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Carpark Records, 2017
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Everything has been said and written about the Cloud Nothings, a band that steadily has become on of the most real and sincere rocks band of late.

Cloud Nothings catalogue is extensive and pretty creative. They have released live albums, splits and even an album of remixes. Their music has grown and matured close to the 90’s perfection and their lyrics and emotion is still as honest as it was almost 10 years ago. «Life Without Sound» is a solid release with the usual hooks and the occasional power guitars but the energy seems to be a little hidden. Still “Modern Act” is (so far) my favourite track of the year.

8.5/10

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Nightwind Records, 2017
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Listening to Legowelt‘s entire catalogue is an adventure in itself, but his Smackos moniker i a little bit wilder and appropriately referred as “cult ambient” .

After 7 years of silence, Smackos return with a solid new experimental product that travels and explores lines of synths, loops and ghostly auras. The finished product is a quite immense and supernatural soundtrack of jazz meets new age ambiance.

7.0/10

Sacred Bones Records, 2017
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Uniform released their first record «Perfect World» two years ago and it was just a wake up call for what was about to come.

The mesmerizing production and instrumentation on «Wake In Fright» gives hope for the new generation of heavy industrial music. This is how it should be done. Frantic guitars, masterful programming, desperate vocals; a probable soundtrack for the current estate of the world. The punk and heavy influence is palpable and enormous and the passion and straightforwardness of Michael Berdan‘s lyrics makes Wake In Fright makes an essential album for today and for the future.

9.0/10

Secretly Canadian, 2017
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From bedroom dreams to a European tour, the Cherry Glazerr rock fun has reached new interesting levels of production and dedication.

Cherry Glazerr’s «Apocalipstick» is a huge leap towards a mature sound. The sounds of the new era will be carried around by the young, strong and unapologetic. Clem Creevy and co. will soon become their own heroes. With heavy hooks and guitar driven melodies, the new sound of pop and power music will have a new meaning: strong and meaningful lyrics are better than radio hits.

7.0/10

Rocket Recordings, 2017
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The five man Pig crew come out swinging from the UK with a sludgy opera with big riffs and big time psychedelia .

Pigs(x7) describe themselves as “Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ Tonic Wine” so we may as well be onto something right here. The psychedelic elements come mainly from the filtered voice and spaced out songs. The music is accesible and practical, you can nod your head for more than half an hour and only skip a few beats. “Icon” is a master finale, an 80’s psych-heavy rendition.

7.0/10

Honest Jon’s Records, 2017
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Mater producer Shackleton wasted no time and returned after just 6 months to deliver one more punch to his already extensive catalogue.

It’s not the first time that Shackleton and Vengeance Tenfold have collaborated as they were pretty active 5-6 years ago. Both producers are crafty veterans and on this record they explore background choirs(“Spheric Ghost/Fear The Crown”) and spoken word(“Five Demiurgic Options“) and dub(“Dive Into The Grave”). Overall the album is a mix of dark ambient, tribal and experimental sounds. This is a crazy listen.

7.5/10

Temporary Residence, 2017
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David Bowie died over a year ago but is still finding ways to inspire all of us friends, strangers and fellow musicians.

Basinski is an established composer and with 24 long plays already under his belt his newest one might be one of his bests. Played live for the first time last year in Italy, «A Shadow In Time» is a subtle album of drone and meditative repetition. First track is a cathartic opening and the second and last, aptly titled “For David Robert Jones”, is Bowie’s eulogy. Spotify has the tracks reversed for some reason.

8.0/10