Oh, Sleeper - When I Am God (2007)


Oh, Sleeper have a promising alumni on hand: Three-fifths of the now-defunct Terminal (one of whom spent time in As Cities Burn and Sherwood) and an ex-Between the Buried and Me guitarist are present here. However, they stylistically fit all too well within their label's roster. One listen to Underoath's Define the Great Line and As Cities Burn's Son, I Loved You at Your Darkest and you've basically heard everything that goes on during When I Am God's course, even though vocalist Micah Kinard admittedly slides between cleaner and gravelly yells fairly well, if not in a completely similar fashion to Spencer Chamberlain.

Similar Artists: Norma Jean, The Chariot, Destroy The Runner

Guitar - Tokyo (2006)

similar artists: n.Ln, and uhmmm...can't think of more.

guitar's tokyo is a nice album, very relaxing ambient that works perfect as background music. i imagine this is what the winter in japan sounds like, also some tracks remind me of the we love katamari soundtrack but maybe that's just me. download and find out.

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Horse The Band - A Natural Death (2007)


Yes, you read that right. It is small, to my knowledge, sub-genre of post-hardcore/screamo that integrates 8 bit synthesizers to bring to memory the music of games from the original Nintendo system. Think Mastodon in a mash up with Metroid and Super Mario Brothers 2. It's odd to be sure, but definitely a step in the direction of originality. A Natural Death is their third full length release, and first since 2005's The Mechanical Hand. To my ears, it is a step up from that earlier release, it features stronger songwriting but does not stray too far from the elements that make them stand out.

A Natural Death is a lot of fun. It is out on the fringe, but it is so damned intriguing. It is the kind of music that, when you first hear it, you will have one of two reactions. The first would be to just write it off as nonsensical bollocks, turn it off, never look back, and get on with someother music listening. The other would be to be curious, for good or bad, and continue listening to it. I fall into the latter category.

Similar Artists: Dillinger Escape Plan, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Protest The Hero

Driller Killer - Total Fucking Hate (1994)

similar artists: extreme noise terror, discharge, anti cimex.

driller killer is a crust-hardcore-punk band from malmö, sweden.

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Tarentel - Ghetto Beats on the Surface of the Sun (2006)

Dreamy, harsh, soothing, and other-worldly noise. An ambitious and diverse album, and easily Tarentel's most experimental record to date.

Highly recommended for fans of Tarentel, or experimental music in general.


Shiny Toy Guns - Season of Poison (2008)

similar artists: new order, the anix, stabbing westward.

shiny toy guns' new album, season of poison comes after the massive success of their previous album, 2006's we are pilots and a change of line-up and shows the band experimenting and exploring a heavier side to their sound at times. old and casual fans of the band might feel alienated by this album at first but it's sure grows on you after a couple of listens. it is great as an introduction to the band too, and will surely gain the band new fans. check out the first single, ministry-ish "ricochet" and the awesome track "poison".


Mouse on the Keys - Sezession (2007)

Mouse on the Keys is a Japanese nu-jazz band who practice heavy use of the piano. This is some brilliant stuff. I really don't think it's possible not to like. Very smooth and jazzy. Get it.

Similar Artists: AS MEIAS, Toe, eksperimentoj, Matryoskha, miaou

Get it!

I Am Robot and Proud - Uphill City (2008)

I am Robot and Proud (Shaw-Han Liem) is a one-man electronic artist from Toronto, Ontario. He also played in the now-defunct band Sea Snakes.

Upbeat beep boop music. Sounds a little bit like Child's View, if you've heard them. Really nice stuff to listen to when you're in need of cheering up. Definitely recommended.

Similar Artists: Lullatone, Kettel, ISAN, Dntel, Khonnor


Marmaduke Duke - The Magnificent Duke (2005)

Marmaduke Duke is a conceptual rock duo from Ayrshire, Scotland. It is the side project of the two leading members of Scottish Alternative Rock bands, JP Reid of Sucioperro and Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro.

Great experimental rock. If you like Biffy Clyro, you'll probably like these guys too.

Similar Artists: Sucioperro, Orko, Biffy Clyro, Kinesis, Reuben


Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw (2005)


A new style of metal rose in the early 21st century; one that was light on the vocals and heavy on the instrumentals. But it certainly wasn't your dad's familiar metal instrumental -- prog-like overindulgence gave way to sounds alternating between dreamy soundscapes and crushing riffs -- as evidenced by groups like Pelican. On the group's second full-length for Hydra Head, 2005's The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, Pelican introduce a new texture to its sonic palette: acoustic guitars. But those expecting a full-on flamenco guitar concerto will have to look elsewhere, as they're used sparingly. The phrase "the type of album you have to listen to all the way through" seems custom-made for the moody and atmospheric Fire, as it really is a sort of aural roller coaster. With the same stylistic thread running throughout many of the album's seven tracks, individual standouts are hard to pinpoint, but if push came to shove, you can't go wrong with the epic album opener, "Last Day of Winter."

