Author Archives: theradicalsloth

Hammerdrone – A Trinity of Rage

Release Date: December 14, 2021 Record Label: Self-released Aggressive, heavy, and hauntingly melodic in places, A Trinity of Rage incorporates a variety of black and progressive metal influences to present an EP that pushes the boundaries while also embracing the roots of old-school, melodic death metal origins. A Trinity of Rage is a concept album […]

Bone Tower – We All Will Die One Day

Release date: 11/5/2021 Label: No Funeral Records From the artist: “Both sonically and lyrically, We All Will Die One Day represents a collective status of disarray. Challenging speed and complex rhythms serve to accelerate unfavorable emotions to the forefront of your mind. A raw and unfiltered byproduct of mental health in disarray and unfocused aggression, […]

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Illusory Walls

Release Date: October 8, 2021 Label: Epitaph Illusory Walls is by far the most technically proficient and hardest hitting music released by the band. You can hear cynicism grown from the dystopian period that we’re all navigating. Queen Sophie For President opens up on a bass line that seems inspired by The Cure. This song […]

Quicksand – Distant Populations

Release Date: September 24, 2021 Label: Epitaph Quicksand, continues their post-hardcore renaissance. After lying dormant for 22 years, this is the second Quicksand record in 4 years. Distant Populations has a punchier, more up-tempo sound, with 11 concise songs that are sonic jewels. The band doesn’t waste a single note. Its gripping lyricism and raw […]

Mouse Rat – The Awesome Album

Release Date: August 27, 2021 Label: Dualtone Mouse Rat is fronted by local Pawnee, Indiana Parks and Recreation shoeshine employee Andy Dwyer.  Dwyer is known around town as a prolific genius, fronting many local acts through the years including: A.D and the D Bags, The Andy Andy Andies, Andy Dwyer Experience, Angelsnack, Crackfinger, Death of […]

Angel Du$t – YAK: A Collection of Truck Songs

Release Date: October 22, 2021 Label: Roadrunner Records A pleasantly short album from members of Turnstile and Trapped Under Ice. The musical style goes on to show that we haven’t reached the limits of the ever-expanding genre of post-hardcore. The lyrical content deals with mundanity of life the beauty of the routine. The opener, Big […]

A Great Big Pile of Leaves – Pono

Release Date: August 13, 2021 Label: Topshelf Records After releasing their first two records in 2010 and 2013, A Great Big Pile of Leaves went on hiatus. Pono picks right back up where they left off. Wistful musings on adolescence abound. Cue Hit Reset. It’s full of simple auditory pleasures. Beat Up Shoes is a […]

Full of Hell – Garden of Burning Apparitions

Release Date: October 1, 2021 Label: Relapse Records Twelve songs in 21 minutes. This one comes at you fast and furious. Likely, the bands most extreme release to date, Garden of Burning Apparitions incorporates elements grindcore, noise, hardcore, death metal, and industrial music and reconstitutes them as something sinister, sharp, and dark. Checking in at […]

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – 662

Release Date: July 23, 2021 Label: Alligator Records Christone “Kingfish” Ingram hails from the city of Clarksdale, in Coahoma County, Mississippi, just ten miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49. A blues guitar prodigy, Ingram proudly carries on the legacy of Mississippi Hill Country Blues. The title track is honest blues played […]

The Blood of Christ – The Lonely Flowers of Autumn

Release Date: August 21, 2021 Label: CDN Records Canadian death metallers The Blood of Christ are reissuing their early 1990’s demos from “The Lonely Flowers Of Autumn” (1995). These are rough mixes of blackened death metal hybrid that sound similar to a mashup of Carcass and Enslaved. The lyrics are more abstract and poetic than […]

Tommy Dahill – E Pluribus Unum

Label: Self-released Self-described as Alaska DeathMetalBanjo Trance, Tommy Dahill plays heavy delta blues but as he describes it, his music sounds more like Booker White playing with the Minutemen. The music is simple – many of the songs share notes and chords but it’s an interesting listen to be sure. Tracks 2, 3, 4, 7 […]

Turnstile – Love Connection (EP)

Release Date: June 28, 2021 Label: Roadrunner Records I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Turnstile is currently one of the hottest bands in the country. Prior to the release of their full-length record this month, they simultaneously released a four-track EP and a short-film. There’s something here for everyone. Fans of Tame Impala […]

