Mar 30, 2020
100
Welcome to a rewrite of one of my favourite reviews. Now why am I rewriting this you may ask? Well I just knew I had more to say than I already did say, I want to expand on this album, and you know what, fuck it right a full essay on the thing because that’s what it deserves, so expect this to possibly be my longest review as it’s less of a review and more of a full on analysis of this exquisite album. One of the best albums of all time if not (comparatively) the best album of all ... read more
Mar 27, 2020
82
This is a powerhouse of pop. Dua Lipa returns three years later with her sophomore record, which is full to the brim of tunes that WILL get you dancing for the full 37 minutes.

Now I of course have heard Dua Lipa before, Don't Start Now has been on the radio nonstop for the past 3 months and I'd heard of her since before then, on shows like Top of the Pops, but I had never really sat down and listened to her, until now. I was planning to listen to this album to begin with but then I saw it ... read more
Mar 25, 2020
NR
What actually is this
Mar 24, 2020
NR
Where's he going!!!!!??
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Mar 23, 2020
96
Yeah I like this more than Can't Cool Me Down.

Will makes another amazing song, in a genre, we haven't seen before? It's a new approach for sure, and I mean we expected this, but I think this song shows that CSH can go down new avenues and still make hits, this song is amazing. I love the acoustics and the garage-y feel which we haven't heard in a while, the trumpets too sound really good. All of it sounds solid and of course, Will's lyricism is impeccable. I'm really excited for this record.
Mar 23, 2020
58
So we have a new Gambino finally, something we've been waiting for for what seems to be years (because it is) was it worth the wait? Yea I guess, I mean it's better than After Hours.

This is an odd one for sure, it's difficult for me to really talk about this cos I don't think any of us really know what this is, while it is definitely an album, there seems to be something else going on here that no one has figured out yet. I'm here to just review the music and I can tell you, for the most ... read more
Mar 22, 2020
100
"There's someone in your head waiting to FUCKING strangle you."

People that can eat people are the luckiest people in the world is an album that did take a while to really sink in. At first it felt like a fun short romp of an album with some heartfelt messages but then it slowly dawned on me what this album was, before it sunk in completely. People That Can Eat People is an album about humanity, and it does it in such a profoundly human way that it's amazing. But what makes a human ... read more
Mar 19, 2020
85
So I'm currently waiting for DOOM Eternal to unpack on Steam, so I thought I would go and check out the new releases of today, and this one caught my eye as, as of writing this this has a user score of 93, which is pretty damn high! So I just had to go see, then I saw Kengoji praising it so, yeah we're listening to this now. First listen? Loved it. Second listen? Liked it. Let's tear it apart.

So I haven't listened to a Baxter Dury album before, in fact I hadn't really heard of him until ... read more
Mar 17, 2020
95
Fuck
Mar 17, 2020
90
This was an incredibly pleasant surprise. I know I said I was kind of on a break but I didn't expect to fall in love with a new album this quickly but here we are. Every Bad is an astonishing album that upon first listen I was blown away by. This is a powerhouse!

I hadn't heard of Porridge Radio before this release, and I don't think many others had either, but listening to this sophomore release I wish I'm glad to join this bandwagon. This is your classic indie punk rock album, but it has a ... read more
Mar 14, 2020
60
So this is a slight update post as well as an actual review, my reviewing may be slowed for a little bit, as I uhhhhhh am kind of sick, it's been on and off but I just have not been in a writing mood lately, I'll hopefully review some of last Friday's releases at some point next week but I don't know when that'll be. Reviews in general for other things will probably also be sparse as again, not in a writing mood. Anyway.

The new Killers single! It's fine. Ok actually, the song itself is ... read more
Mar 11, 2020
85
@Toasterqueen12 has been asking me to review this for a while, and I said I would because from her really good review (go read it if you haven't) I was really intrigued by this and here I am now. This is a really, really good hardcore record.

