In the final Review Round-Up of 2023, throwback-rock still isn’t any more interesting coming from Bad Touch, though ERASE THEORY and Felicette deliver some solid EPs as a counterbalance.
HEALTH strike hard and fast after their previous album, while undergoing some vast augmentation and streamlining for their most crushing industrial assault yet.
The Goa Express’ debut shows off all the excitability you’d expect from a group of fast-rising indie upstarts, as well as the lack of distinct identity and memorability they’re also often saddled with.
Stepping out of Frank Turner’s shadow, The Sleeping Souls feel like much more than a backing band on a debut with an impressive breadth of indie-rock and alt-punk goodness.
In this Review Round-Up, great heavy music from Racetraitor stands next to some that could use a bit of work from Future Static, as well as a pair of EPs with a lot of promise from Birdmask and Colourburn.
With an approach to deathgrind that’s just as fun as it is unwaveringly brutal, Rank And Vile’s debut arrives among the scene’s most surprising highlights for the year.
Ghost’s playbook is the holy text for the nuns of Dogma, who deliver a brand of classically-infused metal that’s just as fun and flagrantly grand.
In this Review Round-Up, Tarja gets into the festive spirit on her Christmas album, as Post Profit and Call Me Amour both put effort into their gifts, and Wind Walkers deliver an absolute turkey.
Still scrambling on many years after their peak, the Plain White T’s find themselves in mushy, maudlin pop territory that, to the surprise of no one, is awful.
On a debut built from avant-garde R&B that feels entirely her own, Niecy Blues’ greatest strength comes from her evocative streaks as an artist.