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OvO ‘Cor Cordium’ CD/LP 2011

30th April 2011 at 9:04 am

OvO

This is, by some distance, the strangest album I’ve ever listened to. For those unexposed to the Italian duo’s minimalist arrangement, allow me to fill you in: a gigantic man wearing black shorts and a Mexican wrestling-mask stands and thunders a floor tom, a…
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Roadburn 2011 – Day 1

26th April 2011 at 9:08 am

Roadburn 2011

Tilburg, The Netherlands 14/04/2011 So here I am….I finally made it to Roadburn! Flying into Amsterdam the day before it all kicked off, the sense of excitement was palpable. Who would I get to see? Who would surprise me? Who would be a let-down?…
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Olde Growth – S/T – CD 2011

25th April 2011 at 8:54 am

Olde Growth - S/T - CD 2011

You know the feeling, the “man, I’ve had enough doomy fuzz metal for the time-being” feeling. I was beginning to lose a little bit of faith in the genre – after all, it’s certainly possible to hear album after album of regurgitated riffs, gruff,…
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Earth / Lori Goldston – Salford 02/04/11

16th April 2011 at 8:48 am

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Islington Mill, Salford 02/04/11 You may remember my recent review of Earth’s latest record, ‘Angels of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1’, and how massively unimpressed I was with it. Factor in the fact that Islington Mill is one of my least-favourite venues of all-time…
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Serpent Venom ‘Carnal Altar’ CD/LP 2011

15th April 2011 at 8:47 am

Serpent Venom

Serpent Venom have been touting their formidable version of seventies rock mixed with St.Vitus style doom for a while now and they are just getting better and better at it. The last time they played with Devil and Age of Aquarius…sorry Age of Taurus,…
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Tia Carrera ‘Cosmic Priestess’ CD 2011

14th April 2011 at 9:14 am

Tia Carrera

Yeah, I’ll admit I was hesitant entering into this album. Four tracks of stoner, psych instrumental rocking doesn’t immediately reach out and grab my old punk rock heart but you know what? I trust Small Stone by now not to offer us up a…
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Sons Of Otis / Beehoover / Domes Of Silence – Manchester 22/03/11

13th April 2011 at 9:19 am

Sons Of Otis / Beehoover / Domes Of Silence - Manchester 22/03/11

The Star & Garter, Manchester 22/03/11 Bit of a strange pairing really, if you ask me – twitchy, techy, twiddly bass/drums duo Beehoover teaming up with Toronto’s finest heavy-ass space cadets Sons of Otis to level as much of Europe as is physically possible…
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Conan vs Slomatics – Split CD/12″ 2011

12th April 2011 at 9:01 am

Conan vs Slomatics - Split CD/12" 2011

Two giants lock horns on this new split release by Head of Crom Records. Conan and Slomatics are a formidable force in their own right let alone allowing for the conurbation of bands on one split. The reputation of both bands many will already…
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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – S/T – CD/LP 2011

11th April 2011 at 8:49 am

The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble - S/T - CD/LP 2011

The self-titled 2006 debut album from The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble gets a well-deserved re-release from the ever-wonderful Denovali Records, including a vinyl pressing this time – good news for all of you vinyl fetishists out there! Fusing cinematic ambitions with big beats, electronics and…
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Morne ‘Asylum’ CD/LP 2011

9th April 2011 at 8:51 am

Morne

Many, many times we hear the old cliché about a bands difficult second album. Let’s put that old adage to bed right now. After 2009’s master class in dark brooding metallic hardcore, namely Feral Ward’s Untold Wait we have here the follow up record….
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