Listen to this album for your own good.

Lovedrug - The Sucker Punch Show (2008)

Similar Artists: As Tall As Lions, Mae, Further Seems Forever

Lovedrug is: Michael Shepard (vocals,piano,guitar), David Thomas Owen IV (guitar,vocals), Korey Christopher Jones (bass), and James Childress (drums). They hail from Ohio, near Hartville and North Canton. Melding purist indie rock ethic with the immense sounds of stadium-prog, Lovedrug refuse to recognize a dichotomy between art and mass appeal. While the euro-bent of their debut LP Pretend You’re Alive frequently evoked Muse and pre-electronic Radiohead comparisons, Lovedrug embrace broader musical peers.

Note: Pretend You're Alive is miles better than this, but it's an advance. Enjoy if you can.

Wolf Eyes - Claustrophobic (2007)

similar artists: black dice, merzbow, skullflower.

"You know, we’re probably about fifteen percent songs, seventy-five percent bad mood, and five percent, whatever, composition or whatever." - John Olson of Wolf Eyes

sorry about the shitty pic, it was the only one i could find.


White Rose Movement - Kick (2006)

similar artists: moving units, veil veil vanish, she wants revenge.

amazing band from london, a mix of post-punk and new wave with an electro feel to it. kick is their debut abum, released in 2006. they've opened for nine inch nails, placebo, the rakes, and played in coachella. one of those relatevely unkown bands that manages to do big things.


Fonoda - Eventually (2007)

Having released their debut LP ‘Blinker:Farben’ way-back-when in 2002, Fonoda made an immediate impact through a sound which smelted influences such as Slint, Mogwai and Low into a crucible of sound that was both pithily melancholic yet sunny-side up optimistic. Pairing down their line-up from a quad to trio, Florian Doelzer (drums), Matthias Neuefeind (guitar) and Christian Unertl (bass) reconvened in 2006 to record the appropriately named ‘Eventually’.

Cool post-rock/shoegaze. Download them shits.

Similar Artists: July Skies, Sonna, Hammock, My Education, The Workhouse

Download them shits.

33.3 - Plays Music (2000)

A mix of jazz, rock, and melodic instrumentation, Plays Music is simply enjoyable as hell. 33.3 create a unique and harmonious sound of their own with a cello and horn in the mix, and for those who have heard their self-titled already, expect the same level of quality, and a little bit more. Very highly recommended.

Vaguely similar artists: The Letter E , As the Poets Affirm , They Mean Us

Get it here.

Marnie Stern - This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That (2008)

similar artists: deerhoof, OOIOO, made in mexico.

marnie stern's second album is amazing. far more accesible than her 2007 debut but still a great noise rock album with a very long title i can't remember. marnie stern is a great guitar player, the guitar work through this album is very well done and hella's zach hill's drumming complements it very good. definetily one of the best albums of 2008.


Drums & Tuba - Battles Olé (2005)

Drums & Tuba's most recent release, on which they still embrace their experimental nature, but also grow a bit more accessible, since the drummer also sings on this album. Just a great and innovative band.

Get it here.
Recommended tracks: "Magnum Opie" , "If I Die"

The Anix - Demolition City (2008)

similar artists: orgy, the faint, vanity beach, apoptygma berzerk.

the anix is an awesome three piece from LA playing heavily new-wave influenced synth-rock. they've been around for a long time, releasing several albums independently until their first proper album, 2005's play, dance, repeat which was basically a bunch of old songs reworked and some new songs put together in a cd. demolition city is their latest release, full of new songs (and a new version of this game). no fan of the genre or the band should miss this release.


Mindless Self Indulgence - You'll Rebel To Anything (2005)

because fuck you faggots. i just saw mindless self indulgence live yesterday and it was fucking awesome, so i thought i'd post one of their best releases, you'll rebel to anything. the best part about this album are the synths, though jimmy's vocals are still as awesome as they were on frankenstein girls. stop being a dick and give this album a chance, and if you live outside the UK and the US (were the fanbase is completely unbearable) go see them live, you'll have a great time.

the bonus tracks from both the clean and vinyl versions of the album are included.


