After writing those intros for years, I sometimes struggle to come up with something cool or witty. I think this is a natural process, since this intro seems necessary, but basically we all just want to cut the crap and nerd out about the best releases of the past month. Reflecting upon the meaning and necessity of those texts which welcome the reader to an extravagant journey through the wildest aural landscapes is a good excuse to weasel my way out of the duty of coming up good intro. Or did I just turn everything upside down? What’s going on April 2021?

I’m confused. Let’s calm down and talk about some music.

Bridge Burner – Disempath

April 2 // Hibernation Release 

2021 managed to rekindle my love for heavy music, and I enjoyed the hell out of Disempath. New Zealanders Bridge Burner are disgustingly heavy and grind on crust just the right way. If you wanna get punched in the face, spin this record!

Bandcamp // Youtube

BRUIT ≤ – The Machine Is Burning And Now Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again

April 2 // Independent

BRUIT ≤ did not only release one of the best post rock records of the year, they also put everyone in the genre to shame who claims to have a ‘cinematic’ sound. Their incredible sense for arrangement and sound makes The Machine Is Burning And Now Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again a fantastic experience.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Céline & the Blue – Within & Without

April 2 // Independent

There is nothing more lovely to stumble upon a small gem which really hits the right notes. Within & Without isn’t revolutionary, but it does so much stuff right on just six songs. Tightly produced neo soul with great performances from every member of the band, and I’m looking forward to listen to those tunes when summer comes.

Youtube // Review

Olhava – Frozen Bloom

April 2 // Independent

Olhava are definitely a candidate for one of the most interesting blackgaze bands right now, and Frozen Bloom is yet another strong statement. Their sense for atmosphere is astonishing.

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!

April 2 // Constellation Records

GY!BE are always a force to be reckoned with, but they definitely lost me a bit after they came back from their hiatus, and with the overbearing shadow of Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven, it was hard to connect to them. Their newest album rekindles some of the seemingly lost magic, and I’m sure that spark can progress even more.


Radura – Effetto Della Veduta D’Insieme

April 7 // Clever Eagle Records/Dischi Decenti/various others

It was about time that we come to our first skramz release to grace this list. 2021 is about to be yet another fantastic year for the revival of the genre, exampled by the intense and marvelous Effetto Della Veduta D’Insieme. This album fills a spot which is usually reserved by Raein, which is the highest form of admiration I can give them.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Caoilfhionn Rose – Truly

April 9 // Gondwana Records

Truly swept me off my feet in the most delicate way. There an approach to how Caoilfhionn Rose treats simplicity within her songwriting which feels heartfelt and empowering. An incredibly lovely and wonderful album from start to finish.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Hiraki – Stumbling Through The Walls

April 9 // Nefarious Industries

Craving for more DaughtersHiraki have to be on your playlist then, but don’t worry. Stumbling Through The Walls is by no means a copycat. The Danish outfit make their own world of prog and noise, shaped by incredible energy and creativity.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Vientre – Estado de Imago

April 9 // Carne Débil

After every spin, this album gives me more. Estado de Imago is not only one of the best skramz records of the year, it’s simply one of the best records the movement has produced since its revival. Vientre carry melancholy as their shield and hope as their sword, creating the most beautiful melodies within their never-ending drive.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Vijay Iyer/Linda May Han Oh/Tyshawn Sorey – Uneasy

April 9 // ECM Records

Vijay Iyer is one of the finest jazz pianists right now, and when he teams up with such an illustrious bunch of artists like Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey, you know there will be quality. If you are looking for a playful, dynamic jazz experience, take that.


Brockhampton – Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine

April 9 // RCA/Question Everything

Brockhamption had some great momentum with their Saturation trilogy, but after the well-deserved kick-out of Ameer Vann, they couldn’t manage to get back to their feet artistically. Roadrunner hit me by surprise, being probably the best album of their career.


Orange and Mountains – Drawers

April 16 // Rhodium Publishing

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I either want a more experimental, compelling approach for electronic music, or relaxing layers and digital warmth. Orange and Mountains‘ Drawers definitely plays in the second category, creating dreamy and captivating soundscapes all along.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Holding Absence – The Greatest Mistake Of My Life

April 16 // Sharptone Records

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Holding Absence were always an incredibly promising act in the UK scene, and they proved themselves capable of fulfilling those promises with their newest release The Greatest Mistake Of My Life. While not really adventurous stylistically, their great sense for songwriting and an utterly charismatic performance by vocalist Lucas Woodland are more an enough to make this album outstanding.

Youtube // Review

Suffocate For Fuck Sake – Fyra

April 16 // Moments Of Collapse Records

suffocate for fuck sake

After the amazing In My Blood, fans of Suffocate For Fuck Sake (including myself) were eager for its successor. After 5 years, the Swedish skramz/post hardcore act is back with Fyra, a dark and gritty work of art, giving their fans and beyond what they needed.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Son Lux – Tomorrows III

April 16 // City Slang

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By finishing their Tomorrows trilogy, Son Lux created the best work of their career. As an avid fan of the band, I was always fond of the band’s versatility and dynamic, reaching new height on Tomorrows. Great albums on their own, the records together achieve pure magic.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Motorpsycho – Kingdom Of Oblivion

April 16 // Stickman Records/Rune Grammofon

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I’ll make this short: At this point, Motorpsycho are regulars on The Noise Of for a reason. They are the best prog rock band out here right now.

