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KANYE WEST
YE
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Has any major pop star, of any era, required the level of indulgence that Kanye West demands? Hes a brilliant producer, an ingenious curator, and arguably the most consequential pop star of the last decade, but liking Kanye has always meant making peace with the arrogant, petulant, sometimes infuriating character in the foreground. For a while, this compromise was almost part of his appeal, with every fresh Kanye outrage followed by a new burst of innovation that reminded you why you bothered with him in the first place. At best, his unvarnished loutishness just seemed like another facet of his messy humanity; at worst, he was a constant screw-up with a knack for extravagant make-up gifts. But after his alienating support of Donald Trump and stunningly asinine recent musings on slavery, plenty of his longtime fans have been rather publicly pondering if the great Kanye compromise is still worth it. Judging from a dozen listens through his eighth solo album, Ye, weve been right to wonder.
SKELETONWITCH
DEVOURING RADIANT LIGHT
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Andto its creditslay and surprise Skeletonwitch did, finishing the ill-fated tour as an instrumental four-piece, hitting the road with ex-Cannabis Corpse/Battlemaster vocalist Andy Horn, recruiting Wolvhammer vocalist Adam Clemans as a permanent replacement, delivering scorching sets on the 2016 Decibel tour, and releasing the perfectly respectable The Apothic Gloom EP that same year. None of these, however, are remotely as impressive or fearsome as the coup Skeletonwitch pulls off on its first full-length in five years, Devouring Radiant Light, an album comprising eight hydra-eviscerating tracks that are not merely the best, most fully actualized compositions of the bands 15-year existence by farno small feat, thatbut some of the greatest boundary-smashing, subgenre-transcending, high-octane heavy fucking metal of the past decade, period. The electric creativity crackling within the maelstrom of cunning riffs and rhythms; the seamless melding of atmosphere and primal aggression; the crisp intricacy and nuance-excavating Kurt Ballou production; the unbridled ferocity of the vocals Skeletonwitch is having its Master of Puppets and At the Heart of Winter moments simultaneously, and it is, if the band will forgive the superlative, absolutely motherfucking divinethe extreme music equivalent of heroic apotheosis; of, as Campbell put it, those who know, not only that the Everlasting lies in them, but that what they, and all things, really are is the Everlasting, dwell in the groves of the wish fulfilling trees, drink the brew of immortality, and listen everywhere to the unheard music of eternal concord.
INTERNET
HIVE MIND
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ast year, with the Internet on pause, Syd released Fin, a hard-strutting album of slick post-trap R&B, and its strongest singles were collaborations with her Internet bandmates. And now that shes back in the Internet, Syd seems to be consciously relegating herself to role-player status, even after hundreds of millions saw her grinning sheepishly in Drakes Nice For What video. It was the right move. If Syd sounded like a star on Fin, she sounds even more like one now. The Internet have always sounded confident. You have to be confident to give yourself a band name like that, especially if youre making dazed aquarian R&B in an instant-gratification streaming age. They have reason to be confident. Ego Death was a career breakthrough a dizzy and fully realized piece of work that succeeded in capturing the audience it deserved. (As happens more often than wed like to admit, critics like me were the ones who were late on Ego Death; the kids in the cult got it right away.) And last year, growing their empire in ways that recall plenty of rap crews of years past (Odd Future included), the different members of the band ventured out on their own, releasing solo albums or side projects. Guitarist Steve Lacy, still a teenager, produced tracks for Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole on his iPhone. And maybe its just my imagination, but I hear all the swagger that must come from vast success bleeding through on Hive Mind.
EPICA
EPICA VS ATTACK ON TITAN SONGS
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Linked Horizon is a side project by Japanese composer Revo who is also the mastermind behind Sound Horizon, which focuses on telling epic stories and mixing classical music with metal elements and various other subgenres varying from Japanese pop music to Visual Kei. If you aren't familiar with Sound Horizon yet, you have missed out on an outstanding fusion of genres and should check out records like the epic Mrchen. The songs on this release were written for the Attack on Titan anime series which are one of the most popular but in my opinion also one of the least interesting series. Especially the live action adaptations aren't too spectacular. The soundtrack to this series is however quite interesting. Since these songs were quite chaotic with narrative passages in German and vocals in Japanese, I was more than surprised to learn that Dutch symphonic metal veterans Epica would cover these songs.I must say that I'm really impressed because the band did an outstanding job. Epica avoided the use of German and Japanese lyrics and stuck to English lyrics, making the songs easier to digest. The band made the overall sound of the tracks heavier but also more bombastic with its typical use of symphonic elements. Epica managed to make these songs their own and to make them more fluid, powerful and structured at the same time.

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MEG MYERS TAKE ME TO THE DISCO$12.99
PRIMAL FEAR APOCALYPSE (W/DVD) (DLX)$12.99
DEATH GRIPS YEAR OF THE SNITCH$10.99
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CODY JINKS LIFERS$12.99
BOZ SCAGGS OUT OF THE BLUES$12.99
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SKELETONWITCH DEVOURING RADIANT LIGHT$11.99
RISE AGAINST GHOST NOTE SYMPHONIES 1$12.99
LUCERO AMONG THE GHOSTS$9.99
EPICA EPICA VS ATTACK ON TITAN SONGS$8.99

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