Reality Grey – Beneath this Crown

Release Date: May 7, 2021 Label: Self-Released Reality Grey delivers metalcore that will destroy your speakers. They blend brutal and aggressive metal with sweet melodies. Kings of Nothing begins with a groovy and brutal intro with crazy riffs, gives way to a “spacey” interlude with a fusion guitar solo. Preachers of Hatred may be the […]

Red Fang – Arrows

Release Date: June 4, 2021 Label: Relapse Records Red Fang, the stoner rock quartet from Oregon, released their fifth full-length record in June. Stoner rock bands are seemingly a dime a dozen these days. However, Red Fang consistently deliver their distinctive brand of grungy, sludgy stoner rock. You might have to brush the grit off […]

Sufjan Stevens – Convocations

Release Date: May 6, 2021 Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records For all of the hits, Sufjan Stevens‘ back catalogue is full of experimental and conceptual tracks. Convocations may be his most experimental work to date. A record that hangs on the fringes. Full of grief following the death of his father, this is two hours, 49 tracks, […]

Death From Above 1979 – Is 4 Lovers

Release date: March 26, 2021Label: Universal Music Canada Death from Above 1979 is sleazy and primal dance-punk firmly rooted in the indie rock boom of the early 2000s. The band first gained recognition marrying monster distorted bass riffs and funk rhythms to devastating effect. Over the last 20 years, they haven’t strayed far from the formula […]

The Armed – Ultrapop

Release date: April 16, 2021Label: Sargent House  I was doing work the other night and a song came up in one of my New Release playlists that immediately caught my attention. It sounded like Broken Social Scene teamed up with Converge and recorded an album during a pandemic while doing lots of Crossfit. The band […]

Gojira – Fortitude

Release date: April 30, 2021Label: Roadrunner Records Gojira, the socially-conscious metal giants, have released the much-anticipated Fortitude. The opening track, Born for One Thing, is absolutely obliterating. The grooves stand out. Amazonia, if you didn’t guess by the song title, takes a strong stance against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the killing of life […]

The Antlers – Green to Gold

Release date: March 26, 2021Label: Anti New York’s The Antlers recently released the wistful Green to Gold, their first new album (along with a full-length film) since the 2014 release of Familiars. Familiars occupied a space between slinky jazz and smoked-out space rock. It was eerie and full of melancholy. Truly a record for listening after […]

The Mommyheads – Coming Into Beauty

Release date: February 12, 2021Label: Mommyheads The Mommyheads recently remastered and re-released their 1992 sophomore release Coming Into Beauty. This is early, pioneering experimental indie-pop. There is dark whimsy on the instrumental track Nino Wrote a Tune. I Started Breathing might be the album’s focal point. The tune gently strides along the spare ukulele and rattling percussion, […]

The Ghost Inside – The Ghost Inside

Release date: June 5, 2020Label: Epitaph A Ghost Inside released a self-titled album last year, their first since a tragic 2015 bus accident that took the life of both drivers, their drummer’s leg and resulted in extensive physical and mental injuries for each band member. Over the past six years, the band has slowly been forging […]

Fleet Foxes – Shore

Release date: March 19, 2021Label: Anti- Shores, Fleet Foxes fourth album, demonstrates the progression and maturity of a songwriter. After returning from a long hiatus with brooding and confrontational Crack-Up, Shores is a wall of sound full of grace. The album opens with several tracks that are likely to get stuck in your head. Sunblind is […]

Touche Amore – Lament

Release date: October 9, 2020Label: Epitaph Too heavy for pop punk and not heavy enough for hardcore, Touche Amore are genre misfits. Jeremy Bolm’s lyrics are never short on emotion and his vocals fall somewhere between hardcore and emo. A jarring contrast when paired with shoegaze guitars. Touche Amore‘s last record, Stage Four, was all about Bolm […]

Delta Spirit – What Is There

Release date: September 11, 2020Label: New West Records After a six year hiatus, Delta Spirit is back with What Is There. Like more recent releases from several other former indie sweethearts that have gone on to find mainstream success (see Kings of Leon, The Black Keys), this record seems to lack the grit and raw emotion […]

Napalm Death – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism

Release date: September 18, 2020Label: Century Media Records Napalm Death released their first record in more than five years towards the end of 2020. Although it’s unmistakably Napalm Death, this record is far from predictable. Backlash Just Because is raucous, quirky and discordant and ultimately catchy-as-anything rampaging noise. Contagion presents a more stripped-down Napalm Death. It’s chocked […]