This is a fun album, while it remains relatively short, it's easily repeatable and has some of the best bass work I've heard in a looong time. So the album opens with a scream, throwing us right into the deep end, now at first I wasn't the biggest fan of ... read more
Mar 10, 2020
100
This is another rewrite, and I feel this is one that was inevitable to arrive but hey, here it is. This album is perfect.

This is a special album, I don't need to tell you that if you're reading this you probably already know that, but after relistening to this album today, in its entirety, with a friend beside me the entire time. I felt different, while I already adored this album and everything about it, I felt new feelings upon this revisit, I felt happy, happy with life and I just started ... read more
Mar 9, 2020
100
It's always an amazing feeling to find some small artist on Bandcamp, an artist no one else seems to have touched yet and you're the first to see them. It's even better when that artist is amazing and can produce some amazing material. This is one of those cases with this very short EP released by Ocean Wave, it's a collection of 4 songs recorded on a tape in one sitting, and it's described as "a love letter for a friend" now I'm unsure if that implies the friend is dead or not, I'd ... read more
Mar 9, 2020
92
One of the catchiest songs they've ever written, the chorus is a fucking powerhouse I love it!
Mar 9, 2020
0
ew
Mar 8, 2020
89
There doesn't seem to be any real structure to my reviews, or how I review things. Sometimes I'll dig deep into an album's meaning, or I'll critique it more than usual, or I'll talk about how the album makes me feel or how it has affected me. You could try to gamble before each review: "oooh what review is this, let's see" bet on it why don't you. "Is this another 100?" It's become a kind of meme at this point with my constant 100s, which hasn't really stopped me from doing ... read more
Mar 5, 2020
90
This sounds like something straight out of Only Revolutions or Puzzle, while I did really like Instant History while a lot of people seemed to not, I do feel like this is our true return to form for Biffy, and I am really excited for the album with this song.
Mar 4, 2020
72
An album made by a mutual on Twitter, sent to me through DMs, I was definitely intrigued because obscure music is always exciting! My name finally means something here because this is some furry music!!!!!!! So let's talk about the actual album... that's a lot easier said than done.

