I’m always afraid of October. Not because of Halloween, which I despise greatly. Not because autumn in general, which I love. I’m afraid because usually, October is the strongest month of the year in terms of releases, maybe next to March/April. In year two of Covid, you can definitely feel that a lot of artist compensating for the weird situation it brought to us with art, which makes those times a bit easier to bear. So follow me into the rabbit hole that is October’s best releases!

illuminati hotties – Let Me Do One More

October 1 // Hopeless Records

While Let Me Do One More never reaches the impalpable power of FREE I​.​H: This Is Not The One You’ve Been Waiting For, it still continues the impressive streak illuminati hotties established years ago as one of the most interesting indie/punk acts right now!

Bandcamp // Youtube

Hovvdy – True Love

October 1 // Grand Jury Music

I’m hoplessly addicted to Hovvdy‘s soundscapes, and True Love hit the right spot again. These songs about longing, love, and comfort are condensed coziness, and I’ll spin this for months to come.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Rohne – Forms

October 1 // Independent

With an immersive mix of downtempo, ambient, and IDM, Forms is an amazing gem for all fans of chilled electronica. The velvety soundscapes are warm and relaxing, which makes Rohne‘s newest record a perfect spin for cold days.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Yungmorpheus & Eyedress – Affable with Pointed Teeth

October 1 // Lex Records

Yungmorpheus‘s stuff is always worth checking out, and when he teams up with someone like Eyedress, you’re guaranteed to have a marvelous time. Affable with Pointed Teeth is a great hip hop gem, and once again criminally overlooked. Don’t sleep on this!

Bandcamp // Youtube

Atræ Bilis – Apexapien

October 8 // 20 Buck Spin

Last year, Atræ Bilis turned some heads with their promising debut EP Divinihility, only to return one year later with their even more impressive full-length Apexapien. And this dissonant and mid-tempo steamroller is hugely epic, making them a must-listen for every death metal fan around.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review


October 8 // XL Recordings

Their ability to regularly reinvent themselves while keeping their character throughout still baffles me. Yet again, BADBADNOTGOOD delivered a stunning piece of modern jazz with their very own spin on it. Talk Memory is simply phenomenal.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Dragonfruit – Gears of the Giant Machine

October 8 // Super-Sonic Jazz Records

Releasing a neo-soul album in the same year as Hiatus Kaiyote can be tough, but Dragonfruit are obviously confident enough to tackle that. Gears of the Giant Machine is exciting and compelling, dancing around the sweet spot between intimate bedroom soul and big band extravaganza.


Deviant Process – Nurture

October 15 // Season Of Mist

Good riffs and dense atmosphere. Nurture isn’t the most original record from a prog death band from Quebec, but once again the city shows its reliability of producing fantastic bands within the genre!

Bandcamp // Youtube

From the Mouth of the Sun – Light Caught The Edges

October 15 // Lost Tribe Sound

You’re looking for the soundtrack to your next meditation session? Look no further – Light Caught The Edges has got your back. With its hypnotic atmosphere and beautiful layers, From the Mouth of the Sun released an ambient highlight of the year, proving that Lost Tribe is the place to watch for great ambient music.


Luo – Convoluted Mess Machine

October 15 // Art As Catharsis

I’ve been following Luo for quite a while now, and while their releases have always been solid, nothing quite touched the magic they created on their fantastic live rendition of “In The Dark”. When the teamed up with AAC, I was curious, and curiosity gets rewarded. Convoluted Mess Machine at least tickles of the greatness they once reached, presenting one great experience of electronica, fusion, and prog.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Hippotraktor – Meridian

October 15 // Pelagic Records

After whatever Gojira thought they were doing with Fortitude (I love how every riff sounds the same), I was waiting for a groovy math metal record to fill the void. Thankfully, Hippotratkor seem to be decent people and took the responsibility. They even outdid themselves with Meridian!

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

She Said Destroy – Succession

October 15 // Mas-Kina Recordings

Speaking of which: some of the very best stuff in post-metal comes courtesy of Norwegian band She Said Destroy, which sprinkles some good ol’ Meshuggah on top of their dense, sludgy, and punching songs. A well-written, ultra-heavy record.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Illudium – Ash of the Womb

October 15 // Prophecy Productions

Ooof. There is so much beauty and warmth to be found in Ash of the Womb, so much so that every time I revisit this record, I fall back into it’s mysterious world and get hypnotized once again. With a wonderful vibe between Kyuss-ish desert rock and more classic doom, Illudium’s newest album is one of the very best you can listen in the genre this year!

Bandcamp // Youtube

This Wild Life – Ever Blossom

October 15 // Indepedent

There are some boxes This Wild Life check that should it make impossible for me to like them. On first glimpse, they are a very formulaic, superficial indie pop act. And on second glimpse, this impression stays. Nevertheless, I just can’t resist the incredible catchiness of Ever Blossom, so musical prejudice is once again proven to be at least unreliable.


Porto Geese – Duck

October 15 // Sheep Chase Records

First off, what a dope-ass name. Secondly, I’m having so much fun with this record. Duck reminds me of a more punky, forward-driven version of Kraus‘ Path, which was one of my favorite records back in 2018. It also made me aware that Kraus released a new album in October, which I’m extra thankful for!

