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Top 30 Albums of 2014: 15-1

This is it, these are my top fifteen albums for 2014. There’s some great stuff here that I hope you check out and become as obsessed with as I did. Hope you all have a merry Christmas and a fantastic time with your friends and family. See you in 2015! Continue reading

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Top 30 Albums of 2014: 30-16

Here’s the first half of the top 30 albums of 2014! While this year didn’t impress me anywhere near as much as last year, there were still dozens of great releases, especially in the second-half of the year. I guess as well, since this year has been very quiet for the Rich Reviewz blog (for personal reasons – 2015 will be the return of regular posts), you can see all the albums I’d wish I could have spoken about. Continue reading

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Top 30 Albums of 2013: 15-1

So here we are, the final fifteen, the very top of my favourite albums of the year. 2013 was a great year for music with albums like these gracing the airwaves and I wonder whether 2014 will be as good… there’s certainly a lot to contest with here. Have a merry Christmas!  Continue reading

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Submission Round Ups #1

This will be a new segment where I review submissions sent in via mini-reviews. If you send stuff for me to review it, I will review it, and so this is the best way I can keep on top of the growing number of submissions. If you like/hate the idea, let me know! Continue reading

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JJ Doom – “KEYS TO THE KUFFS” Review

JJ Doom – Keys To The Kuffs
Genre: Hip-Hop

Label: Lex Records

JJ Doom is a collaborative project between the MF Doom, at this moment in time known as Doom, and producer Jneiro Jarel – and “Key To The Kuffs” is their debut release. Now, if you consider yourself a hip-hop fan and find yourself wondering “who exactly is this Doom character?” then maybe you should consider otherwise…  Continue reading

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Favourite Albums of 2012… SO FAR.

Death Grips – The Money Store

The first choice and the first one that comes to my mind, no doubt at the top of the pile for me so far this year. Even when I heard the three or four songs promotionally released before the album, I knew that I would love it, but in no way as much as I actually did – I could listen to this album over and over and over without getting bored. Not many can make me do that. Noisy and abrasive hip-hop.

Torche – Harmonicraft

Torche, in my opinion, took their “pop-sludge” from an ear-pounding hall approach to a stadium-flattening-size party beast. Some of these songs are just so BIG. Such a fun album, makes me want to drink beer and air guitar every time.

Melvins – Freak Puke

Although it’s “Melvins (Lite)”, I still class it as Melvins. I just thoroughly loved how dark and twisted this album was, really sank into new depths. Trevor Dunn is just great on it too, really brought out darkness from the Buzz and Dale.

Earth – Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II

I’ve seen a lot of people complain about this album due to that it’s pretty much the same as AOD, DOL I… but the fact is, surprisingly overlooked, it’s a second part/half. I just really enjoyed this album and found certain moments just as chilling or mesmerising as the first.

Every Time I Die – Ex Lives

Just one of the most vicious releases that Every Time I Die has released in a few years, the anger just jumps at you and seizes you by the throat. The riffs, as usual, have a southern twinge and are just so catchy. Some tracks really do take a while to get used to, or at least it did for me. And there’s a banjo at one point, what more could anyone want?

Ab-Soul – Control System

This was my first time hearing Ab-Soul, and it took a while (mainly consisting of repeatedly listening to the Danny Brown feature track), but then it clicked. He’s really setting his own style and just really refreshing.

Joey Bada$$ – 1999

Just listen to it if you need hope that hip-hop might return to its 90’s roots.

Black Swan – Aeterna

Beautiful ambient drone but with a horror twist, like a soundtrack to a silent horror film played in slow motion. This is also a new artist to me and one of my favourite discoveries of the year.

Cattle Decapitation – Monolith Of Inhumanity

Brutal, relentless, punishing, violent, disgusting, horrifying, cruel… all you need in a brutal death metal/grindcore album, it’s right here. Travis just really outdoes all his vocals on previous albums with this, which is a bold statement to say the least, but true to my ears.

Black Breath – Sentenced To Life

I like their previous releases, but this is the first one that I find blows me away while not getting boring early on. It’s not exactly mindblowing, but I just find it a enjoyable listen. Crunchy riffs!

Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 2

Just another starling collection of hip-hop beats by Clams. I never really understand why he lets people rhyme over his beats, but I’m glad he puts these mixtapes out of them untouched.

Unfortunately, there’s a load of new albums that I haven’t been able to listen to or haven’t gotten around to… there’s a lot of it out there! Especially the new Gojira album, I’ve only heard a handful of tracks so far, but not the whole thing.

Let me know what your favourites are so far.

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