Auramancer shows us The Only Way To Fail is through rad alternative rock
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Auramancer shows us The Only Way To Fail is through rad alternative rock

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The spirit of early ’00s alternative rock is alive and well in Auramancer’s inspired five-song EP. Titled The Only Way To Fail, it drips with atmosphere, layered vocals, and experimental instrumentation. While a comparison to A Perfect Circle appears inevitable, Auramancer is much more than its obvious inspirations. Above all, the Belgian band’s music is creative, dark, and sensual. For example, Tree Of Love, the third song, begins with the sounds of a music box before transpiring into a tune…

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XXL Blues plays king-sized tunes on second full-length

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If you ever doubted that blues music is a language of the soul which knows no boundaries, check out Portugal’s XXL Blues. They play raucous, rocking, king-sized blues-rock numbers with heaps of attitude and loudness levels approaching the limits of human hearing. XXL Blues II, the sequel to their self-titled full length, contains 10 songs of pure badassery, sung mostly in Portuguese. The tempo is lively, the mood is playful, and the tunes rock hard. Our only gripe with the…

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Tom Repasky is nearly 70 and his electronica album will warp your mind

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At 69 years old, Tom Repasky is an elder statesman of music making whose beefy electronic tunes put modern cookie-cutter EDM producers to shame. Spring 2018, his latest album, features no less than 17 densely layered and orchestrated, richly textured, very complex and intricate instrumental songs. Their chaotic brilliance and unpredictable structure reminds us of the greatness that is Aphex Twin and we can’t help but be bewildered by Tom’s keen understanding of music technology. He can probably teach university…

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ThE DroogS are here to steal the prom queen with their album Comforts

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Yes, pop-punk is formulaic. It’s also way past its prime. Could The Droogs care any less? Nooo… and why should they? Comforts, their third full-length, sounds so gloriously lively, so full of youth energy with a carefree and joyful attitude. The trio are very competent musicians too, not in a virtuoso way, but in knowing exactly what and how to play. Of note is that everyone in the band sings, and does so expertly, resulting in lots and lots of…

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Teatrum skillfully mixes progressive metal and industrial with their self-titled LP

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Presenting itself as a progressive rock band, at the core of Teatrum‘s long and intricate compositions beats an industrial heart. The mix of competently explored progressive metal and pounding industrial beats and textures is extremely exciting, to the point of this Lisbon, Portugal band simply blowing our minds. Then again, knowing the brilliant mind behind it from his Dystopia Of Truth project, we hardly have the right to be surprised. At 12 songs length, there’s lots and lots of this…