There is a romantic nature within the sonic landscape of The Art of Forgetting. Tape effects and loops emulate the feeling of aging (recent memories turning to old ones, then ultimately being forgotten) while the juxtaposition of modern acoustic-electronic textures, like lo-fi tape next to hi-fi granular synths result in some of Rose’s most mature and honest work to date.
There’s an extraordinary elasticity across Good Luck’s masterful production. From industrial, claustrophobic gloom to sweeter and more spacious compositions, Friday moves seamlessly through these deftly-engineered soundscapes. There’s always something new to hone in on and further draw you into this immensely multi-faceted body of work that testifies to the liberating potential of making a racket..
Depeche Mode's first album as a two-piece of Dave Gahan and Martin Gore, following co-founder Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher’s tragic passing in 2022. A vast expanse of moods and textures, from its ominous opening to its closing resolve—running the gamut from paranoia and obsession to catharsis and joy, and hitting myriad points between. For a record preoccupied by death, its big heart bursts with life.
Flemons has built a reputation on presenting 100 years of American roots music, but now, with Traveling Wildfire, his own songwriting prowess comes into the spotlight. Carefully selected from his personal repertoire, these original songs reveal his love of country, western, blues, Americana, bluegrass and folk music as they tell of true love, family legacy, survival, time travel, and the juxtaposition between light and dark.
Building on the warm, elemental soundscape of 2021's Antidotes EPs and the moody, elegant timbre of her cello, Chua has self-produced and engineered a deeply introspective and fully realized vessel of creative expression. Yian emerges as less an album than a worldview, a commitment to learning and uncovering one's own selfhood honed over Chua's lifelong reconciliation with her own personal history and identity.
Last year Babymetal were “sealed” from the world after a successful 10-year journey. The Other One restoration project began to recover the Babymetal we never knew existed within a virtual world called the “Metalverse”. 10 songs have been discovered within the project, each representing a theme of the 10 parallel worlds that exist. Strap yourself in, and put those kitsunes up.
Exul personifies Ne Obliviscaris' distinctive, boundary-pushing ethos. The band's trademark blend of emotion and beauty is as towering as ever, if not even more compelling, particularly how the haunting violin lines carefully weave their way around the riffs. The duality of clean vocals and growls remains the narrative anchor, elevating songs that emanate sophistication and are a masterclass in composition.
Lana Del Rey’s ninth album is heavy and disarmingly truthful, yet expands its close lens thanks to her wide-ranging, alluring aesthetic looseness. It might deal with some major existential questions, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had as it cements Del Rey’s status as one of modern music’s most intriguing songwriters. Featuring Father John Misty, Tommy Genesis, Jon Batiste, Bleachers and more.
Drawing on traditional folk songs, Lankum put their own dark, distinctive mark onto each, leaning into heavy drones and sonic distortion that imparts new intensity and beauty. This record sees the band cement their breakout from the folk genre, creating bold, contemporary music that may be fashioned from traditional elements but is firmly new, sitting comfortably alongside labelmates black midi and Gilla Band.
Celebrants marks a highly anticipated return for the beloved trio and explores the inherent dynamics of human connection. Across the 18 tracks, the trio addresses love, friendship and time with lyrics both poetic and plain-spoken, as they see bridges built, crossed, burned and rebuilt. Produced by longtime collaborator Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Grace Potter, Weezer).
For over three decades the New Jersey punk legends have been one of the most reliably joyful bands in punk rock, fostering an incredibly close kinship with their loyal listeners. Now on Ten Stories High, The Bouncing Souls have taken this connection even further, creating an album of 10 songs inspired by the stories of their fans through direct, one-on-one conversations. .
Newest release from Alabama metalcore warriors Gideon. Beards. Boots. Breakdowns. And a 10-gallon hat. It's a Southern-fried beatdown destined to ignite mosh pits from coast to coast, thanks to the thunderously chunky breakdowns with extra grit and girth. A pummeling blast of vicious, metal-tinged hardcore, all acerbic guitars and chugging riffs.
While Heavner doesn’t deviate from the foundation laid by previous releases, Invent Animate focuses on what they’re good at and expand. From the beautiful and infectious melodies of the choruses to the ferociously intense grooves of the breakdowns and riffs, Heavener is an exceptional display of their talent for balancing the melodic and the aggressive.
Riding on its own wave in the symphonic metal space, The Awakening benefits from every inch of the dark and glorious landscape it lovingly paints. It’s a broadside blast of ultragoth that feels simultaneously uniquely Kamelot and yet the most accessible work they’ve released to date. It’s simply huge in both performance and effort and, power metal affection depending, is well worth getting lost in.
With Fantasy, the Platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated artist returns with his most personal album to date. Featuring long-time collaborator Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Joe Berry, M83’s touring keyboardist and sax player, the album was born out of extended jam sessions that lasted nearly a year. The result is an exuberant, live-sounding record where trademark M83 goosebump moments abound.
12 songs full of sleek grooves and bold melodies that the Boston quintet put together to help ride out tough times, an anthem for better days ahead. “The wildest thing for me is that the record simultaneously sounds like it has the scars of everything we’ve been through and also that it doesn’t — it’s joyful music, which is very exciting given that it was made in the middle of getting hit in the stomach,” says singer Robbie Wulfsohn.
Extreme metal stalwarts Suicide Silence channel the spirit of their classic albums to deliver a modern deathcore masterpiece. Remember… taps into the rawness and energy of the band’s DNA to thunderous result. Album singles are proof positive that Suicide Silence are far from mellowing with time. With this record, they’re going deeper and darker, meditating on death and finality.