/Linda May Han Oh/Tyshawn Sorey : UnEasy

The acclaimed pianist assembles a new trio and delivers a strong set of music, his most accessible in recent years.

Flock of Dimes Head of Roses review

Flock of Dimes : Head of Roses

Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak delivers a more intensely personal work that showcases the spectrum of her songwriting.

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Cannibal Corpse : Violence Unimagined

The death metal stalwarts deliver a no-frills, all riffs album that kicks ass.