So this is a tricky album to discuss I feel, it's not bad; I enjoy the record but there are a lot of things here that I feel could've been done a lot better, then there are other things done really well. Now that ... read more
Mar 2, 2020
83
Amser am review arall yn Cymraeg! Pryd bynnag rydw i'n ffeindio albwm newydd yn cymraeg rydw i'n mynd i trio ysgrifennu a review yn a iaith hefyd, fel fi di gwneud yn y gorffennol, beth bynnag, heddiw rydw i eisiau siarad am yr albwm hon, roedden i wedi ffeindio fo arno Twitter o bob lle, roedd e'n dydd cerddoriaeth Cymraeg a roedd na llawer o phobl yn rhannu eu hoff albwmau neu caneuon. Roedd yr albwm Melyn wedi sefyll mas i fi, dydw i ddim really siwr pam ond roedd na rhywbeth am sut roedd ... read more
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On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"Thank you for reading this really, really long essay on this album, if you even did read the whole thing, which I hope you did. I hope this at least made you consider listening to the album, and if not then why did you read this far? All in all, goodnight or day, I love you all and I hope you enjoy this album as much as I am able to, and hopefully can realise its brilliance too."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"It is an ethereal experience to go through, it is two and a half hours of musical genius, musical excellence, musical perfection. Everything here is perfectly laid out, and it all makes sense in the end, each message, each metaphor, each meaning is all realised by the end of the album. It’s an album detailing our history and our future history. It details the things wrong with our society and draws parallels to what our society is now, and how it isn’t that different to what it was before. The government controlling us which is shown many times during both sides of the record, in different ways, yet it all still clicks. The final song on the album then leaves us with a feeling of nothing at all. You have to sit and take it all in really, and it’s amazing. The Winter Ray is by far one of the best if not the best album of all-time. It is musical perfection only outshone by my own personal affection towards other albums. "
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"The Winter Ray is by far one of the best albums ever created, musically for sure. While it is not my all-time favourite album, I would deem it as above my favourites in terms of structure and impact. Why it doesn’t tower over them in ranking? Well, the albums I have chosen as my all-time favourites have an emotional resonance with me, they mean a lot to me and they make me feel a lot of things, The Winter Ray does do this to me of course, but it personally doesn’t outshine what those other albums have done to me, but it has outshone everything on a musical standpoint that I have heard prior."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"The drones that sound like nothing but death itself, actually not even that. They sound like something after death. Something beyond death, Earth after death has raped the land, this is after the end, the end that we as humanity have caused. While in the first half of the album our demise is something quite beautiful which was demonstrated through Falling Space Laser, here our death is a lot more realised, it’s a lot more real. When it comes it won’t be something nice, it won’t be something beautiful, it will be harrowing and painful. This album leaves you on a final note of hopelessness, a note of pain and sorrow that leaves you feeling nothing. It drains you completely. "
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"The Exhausted Meteor is the closing track of the album, the entire album; Side two and everything else. This is the final song that you will listen to, and it sounds final. It’s a departure from everything we had heard prior to this, and instead is a song that feels completely desolate, a song that leaves you with a feeling of dread and emptiness. There is no happy ending, to this album, to life itself. We are slowly killing ourselves and this song, this album details it. It goes through our past transgressions and shows us what could’ve happened, if we hadn’t stopped it, yet then takes us on a journey through our own present, and it ends in the exact same way. The death of everything. Dead Horses (By The Sea) portrays this wonderfully through its bleak lyrics and sad tone, the Exhausted Meteor then shows us this through its repeating tones of doom."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"Dead Horses (By the Sea) feels like a reprise of Dead Horses, while not incredibly similar, the song shares its similarities, with not only that song though, but also I Was Always Cold, featuring the intro of the track, this time without the distortion. It’s completely isolated with only vocals to accompany it. This would be a fitting close to the album, it’s solemn, it’s sad and it seems final, but it’s not. There’s still one more track, and after (By the Sea) you are left with this feeling of emptiness and dread, as the song’s lyrics are harrowing to the ear, speaking about death in quite a matter of fact way. This, in turn, foreshadows the final track."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"It’s a slow song, that slowly carries us to the end of the album, which I’m sad to say, isn’t a happy one, but you could’ve guessed that. My emotions while listening to this track specifically, after everything this album has put me through, is a feeling of utter emptiness, a feeling of being crushed. While the song doesn’t inherently portray that on the surface, given the context and how far into the record we are at this point, it’s crushing. It’s tear-inducing, and these emotions do not stop… not until after the album is over."