The darkest NJ beatdown group is back with a new album

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One of the most terrifying bands from New Jersey, Departed have dropped a new album called Darkness Reigns and be sure to heed the title, this bands music dwells deep within the abyss and they expel that with ease. For the uninitiated, Departed play a style of metallic/beatdown hardcore that mixes in the dreadful and nihilistic aesthetic of black metal, would we call it blackened beatdown? I’m not sure.

What I can be certain of is that this band always intrigued me as they seemed like they had been around since even the early 2000s in both sound and presence…


The brutal San Fernando Valley band achieves their most crushing form on their third album and first release in 5 years

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God’s Hate is a band I’ve had a lengthy history listening to. I first encountered them when I spent an entire year listening to nothing but Bandcamp artists and they were one of the first I came across in those days. On my first listen of their 2014 EP Divine Injustice I can say as much as I enjoyed the heaviness the band always felt held back by something. There was definitely no shortage of skill in the band, that I knew from the get go. I just couldn’t fully sink my teeth into them like I did other bands…


BROCKHAMPTON’S First of two albums they’ve announced for 2021 is arguably one of their best releases so far

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Years and years of being the internets favorite group has certainly been a title BROCKHAMPTON deserved and now in 2021 they decided to bring that to a close. Announcing that they would release two albums this year then call it quits was devastating news to fans everywhere but we know this group isn’t going to go out with but a whimper. Here on their new album ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE they decided to bring out the bangers.

The opening track “BUZZCUT”…


*sigh* Another one

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DJ Khaled makes music for the radio. He makes music so that people can actually hear it. You know you’re driving down the highway and someone’s playing it in their car. You know you’re at the barbershop and you hear it playing. It’s called good music. It’s music that you actually hear. Not no mysterious shit and you never hear it. Remember these words when you hear this albums hits forced down your throat for the next several months.

DJ Khaled has had a rough couple of years in the eyes of the public, because in his own words he’s…


The alternative metal stalwarts sixth album is a triumphant yet bittersweet journey in the wake of tragedy

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After their highly experimental and hedonistically sonic Saturday Night Wrist, which was recorded over a troubling two years for the band, Deftones wanted to bring themselves back to basics and just get together and write a record like a real band. It’s a natural decision when a band gets lost over the course of their career, like The Beatles did when recording Abbey Road and plenty of other bands who decided to cut the shit and give the fans what they want. That album wasn’t called Diamond Eyes though, it was called Eros and it was supposedly written and recorded…


The legendary NYHC band’s follow up to their powerful debut deserves just as much attention and praise

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When the dust had settled after the Cro-Mags’ stellar debut in 1986 the affect of the inner turmoil had begun to take its toll on the highly skilled band. With the loss of Mackie Jayson on drums and lead singer John Joseph the rest of the Age of Quarrel lineup still had its key members. With Petey Hines taking over drums the rest of the band still kicked as much ass as they did on their debut; Parris Mayhew was still a riff machine on the guitar backed up by Doug Holland on rhythm and Harley Flanagan was still a…


The multi-platinum selling rapper died in the hospital on April 9th 2021 after being on life support for a week

Rapper DMX was hospitalized on April 2nd, 2021 after suffering a heart attack, reportedly as a result of an apparent drug overdose. Around noontime on April 9th it was confirmed that the rapper had died in the hospital after being taken off life support.

The rapper known as DMX, legal name Earl Simmons, leaves behind one of the most enduring legacies of any rapper from the 90s and on pop culture at large. DMX and his clique the Ruff Ryders were the reigning champions of the genre at the turn of the century with X’s first five albums debuting at…


The heavy hitter from Yonkers’ follow up to his gigantic debut and second chart topping album in one year

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Hot off the success of his debut album It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot in May of 1998 DMX conquered not only the charts but the sophomore slump… in the same fucking year. Released just seven months after his debut DMX cemented his presence in the hip hop scene after years of toiling in the underground and robbing people just to stay alive. It’s an incredible feat which I don’t believe has been reached by any artist since then and in listening to both of these albums you can see why.

Returning with his cruddy raps about street crime and…


The dogs most successful album sees him at the apex of his career and continues his platinum selling album streak.

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In 1999 DMX was on top of the world. His last two albums, both released in 1998 debuted at the top of the charts, he was starring in movies like Hype Willams’ Belly, received extensive coverage on MTV and his Ruff Ryders label was turning the hip hop world upside down with their videos from artists such as Eve and The LOX. After two highly successful albums it seemed like DMX could go no further… and then there was X.

His third album …And Then There Was X, recorded largely in Miami, Florida became the most successful album of his…


If you like to see bands not taking themselves seriously then “Tortured Whole” is a disgusting good time for you!

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Stop joking about this bands name for a second and get into their outrageous and completely smoked out soundscape for a second. Sanguisugabogg is, as they describe themselves, a “drugged-out, down-tuned death metal” band from Columbus, Ohio who have made quite a name for themselves through their outlandish videos on social media and through the release of their 2019 EP Pornographic Seizures. Their sound is like what Metallica’s St. Anger would have sounded like if it was fed through a sewage runoff and honestly I’m pretty damn cool with that. …

Ryan O'Connor

BA — Bridgewater State University, English Student w/ Minor in Latin American/Caribbean Studies Music journalist

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