I have one very simple mission. I want to show people music. Music they've never heard before. I know how much music means to me and I know that I am always looking for new music that I love. I created this blog in the hopes that perhaps I could help other people discover new music as easily as they possibly can. There are few things I love more than learning that I've helped someone discover music, and I love discussing music even more. If I have helped you discover something, feel free to let me know, I'd love to hear about it. And most importantly, if you read these reviews and, somehow, enjoy them, thank you.

If you would like to submit music to me to review, message me with a link to your music and I will review it. Please only send me music that is from the current year, as I prefer to stick to one year.







"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. It is the electric soil in which the soul lives, thinks and invents."
-Ludwig Van Beethoven

 

"The Physical World" - Death From Above 1979
4.5/5. Death From Above 1979 released their debut album in 2004 and then promptly broke up, leaving us all with just a taste of what they could do, just one album. Now, ten years later, they’re back together, and they’ve released a second album. Death From Above 1979 have progressed since their last album, not by leaps and bounds or anything, this is similar to their debut, but there’s a feeling of forward movement to it stylistically. I’ve always heard and believed that the best kinds of music transgress genres, they aren’t categorized by one singular term, and Death From Above 1979 is one of those bands. There’s punk, there’s stoner rock, there’s garage rock, there’s a little bit of everything. What you’ll get most from this is that it’s high energy. There’s no let down, it’s fast and constantly moving. The guitar work is really cool, with riffs that could come straight out of any Jack White or Black Keys song, and Sebastien Grainger’s vocals are harsh and powerful. It’s a really cool album, one that can groove and never gets boring. Highlights include: “Virgins”, “Government Trash” and “Right On, Frankenstein!”

"The Physical World" - Death From Above 1979

4.5/5. Death From Above 1979 released their debut album in 2004 and then promptly broke up, leaving us all with just a taste of what they could do, just one album. Now, ten years later, they’re back together, and they’ve released a second album. Death From Above 1979 have progressed since their last album, not by leaps and bounds or anything, this is similar to their debut, but there’s a feeling of forward movement to it stylistically. I’ve always heard and believed that the best kinds of music transgress genres, they aren’t categorized by one singular term, and Death From Above 1979 is one of those bands. There’s punk, there’s stoner rock, there’s garage rock, there’s a little bit of everything. What you’ll get most from this is that it’s high energy. There’s no let down, it’s fast and constantly moving. The guitar work is really cool, with riffs that could come straight out of any Jack White or Black Keys song, and Sebastien Grainger’s vocals are harsh and powerful. It’s a really cool album, one that can groove and never gets boring. Highlights include: “Virgins”, “Government Trash” and “Right On, Frankenstein!”

"Clearing The Path To Ascend" - Yob
4.5/5. You want some extra doom in your doom metal? Look no further than this, Yob’s “Clearing The Path To Ascend”. It’s heavy, it’s big, it’s powerful and it’s loud. Mike Scheidt’s guitar-work is huge and his vocals are even bigger, ranging from melodic to a guttural growl that will take you down with it. The instrumentation is really well done, the drums on “Nothing To Win” sound like the descension into something evil and dark, it’s powerful. This album will come at you with an all-out assault, but it’ll slow it down to give you a rest, it’s a nice balance and really turns the album into something special. Check it out.

"Clearing The Path To Ascend" - Yob

4.5/5. You want some extra doom in your doom metal? Look no further than this, Yob’s “Clearing The Path To Ascend”. It’s heavy, it’s big, it’s powerful and it’s loud. Mike Scheidt’s guitar-work is huge and his vocals are even bigger, ranging from melodic to a guttural growl that will take you down with it. The instrumentation is really well done, the drums on “Nothing To Win” sound like the descension into something evil and dark, it’s powerful. This album will come at you with an all-out assault, but it’ll slow it down to give you a rest, it’s a nice balance and really turns the album into something special. Check it out.

"V" - Maroon 5
3/5. At this point, referring to Maroon 5 as a band is really just being generous to the rest of the band members, because Maroon 5 is really just Adam Levine’s solo project. It’s easy to tell if you just look at the songwriting credits. Their first two albums, the songs were all written by Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael (the guitarist). Since “Hands All Over”, Maroon 5 has been taken over by the pop brigade, which is Max Martin (best known for every pop hit of the past 20 years), Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Shellback. This group writes just about all the hits for every major pop artist of the past 20 years or so, from Katy Perry to Kelly Clarkson to Pink, if you look up the song credits of that group, it’s amazing. Because of that, Maroon 5 have become a lot more focused on writing radio-ready, synthy pop music, rather than the classic, simple pop music they used to write. This album is very similar to their last one, a couple catchy songs, but generally a pretty uninteresting album, especially lyrically (just take a look at “Unkiss Me”). Levine’s got a great voice, he always has, but now that the pop brigade has taken over Maroon 5, they’ve lost their identity that they had on their first two albums. The songs sound forced, they sound contrived, and because of that, the rest isn’t interesting. If you liked their last two albums, you’ll probably like this one because it’s almost the exact same thing.

