Monthly Archives: February 2018

Váyanse o Mueren – The Maximones

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Genre: Thrash Metal
Format Reviewed: FlAC
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: This is a really special find. The first full length released by The Maximones, a thrash metal band, from San Pedro Sacatepéquez, with great genre form and thoughtful, political commentary (e.g., a song about Guatemalans infected by syphilis in an notorious experiment by US scientists). I’m probably inflating the rating a bit because I’m so excited to find a great metal band from Guatemala. They’re really good. Enjoy!
More info:
here.
Listen: here.

Starfire – Caitlyn Smith

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Genre: Country
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary: I have been waiting for this album for 4 or 5 months now, after being teased by an EP that came out last year. Caitlyn Smith is a Nashville songwriter, apparently to the tune of hundreds of songs for other performs. This is her first break-out solo album, and it is almost perfect. Actually the EP was perfect, but the full-length album has a few weaker songs on it. Nevertheless, “Starfire” is basically a perfect pop country album, and the lead single is the best mainstream country single I’ve heard since in, I don’t know, a decade or more.
More info:
here.
Listen: here.

Ruins – First Aid Kit

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Genre: Folk/American
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: What an amazing album from this Swedish group. This Americana album is just so spontaneous and unself-conscious, and a great breath of fresh air. It seems to exist completely outside the “saving country music” “destroying country music” polemic which has gotten so heavy-handed these days. The melodies are exquisite. “Fireworks” is as good an opening single as one could ever hope for: I listened to it 20 times in a row.
More info:
here.
Listen: here.