One of the first heavy-hitters of the year is noise rock band Cassels’s newest ≮-tagged release: A Gut Feeling. After last year’s Black Country, New Road domination, I feel this year Cassels have given us a title worthy of the very best of 2022 in its category. A Gut Feeling is full of repeating riffs and songs with exploratory structures and progressions, with a rather unique delivery, between speaking and singing, that’s sure to make them stand out. It’s one of the strong noise rock releases this year!
Dissonant, noisy, filthy sludge that takes the life out of you, just what you need!
Number Four: Alkderdeel – Slonk
Slonk is perhaps the most blackened sludge out there, I mean, I might as well put it in the black metal category at this point! As a consequence, this album is remarkably relentless, bleak, and asphyxiating, and I love it.
Number Three: Gralaghorr – The Divine Spectacle of Rebirth
Disclaimer: we signed this album! But, if we didn’t think it’s great, we wouldn’t have done it, … Read more
I want to hear crass distortion, bass-heavy songs with harsh vocals! This is noise rock!
Number Five: Изразец – Изразец
Изразец (Izrazec) is… noise jazz? This one is somewhat hard to classify, as I first put it into the jazz category, before listening to it again more closely and ranking it with noise rock. Well, one thing is for sure, that blend is rather unique, and it’s also super satisfying! One discovery for you!
Number Four: Guzzlemug – Uncarved
Guzzlemug is a strange thing, and on Uncarved we get to hear two of their long-form compositions shine their brightest. It’s … Read more
Math rock is usually characterized by odd-time signatures, but through the years it came to encompass a lot more than that. Now, you can find straight-up alt-rock bands under the math rock tag, and even though I used to be a valiant gatekeeper of the genre, these days are passed. I now fully embrace all kinds of math rock music, be they super rhythmically engaging, or only remotely belonging into math rock territory. I hope you’ll feel the same way as I do about these following albums.
Number Five: 水中スピカ – mEq
There always seems to be a new Japanese … Read more
Time for some softer music. Is it still good if it’s not constant chaos? Yeah, yeah things are pretty damn good, actually!
Number Five: Zouz – Vertiges
Let me be chauvinistic a little, and start with a homegrown band. Zouz border on post-punk, noise rock, and math rock, but there’s a middle line in that whole mess that intersects with indie rock sensibilities. Vertiges is a fun, varied, and addictive album that you’re sure to put on repeat multiple times!
Number Four: Ventifacts – Ventifacts
Microtonal indie rock still counts, right? Damn right it does! Ventifacts is the project of … Read more