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VinylFantasy

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Best of 2022

Ghost - IMPERA
Ghost
IMPERA
87
Mar 16

Recent Ratings

Ho99o9 - SKIN
Ho99o9
SKIN
85
May 2

Recent Reviews

 - The Fifth Row
99
Uh-oh, long review alert! In between listening to new releases, I want to finally get around to reviewing some older albums that I have listened to. Got it? Good.

Even before I started writing reviews and consciously seeking out new music to listen to on a regular basis, I was a fan of browsing Bandcamp and seeing what showed up (I don't want to say I was onto the platform before it became as immensely popular as it seems to be now, but I'll boost my ego where I can). And through that ... read more

 - Rotoscope
83
Spiritbox need no introduction at this point; I'm pretty certain most people who are even on the very fringes of the alternative scene are aware of this band and their explosive rise to glory, including their phenomenal 2021 debut album, 'Eternal Blue', which saw the quartet capitalise on their fantastic ability to create music that effortlessly flows between bleak and spaciousness soundscapes to claustrophobic, cataclysmic breakdowns.

So, I was more than a little nervous listening to their ... read more

 - The Ground Beneath Me
75
Musically, boy, am I eating well recently!

It's well established we're in something of an 'emo renaissance' at the moment, but I think the implication that the genre of emo-rock and associated subgenres have been dead for the past decade or so is a fallacy I see repeated far too often; from the jangly sounds of midwest emo, to the more potent cinematics that you find from the more alternative rock inspired bases, the genre has been doing more than fine for quite some time now. Another entry ... read more

 - Heroine
93
Despite the hype that has consistently surrounded them, I'll admit, I've never truly spent much time listening to Thornhill before. Their debut LP 'The Dark Pool' was acclaimed as one of the best heavy releases of that year, and even prior to that, they had gained a strong backing following their celebrated EP, 'Butterfly'. But with so much metalcore swimming about, whether that's the experimental vibes of Northlane or Void Of Vision, or the melodic anthems of Asleep At The Helm or Our Hollow, ... read more
 - The War: Act II
86
It's been a little while since we last received an LP from orchestral indie rock outfit The Family Crest, and it's not hard to understand why. Even bands made up of two or three members that pounded out tracks in some garage somewhere found these past few years difficult, nevermind a band with the scope and scale of The Family Crest; with seven primary members and innumerable other musicians behind the scenes, one can only imagine how difficult it's been to co-ordinate something of this scale ... read more

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Let me know when/if you drop an AOTY list! I’d love to look through what albums you, and others, enjoyed the most this year. If you already posted one then I’ll give it a look ASAP.

I plan on dropping mine at the very end of the year (both EPOTY and (LP)AOTY lists) and would prefer any feedback on them!
2y
if you had to choose a live performance of a song that's better than the original studio recording, what would it be? it can either be something youve experienced yourself or something from an official live album (cough cough its for a list)

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25/UK|He/Him. I post terrible reviews. Enjoy.

100 - Perfection
95-99 - Almost perfect
90-94 - Excellent
85-89 - Mostly excellent
80-84 - Very good
75-79 - Mostly very good
70-75 - Good
65-69 - Mostly good
60-64 - Decent
55-59 - Mostly decent
50-54 - Average
45-49 - Below average
40-44 - Tolerable
35-39 - Poor
30-34 - Very poor
25-29 - Mediocre
20-24 - Bad
15-19 - Very bad
10-14 - Awful
5-9 - Horrendous
1-4 - Repulsive
0 - A complete failure

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Rating Distribution

90-99
 
24

80-89
 
41

70-79
 
50

60-69
 
22

50-59
 
15

40-49
 
8

30-39
 
4

20-29
 
2

10-19
 
2

0-9
 
3

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