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What's that? A solo album from Alexis S.F. Marshall of Daughters... ON THE WEEKEND OF MY BIRTHDAY?!?!?!

Back in late 2018, I saw an album with a very unnerving cover. I also saw that this album was leaked on YouTube (I don't do this anymore) so I was like "Fuck it!" and gave it a spin and holy shit my music taste shifted DRASTICALLY! Daughters' "You Won't Get What You Want" is such a frightening, unrelenting, atmospheric and poetic noise/industrial rock album that holds up ... read more
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[Mathcore Binge: Part 1]

Cum back! ee aa!

I was originally gonna do a digital hardcore binge, but I've been recently addicted to "Jane Doe" so I decided to do a mathcore binge that's probably not very thoroughly planned-out. Yaaaaaaaay!

The Dillinger Escape Plan is a band I've heard plenty of positive things about, especially with some of my friends who jam the fuck out to it. Now that I'm finally starting a genre binge that takes me through a discography of two bands (plus a few ... read more
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[2,000th Rating!!!]

I’ve been meaning to check out The Caretaker’s ”Everywhere at the End of Time” for the longest... time, since everybody started talking about it in 2019. I kept seeing memes of it everywhere, the concept is very intriguing, and the 6-and-a-half hour length is daunting and… yeah. That was my problem at the time. The length alone put this DEEP in my waitlist (despite literally listening to the entirety of Natural Snow Buildings’ ... read more
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Wow... yep.

This is disappointing, alright. Modest Mouse used to be one of the best frontrunners of the indie rock scene from the mid-90's to the mid-2000's. The four-way streak of "This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About", "The Lonesome Crowded West", "The Moon and Antarctica" and even their more accessible "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" was incredible! Hell, I don't even mind "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even ... read more
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Danny Elfman made an album. Holy shit.

Danny Elfman! You probably know the guy. He's been in the Nightmare Before Christmases and the Batmans... and the Dumbos. He's a cool composer, but he also led an even cooler new wave band called "Oingo Boingo". I've only heard about 4 or 5 songs from them, but they seem like a band I would be interested in doing a discog dive on. Anyways, it's been almost 30 years since their last album and it's only just now that Danny wanted to step away from ... read more
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I can’t stop sucking the windmill scene’s dick, apparently. I'm sorry! I just can't help myself! ; )

(Most of) black midi is back with a PURRRPOSSE. The guitar-toting frontflip extraordinaire Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin is taking a break for a little bit to focus on his mental health, but the band is pretty much their chaotic selves. Everything they've presented on 2019's amazing "Schlagenheim" is accounted for on "Cavalcade". Their complex math rock tendencies ... read more
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TOP are back and they've sold-out to an evil corporation. The results are kinda what you would expect... maybe a little better.

Now, I have a pretty odd relationship with this band. Back when I had that "mall emo" phase, I loved twenty one pilots! Nowadays, the duo have shrunk quite a bit on 19-almost-20-year-old me. I still have nostalgia and fond memories that are tied to certain tracks from them, but their discography suffers from glaring flaws. Those being the cringeworthy ... read more
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*air horns*

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[1K Followers Special!!!]

What the fuck? I mean, congrats! Wait, I mean, thank you for making my 3 years of being on this site worth it! Knowing that people are actually reading my stuff is not only enough to keep me motivated, but it’s also letting me grow as a writer! I’m [31] days late with this review, but fuck it.

I’m out of legit “mastapeeces” to review this time around, but I’ve always wanted to revisit the album that kicked-off my stay on this ... read more
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This Weewee has a serious problem with staying up.

