As the Smashed Vinyl's Albums of the Year So Far... series has reached it's finale you can now view all the choices and links to the individual articles all here in one place. From all of us who took part in the series, we hope you enjoy our Albums of the Year So Far..
"A turbocharged record frothing at the mouth, the debut record from London power trio Yak is a rough and ready response to anyone that thinks the quality of guitar music has receded in the year 2016. Arriving this May, Alas Salvation is 40 minutes of the most intense, whirring garage rock ever to smatter the ears of music fans."
"I first stumbled across HECK – or Baby Godzilla, as they were then – at Y-Not Festival in Derbyshire. Ginger Wildheart had been banging on to me for ages about how they were the best live band in the world, so I finally gathered myself and went to check them out. He wasn't wrong. They've earned a ferocious reputation as performers on the underground over the last few years, and they never disappoint at a show."
"Despite injury The Kills have come back better then ever with ‘Ash & Ice’ delivering on all the hype built around the prospect of a new album. Synth heavy album opener Doing It To Death is the first taste of the new vintage from such an established source; it’s full bodied and has left me addicted."
"The zombie of punk is very active these days and once again with a fresh taste for flesh roaming around Britain's music venues. Though it changes after each resurrection, when bands like MILK TEETH are force propelling it forward it will never lose any of its unholy appeal."
"A lot of the new music I end up hearing is through friends in the van and this record’s no different. Big Philly of Woahnows fame introduced me to Pinegrove in February while we were doing a short stint with those guys and The New Tusk. For the following week whilst travelling hungover between shows, the line “How come every outcome’s such a comedown?” from the opening track ‘Old Friends’ rattled around my brain."