"V" - Maroon 5

3/5. At this point, referring to Maroon 5 as a band is really just being generous to the rest of the band members, because Maroon 5 is really just Adam Levine’s solo project. It’s easy to tell if you just look at the songwriting credits. Their first two albums, the songs were all written by Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael (the guitarist). Since “Hands All Over”, Maroon 5 has been taken over by the pop brigade, which is Max Martin (best known for every pop hit of the past 20 years), Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Shellback. This group writes just about all the hits for every major pop artist of the past 20 years or so, from Katy Perry to Kelly Clarkson to Pink, if you look up the song credits of that group, it’s amazing. Because of that, Maroon 5 have become a lot more focused on writing radio-ready, synthy pop music, rather than the classic, simple pop music they used to write. This album is very similar to their last one, a couple catchy songs, but generally a pretty uninteresting album, especially lyrically (just take a look at “Unkiss Me”). Levine’s got a great voice, he always has, but now that the pop brigade has taken over Maroon 5, they’ve lost their identity that they had on their first two albums. The songs sound forced, they sound contrived, and because of that, the rest isn’t interesting. If you liked their last two albums, you’ll probably like this one because it’s almost the exact same thing.

"Yav" - Arkona
3.5/5. Arkona is a Russian pagan metal band, and if that sounds weird, it’s actually less weird than you might think. Pagan metal is just essentially death metal that deals with old mythology. Every song on this album is in Russian, so for someone like me, the focus is on the music, and the music is decent, but really nothing spectacular. It creates a decent atmosphere and the music is alright, but it really didn’t strike me as anything particularly special. It has it’s moments, but overall, this album is just above average.

"Yav" - Arkona

3.5/5. Arkona is a Russian pagan metal band, and if that sounds weird, it’s actually less weird than you might think. Pagan metal is just essentially death metal that deals with old mythology. Every song on this album is in Russian, so for someone like me, the focus is on the music, and the music is decent, but really nothing spectacular. It creates a decent atmosphere and the music is alright, but it really didn’t strike me as anything particularly special. It has it’s moments, but overall, this album is just above average.

"All You Can Do" - Watsky
4.5/5. At first listen, you might think Watsky is a gimmick. He’s a white kid who can rap ridiculously fast, and you might think “Oh, he can rap fast, that’s cool”, but you’d be missing so much more. Honestly, this is more slam poetry than it is hip-hop (though not to suggest the two are mutually exclusive). Watsky really came to fame as a poet first and his strength is really in his lyrics. His flow is fantastic and his lyrics are very well done. Whether he’s rapping about love or the dangers and benefits of prescription drugs, Watsky does it smoothly and he does it quickly, so you have to pay attention. It’s a really cool album, well worth listening to. Highlights include: “Whoa Whoa Whoa”, “Cannonball” and “Tears To Diamonds”.

"All You Can Do" - Watsky

4.5/5. At first listen, you might think Watsky is a gimmick. He’s a white kid who can rap ridiculously fast, and you might think “Oh, he can rap fast, that’s cool”, but you’d be missing so much more. Honestly, this is more slam poetry than it is hip-hop (though not to suggest the two are mutually exclusive). Watsky really came to fame as a poet first and his strength is really in his lyrics. His flow is fantastic and his lyrics are very well done. Whether he’s rapping about love or the dangers and benefits of prescription drugs, Watsky does it smoothly and he does it quickly, so you have to pay attention. It’s a really cool album, well worth listening to. Highlights include: “Whoa Whoa Whoa”, “Cannonball” and “Tears To Diamonds”.

"Ryan Adams" - Ryan Adams
3/5. Ryan Adams has been one of the seminal figures in alt-country music. Along with Uncle Tupelo, Adams’ band Whiskeytown was one of the most important bands of the genre in the 90s. Since then, Adams has released some impressive work, but with this album, he kind of phones it in. I mean, it’s not a bad album by any stretch, there’s some interesting parts to it, but generally this album doesn’t sound like anything special. It’s the same old Ryan Adams stuff, nothing different, nothing new, and the songs are just above average. There’s a good song here and there (most notably “Stay With Me”), but generally, this album isn’t really anything special.

"Ryan Adams" - Ryan Adams

3/5. Ryan Adams has been one of the seminal figures in alt-country music. Along with Uncle Tupelo, Adams’ band Whiskeytown was one of the most important bands of the genre in the 90s. Since then, Adams has released some impressive work, but with this album, he kind of phones it in. I mean, it’s not a bad album by any stretch, there’s some interesting parts to it, but generally this album doesn’t sound like anything special. It’s the same old Ryan Adams stuff, nothing different, nothing new, and the songs are just above average. There’s a good song here and there (most notably “Stay With Me”), but generally, this album isn’t really anything special.

