AHRM – Self-Titled

Praise to this up-and-coming band from Sweden. Their name: AHRM. They’ve got a debut, self-titled album on Bandcamp here, and it’s a barnburner. Punchy, sharp drums combined with some impassioned vocals and blaring guitars. It’s as informed by hardcore punk as it is the moodier, darker side of post-punk.

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!

Antemasque – Self-Titled

Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are back with a new project: Antemasque.

Antemasque – Self-Titled

The debut full-length from Antemasque is finally out! There’s been a lot of buzz building behind the album of this technically new band, but the project’s two lead members have pretty strong reputations in the world of rock music. Thanks to bands like At the Drive-In and Mars Volta, there’s really no reason a modern rock fan should be a stranger to Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala. This latest project of theirs is one of their most straightforward efforts, too. It definitely surpasses the last Volta album in terms of accessibility and hook power, I think.

If you’re in the mood for some “NO BS” rock tunes with some strong lead vocals, try this out.

Shivers – Self-Titled

Dark ambient, jazz, noise, and a strong sense of uncontrollable fear come together on this new, self-titled Shivers album. The trio features the musical input of Rutger Zuydervelt, Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek. They’ve collaborated before, but this is the first time they’re doing so under this particular name. The final result, a.k.a. this album, is challenging, but surprisingly brief in its length. It would seem these guys wanna get straight to the heart of what these noisy, drone-jazz fusions are all about.

Look for this album on Miasmah.

Eyehategod – Self-Titled

Famed sludge metal outfit Eyehategod is back with their first album in 14 years.

Plaguewielder – Self-Titled EP

Really digging the heavy riffs, primal drums, freakish vocals, and dismal guitar leads on this new Plaguewielder EP, which you can stream via the widget above. These guys clearly aren’t working with the best production in the world, but they seem to be doing a lot with a little. The tortured atmosphere on the 12-minute opening track here caught me right away, and I hope the same happens to you. Enjoy!

Sisyphus – Self-Titled

This debut full-length from Sisyphus is far from perfect, but it’s still an incredibly bold and fun display of pop absurdity and genre-blending.

St. Vincent – Self-Titled

St. Vincent’s latest full-length is her most experimental yet!

St. Vincent – “Prince Johnny”

The upcoming self-titled album from St. Vincent can’t come soon enough. “Birth in Reverse” and “Digital Witness” have hinted that this will be Annie’s most off-the-wall and adventurous project yet, and although decidedly a bit more understated than those two; new single “Prince Johnny” is a welcome come-down after them. It’s a smooth, seductive track with a laid-back groove, and of course it proffers a slick-as-sin guitar part from Annie. Yeah, it’s kind of simple, but it’s just so freaking well-written! At this point, I’m convinced she can do no wrong. Enjoy!

STV is slated for release February 25 via Republic.