Rainbows in the Dark: Future Faces — “Euphoria”

I almost skipped the intro for this one because life is extremely busy right now, and I’m crunched for time while writing this.  Sometimes I feel like it almost costs more energy to slow down and take a breather than it does to keep up with everything, but if there’s one thing that music lets me do it’s that, and that is kind of the whole point of Future Faces’ debut full-length Euphoria.  It’s really an album about taking a second and letting it all hit you, absorbing the full spectrum of beauty and vastness that we inhabit. 

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Album Review: Gravesend — “Methods of Human Disposal”

What do you think of when you think of New York City?  Perhaps it’s fashion, architecture, high culture, some of that Vile Luxury people are always talking about these days.  Perhaps it’s adorable, pizza-loving sewer creatures, both furry and smooth skinned, just trying to make it in the world.  Well, put any thoughts of a happy and bright city out of your mind, at least for the next twenty-something minutes.  Gravesend are back with their anticipated debut full-length Methods of Human Disposal, and they aim to paint a picture of a very different New York City than you might imagine.

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Album Review: Surut — “Surut”

I think there is a formula for what can grab my interest in music.  Sure, I’ll take my traditional death and black metals, but I agree with some other distinguished members on staff when I say that genres are almost always more interesting when they are blended.  Unlike some other members, however, I will always gravitate towards almost anything that is blended with hardcore.  Sorry, I’m a kid from the Midwest who peaked in the early 2000’s.  It’s just a part of my DNA now.  When Surut came along with their self-titled debut, I knew I was on the hook.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Ploho — “Phantom Feelings”

We had an interesting discussion come up in our group chat the other day, specifically concerning vocals.  Not only do I have no problem with a language barrier between myself and the lyrics of a song, often times I prefer it.  I don’t tend to get too hung up on lyrics and phrases, with some notable exceptions.  I’m more of a sucker for a good melody, and if the vocal melody is solid, I can listen to someone sing about just about anything (within reason, of course).   Enter, then, Ploho and the Siberian trio’s new post-punk opus Phantom Feelings.

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