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February STAFF PICK: Riddles, Ruins & Revelations by Sirenia

Symphonic metal institution SIRENIA are renewed in darkness on their tenth studio album, Riddles, Ruins & Revelations, released on February 12 via Napalm Records. The quartet around mastermind, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and producer Morten Veland is certainly not afraid of combining a heavy symphonic sound with modern influences, which their latest record, Arcane Astral Aeons (2018) is proof of. This time, SIRENIA offer an exciting new twist to their songs, spicing them with electronic vibes, but never losing sight of their musical core.

The four-piece remains as true to their album title word-play as they do to their dedication to symphonic soundscapes, drawing the listener into a pounding narrative about the darkest aspects of life. All eleven songs accumulate step by step to an integral sound artwork, where the versatile mezzo soprano voice of singer Emmanuelle Zoldan always shines in high-profile.

In addition, there are many enchanting, instrumental surprises lurking on the way that absolutely need to be discovered: With the opening “Addiction No. 1” the formation mainly based in Norway delivers an immense and catchy tune that will have fans of bands like Beyond The Black and Amaranthe falling in love immediately. “We Come To Ruins” offers a contrast of harshness and skillfully portrays the multi-faceted nature of SIRENIA. With “Downwards Spiral”, Emmanuelle is supported by the remarkable voice of longtime friend Joakim Næss on clean vocals, who has joined the band on previous releases. The band’s tenth full-length ends with a cover of Desireless` 1986 hit “Voyage Voyage”, where the band again impressively combines symphonic sounds with electronic atmosphere, which doesn’t count only for this final epos, but for Riddles, Ruins & Revelations as a whole.

Most parts of Riddles, Ruins & Revelations were recorded at Audio Avenue Studios in Stavanger, Norway, and mixed and mastered entirely by Morten Veland himself.

Sirenia “Riddles, Ruins & Revelations” album artwork

Chosen by:

Brittney Coon

Music Journalist

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January STAFF PICK: Miss Anthropocene by Grimes

Miss Anthropocene is the fifth studio album by Canadian musician Grimes, released on February 21, 2020. It marked her first album in over four years, when she released Art Angels. It was officially announced on March 19, 2019. The album’s name is a pun on the feminine title ‘Miss’, and the words ‘misanthrope’ and ‘Anthropocene’, a neologism popularized in the year 2000 by Paul J. Crutzen that was proposed to denote the current geological age the Earth is in. 

“The album is a loose concept album about an ‘anthropomorphic goddess of climate change’ inspired by Roman mythology and villainy. Miss Anthropocene is Grimes’ final album on record label 4AD, to which she has been signed since 2012. The album is darker in style than Grimes’ 2015 album Art Angels, containing inspiration from the sounds of industrial music.” (Source: Wikipedia)

On January 1, 2021, Grimes released Miss Anthropocene (Rave Edition) featuring remixes by ANNA, Richie Hawtin, Channel Tres, Rezz, Âme, Tale Of Us, Julien Bracht, Things You Say, Modeselektor and Bloodpop.

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Katherine Amy Vega

Owner, Manager, Concert Photographer, Media Artist

Katherine Amy Vega
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Jim “Fury” Hesterman

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June STAFF PICK: Everythangs Corrupt by Ice Cube

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Ice Cube, Everythangs Corrupt [Explicit]

Ice Cube’s Everythangs Corrupt was released on December 7, 2018. It was the first album from Ice Cube in 8 years (I Am The West was released in September of 2010 and peaked at #6 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart). Since then, he’s released the hit film, Straight Outta Compton, been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Black Lives Matter

“Racism is everywhere in sexual exploitation.

Pornography is rife with racist material that celebrates the degradation of black women and girls. Commercial sex buyers are predominantly white while victims of sex trafficking are disproportionately women and girls of color. Predators prey upon the people society has marginalized, which means minority communities are a prime target. The list goes on.

Addressing sexual exploitation means addressing racism and the systems that allow oppression and marginalization to continue.”
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation

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Katherine Amy Vega

Manager, Concert Photographer, Chief Editor

Katherine Amy Vega
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Jim “Fury” Hesterman

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May STAFF PICK: Mother by In This Moment

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Jeremy Saffer

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In This Moment, Mother

Mother follows 2017’s beloved Ritual. Excitement for this record burns at a fevered pitch, as In This Moment landed on several “Most Anticipated” lists, including Alternative Press, Loudwire, and Revolver.

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Chosen by:

Brittney Coon

Music Journalist

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April STAFF PICK: Manic by Halsey

“GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-Platinum artist and alternative pop maverick Halsey returns with her third full-length album Manic featuring her 5x Platinum hit “Without Me” and “Graveyard.” The success of “Without Me” has made Halsey the first and only female artist to have at least three songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100. It now ranks as the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit by a female artist of this century.” – Amazon

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Halsey, Manic 

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Brianne Dunn

Content Editor

Brianne Dunn

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