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Boris ‘Dear’ 2017

1st August 2017 at 7:18 pm

Boris 'Dear'

Before I begin, I have to make a confession. It’s something that I have agonised over for days, tossing and turning for many sleepless nights. With a deep breath, here is it: Pink isn’t my favourite Boris album. I know it’s supposed to be…
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Grey Widow ‘II’ 2017

18th July 2017 at 6:45 pm

Grey Widow

If you’re a regular on the British sludge metal circuit, you might be forgiven if you’d discovered Brighton-based Grey Widow in their infancy and dismissed them as being a little bit gimmicky. Prominent in the underground for a few years now, the short-term amusement…
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Barrabus – S/T – 2017

5th July 2017 at 3:02 pm

Barrabus - S/T

Gather round, children, and I’ll tell you a tale. The year was 2007, the weather was British and there were fell voices in the air. SikTh, those technical metal titans, were saying goodbye after just two excellent albums, and I realised that I had…
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Obelyskkh ‘The Providence’ 2017

5th July 2017 at 2:42 pm

Obelyskkh

Once known as the Phantoms of the German Doom scene for their perceived phobia of the studio, Teutonic heavy groove monsters Obelyskkh went through a burst of productivity that saw them release Mount Nysa in 2011, White Lightnin’ in 2012 and their creative peak,…
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Crippled Black Phoenix ‘Bronze’ 2017

19th June 2017 at 7:55 pm

Crippled Black Phoenix

As far as music goes, Crippled Black Phoenix are hard to really put in a box. Their sound really is something special, embracing different aspects in a mixture that is dreamy and heavy at the same time. Bronze is their sixth full length effort…
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Zhrine ‘Unortheta’ 2017

19th June 2017 at 7:13 pm

Zhrine

On the face of it, the name Unortheta doesn’t give much away. Neither does Zhrine, the name of the Icelandic band behind it. The cover art is the only thing that hints at the madness within. Cliffs suspended on a cuboid island that hovers…
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Emptiness ‘Not For Music’ 2017

13th June 2017 at 7:12 pm

Emptiness

For some strange reason, everyone keeps calling Emptiness a black/death metal band. I might be quite late to the party (Not For Music is the band’s fifth full-length, not including three demos), but I don’t get the use of the label. Although it is…
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Harvestman ‘Music For Megaliths’ 2017

18th May 2017 at 6:44 pm

Harvestman

With Harvestman, Neurosis’ Steve Von Till has been exploring a much less bombastic form of music; arboreal, earthy and yet still dark in its own shadowy way. With Music For Monoliths however, he’s moved entirely out of the nocturnal storm clouds and into the…
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Space Witch ‘Arcanum’ 2017

17th May 2017 at 4:48 pm

Space Witch

Just under three years ago Stoke on Trent’s Space Witch released their Self-Titled debut LP consisting of two thirty-plus minute tracks of monolithic space doom. Now it’s 2017 and Space Witch are back with a more streamlined line-up (having parted ways with guitarist Lee…
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HARK ‘Machinations’ 2017

16th May 2017 at 6:35 pm

HARK

HARK’s first album swaggered in and grabbed you like an amorous first world president; it was brash, bold and in your face, defying you to ignore it with its blend of stoner, heavy psych and face melting progressive angular rock. Headed up by former…
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