We know Deaf Havana are capable of greatness, which makes the overwrought and bland ‘Rituals’ so disappointing and frustrating.
Now on their fifth album, Spider Bags are still tinkering with their off-kilter mix of punk, indie, country and blues on ‘Someday Everything Will Be Fine’.
Released 25 years ago, ‘Siamese Dream’ turned Smashing Pumpkins from stars of the independent scene to the nerve-centre of America’s rock mainstream.
Deafheaven’s fourth album ‘Ordinary Corrupt Human Love’ sees the post-black metal masters blot their copybook for their first time, with an interesting but rather flawed outing.
To mark the thrash-metal legends’ retirement after nearly four decades following 2018’s Farewell Tour, we rank Slayer’s albums from worst to best.
Art-punk trio Asylums follow-up a splenetic debut with a more thoughtful but no less moving second effort in ‘Alien Human Emotions’.
Tying up the loose ends from 2017’s ‘Relatives In Descent’ and throwing in a couple of brilliant collaborations with Kelley Deal, Protomartyr’s ‘Consolation’ EP is another triumph.
‘1, 2, Kung Fu!’, the debut effort from Welsh band Boy Azooga, is an enjoyable indie debut splattered with electronica and psychedelia.
Scottish rock weirdos Biffy Clyro undergo a famed rite of passage by recording an ‘MTV Unplugged’ record, an exercise which brings out their distinctive lyrical qualities.
Mixing up their previous shoegaze stylings with trappings of electronica, ‘Miserable Miracles’ is a fine musical evolution for Pinkshinyultrablast.