MACHO PARTY RIFFS

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A WEREWOLF! – Wonderful Sound, Strange Shape (2017)

Grindcore is a brilliant genre; in fact, just generally, aggressive-tech-metal can be a very rewarding style of music – there’s a furious, electrifying energy captured in the violence of the music, which can ultimately prove tangibly cathartic. However, it’s such that, most often, that same energy is pumped into the creation of darker, angrier music which, without wanting to criticise, is not what listeners seeking a fix of intense, aggressive music always want.
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te’ – Kai (2017)

The word “kai” has many meanings in many different languages, but perhaps the rough translation, “oar”, can be applied to Tokyo 4-piece te’ ‘s new album,『櫂』(kai), considering one may need some oars to traverse the unpredictable rhythms and immense waves of sound delivered in each densely packed track of this release.
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Robat – tiny (2017)

tiny is the debut album from Minnesota’s Robat, an album rich in lush guitar sections from a band that is lulling in and out of reality. Reminiscent of early Wilco, the band tends to drab drift in a folk induced wave. Soaring vocals and locked drum riffs make the band particularly tasteful.