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BORIS – Heavy Rocks (2022)

Label: Relapse Records Release Date: August 12, 2022 From the label: “The legendary BORIS celebrate a 30 year career as one of experimental music’s mostforward-thinking, heavy, and innovative bands with the new album Heavy Rocks (2022).” This the third in the series of Heavy Rocks records which takes on ’70s rock and avant-garde, experimental, proto-metal screwballs. Seriously, when […]

Armor For Sleep – The Rain Museum

Release Date: September 9, 2022 Label: Equal Vision Records From the label: “Armor For Sleep’s The Rain Museum is 17 years in the making. It’s a concept album built around a post-apocalyptic world where weather no longer exists on planet earth and people come to a mysterious museum in the middle of the desert to […]

OFF! – Free LSD

Label: Fat Possum Records Release Date: September 30, 2022 Hardcore supergroup OFF! has just released “A Heavy Punk Industrial Free Jazz Soundtrack Recording”. This is a “conceptual work of music that assails the ears and annihilates consciousness” that will be accompanied by a film by the same name. Time Will Come scraps the punk rock […]

Melody’s Echo Chamber – Unfold

Label: Fat Possum Records Release Date: September 30, 2022 French musician Melody Prochet (see Melody’s Echo Chamber), just released Unfold. The album is wonderfully hypnotic and spacey. Described as the “lost follow-up album” to her debut, Unfold was recorded with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker in Australia in 2013. The relationship didn’t make it through the […]

Elektric Mistress – Chapter 99 (EP)

Label: Self-Released Release Date: June 17, 2022 High energy psychedelic heartache with some witchcraft! From the promoter: Channeling the energy of inspirations such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd, Halifax, Canada Elecktic Mistress is all about the groove with their face-punching psychedelic stoner rock firmly rooted in what has come before, but also […]

Our Dying World – Hymns of Blinding Darkness

Label: Self-released Release date: June 24, 2022 Our Dying World provides symphonic and melodic keyboard-oriented stylings on Hymns of Blinding Darkness. This record is a mixed bag. Everything We Know is Gone is a perplexing mix of killer guitar riffs and fantasy soundtrack music. The song both rocks and confounds with blazing melodic riffs that […]

Split Image – Torrent of Illusion

Label: Low Budget Productions Release Date: June 1, 2022 With a dash of thrash, punk, crust, and hardcore, Split Image possesses a unique sound that boasts familiarity through thrashy riffs, progressive, technical elements, and a solid nod to old-school hardcore. Torrent of Illusion packs a punch! The record deals with intense lyrical themes surrounding mental health and […]

Mavis Staples & Levon Helm – Carry Me Home

Release Date: May 20, 2022 Label: Anti- From the label: Captured at Woodstock, New York’s Levon Helm Studios in the summer of 2011, Carry Me Home is a new album that showcases the music of Mavis Staples and Levon Helm, two of the past century’s most iconic voices who came together in love and joy, […]

Joyce Manor – 40 oz. to Fresno

Release Date: June 10, 2022 Label: Epitaph From the label: It’s strangely fitting that the title was taken from an auto-corrected text message about Sublime. Those types of happy accidents are all over 40 oz. To Fresno and are worth the subsequent sonic hangover. Vocalist Barry Johnson summarizes, “This album makes me think of our […]

Helms Alee – Keep This Be the Way

Release Date: April 29, 2022 Label: Sargent House Helms Alee mixes sludge, noise, psych, prog, indie, math and more to create a unique and unmistakable product. Over the years this band has evolved and steadily grown. This record may their most experimental record to date. This record is intensely hypnotic. See Sights Smell Smells begins with […]

Cave In – Heavy Pendulum

Label: Relapse Records Release Date: May 20, 2022 From the label: Boston legends CAVE IN makes a highly anticipated return with their Relapse Records debut, Heavy Pendulum, their first full studio record in over a decade. Produced by Kurt Ballou at God City, Heavy Pendulum showcases everything that has long established CAVE IN as one […]

Calexico – El Mirador

Label: Anti- Release Date: April 8, 2022 From the label: Oscillating between haunting desert noirs and buoyant jolts of cumbia, Calexico recently announced their 10th studio album El Mirador. The first single from the record, Harness The Wind, features backing vocals from Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam. This record could be labeled “Arizone noir” and […]

theWorst – Yes Regrets

Label: RascalZRecordZ Release Date: June 3, 2022 theWorst is a indie-punk/rock trio from Portland, ME. Yes Regrets documents vocalist/guitarist Brooke Binion’s road to recovery from drug and alcohol abuse and mental health struggles. Album opener Blacksheepish is a strong start to the album. Energetic and emotional, it’s a tribute to a friend lost to suicide. Monomania combines determined […]

Danny Elfman – Big Mess

Release Date: June 11, 2021 Label: Anti- From the promoter: After releasing a series of singles over the past few months, Danny Elfman is announcing his first solo album in thirty-seven years today, titled Big Mess. A slow burning track, True faces down hopelessness and despair head on. Elfman’s vocals are gritty and growling here, […]

Emma Ruth Rundle – Engine of Hell

Release Date: November 5, 2021 Label: Sargent House From the label: Engine of Hell is stark, intimate, and unflinching. For anyone that’s endured trauma and grief, there’s a beautiful solace in hearing Rundle articulate and humanize that particular type of pain not only with her words, but with her particular mysterious language of melody and […]

Converge – Bloodmoon: 1

Release Date: November 19, 2021 Label: Epitaph “Something grander than the typical four-piece Converge” says Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon in reference to the inspiration that eventually bloomed into Bloodmoon: I. This record features guitarists and vocalists Chelsea Wolfe, Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man), and Ben Chisholm (Chelsea Wolfe). The title track is haunting and features […]

Genghis Tron – Dream Weapon

Release Date: March 26, 2021 Label: Relapse Records Dream Weapon is Genghis Tron’s first release in 11 years. Gone is the screaming, the blast beats and Nintendocore. Instead, we get sparse electronica post-rock. Traditionalists will be disappointed but this record represents an impressive progression. Pyrocene is sinister and pulsating industrial rock. A clear progression from […]

Wolves in the Throne Room – Primordial Arcana

Release Date: August 20, 2021 Label: Relapse Records Wolves in the Throne Room have stretched the genre of black metal with an atmospheric sounds and lyrics that are nature-reverent and frankly quite progressive. Band members aren’t covered in corpse paint and they eschew much of the bombastic clichés that often define the genre. Mountain Magick […]

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 […]