This 5xCD box set from Cherry Red offers a compelling look at shoegaze's prime era. Still in a Dream takes a wide trawl approach to its genre, which has upsides and downsides. As with Rhino’s goth box A Life Less Lived, shoegaze is generously interpreted to include antecedents and formative influences, which bulks up the quality.
Written over the course of 2016 and 2017 and recorded in the summer of the latter year by Frances Quinlan (songwriter/vocalist/rhythm guitar), Tyler Long (bass), Joe Reinhart (guitar), and Mark Quinlan (drums), Bark Your Head Off, Dog addresses disappointment, particularly in mans misuse of power, and relates accounts from the periphery – ones attempts to retreat from the lengthening shadows of tyrants, both historical and everyday. It considers what its like to cast off longheld and misguided perceptions, yet without the assurance of knowing what new ones will replace them. Much like on Hop Alongs first and second records, Get Disowned and Painted Shut, Quinlan seeks in real time to work through these issues.
With Sepultura, Brazilian brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera defined South American thrash in the '80s and early '90s. Their fourth album under the Cavalera Conspiracy banner sees them recapturing the creative energy and intensity of those early offerings with neck-snapping riffs and maniacal solos on “Insane” and “Terror Tactics,” while “Impalement Execution” and “Spectral War” offer a modern, industrialized take on extremity. “Hellfire” features a guest vocal appearance from Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick, who expertly enhances the track’s heavily mechanized aggression.