"LOSE" - Cymbals Eat Guitars
5/5. This is easily the best thing that Cymbals Eat Guitars have ever done. This is able to be expansive, complex, intricate, but still remain personal and intimate in a way, and that’s because of how good Joseph D’Agostino is at writing songs. His lyrics are deeply personal and very real, very honest, and because of that, and the way he sings along with the music behind him, the songs are very powerful. They crescendo into powerful, bombastic climaxes, as good as anything you’d hear in the best post-rock music. The guitar work is great too, big guitar solos that express the frustration and pain that’s often in the lyrics almost as well as the lyrics do. It’s an impressive album, a beautiful album and one worth giving a serious listen to. Highlights include: “Laramie”, “Jackson”, “Child Bride” and “XR”.

"LOSE" - Cymbals Eat Guitars

5/5. This is easily the best thing that Cymbals Eat Guitars have ever done. This is able to be expansive, complex, intricate, but still remain personal and intimate in a way, and that’s because of how good Joseph D’Agostino is at writing songs. His lyrics are deeply personal and very real, very honest, and because of that, and the way he sings along with the music behind him, the songs are very powerful. They crescendo into powerful, bombastic climaxes, as good as anything you’d hear in the best post-rock music. The guitar work is great too, big guitar solos that express the frustration and pain that’s often in the lyrics almost as well as the lyrics do. It’s an impressive album, a beautiful album and one worth giving a serious listen to. Highlights include: “Laramie”, “Jackson”, “Child Bride” and “XR”.

"Manipulator" - Ty Segall
5/5. I love Ty Segall, I really do, I love him. This man is the best thing to happen to garage rock since The Strokes. He knows how to make garage rock that doesn’t sound formulaic, that doesn’t sound like a cheap imitation, but sounds distinctly him. It’s fuzzy, thick guitars with awesome solos, it’s reverbed, trippy vocals, it’s a fast pace mixed with a couple slow bits here and there to give you a break. Segall knows what he’s doing and just kills it, this album is no different. He did great with Fuzz, he’s done great with his band and he pops out yet another high quality album. There just isn’t a weak song on it. Highlights include: “Feel”, “The Feels” and “Manipulator”.

"Manipulator" - Ty Segall

5/5. I love Ty Segall, I really do, I love him. This man is the best thing to happen to garage rock since The Strokes. He knows how to make garage rock that doesn’t sound formulaic, that doesn’t sound like a cheap imitation, but sounds distinctly him. It’s fuzzy, thick guitars with awesome solos, it’s reverbed, trippy vocals, it’s a fast pace mixed with a couple slow bits here and there to give you a break. Segall knows what he’s doing and just kills it, this album is no different. He did great with Fuzz, he’s done great with his band and he pops out yet another high quality album. There just isn’t a weak song on it. Highlights include: “Feel”, “The Feels” and “Manipulator”.

"The Age Of Ether" - Disforia
4.5/5. You wanna talk about a trip, this is quite the ride. Disforia is probably best classified as a progressive metal band, but I think that provides a different idea of what they would sound like. They’re “progressive” in that this isn’t just a straightforward metal album, it’s not formulaic in any way, it has a path to it, a certain progression. It’s constantly going in different directions, taking you around every single turn until you’re dizzy and have forgotten where you even started from. It’s a pretty intense ride, but totally worth it.

"The Age Of Ether" - Disforia

4.5/5. You wanna talk about a trip, this is quite the ride. Disforia is probably best classified as a progressive metal band, but I think that provides a different idea of what they would sound like. They’re “progressive” in that this isn’t just a straightforward metal album, it’s not formulaic in any way, it has a path to it, a certain progression. It’s constantly going in different directions, taking you around every single turn until you’re dizzy and have forgotten where you even started from. It’s a pretty intense ride, but totally worth it.

"After The Fall" - Merchandise
4/5. This album draws from the 80s, it’s pretty easy to tell. The lead singer sounds like Bruce Springsteen at times, the music is done sounding like it could be out of any 80s, Dire Straits-like rock band, but it has it’s own identity. First off, it’s smothered in reverb, which adds this ethereal quality to the music. It’s rock music, it’s fast (except for one song), but it’s spacey, almost dream-like at times. Many of the songs transition one into the other, which gives this album a very cohesive feel. It’s a solid album, overall enjoyable to listen to with some really cool moments here and there. Check it out. Highlights include: “Life Outside The Mirror”, “Telephone” and “Enemy”.

"After The Fall" - Merchandise

4/5. This album draws from the 80s, it’s pretty easy to tell. The lead singer sounds like Bruce Springsteen at times, the music is done sounding like it could be out of any 80s, Dire Straits-like rock band, but it has it’s own identity. First off, it’s smothered in reverb, which adds this ethereal quality to the music. It’s rock music, it’s fast (except for one song), but it’s spacey, almost dream-like at times. Many of the songs transition one into the other, which gives this album a very cohesive feel. It’s a solid album, overall enjoyable to listen to with some really cool moments here and there. Check it out. Highlights include: “Life Outside The Mirror”, “Telephone” and “Enemy”.