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"The overall feel of the song has changed along with it, shifting from a more downtrodden tone to a more uplifting one, the final 3-minutes of the track feel uplifting and oddly happy, maybe everything will be ok in the end… The title track follows a song that begins with a what seems to be a ray of hope, which is funny considering its title. It’s a ray of something, but it is not of hope. The song feels fake, what I mean by this is it feels happy, and uplifting but… something is very wrong, it doesn’t seem right and it makes the song come across as even more haunting. It feels like seeing a ghost of a past relative, while it should be something happy, it’s not. All it is, is scary and saddening."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"We near the tail end of the album now, with only four songs remaining. I Was Always Cold is a sadder and slower track, similar to Dead Horses, except the atmosphere is a lot less tense, in a sense it’s a breather after leaving “Mt Weather”. It’s slow and calming, while opening with a heavy distortion behind it, that soon leaves and we’re left with a soothing drone that feels like a warm fire in front of us. While it is relaxing, there still remains a feeling of sadness, a feeling of loss and want. The song continues this way, but slowly gets consumed by wind and other ambient noises before it deforms into something less than pleasant. By the 7-minute mark the song is taken into this darker realm of distorted chants and the sound of clanging, this remains for a good while before the song changes once again, this time transitioning into another sample."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"You’re falling through an endless abyss, falling, falling, falling… A roar that sounds like its from the earth itself consumes you whole and it rings your body to the core. Mt Weather is the realisation of our society and what it is, while we travel over it occasionally, when we stop and think, it terrifies us, because real life is terrifying. "
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"Inside Mt Weather is our next song, now you may recall the opening track to this side was titled “Over Mt Weather”, here we in a sense revisit “Mt Weather” as it seems to be an important location for this side of the album. Or is it… I see Mt Weather as a metaphor for the modern world, our dystopian world, Over Mt Weather is our opening to this side of the record, and as we travel above the mount, we only catch a glimpse at the horrors inside, on this track however, all is revealed and I can safely say that Inside Mt Weather is one of the scariest Natural Snow Buildings’ tracks out there. It’s haunting use of samples and distortion leaves your head spinning as if you’re walking through a hall of mirrors, each turn another dead end, there is no escape but then. Nothing."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"It’s an oddly uplifting sounding track, given the folk-like instrumentation and calm vocals, the only thing that does leave a mark on you, and unsettles is the drone in the background, reminiscent of something from the first half of the record, it lingers on and makes you feel uneasy as if something bad is coming… and something bad is coming… something really bad."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"It’s at this point I feel this album really makes its mark, while the first half of the record is superb and already one of my favourites of all time, the second half knocks that ball out of the park, and excels in every way, while still keeping its distance and making both sides linked while far apart. Bloody Snow is another song that features vocals, this is in fact a rendition of an older song by Natural Snow Buildings that featured on their 1999 demo, “Tracks on Bloody Snow” named after the opening lyrics of the song. This is one of my favourite vocal-oriented songs by the band, and especially on the album, the song seems to detail a murder in the snow, or a murder in the winter. There are tracks on blood-stained snow, and there is no indication on who they are from."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"While Dead Horses was quite a slow track, and long one, the tension is broken with another long track, this time using a lot more sampling and further pushing the theme I mentioned earlier of police brutality. Ethyl Bromo Acetate is probably one of the most powerful songs on the album, coming right after the behemoth that was Dead Horses, a song that feels like a looming cloud, before speeding up near the end. Ethyl Bromo Acetate features a harrowing sample at around the 4-minute mark. It details an account of police brutality towards a group of protestors. It’s told from the perspective of a concerned woman, and it’s a difficult thing to listen to, as you hear her slowly break down as the song goes on. Once the sample does come to a close, the song leaves us with some more wonderfully crafted drone and post-rock. "
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"Throughout these 17 minutes, a lot does occur, samples are uses sparsely throughout the runtime, appearing at the 8-9-minute mark very faintly in the background. They’re used effectively and add to the song nicely. The song does though, pick up its pace at the 13-minute mark. Here we see the first use of vocals on the entire album, vocals from the lead singer of the band. While the vocals are difficult to make out at points, the general gist of them uses horses, and dead horses as a metaphor for people. While there isn’t a lot to comment on about the vocals, as really they feel to be there more as an addition to the music than something to really analyse, they are still something worth pointing out, and something that add to the track and makes it quite an interesting one. "
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"Fishing Hole is the intro to the next track Dead Horses. Fishing Hole on its own is a very unsettling track, using harsh instruments to stick inside of your head, similar to Mt Weather’s eeriness, except a lot more front-facing. This then transitions us into Dead Horses, the technically longest track on the album at 17 minutes, which for a Natural Snow Buildings song, that isn’t that long. Here though it definitely makes its mark as a centrepiece for the album. The song uses a lot more post-rock elements, minus the sampling and it uses that to slowly build up tension, while there is no big explosion of sound like a Godspeed song, it doesn’t need one, the song is fine being as it is, slow and brooding. It’s not like we haven’t heard this before throughout the entirety of side one. The song does have that feeling of tension behind it though, that feeling of adrenaline slowly building up as if something is about to happen. "
