Best of Hardcore 2021


Number Five: Death Goals – The Horrible and the Miserable


With a varied attack from many fronts, Death Goals’s The Horrible and the Miserable is an amazingly diverse hardcore album that totally slays!


Number Four: Tunic – Quitter


How great is this album, eh? Fast-paced hardcore closer to its punk roots than most others on this list, Tunic’s second 2021 album hits just the right spot for me!


Number Three: Anti Ritual – Expel the Leeches


Anti Ritual is hardcore blackened to a char. Expel the Leeches is a relentless album, and it’s totally oppressive. Definitely worth its spot on … Read more

Best of Afrobeat 2021

Welcome to the first of this year’s best of lists, curated by yours truly! As you might have noticed by now, this year is going to be separated by genre, or style, or attribute… it’s rather inconsistent between categories! On top of that, some categories are rather spread-out within themselves! I mean, there’s more than one kind of “hardcore” music out there for example, and I’m trying my best to keep my categories straight, but it’s often difficult to decide in which category such and such album should go, especially with the miscegenous music I usually listen to! Nevertheless, in … Read more

Khalab – Black Noise 2018

The Music

The Words

DJ Khalab just released Black Noise 2084 via On the Corner Records. The album is a wonderful blend of future bass and world fusion, merging into a sort of future world music, which stems straight from the afrofuturism movement.

With a varied range of collaborators, such as singer Tenesha the Wordsmith and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, Khalab conducts an equally varied set of songs on the album. From dance to traditional, each track is pinned on a different part of the spectrum. The whole album feels like a middle grounds between Clipping and Namibian Tales, and … Read more

Venetian Snares – She Began to Cry Tears of Blood Which Became Little Brick Houses When They Hit the Ground

The Music

The Thoughts

Venetian Snares is a well-known Canadian electronic music experimenter; he’s been at it since at least 1997 with Fake:Impossible. Today, with his twenty-fourth full-length studio album (from what I can gather), Aaron Funk delivers a surprising blow to the unprepared listener. Indeed, She Began to Cry Tears of Blood Which Became Little Brick Houses When They Hit the Ground is an album most hectic that seems to be unable to keep a steady focus for more than a minute.

First of all, the twelve song titles read like surrealist snippets, each creating its very own … Read more

Warp – Anima

a1759932394_16I have lauded Warp Prism (now known only as Warp) more than once in the past. Their 2013 concept album, The Infinite II, was – and still is – one of the best prog metal releases I’ve heard. It mixed in djent and electronica in a more than decent manner, and the song structure there was stellar: continually evolving while still keeping its place under the overarching story. The album was a marked step up from any of their previous works, namely Evolution and Transcode. This led me to pre-order Anima as soon as it was made … Read more