Robots in Disguise - The Sex Has Made Me Stupid (2008)

similar artists: le tigre, new young pony club, dead disco.

the sex has made me stupid was the first single from we're in the music biz, the third album from uk band robots in disguise. the single includes the album version (a great dance punk song) and 6 great remixes.


Lipstick Terror - La Introduccion al Terror EP (2008)

similar artists: the locust, maniqui lazer, thunderbirds are now!

great mexican band with a sound that mixes synthpunk and hardcore. not much else to say i think.


Jaguar Love - Take Me To The Sea (2008)

similar artists: pretty girls make graves, the blood brothers, neon blonde, cursive.

jaguar love is the new band from former blood brothers members johnny whitney (vocals and piano) and cody votolato (guitar, bass) and former pretty girls make graves member jay clark (now as a drummer). this is their debut release, take me to the sea, the sound is a good mix of the member's former bands, at times sounding like a more upbeat PGMG, then a bit like both the blood brothers and neon blonde. i've seen it tagged as art punk. sounds ok to me.


The Wayward - Overexposure

The Wayward are a Prog Rock/Psychedelic/Indie (confused yet?) band from Fairfax, Virginia. The Wayward formed in the summer of 2004, roughly six months after the breakup of Carrion (Nov. 2000 - Feb 2004) drummer (Nathaniel Simms) and Vocalist/Guitarist (Nick Jan Skrobisz) were both from Carrion and were joined by Jesse Stanislaw Skrobisz (Nick’s brother) on bass. After three months of songwriting they toured as The Wayward.

The Wayward are an amalgam of a few different genres of music, but for the most part represent the genre of rock. The Wayward use many different styles of music to create perceptible tinges of a story beneath the instrumentals. This is a very underrated band, I would appreciate if you would give them a listen.

Similar Artists: The Underground, Crystal Antlers, Ninja Academy


Prints - Prints (2007)

When notoriously prolific multi-instrumentalist Kenseth Thibideau (Sleeping People, Howard Hello, Pinback) invited Sacramento native Zac Nelson (Who’s Your Favorite Son, God?, Faulouah/H E X L O V E) to collaborate on a new endeavor, the two could not possibly have expected the results to be this arresting. Merging the eclectic instrumentation of Talking Heads with the ethereal vocals of Peter Gabriel, the two mingle the precision of Brian Eno and the jubilance of Brian Wilson. It is perversely appropriate, then, that they christened it Prints.

Out of tens of thousands of generic indie rock bands, Prints stands out. This album is great. I would definitely recommend it. Also, sorry for shitty resolution cover.

Similar Bands: Le Loup, Saxon Shore, Oneida, Evangelicals


The Letter E - No. 5ive Longplayer (2000)

The Letter E is a short-lived instrumental band that created multi-influenced and melodic music. Some have described them as 'math rock' for their interesting shifts and instrumentation, but they defy any certain label of their material, in my opinion. Recommended.

Sounds like: a lighter and more upbeat Sonna, mixed with the more melodic and relaxing parts of Rumah Sakit.

Get it here.
Recommended tracks: "Plains" , "Events"

Charles Manson - All the Way Alive (2003)

All the Way Alive is an unexpected gem of acoustic pop/folk balladry with an occasional blues touch (although he has more experimental material on other albums), and is the result of a demo session from September 11, 1967 (before he recorded the album "Lie"). Many are quick to dismiss Manson's musical endeavors, in light of his criminal record and general insanity, and wouldn't consider checking this out. For those I've included previews of three songs on this album, to show that his music is quite enjoyable, despite any preconceptions people may have about the man.

"Invisible Tears"

"My World"

"Bet You Think I Care"

Get some Charlie.

Anal Cunt -5643 Song EP (1989)

Weird EP from the legendary band. They recorded a shitload of songs, no one really knows how many, and overlapped them all. I'm not a fan of normal Anal Cunt, but this is really different and experimental.

CruelBlackDove - Full Powers (2008)

similar artists: kidneythieves, nine inch nails, snake river conspiracy.

freaking awesome, kind of dark, great electronic rock with an industrial vibe, industrial-pop maybe. just get it. oh yeah, female vocals.


Lymbyc Systym - Carved by Glaciers (2005)

Lymbyc Systym is an instrumental band that produces damn good music, as I'm sure you would agree. This is a different sound than their more popular "Love Your Abuser" album; it's mostly very chilled out.

Highly recommended.

Get it.

Child's View - Funfair (1999)

Dulcet and ambient electronic with childlike flourishes, along with some energetically chopped up beats and melodies.

Sounds like: A mix of Lullatone and Múm, and a bit of World's End Girlfriend, but without as many glitchy sounds.