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"A lot of sampling is used in the track and it is all blended in wonderfully with the song itself, using a slow instrumental build-up as we hear people having fun in the background. This then escalates into a fight breaking out, and the police getting involved, this here is one of the recurring themes of the album, something that does return later on once again, that theme is police brutality, and how much power people have over us as normal people. Brighton Beach is a song that wouldn’t go amiss on an album like F#A# and I’m saying that in the best way possible. As the song comes to a close, the instrumentation fading out and all that is left is the now empty beach, the waves crashing on the shore. A short interlude is bestowed upon us, but it remains effective for sure."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"Side two now takes us to a more familiar world. On the second side of the record, we are in fact taken to our present day, as I mentioned earlier. The rose-coloured glasses are torn off quite violently from the first track “Over Mt Weather” which is quite an unsettling track, and a great tone-setter for what this side holds inside of it. It drags us in by the throats and makes us sit and suffer through what we as humanity have really created. This side details a truer to reality version of our reality. Instead of being set in a dystopian past, it is set in our own dystopian present. Once we have travelled over “Mt Weather” which we do return to later on in the record, but I’ll get to that in due time. We arrive at Brighton Beach. Side two of The Winter Ray features a lot less drone-esc elements and decides to go full-on Godspeed You! With Brighton Beach being a great example of such."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"Side one takes us on a long journey through a war-torn society set in the 1940s. A time where it seems Hitler had one and wiped out nearly everyone and all that was left were the sad and lonely gunmen, sat at their perches waiting for their own deaths. And so it was granted, as the “Falling space laser” named “Nikola Tesla” fell onto the earth, and abolished all that had lived there."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"A nuclear bomb has gone off, and this track is detailing the endings of this world, while it had already fallen to its knees, which in a funny way was explained backwards, beginning with Civilised Detention Centres and then ending on Psy War, before ultimately coming to a close with Falling Space Laser. It’s all laid out for us and as we’re sucked into this world of emptiness, a light is shone in, the orchestral section of this track is that light, and it’s one of the most beautiful passages of music I’ve ever heard. It feels ethereal in every sense of the word, and beautifully closes this side of the album, pushing me to tears most of the time. It’s beautiful."
On Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray
"This then takes us to the closing track of side one; Falling Space Laser Nikola Tesla. This song is spectacular in not just its storytelling, with the use of no vocals or sampling, but also it’s execution as a closing track and its beauty as a song on its own. Falling Space Laser is a song that breaks the norms of the album thus far, while it opens relatively normally, with a long drone section that wouldn’t go amiss anywhere else on the album, it breaks off from this at around the three-minute mark, and takes us into this beautifully crafted orchestral section. This is one of my favourite points on the entire album, as the whole of side one had been building to this moment, in which everything comes to an end. This is where fiction takes control and this alternate version of World War II ends in a very different fashion to how it ended in our time. Here we see the “Falling Space Laser” used as a metaphor for… well, it’s not hard to guess."
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On AJJ - People That Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World
"So I leave you with one final message. Be the best. fucking. human. that you could be :)"
On AJJ - People That Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World
"Even the length of the album helps with the themes it portrays, its bipolarity being shown directly by the music itself. In how it quickly shifts between happy and sad, to the point it makes the entire album difficult to differentiate between a happy or sad listen. It could be both, and I'm sure to others it could be something sad but, as someone who relates to most if not all the topics given here. The mood swings, the bluntness, the autism. It makes me feel happy, and after all, isn't that all that really matters?"
On AJJ - People That Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World
"The album leaves you on a positive note really. The question is, is this a happy or sad album? I've come to my own conclusion that, this is a happy album, while it deals with a lot of depressing topics and is as I said earlier, quite "bipolar". I do think that this is overall a happy album, its message is positive and it opens and closes on happy notes, Rejoice being a positive song; a song about staying positive through all the shit that the world throws at you, and People being a song about loving everyone around you no matter who they are. The world is a shit place, but that doesn't mean you have to be a shit person. Like I said at the beginning, this album is so incredibly human, it's an album that is important and it really hits hard once you let it. It's only 24 minutes, but it is a perfect 24 minutes."
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