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Naam ‘Vow’ CD/LP 2013

29th May 2013 at 9:02 am

Naam

Having listened to and enjoyed New York psych-rock outfit Naam’s first EP on a certain music site, I decided to give this, their sophomore (as the Yanks call it) album, a bloody good earful. The album opens with ‘Silent Call’, a soothing synth-drenched two…
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Author & Punisher / Gnod / Ore @ The Roadhouse, Manchester, 09/05/2013

13th May 2013 at 9:40 am

Author & Punisher @ The Roadhouse, Manchester, 09/05/13

The Roadhouse – a no-nonsense grimy gritty-shitty juke-joint that dishes up its rock like a hot greasy fry-up. Its name always makes me think of that late 1980s film of the same title (‘Roadhouse’, obviously) with block-of-wood-faced petite hard-man Patrick Swayze in it. The…
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Bongripper / Conan / Humanfly / Nomad @ The Star & Garter, Manchester 21/04/2013

30th April 2013 at 1:02 pm

Bongripper / Conan / Humanfly / Nomad @ The Star & Garter, Manchester 21/04/2013

This was the fitting consolation for those North Westerners who didn’t go to Roadburn 2013. YAY! I’m back in Thee Star & Garter, Manchester’s grimy piss-scented home of the RIFF. It lives here, skulking in the cellar with the beer and the rats. It…
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Interviews

ILSA: An Interview With Vocalist Orion

27th February 2013 at 1:48 pm

ILSA

Listening to you sick fucks for the first time was like year zero for me. I can’t really explain how truly great ‘Tutti Il Colori Del Buio’ sounded and felt when I first heard it (and it still does). Yes I could hear some…
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High On Fire / Jumping Jack / Lizzard @ NQ Live, Manchester 03/02/2013

8th February 2013 at 1:21 pm

High On Fire @ NQ Live, Manchester 03/02/2013

Northern Quarter Live used to be Moho Live. Re-brand. Why don’t they call it The Tool Shed or Mr Donger’s or The Fanny Dungeon? Much better names. Anyway, I paid £3.90 for a small bottle of luke-warm Peroni (why oh why???? Not like £1.50…
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Boris / Joe Volk @ Islington Mill, Salford 05/12/2012

14th December 2012 at 10:55 am

Boris @ Islington Mill, Salford 05/12/2012

Could I really start this review without ruminating upon the significance of Japan? A nation that is endlessly fascinating to ‘Westerners’, just as the West and its popular culture is equally as magnetic to the Japanese. And who better to illustrate contemporary Jap-Rock (to…
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Swans / Sir Richard Bishop @ Sound Control, Manchester 17/11/2012

26th November 2012 at 9:28 am

Swans @ Sound Control, Manchester 17/11/2012

To realise the full power of Swans is to witness them play live, right in front of you. To realise their utter conviction is to see the sweat shine all over the black shirt on Michael Gira’s back, as he elegantly raises his hands…
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Supersonic Festival 2012

2nd November 2012 at 9:09 am

Supersonic 2012

FREAKY FRIDAY: was made up of work all day (although it wasn’t exactly an industrial image of me sweating amidst huge factory machinery, this was ‘work’ in the sense of helping people to write essays on sociology) and then the busy train journey down…
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Torche / Iron Witch @ Moho Live, Manchester 13/09/12

24th September 2012 at 10:26 am

Torche @ Moho Live, Manchester 13/09/12

I arrived just in time to see the first support band finish in a welter of ‘power electronics’ (I believe that’s what the young ‘uns call it). Therefore I cannot offer an unbalanced and objective summary of their performance. So I won’t then. On…
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Lazarus Blackstar ‘Hymns For The Cursed’ CD 2012

10th September 2012 at 8:39 am

Lazarus Blackstar ‘Hymns For The Cursed’ CD 2012

Unwashed scum lords of post-anarcho Yorkshire Pennine misery (although one is from Brum and one is from Scouseville), the titanic Lazarus Blackstar are possibly the greatest unsung heroes of British doom. This is their third studio album, and first with vocalist Mikhell, who debuted…
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