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VinylFantasy -
69
'Kvitravn' is a weird, weird album, especially considering how popular it has become; I can find copies in my local high street music retailer. The fifth release by Norwegian dark-folk outfit Wardruna, 'Kvitravn' is not an easy listen; it's a grand, overwhelming album, filled with mythological lyricism, traditional Norse instrumentation, and huge track lengths, the longest of which breaches the 10-minute mark. But that doesn't make it a bad album; far from it, 'Kvitravn' is a deeply complex and ... read more
VinylFantasy -
77
Following on from their eponymous debut, Salem have released their creatively entitled sophomore effort, ‘Salem II’. The side project of Creeper’s William Gould, along with close associate and local music stalwart Matthew Reynolds, the band produces big, catchy, goth punk tracks, akin to a mix of The Misfits and My Chemical Romance.

Whilst their debut was plenty fun, ‘Salem II’ sees the band already demonstrating a much more mature and accomplished sound, with ... read more
VinylFantasy -
70
Today's Bandcamp deep-dive led me to stumble across quite the unique sounding act. Adoring are a nu-wave gothic post-punk duo from the United Kingdom, and are spearheading their career with their debut EP, 'The Absence Of Everything'. I can't lie, it was the really neat cassette tapes that contain flower petals that caught my eye; I'm a sucker for cool looking merch. But what I found was something that was definitely intriguing to listen to at the very least, and indicative of a band that has ... read more
VinylFantasy -
19
If you're checking out this album, then there's probably very little context I can add that others haven't already, and you probably know all of it already. Hailed by many as the saviours of rock, some see Greta Van Fleet as the band that bring back pure, uncut, nonstop rock that dominated the 70's, the stuff you could, like, totally rock out to dude. However, they're just as equally reviled by the rock community as nothing more than a group of plagiarists, ripping off Led Zeppelin and adding ... read more
VinylFantasy -
85
Royal Blood are the modern darlings of British alternative-rock, following in the footsteps of the likes of Arctic Monkeys to take big riffs to big stages, all the while doing so with a cheeky swagger. Their eponymous exploded onto the scene, introducing mainstream audiences to blues-rock and garage-rock style tracks that seemed immensely larger than life compared to their puny line-up of just two members. Critics pointed to the fact that whilst the album was a great listen, there was little ... read more

Shoutbox

Dec 20, 2020
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!
Mar 14, 2020
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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24/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 - Acceptable
55-59 - Mostly acceptable
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 - Keep the receipt
5-9 - Trash the CD
1-4 - A failure of society

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90-99
 
15

80-89
 
22

70-79
 
23

60-69
 
13

50-59
 
11

40-49
 
3

30-39
 
3

20-29
 
1

10-19
 
2

0-9
 
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