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Sprain - The Lamb as Effigy
100
I had to listen to this three times and stay up until ridiculous hours in order to write this review. I am mentally-okay! Totally! I promise! :,)

I remember hearing Sprain when my fellow Benis buddy @PipePanic recommended to me their debut, “As Lost Through Collision”, a couple years back. I still think it's a pretty damn solid slowcore/post-hardcore record that shows a lot of potential, despite some odd production choices. A couple years later, I hear of a new single being ... read more

Chat Pile - God’s Country
97
Chat Pile is a band I've been eyeing for a while, but it wasn't until I heard both of their 2019 EPs a few days ago where I was instantly obsessed with their sludgy noise rock sound! Now that they finally have their debut record out via based record label The Flenser, all I can say is... wow this album absolutely lived up to my expectations set by their EPs! The industrial beats and screamed vocals of "This Dungeon Earth", the post-punk undertones of "Remove Your Skin ... read more
black midi - Hellfire
100
Oh my God. It's been 8 months… 8 MONTHS!!!

Now that that’s out of the way, yay I’m back! Sorry I've been out a while. I think I needed to take a loooong break in order to try to get some of my shit together and prioritize things that felt more important to me. But I don't want this to be about me. I want to focus on writing: something I've gotten increasingly more passionate about getting back into.

So... let’s review an album, shall we?

You probably already know how ... read more

Boris - Flood
99
I'm so goddamn stoked to be finally binging this band! Holy shit!

Journal Thing!:

"Flood" starts off with some continuously layering guitar loops that I initially thought dragged on a bit. But that's before it ends with these haunting walls of percussion, signifying that there might be a storm coming. But before that, we transition into the second phase. The soothing, chorus-soaked guitars ooze the aquatic theme the album artwork hints at. It feels calm... too calm... and it's very, ... read more

The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
45
Never mind. Gandalf wants back in the womb.

So, there's been a steady-ish decline for The Mars Volta ever since "Frances the Mute" came out. I thought "Amputechture" was a very good album that felt like it dragged on a bit and "The Bedlam in Goliath" was a mixed bag of grating-at-times vocal effects and some forgettable tracks, but it still had some great highlights and it was definitely one of the most out-there albums of their catalog. "Octahedron" ... read more

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1d
HEY VALERIE, IT'S OUT NOW, CHECK IT OUT

my new tape with vmrrobotic, ethereal eclipse, is out on bandcamp and YouTube. It is much more dmb and electronic than anything else I've made, and I'm very proud of it. Check it out when you can, it's an experience to say the very least

Also, when you feel able, check out the story, cause it's a lot

https://youtu.be/Ucw8PvFNzmM

https://i-miss-you-so-much.bandcamp.com/album/ethereal-eclipse

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/878548-vmrrobotic-ethereal-eclipse.php

OUT ON STREAMING ON FRIDAY
5d
Hey plats, I just released my first EP and I would really appreciate if you could review it. I put a lot of passion into my art and I would like to know your thoughts. It also has tracklist ratings available for you to rate the tracks individually :)

AOTY: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/864560-emanny-chlorophyll.php
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/emmanuel-salazar-851525687/sets/chlorophyll
3w
After that, the list will be gradually added to, a bit like RYM's "featured reviews" on the front page. So if you're interested, please shoutout 4x AOTY review links, including at least 1 from you and 1 from another user. (Reminder: minimum 3,000 characters). Finally, if you don't want to be included in this list because another user has chosen you, please let me know.
In parallel, I have just published my second review of my new series "No Sleep on This: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/20799-from-a-compound-eye/
and my list has just been published: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/list/182368/no-sleep-on-this/
Thank you in advance for your support. Love
3w
Hi Plats
I hope you're well! Voila, I'm launching a new list of communities that I'm offering you to participate in (if you want to, of course). This is the first wave and I've thought of you for the launch. To pay tribute to all the enthusiasts of this site, "Long Reviews - AOTY Guide" will group together all the reviews of over 3000 characters (minimum) that users wish to highlight because they are particularly proud or fans (Regardless of publication date). The aim is to give priority to writing, without underestimating oneself, as the list will above all be a place for sharing, with everyone having a place here. You'll have several choices: either submit your own reviews, and/or submit those of others. In the interests of sharing, we'll initially try to limit the number of reviews appearing on the list. For example, it won't be possible to have more than 2 reviews included per user. To continue..
4w
Hey Valerie! I'm currently creating what's known as a network graph or "Atlas" of AOTY, and someone mentioned YOU! :D To ensure the highest accuracy possible, as well as allow as many members to take part I'm asking all users mentioned if they'd like to take part as well! The following link will take you to a form if you do decide to take part: https://forms.gle/FjrJiKqLF1pkA4MJ6 Hope you had/have an awesome day, and thank you in advance if you do decide to contribute to the Atlas!
2mo
NO WAY CIŚNIENIE ACTUALLY CAME THROUGH AND DROPPED THE ALBUM
2mo
Hello there, Valerie! Wanna partake in my new community list?
The topic this time will be a bit seasonal: coziest albums/songs! Imagine the perfect music for snuggling in the fluffiest blankie, sipping on some hot choccy milk while admiring the chill snowfall from the window outside.
Thanks in advance!
2mo
Hello!!! Dear AOTY user and fellow music lover, if you are reading this message, it's because I consider you special and appreciate you being part of this incredible music-loving community. I'm here just to wish you happy holidays and celebrate this year of 2023.

Here are my three classic end-of-year lists that I always make, and I would really appreciate it if you could take a look. From the heart, marvgary <3

TOP 2K23 ALBUMS
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/marvelgaryen/list/166600/top-2k23-albums/
THE 15 BEST 2K23 SONGS
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/marvelgaryen/list/164237/the-15-best-2k23-songs/
TOP 2K23 EPS
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/marvelgaryen/list/164280/top-2k23-eps/
2mo
hey friend, just letting all the jazzart underground fans know that ciśnienie have released a new single and announced an album dropping this month recorded in the same style as their debut :)
2mo
hello valerie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
upon hitting 200 followers, i must have some sort of milestone celebration. soooooooo, i have a list idea!
here is da prompt: what 3 albums were you most hyped for upon release? (this is EVER not just 2023)
hit me up as soon as you can!!!!!!!!!!

About

Hi I'm Valerie! Just some guitar-wielding, transfem (she/they), music geek/hipster garbage who shits on bands.

9.9-10 = Mastapeece
9.5-9.8 = Amazing
9-9.4 = Outstanding
8.5-8.9 = Exceptional
8-8.4 = Great
7.5-7.9 = Very Good
7-7.4 = Good
6.5-6.9 = Decent
6-6.4 = Fine
5.5-5.9 = Okay
5-5.4 = Average
4.5-4.9 = Meh
4-4.4 = Mediocre
3-3.9 = Bad
2.5-2.9 = Awful
0-2.4 = [Insert]

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