Youtube // Review

Altarage – Succumb

April 23 // Season Of Mist

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One of the best death metal bands around are back with yet another fantastic record. Altarage mastered their slightly dissonant and vastly atmospheric approach to death metal on their critical acclaimed album The Approaching Roar, and continued their journey into the hellish abyss with Succumb.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Spectral Lore – Ετερόφωτος

April 23 // I, Voidhanger Records

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On his fifth full-length album, Greek one-man project Spectral Lore is neither tired nor speechless. Quite the contrary, Ετερόφωτος carries the spirit of revolution and progression with its forward-thinking narrative, balancing self-reflection, and the will to improve.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Neptunian Maximalism – Solar Drone Ceremony

April 23 // I, Voidhanger Records

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I, Voidhanger Records put out not only released one groundbreaking metal record on April 23 with Spectral Lore, they also released Solar Drone Ceremony, the newest addition to the fascinating catalog of Neptunian Maximalism. If you are not familiar, imagine Devin Townsend, but twisted, kinda occult, way more experimental and pretty black metal-ish. And, from my perspective, way better.

Bandcamp // Review


April 23 // Southern Lord

big brave april

I really enjoyed BIG | BRAVE‘s previous record, A Gaze Among Them, but felt it was lacking somewhere. Whatever it was which they needed, the band found it for their newest output, VITAL, marking it the best release in the band’s career. For those who aren’t satiated with doomgaze quite yet, prepare for one of the very best releases in that vein!

Bandcamp // Youtube //  Review

Capra – In Transmission

April 23 // Metal Blade Records

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I wasn’t aware of this record until the day it was released. As usual, browsing through some records, I immediately knew that In Transmission was special. While having a relatively clean and modern sound, Capra capture a raw and infectious energy throughout this hell of a record, which will bring them far in the future.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Yellow Ostrich – Soft

April 23 // Barsuk Records

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“Julia” started playing, and I was in love right away. Yellow Ostrich‘s Soft is one of those records which can establish an instant connection with with the listener, bursting from beautiful melodies and a warm, cozy sound.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Satomimagae – Hanazono

April 23 // RVNG Intl.

satomimagae april

Another artist I’m following for quite a while, and I’m thankful for every release by SatomimagaeHanozono is a bit more experimental than previous material from the project, and I’m all in on it. Another awesome record in the books.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Porter Robinson – Nurture

April 23 // Mom + Pop

porter robinson april

Nurture hit all the right notes for me. All the good vibes, all the good feelings. It condenses the first warm sunbeams of the year, first green meadows. I’m already in love with this album, and I will fall even more for it in the summer.


Monobody – Comma

April 23 // Sooper Records

monobody april

If you like math rock or nu jazz and still sleeping on Monobody, what are you doing with your life? They produce great album after great album, with the newest edition to the club, Comma, being just another hit. They are a great band and deserve way more attention.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Alfa Mist – Bring Backs

April 23 // Anti- Records

alfa mist april

We are not fooling around. Bring Backs is without a doubt Alfa Mist‘s best record to date. After his great debut LP Antiphon, the following release left something to be desired. Now he’s back with all the magic, and damn, Bring Backs is just packed with smooth jazzy goodness.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Rachel Chinouriri – Four° In Winter

April 23 // Parlophone Records

Smooth as fuck and delicately arranged alternative r’n’b, led by an overall impressive performance by Rachel Chinouriri. Nothing more to say than to highly recommend this powerful EP.



April 23 // Independent

blackshape april

What a banger. Press play on this record and get rushed away by waves of great riffs and an intense sound. Imagine a more post metal and mathy version of Night Verses‘ From The Gallery Of Sleep. Don’t ignore this album if heavy instrumental music is something your crave!

Bandcamp // Youtube

Stone Healer – Conquistador

April 30 // Independent

stone healer april

Not enough good metal in April? No worries, Stone Healer is here to save the day. It’s hard to describe, let’s just say Conquistador hits a sweet spot between Gorguts and Ne Obliviscaris, while being unique and fresh. The really earthy and old-school production adds to the very cohesive image the band establishes on their debut. Super excited for the future of this project.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Oryx – Lamenting A Dead World

April 30 // Translation Loss Records

Another good metal record? What’s going on with you, Inter? Well, April is relentless and obviously pretty heavy, bringing Lamenting A Dead World by Denver-based blackened sludge outfit Oryx. It’s dark, heavy, gritty, and beautiful.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Last Hyena – How Soon Is Mars

April 30 // Stereo Brain Records

last hyena april

I’ve developed a complicated relationship with math rock during the years. At first, I ate up everything the genre threw at me, but I got bored by all the mindless noodling, since the majority of bands forget how to write proper songs. Gladly, Last Hyena stand out with superb songwriting and some awesome sound ideas!

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Ben Seretan – Cicada Waves

April 30 // NNA Tapes

ben seretan april

As usual with Ben Seretan, his vibrant ambient is playful and beautiful, apparent on his newest album Cicada Waves. Especially if you are new and/or unfamiliar to ambient as a genre, the music of Seretan is a perfect entry point.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Crumb – Ice Melt

April 30 // Independent

What? Should I not add a new Crumb album here? Blasphemy. Crumb is life.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Thanks for scrolling!

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