Börn – Self-Titled

Some twisted, eerie, raw, nasty, and misbehaved post-punk coming from Iceland’s Börn. Definitely a record for those who dig their rock on the dark side of things; because this record reeks of goth rock.

The guitar chords run pretty dreary, but the vocals are sharp, wailing, and strange. Nice contrast on there, and some great punk-y grooves are running throughout these tracks, too. Enjoy!

Death From Above 1979 – “Government Trash”

Few musical comebacks have been as hotly anticipated as Death From Above 1979′s. A few years after the Ontario duo’s electrifying debut album dropped, they splintered and began working on other projects instead. I vividly remember being disappointed upon first hearing this news, because You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine left such a strong impression on me–and most of the independent rock world, too.

To hear that Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler were getting the band back together a few months ago was exciting, and it’s tracks like “Government Trash” that make it feel like the hiatus never happened. The track’s riffs are the sonic equivalent to an adrenaline shot, and the vocals could be more on point, too!

Look for The Physical World on September 9th via Last Gang Records.

Alt-J – “Every Other Freckle”

Previously loved UK art pop outfit Alt-J drops yet another song from their forthcoming LP, This Is All Yours. The release date: September 22nd via Infectious.

Unlike the previously released songs off this new album, “Every Other Freckle” seems to be more in line with Alt-J’s previous output. There’s a heavy bassline matched with some equally lumbering drum beats, and atop that are the odd, soulful vocals of guitarist-vocalist Joe Newman.

The hook is great, and as the song progresses, the band manages to build the intensity up with more percussive and melodic layers. Alt-J writes catchy, upfront tracks, but their refined approach to arranging their instrumentation is what continues to keep them interesting.

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Famed songstress Jenny Lewis drops her most commercial effort yet with The Voyager.

YUNOREVIEW: JULY 2014

The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.

Braid – No Coast
Jungle – Self-Titled
White Lung – Deep Fantasy
Strand of Oaks – Heal
Matthewdavid – In My World
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Days of Abandon
Sage Francis – Copper Gone
’68 – In Humor and Sadness
Bleachers – Strange Desire
Big Freedia – Just Be Free

Save Us From The Archon – Thereafter

INSTRUMENTAL ROCK TIME!!! Pittsburgh’s Save Us From The Archon delivers some of the most intense and frighteningly tight math rock I’ve heard in a long time. The guitars and drums are absolutely dizzying on a lot of these tracks from their new LP, Thereafter.

These guys can really play their asses off, but the compositions on this album are also capable of serenity as well. Some gentle and beautiful guitar passages pour out of these songs when things settle down.

The music really fits the wintery setting displayed on the cover of this album. Sometimes music portrays a harsh blizzard, other times we’re getting a gorgeous, quiet landscape blanketed in white powder. Enjoy!

KARST – “Kistérségi / Regional”

Try out this track from the forthcoming KARST album. These guys fuse black metal and punk, and do a helluva job! The production is rawer than a skinned knee, the the vocals are absolutely ferocious. The black metal influences provide just enough melody to keep things interesting, and the performance on this particular track is especially ferocious.

This track comes off the band’s new album titled Lime Veins Bleed Rust. It’s self-released out available via the band’s Bandcamp page.

Dope Body – “Hired Gun”

Baltimore noise rock band Dope Body drops a track from their forthcoming album, Lifer. It’s looking at a release this October on Drag City Records, just like their last album, and this new track of theirs is a heavy, wild piece of rock ‘n’ roll. While it’s not as kooky or groove-oriented as the cuts on Natural History, the band still brings forth some visceral riffs and a dynamic guitar interlude as well. Enjoy!

Iceage – “The Lord’s Favorite”

Denmark’s Iceage have proven themselves to be savvy in numerous fringe genres across their two full-length records: post-punk, goth rock, noise rock. However, this new–and surprisingly melodic–track of their delves unexpectedly into alt-country, it seems. Everything from the guitar chords to the bassline feels distinctly Western, but Iceage performs it in their trademark sloppiness. Like usual, a good song shines through despite the slurring vocals and loosely played instrumentation. Enjoy!

Take Over and Destroy – “Deep End” (Premiere)

Previously enjoyed Take Over And Destroy, a.k.a. TOAD, have a new album on the way titled Vacant Face. Considering I love loud, rowdy, melodic sludge metal, I am looking forward to the release of this new record.

The band has seen fit to allow yours truly to premiere one of the tracks on this new album, and I even got to pick it. “Deep End” was my choice. The track’s heavy floor toms and harmonized guitar melodies really caught my ear. The band even manages to work in some cleanly sung vocals toward the middle of the track. Yeah, they’re a little campy, but they get the job done.

An altogether solid track from TOAD, and a reason to look forward to Vacant Face. From what I understand, there’s no solid release date on this new album yet, but I’ll get it to you as soon as the band tells me. Enjoy!