Look, it's fucking Weezer. It's par for the course that whenever they release something good, it doesn't last very long. The situation with "Van Weezer" is not different. This album is pretty much the band noodling with 80's hard rock/glam rock idol worship. The first half gets the job done, with "Hero", "The End of the Game", "I Need Some of That" and "Beginning of the End" serving as pretty ... read more
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Three young bands have emerged from the Windmill in Brixton to send a message about the future of experimental rock/post-punk. black midi and Black Country, New Road have both amazed me with their debut albums "Schlagenheim" and "For the first time". Their brilliance, nuance, complexity and overall infectiousness led me to give them both "mastapeece" tags upon release! Now it's time for Squid to shine through with their breakthrough LP and... goddammit this scene ... read more
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The hype for "Nurture" is nothing to scoff at. I mean, we literally have a record-breaking comment box on this site (around 14,000 at the time of writing) that users used as a sort of group chat! That is fucking dedication!

Since the singles of this album were really starting to resonate with me earlier this week, I decided to listen to "Worlds". While a bit flawed, I would be lying if I said I wasn't hit with a huge wave of nostalgia from my early middle school years, ... read more
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Continuing off of 2019's first "Civilisation" EP, "Civilisation II" is an amazing follow-up that expands upon its predecessor's themes of the world ending. It contrasts a bit to the first one as well. While that EP was more pessimistic of the fate of the world when dealing with issues like global warming, this release is more concerned that we can still spread some optimism and stick together during these troubling times. Starting with "The Princess and the Clock", ... read more
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Ah yes. The pop act known as The Armed. They released "ULTRAPOP" via Sargent House, which is a label known for other great mainstream acts such as Lingua Ignota, Boris and Deafheaven!

Jokes aside, this band's aesthetic and their new album's cover art reek of the word "corporate" and it's pretty much intentional... maybe a little bit too on-the-nose. It even goofs you a little at first with the title track embracing a dreamy, albeit hella noisy, palette. Admittedly, I do ... read more
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The Broccoli Boys are depressed and after a generally consistent career... yep. They're still depressed alright. "GINGER" also dealt with some of the boyband's most personal lyrics, but I felt it faltered in other areas. "ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE" is a whole different story, however.

"WHO LET THE DOPE BOYS OUT", shouts Kevin Abstract in the opening cut, and one of my singles of the year, "BUZZCUT"! ... read more
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[Synth Punk Binge: Part 2]

After trying to review DAF's sexy "Alles is gut", and failing miserably, let's try an album that instead of steadily building up to your climax, it just continuously and torturously forces it for every track...

Blow Up were a short lived band who only had this one album (and an EP that no one can find). I don’t know the history about this band, but what I do know is that this fucking rules! A fucking screamo band that melds elements of ... read more
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor is back and... "G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!" is the name of their 7th full length. Pissplay aside, I was cautiously optimistic when I first heard the announcement. The last two records weren't bad, in fact they're still acceptably solid in my eyes, it's just that they've shown that Godspeed You! Black Emperor's amazing formula was starting to wear thin. Now that we have "G_d's Pee"... wow.

I'll just cut to the chase. This is their best material ... read more
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Welcome to the Genre Binges! I decided to do these because the artist binges were kinda getting old. Plus there were some genres that I've always wanted to explore but rarely got the chance to during these binges. So, here they are! Starting with...

[Synth Punk Binge: Part 1]

Suicide are a duo that pioneered the scene (and other, more experimental parts of post-punk) with their self-titled debut album and... I'm just gonna get it out of the way. This thing is pretty haunting, not gonna lie. ... read more
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*repeatedly smashes head into keyboard*

"OH NO" sees Xiu Xiu make an album of duets (I'm not gonna repeat the same pun). Xiu Xiu are no stranger to collaborations, actually, as they've snuck in a few collaborations into their albums throughout their career (they even got Michael Gira of Swans to participate in a cover of "Under Pressure" for fuck's sake). In tandem with the ... read more
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I'm back. I'm feeling better… I guess. Hopefully this will last long enough. I got new headphones. Let's fucking go.

... And what a way to end off a break! I pretty much occupied myself with a lot of shoegaze/dream pop albums to keep myself relaxed and focused on college work. Then I wanted to end it off with an album I've always wanted to hear. I first heard "Dreams Tonite" around the time it came out (apparently the single came out on my birthday) and I fell in love with it. ... read more
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