The Black Queen
Category: Synthpop / Coldwave
Album: Fever Daydream
Blurb: Emotive and expressive songwriting and composition, along with a chilled R&B influence, are at the forefront of this debut from a trio of veteran performers, resulting in what is most assuredly one of the best albums of the year.
Category: Electronica / Rock / Experimental
Album: Spines of the Heart
Blurb: Moody, dreamy, and haunting, this double album by Berklee-trained Bryan Deister has sparks of brilliance, a few dismal points, and a ton of material in between.
Category: Electro / Industrial / Rock
Blurb: Drawing on the tropes of cyberpunk literature and cinema, complete with a bevy of high profile musical guests and complementary visuals, this full-length debut from Victor Love is quite an entertaining experience.
Category: Alt. / Rock / Industrial
Album: Crazy Eyes
Blurb: 20 years after the band’s debut, Filter’s seventh album successfully captures the seething industrial/rock spirit with which it came kicking and screaming into the world.
Category: Drum & Bass / Rock
Album: Warrior Sound
Blurb: An excellent hybrid of the melodic sensibilities of rock & roll and the electronic energy of drum & bass, driven by arresting riffs and anthemic choruses too striking to ignore.
Category: Industrial / Rock / Noise
Blurb: After over two decades, one of the ‘90s most revered and most peculiar musical collaborations returns with a much more focused and deliberate album that firmly establishes the band’s identity and sound.
Category: Industrial / Rock
Album: The Undoing
Blurb: Darker and heavier production values with a greater emphasis on fractured electronics without losing the power of the guitars, SKOLD’s latest solo outing shows him at the top of his game.