Get it here.
Recommended tracks: "Sabure" , "After Image"

Mouth Sewn Shut - Doomed Future Today (2007)

Mouth Sewn Shut (MSS) is one of the newer, more individualistic Profane Existence bands. In addition to taking the core of DIY anarcho- for which the label is loved, the Boston band also mixes in elements of , , and classic as well, expanding upon vocalist Bill’s and guitarist Will’s previous band, Toxic Narcotic. MSS’s newest album, 2007’s Doomed Future Today distributed by PE and released on Rodent Popsicle, is something of a contemporary masterpiece with varied genre stylings that still remain true to the ideals and sounds of passionate

Similar Artists: Toxic Narcotic, Dystopia, Nausea


Cheer - Static Traps (2008)

Cheer is the melodic ambient music made by Alec Cheer, from Glasgow. Soft electronic and beautiful acoustic guitar. Highly recommended for fans of ambient.

Similar artists: A Small Good Thing, Stars of the Lid, Aix Em Klemm, Slow Dancing Society

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The Threshold Houseboys Choir - Form Grows Rampant (2007)

The Threshold HouseBoys Choir is a musical guise for Peter Christopherson, announced in 2005 as a follow up endeavor to his former group Coil.
Despite the misleading name, it is a solo project which relies heavily on computer generated vocals, of which he is formally credited as the ‘director’.

Spectacular album. This is a must-download if you enjoy Coil or even experimental ambient in general.

Similar Artists: Time Machines, Coil, Muslimgauze, Lustmord


Martyrdöd - In Extremis (2005)

Martyrdöd unleash intense raw Swedish crust with some Black Metal influences. Ultra powerful metallic käng that drags you into a world of darkness, anger and despair…This band has a distinct style within the strong tradition of Swedish hardcore. The riffs are raw and powerful, with haunting melody over a storm of raw sonic shrapnel. Two guitars trade off sledgehammer riffs and driving melodic leads. Guitarist Micke also now plays in Skitsystem.

One of my favorite crust albums. Highly recommended.

Similar Artists: Skitsystem, Wolfbrigade, His Hero is Gone, Totalitär


Trap Them - Sleepwell Deconstructor (2007)

Sleepwell Deconstructor is nothing less than jarring. All the instruments and a voice not unlike a deeper-throated Jacob Bannon's constantly coalesce to provide a dynamic pacing and overwhelming sound. While the band is sure enough to slip in a few let-ups and not constantly drill away at the drum kit, be assured that for its entire duration you will not only be compelled, but thrown around.
While half its songs do round off to a minute apiece, others stretch beyond those means and express Trap Them's creative visions well. The lyrically warfare-preparing "Day Five: Garlic Breakfast" tears off a few more intricate riffs, while "Day Six: Fucked as Punk" manages to build to a frothing, pounding climax in just over two minutes. "Day Eight: Destructioneer Extraordinare" is the biggest surprise, an apprehensive, five-minute-long track that shows the band must be spinning some 'post-metal' bands in between their bouts of Tragedy and Discharge; however, it reminds me of the more deliberate songs off November Coming Fire's excellent Dugeness. Of course, it follows with two tracks guns-a-blazing, then the sinister, on-the-verge-of-exploding "Day Eleven: Threatnurse" and one final blowout in "Day Twelve: All Hands on the Medic."

Trap Them - Seance Prime (2007)


The American Northeast has a need every ten years or so for a band to come along and fill a musical black hole of anti-matter that can only be reached through feedback and blasphemy. Overcast (R.I.P.) filled that void competently in the 1990s for a spell before disintegrating, but now there is a hole once more. The re-located Today is the Day cannot truly be called a "New England" band but their vibrations are appreciated nonetheless.

Enter Trap Them, comprised of ex-members of (occ)cult bands December Wolves and Transistor Transistor, to occupy that negative space that is needed like sweet heroin for the many fans of heavy music in the NE and beyond. This is a swift follow-up to last year's and highly-regarded Sleepwell Deconstructor and this new release is worthy of praise and worship too.

Thursday / Envy - Split (2008)

at last, the thursday/envy split is here. and as i expected, envy's tracks are super awesome, their track an umbrella fallen into fiction might be one of the best envy songs ever, if not the best. with these songs envy continues to develop their post-rock influenced sound creating extremely emotional and powerful music. thursday's half is good too but their sound hasn't evolved a lot since their last album, except for an instrumental track and mercury rev's remix their input on this split is quickly forgetable, and not because it's not good but envy's half overshadows it. overall is a great split you should not miss.