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Hiboux: Command the Earth to Swallow Me Up

New Zealand instrumental band Hiboux make melodic and poetic post-rock that combines transportive escapism with deep-set catharsis.

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Spiteful Urinator: Absurdities And Death Rites

Spiteful Urinator are masters at making vile noise. And if you’re looking for music that sounds and feels like it actively hates you, Absurdities and Death Rites is the perfect place to start.

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Distro-y Records: A Half-Dozen Ragers

Six of the best releases from Irish hardcore and crust label Distro-y Records.

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Stalker: Satanic Panic

Satanic Panic is just pure, unadulterated metal fun.

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Slomo: Transits

Drone fans… set the controls for the heart the sun.

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The All Seeing Hand: Sand to Glass

Most of the music we listen to is comprised of variations on familiar themes. It’s much rarer to encounter genuinely innovative music like The All Seeing Hand create.

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Knee Splitter, Abschäumer, Poverty & Spit, Wizz Kids, The Cavemen, Markdown and Blame Thrower

Here are five more recent New Zealand punk releases that you don’t want to miss out on.

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Hollywoodfun Downstairs: Tetris

No other band in New Zealand is making music like HFD, and their storming new album, Tetris, shifts the goalposts even further in that regard.

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Into Orbit: Unearthing

Plenty of instrumental bands can construct complex musical suites. But it takes a greater level of songwriting acumen to make that music dramatic and soul-stirring like Into Orbit do.

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Stone Angels & Black Temple

A double dose of doom metal from (anti-)Christchurch: Stone Angels and Black Temple.