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CiaranHelmink -
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The most enigmatic trio within the fantastic Dutch black metal scene return with their third full-length LP, Bloem. Like all previous Fluisteraars albums, Bloem takes a psychedelic and often surprisingly melodic approach to black metal music. The band expands upon these elements on their latest LP by bringing pianos, tambourines, trumpets, trombones and a meriad of other instruments to the mix in order to create one of the most satisfying listens in modern black metal. Every single track here ... read more

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CiaranHelmink -
55
Gojira will always hold a special place in my heart.

It is because of tracks like 'Flying Whales', 'The Art Of Dying' and 'L'enfant Sauvage' that I really got into extreme metal as a tween. That being said, as much as I love the band's pre-2010 output, I have been consistently dissapointed with every new Gojira's new albums. Starting with 'L'enfant Sauvage' in 2012, the band has gone into a more experimental direction, much to my dismay. Lots of clean vocals, more abstract song structures and ... read more
CiaranHelmink -
31
Ah, Royal Blood. Once a promising new band with a somewhat cool approach to groove-oriented rock, now operating from the corner they painted themselves into on their first album.

The band's last album 'How Did We Get So Dark' is without a doubt one of my least favourite albums ever. The overly simplistic songwriting combined with the uninspired lyrics and a never-changing instrumental palette made for one of the most neeslessly grading listens you can imagine.

Needless to say , I was not ... read more
CiaranHelmink -
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The best album art of all time???
CiaranHelmink -
25
I'm maybe just too old for this shit.

Girl In Red is a project I've always stayed away from. Over the past few years I've become more disillusioned with the indie pop scene. The melodramatics of artists like Car Seat Headrest and girl in red just do nothing for me anymore. If anything, this reads like some edgy shit I would write when I was 16 or smt and since I've not been 16 in five years, I find this album mostly cringey. The sex-talk, the themes of self-deprecation, the edgy love songs, ... read more
CiaranHelmink -
67
It's never easy to follow up a career highlight. Last year's 'Im Wald' was one of the most celebrated Black Metal albums in recent memory. And for good reason; 2 hours of heavy, desolate and eerie sounding melodic black metal that was also surprisingly memorable is not something everyone can pull off.

Now Paysage is back with a new album, 'Geister'. The thing you'll notice right away is that this thing is a lot shorter than its predecessor, just over half its length. Sadly, it's really not as ... read more

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Feb 20, 2021
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Feb 16, 2021
can't wait to see! glad you also enjoyed it :)
Feb 16, 2021
Nice reviews, very underated account, keep up the good work :)
Feb 16, 2021
did you listened The Avalanches - Since I Left you ?
I think this is their best album and definitely worth to give a listen :D
Feb 14, 2021
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Feb 1, 2021
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May 26, 2020
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80-89
 
146

70-79
 
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60-69
 
101

50-59
 
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40-49
 
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20-29
 
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