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Wizards Of Firetop Mountain – S/T – 12″/DD 2015

21st December 2015 at 7:06 pm

Wizards Of Firetop Mountain - S/T

Esteemed Shaman Editor: “Hey Ollie, would you like to review the new one from Wizards Of Firetop Mountain?” Me: “Who?” Esteemed Shaman Editor: “Wizards Of Firetop Mountain…you might like them” OK, it may not have happened exactly like that but it’s not far off….
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Pete Green Sums Up His Twenty Riffteen

20th December 2015 at 2:03 pm

Pete Green

I honestly don’t know what we’re going to do in 2016. No new albums will surely be possible for the principle reason that virtually every amazing band currently bluesying away under the red sun has unleashed an absolute barnstormer over the past twelve months….
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Owl ‘Aeon Cult’ DD 2015

20th December 2015 at 1:59 pm

Owl

Aeon Cult is shorter than some of Owl’s previous songs, let alone releases! This EP is the third release in a year from Owl, following on from Into the Absolute and The Last Walk in 2014. It continues their progression through the weirder fringes…
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Mansion ‘Altar Sermon’ 12″/DD 2015

17th December 2015 at 7:07 pm

Mansion

I’ve been a fan of Finland’s creepy Kartonistic Christian cult pop doomers Mansion since 2013’s debut We Shall Live EP. Now at the tail-end of 2015 we have their fourth offering, the Altar Sermon EP, and for what we are about to receive may…
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Dragged Into Sunlight + Gnaw Their Tongues ‘N.V.’ CD/LP/DD 2015

16th December 2015 at 7:08 pm

Dragged Into Sunlight + Gnaw Their Tongues

The collaboration between Dragged Into Sunlight and Gnaw Their Tongues can only have taken place with the full approval of some hellish forces to create one of the most harrowing, blistering and brutal records of 2015. Five songs is all that N.V. has to…
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Wrekmeister Harmonies ‘Night Of Your Ascension’ CD/LP/DD 2015

15th December 2015 at 6:35 pm

Wrekmeister Harmonies

Critics and reviews have an irritating tendency to describe artwork as ‘transcendental.’ If a book encourages the reader to think about the big questions, then it is ‘transcendent.’ If an album combines more than one genre, even if those genres are pretty similar, then…
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Sunn O))) ‘Kannon’ CD/LP/DD 2015

14th December 2015 at 7:21 pm

Sunn O)))

Sunn O))) have made a career out of taking their ‘signature’ sound, huge walls of reverberating guitars that punch holes in space-time, and adding new elements as the releases progress. Whether it’s Atila Csihar’s ritual vocalisations, sudden trombone invasions or even the obvious-in-hindsight chatter…
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Amber Asylum ‘Sin Eater’ CD/LP/DD 2015

8th December 2015 at 11:35 am

Amber Asylum

Many cultures worldwide have some form of the archetype known in the West as a Sin Eater; a person who is willing to take on the sins of the recently deceased, willing to let their own soul be tarnished so others may enter into…
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