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Australasia: Vertebra

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Australasia: Vertebra

As we found before with Australasia, the artwork doesn't tell you so much about what to expect.  It's like a blank cover to a two-thousand-page epic masterpiece of literature.  When we first came across this guy in his release Sin4tr4, there was a nice horsie on the cover, so we sadly ignored listening to it for […]

Trist/Lonesummer: Split

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Trist/Lonesummer: Split

The curse...of the split.  Splits can have this problem, if one band does reasonably well but the other is less so it can be a disaster.  And no one wants to be that band, the placeholder, there primarily so the definition of 'split' isn't violated.  Is this opener obvious enough?  Do you get it?  Not yet, […]

Germ: Grief

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Germ: Grief

We've argued this point countless times by now.  You either go classic and do it right, which is apparently impossible for some bands, or you do something new, you do something original, something that excites and confronts.  If you can't do either, we'll be more than happy to toss scores of 1.5 and 2.5 your […]

Netra: Sørbyen

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Netra: Sørbyen

Why the delay in the Sparrow reviews?  Are those guys a bunch of lazy punks around here or what?  Get with it.  In our defense, blame this album.  Sørbyen is one of the strangest things we've ever received, and that's saying a ton because we're used to it weird around here.  But Netra has crossed […]

Australasia: Sin4tr4

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Australasia: Sin4tr4

Sometimes artwork doesn't tell you much of anything about a release.  See, that's the problem we have here.  You see something that follows a typical style, say to yourself "aw man some sort of crappy deathcore", you put it in, actually good, hmm looks like we were wrong...  Case in point right here, because the […]

John 3:16: Visions of the Hereafter

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John 3:16: Visions of the Hereafter

Now and then we get good experimental, every now and then.  Not so much with noise, because it's deceptive in how people approach it and everyone just buys a million effects pedals, but with experimental yes, most of the time people have a better grasp of "music" since you normally actually have to play something […]

Cold Body Radiation: Deer Twilight

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Cold Body Radiation: Deer Twilight

Going through the old box of submissions from the previous editor, we came upon two by the needs-more-recognition label Dusktone.  Its goal has been to release music of the dark and gloomy, paraphrasing from the official site, so it's always a pleasure during the winter months to receive something from them.  This, and another soon-to-be-reviewed-by-us […]

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