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Rapid Round October 2018

And… the grant writing season continues, so here’s another rapid round to get me a little caught up.

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Oh Sees – Smote Reverser
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Rating: 7.5/10
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Jackie Oates – The Joy of Living
Genre: Folk
Rating: 7.5/10
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IDLES – Joy as Act of Resistance
Genre: Punk Rock
Rating: 6.5/10
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Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
Genre: Grindcore
Rating: 7/10
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Sandro Perri – In Another Life
Genre: Folk
Rating: 8/10
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Manticora – To Kill to Live to Kill
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 7/10
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Dieterich Buxtehude / Vox Luminis – Lionel Meunier / Ensemble Masques – Olivier Forten / – Abendmusiken
Genre: Choral
Rating: 8/10
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Rebel Wizard – Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response

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Genre: Black Metal
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary: Rebel Wizard just continues to press all the right buttons for me. Trippy and profane, primal screaming, and utterly muscular guitar god licks. This is his second release of the year and both are in my top ten metal albums so far. It just doesn’t get much better than this.
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Rapid Round September 2018

Between vacation and grantwriting, I’ve gotten very far behind. So here’s a rapid round of things worth listening to that I haven’t gotten to yet.

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Craft – White Noise and Black Metal
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 6.5/10
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Calibre 50 – Mitad y Mitad
Genre: Banda/NorteƱo
Rating: 5.5/10
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Parius – Tales from the Eldritch Realm
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 6.5/10
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Eliza Gilkyson – Secularia
Genre: Folk/Country
Rating: 9/10
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Israel Nash – Lifted
Genre: Rock
Rating: 8/10
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The Coral – Move Through the Dawn
Genre: Rock
Rating: 8/10
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Thomas Dunford – Bach
Genre: Classical
Rating: 7.5/10
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Hanterhir – The Saving of Cadan

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Genre: Rock
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: This utterly trippy, extremely long concept album about… Cadan… puts forth a wall of psych-rock sound that just ebbs and flows, and grows on you with each listen. And, Cornish.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

The Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough

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Genre: Rock
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary: The Night Flight Orchestra is a 80s nostalgia rock side project comprised of members of various metal bands, like Arch Enemy and Soilwork. When you first listening, the early impressions are that you are settling into a fun session listening to parody rock. But then… they are just too good to be parody. This is a tremendous rock album, not just a novelty act.
More info: here.
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Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth

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Genre: Jazz
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 6.5/10
Commentary: Tremendously enjoyable jazz, that flirts with bubblegum elevator music, soul/R&B and other genres. With the lack of hard edges and strong cross-over appeal, it works as a very successful call to make jazz accessible to new listeners. It is very long (a double-album) and it falters in the second half.
More info: here.
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Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen

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Genre: Pop
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: This is superficially a pop/R&B albumb, but remarkably diverse and sophisticated, both musically and lyrically. It takes a few listen-throughs to realize how great it really is.
More info: here.
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Ammar 808 – Maghreb United

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Genre: Electronica/North African
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 9.5/10
Commentary: This album is a full-on sensory assault of deep bass, electronic beats and traditional North African instruments. It is so intense it is hard to listen to in the background; it demands that you stop and give it your full attention. It ends up sounds both traditional and futuristic in the best possible way. Best album of the year so far.
More info: here.
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