VCMG, ‘Ssss’ (Mute)
Half of O.G. Depeche Mode reunites for post-apocalyptic techno romp. Mutant synths wrestle stark, minimal bass, WWF style.
Ministry, ‘Relapse’ (AFM)
Industry-as-usual — political samples, jackhammer drums, blurry thrash riffs, Uncle Al assailing the one percent.
High on Fire, ‘De Vermis Mysteriis’ (E1)
Stoner-metal gods High on Fire's sixth album, De Vermis Mysteriis, is rife with red flags. It was hastily assembled, it’s got a lofty biblical-time-travel concept,…
Miike Snow, ‘Happy to You’ (Downtown)
Whoever remarked that all music is soul music (James Brown? Florian from Kraftwerk?) would have been monumentally confused by Miike Snow, who it should be…