Bandcamp // Youtube

The Silver – Ward of Roses

October 15 // Gilead Media

Can we call them a supergroup? The Silver bring members from bands like Horrendous and Crypt Sermon together, picking a few traits from said bands to add to their compelling and interesting mix of doom, dark rock, and black metal. And let me tell you, Ward of Roses is an absolute highlight in the metal world this year.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Hello Meteor – The End of All Known Land

October 19 // Evergreen Prefecture

You are receiving this broadcast as a dream

This is the quote you read everywhere connected to Hello Meteor and The End of All Known Land, and it describes this dreamy, vibing and pulsating album full of electronica goodness perfectly.

Bandcamp // Youtube

1914 – Where Fear And Weapons Meet

October 22 // Napalm Records

War-themed metal bands usually gain my antipathy right from the start. The romanticizing of war within metal can feel bitter and kinda twisted, so I was reluctant in checking out The Blind Leading The Blind back in 2018. But 1914 showed me that a band can deal with topics like that in a narratively rich, respectful way, and they continue to do so on Where Fear And Weapons Meet, on top of writing excellent death metal.

Bandcamp // Youtube


October 22 // The Birds Robe Collective/Dunk!records/Art As Catharsis

Let’s just name SEIMS one of the most fun bands in math rock and call it a day. I’m busy listening to FOUR. Again.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Grouper – Shade

October 22 // kranky

I mean, it’s Grouper, of course it’s gonna be good. On top of the expected greatness, Shade‘s beauty lies in its simplicity, mastering this one special dimension of warm, folky ambience. Liz Harris knows her magic.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Hidden People – Comment s’étaient-ils rencontrés ?

October 22 // Dur Et Doux

Their last album Tambour cloche blew me out of the water with their fantastic textures and intricate layering, and I was eager to dive into Hidden Poeple‘s next album. Comment s’étaient​-​ils rencontrés ? builds on the dense atmosphere of the duo’s previous work, and I’m in awe of their aural magic.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Helado Negro – Far In

October 22 // 4AD

I was pleasantly surprised by Far In, but not entirely convinced. Nevertheless, I found myself coming back to it again and again, building up a strange fascination with Helado Negro‘s musical world. This is a record that needs your attention and patience, rewarding the listener with great little details and a great artistic depth.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Feral Season – Rotting Body in the Range of Light

October 22 // Profound Lore Records

Hailing from sunny California, this black metal duo carries their Swedish/Norwegian influences with poise, creating an outstanding black metal album with Rotting Body in the Range of LightFeral Season placed themselves on the map of bands to look out for with this great record.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Kraus – View No Country

October 22 // View No Country

I wasn’t aware of a new Kraus record up until I listened to Porto Geese while researching for The Noise Of. Out of habit, I checked Kraus‘ socials and FUCK YEAH, there is a new album! View No Country is just as great as Path, and I’m more than eager to spend more time with this record.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Masada – II

October 25 // Zegema Beach Records/I.Corrupt.Records/a bunch of others

A legendary skramz band returns with their highly anticipated new album, and you think this guy right here won’t rave about it? Masada‘s II is rough, melodic, full of energy, and gorgeous, so it should be checked out by every fan of the genre!

Bandcamp // Youtube

Sunless – Ylem

October 29 // Willowtip

Not really accessible, this new prog death feast by Sunless is a treat for everyone who loves Death or AtheistYlem is dissonant, compelling, and cleverly-written, establishing the Minneapolis-based band even further after their fantastic debut Urraca.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Swim Camp – Fishing in a Small Boat

October 29 // Know Hope Records

There is this void Young Jesus left with their last album, and I’m very glad to find something in that vein in Fishing in a Small Boat. There is intense warmth to Swim Camp‘s new album. I’m afraid it will be largely overlooked, but if you’re reading this, give it a spin and thank me later!

Bandcamp // Youtube

Vivid Illusion – Vivid Illusion

October 29 // Independent

I never thought we would get a new Vivid Illusion album – after all, it’s been 6 years since the phenomenal Circumnavigation | A. Their new seltitled shows a matured project, capturing all the qualtities of their previous album while adding some new, improved elements to it. Masterful!

Bandcamp // Youtube

Gates – Here and Now

October 29 // Wax Bodega

Another triumphant return! I always liked Gates‘ catchy mix of post-rock and alternative rock, and to have them back with such a strong release makes me hopeful about the things to come. Here and Now is everything the band does best.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Linda Fredriksson – Juniper

October 29 // We Jazz Records

What a damn good jazz record. Jazz is all over the place in 2021, and I’m grinningly celebrating the myriad of great records, adding Juniper to that list! The fact that Linda Fredriksson is one of the first openly trans jazz musician I came across, which just adds some more color to jazz. I would love to see more diverse representation in a forward-thinking genre like jazz, since the sky is trans after all.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Bremer McCoy – Natten

October 29 // Luaka Bop

There isn’t much I want to tell you about this record, just this: Natten is one of the most beautiful records I’ve heard all year.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Kulk – We Spare Nothing

October 29 // Hominid Sounds

Yet another fantastic doom record this month. Kulk kinda sneaked in without much buzz, but grabbed my attention with fantastic riffs, fuzzy sounds, and a great atmosphere. An easy to overlook record, but worth trying out!

Bandcamp // Youtube

Thanks for scrolling!

Toni Meese

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