Is it cheating to write this in December? We are getting to the end of the year and the new releases velocity is dying down as everyone indulges in “end of year” and “end of decade” list buiding.
Girl Band – The Talkies
Genre: screechy little knife blades.
Commentary: My favorite punk rock album of the year… or wait was the IDLES this year??!
Nick Cave – Ghosteen
Genre: Bottled melancholy
Commentary: Yeah, it’s great. It’s Nick Cave.
Life of Agony – The Sound of Scars
Genre: Alt metal
Commentary: Pretty standard stuff
White Reaper – You Deserve Love
Genre: Earnest Modern Rock
Commentary: It isn’t great American Band caliber, but it is fun and check the genre boxes
Jamie Branch – FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise
Genre: Psychedelic jazz
Commentary: prayer for amerikkka – on repeat – pretty much sums up all we need to say politically for the whole year
Galneryus – Into the Purgatory
Genre: Power Metal
Commentary: Straight forward power metal, with Japanese twist.
Rimfrost – Expedition:Darkness
Genre: Black/battle Metal
Commentary: Very very good. good
Lankum – The Livelong Day
Commentary: Best traditional album of the year probably.