The 5 Best Alternative Rock Albums of 2019 (So Far)

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Brutus – Nest

Nest is the sophomore album from Belgian trio Brutus following the beautiful ferocity of their 2017 debut Burst. Calling them alternative rock might be a bit of a stretch, but what the do is combine a host of rock sub-genres to create something that sounds like, well, Brutus. On here you’ll hear post-hardcore, post-rock, thrash metal, and straight up rock music is all woven around vocalist Stefanie’s impassioned wail. Start with ‘War’ and continue from there.

Big Thief – U.F.O.F.

Big Thief have been one of our favourite bands here on Overblown for a few years now. U.F.O.F. is their third record following the reflective beauty of Masterpiece and Capacity. Capitalising on the strengths of those records, U.F.O.F. sees the band continue to write some of the most tenderly cathartic music that’s being crafted at the minute. Check out the title track.

Helms Alee – Noctiluca

It’s apt that Helms Alee hail from Seattle. The trio craft a heavyweight sound that seems like a contemporary of the best of the Seattle Sound. This isn’t a knock off, it’s a development. Drawing on aspects of the Melvins, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains amongst others, their newest album Noctiluca is a fierce and unrelenting blast of metal-tinged alternative rock. Check out the opening track ‘Interachnid’. It’s a peach.

Bob Mould – Sunshine Rock

As far as we’re concerned, alternative rock godfather Bob Mould can do no wrong. Sunshine Rock, Mould’s 13th solo record, sees the man trying to explore more positive moods and themes after a few years of reflection. Long story short, he succeeds. No one does it like Bob. This isn’t even near his best record and yet it’s better than the vast majority of the rest. Quality. Check out the title track.

Cave In – Final Transmission

Massachusetts based outfit Cave In have always been more adaptable and adventurous than a large number of the metalcore peers. Their latest album Final Transmission, which also marks the final recordings of bassist Caleb Scofield who died in a car crash a year prior to the album’s release, sees them in full on alternative rock mood. The result is an album that marries ferocity and melody in a sound that could come straight out of 1994. Exceptional. Check out ‘All Illusion’