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CoconutBackwards
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Joined: Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:02 pm
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2022 12:32 pm 
 

I really like Joyce Manor's album, Never Hungover Again.

I never really ventured outside of that album. I liked that album instantly and I guess I just didn't want that to be mucked up by further albums. Especially, since they looked like a bunch of 12 year olds.

That album is a perfect throwback to 90s indie/emo music I used to love, IMO.

I'll give this new album a chance.
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Coastliner
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2022 2:21 pm 
 

The Tangent – Songs from the Hard Shoulder

Another good one. Some Tangent albums are better than others, of course, but you can't go wrong with any one of them if you like retro-prog. This one is a bit more proggy than the previous two. And if you like retro-prog with a healthy dose of canterbury, jazz, krautrock, electronica, disco, motown – in short: 70s stew – The Tangent might be the most entertaining retro-prog band of them all – due to the satirical, self-referential, self-ironic, keyboard-wielding, word-forging, socially-conscious, funny and likeable genius of Andy Tillison. If I ever get to Yorkshire again, I'll drag him to the next waterhole for a coupla stories and even more pints (of milk, of course!)

8.5/10

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MARSDUDE
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Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:17 pm
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Location: Canada
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2022 6:23 pm 
 

Joe Bouchard, former bassist and songwriter for Blue Oyster Cult, recently released his latest solo album, "American Rocker." This and his last album, "Strange Legends," are both must-haves if you're a fan of BOC's sound from when Joe was in the band. He's a gifted songwriter and it shows.

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Chickin
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Joined: Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:10 am
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Location: Finland
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2022 5:03 am 
 

Stoned Statues, a new project from Finland, released their selftitled debut this year. They got alot of media attention, and I really liked this album, fun blend of rock metal and pop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QtWewnUY1M

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Coastliner
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2022 8:36 am 
 

Dan Reed Network – Let's Hear it for the King

The brand new release from my favourite crossover band from the late 80s / early 90s (I can't put into words how much I love 1989's "Slam"…). In contrast to the comeback album "Fight Another Day" (2016) where half of the track list was more in line with Dan Reed's overly adult contemporary-styled solo work, the new one really rocks. Guitars!!

It sounds a bit like some imaginary follow-up to 1991's "The Heat", released in 1993 or '94 and reviewed by Harold Hack in MyMusicMag: "While all their trademarks are still there, the band seems to have decided to add a bit more grit and gloom and gravel to their core sound in order to survive in a landscape where grunge is king (no pun intended). Good but a mild disappointment after the first three superb records."

The official website quotes a (real) review from Fireworks Magazine: "Let's Hear It For The King is far and away the heaviest, most political, most angry, most outspoken, and most intense DRN album to date, and with that easily their best!"

Yes, it's their heaviest, no, it isn't their best. It's probably their fourth best (out of five and a half albums). What I miss is one or two beautiful acoustic songs and a few surprises. But it's good, no question. And it rocks.

The closer on the vinyl is called "Unfuck my World". This summer hit collection will unfuck yours.

7.5/10

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FirebathDan
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2022 9:46 am 
 

I expect the usual replies whenever this band/artist is mentioned, but Closure/Continuation by Porcupine Tree is excellent. It’s one of their weirder albums as most of the material were band collabs out of improv jams rather than Wilson solely steering the ship.

“Dignity” and the bonus track “Never Have” are particularly incredible, and “Harridan”, “Of The New Day”, “Walk The Plank” and “Chimera’s Wreck” are also all outstanding.
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Waltz_of_Ghouls
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Location: Quebec City, Canada
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2022 5:52 pm 
 

FirebathDan wrote:
I expect the usual replies whenever this band/artist is mentioned, but Closure/Continuation by Porcupine Tree is excellent. It’s one of their weirder albums as most of the material were band collabs out of improv jams rather than Wilson solely steering the ship.

“Dignity” and the bonus track “Never Have” are particularly incredible, and “Harridan”, “Of The New Day”, “Walk The Plank” and “Chimera’s Wreck” are also all outstanding.


Listening to the album right now and I like what I'm hearing so far. A lot. Was not expecting much after the long hiatus, but I am pleasantly surprised.
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Waltz_of_Ghouls
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 11:59 am 
 

The new Karl Sanders album, Saurian Apocalypse, is as expected, excellent.
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lordcatfish
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 12:09 pm 
 

H.e.a.t's latest album, Force Majeure, is pretty damn good I've got to say. Haven't missed a step with Kenny coming back on vocals in place of Erik. Melodic and catchy 80s style hard rock / AOR, although I think Demon Eyes is pretty much a metal song. One of my favourite albums of the year so far (of any genre).

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2022 6:27 am 
 

New Norma Jean is out and it's pretty cool. Best metalcore band around right now.


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Metal_On_The_Ascendant
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2022 11:44 am 
 

Grand fuckin hell, Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse and Black Thought is supremely sublime. Rich, rich soundscapes and masterful sampling with a great wordsmith on top - love, love, LOVE!!!!
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tobi is an animal
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2022 12:23 pm 
 

Quality s/t debut album from the hard rock band Gunshine.


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LycanthropeMoon
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2022 10:39 pm 
 

The Chats, an Australian punk band, put out a new album a couple weeks ago called "Get Fucked". It's a lot of fun.

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PinkSatan
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Joined: Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:06 am
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2022 5:51 am 
 

Metal_On_The_Ascendant wrote:
Grand fuckin hell, Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse and Black Thought is supremely sublime. Rich, rich soundscapes and masterful sampling with a great wordsmith on top - love, love, LOVE!!!!

Such a great fucking album.
There's also Ghais Guevara's There Will Be No Super-Slave I liked a lot. Automatic - Excess, A Foul Form by The Osees and Stardust by Yung Lean are also stand-outs.

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