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Steve Von Till ‘A Life Unto Itself’ CD/LP/DD 2015

17th June 2015 at 6:55 pm

Steve Von Till

Neurosis lynchpin Steve Von Till’s name always becomes scrambled in my brain with that of gritty gunslinger Lee Van Cleef. Lazy silly brain. I just had to tell you that before we start. The opening track, In Your Wings, sets the sad tone for…
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Old Testament – S/T – 2014 CD/LP/DD 2014

8th December 2014 at 10:53 am

Old Testament - S/T

It’s been a long and successful road for Jason Simon, and as the longstanding leader of hazy retro rockers Dead Meadow, his fuzzier, heavier riffing hand has co-penned a collection of trailblazing classic records – Shivering King And Others had the near perfect blend…
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Drcarlsonalbion ‘Gold’ CD/LP/DD 2014

24th July 2014 at 8:22 am

Drcarlsonalbion

Introductory side note: this review is all about preaching to the choir, for obvious reasons. People not familiar with Carlson‘s output won’t be looking for this unless they saw the film. I’ll get down to brass tacks immediately – this music illustrates the majesty…
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Spindrift ‘Spindrift: Ghost Of The West’ CD/LP/DD 2013

23rd September 2013 at 9:21 am

Spindrift

It’s not difficult to lose touch with the past as the rate of change continues to accelerate exponentially. Taking a look back to examine your roots can be a very self-explorative journey. Psychedelic spaghetti-western rock band Spindrift dug deep on their 2012 “Ghost Town…
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Royal Thunder ‘CVI:A’ Digital EP 2013

27th July 2013 at 11:20 am

Royal Thunder

As the amount of female fronted bands to surface in to the mainstream end of rock becomes catastrophic it has become damn near impossible to know who to bother with. Labels are more than happy to sign anyone who can fill the criteria of…
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Across Tundras ‘Electric Relics’ LP/DD 2013

3rd July 2013 at 9:04 am

Across Tundras

Fresh from the open prairie, old world wanderer Tanner Olson and his world-weary ragged band have ridden back into town to peddle their windswept dusty wares once again. Electric Relics follows 2011’s exemplary Sage, and whilst that particular opus was released by Neurot, Olson…
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Coma Wall / Undersmile ‘Wood & Wire’ Split 12″/DD 2013

27th February 2013 at 9:11 am

Undersmile / Coma Wall

Following on from last year’s debut full length ‘Narwhal’ comes ‘Wood & Wire’ which sees Undersmile cover increasingly ambitious ground in releasing a full length split with their acoustic alter ego Coma Wall; the band continue to define themselves as an outfit with numerous…
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Mirbeau ‘Silence And Blue Notes’ CS/DD 2012

7th February 2013 at 9:12 am

Mirbeau

It would be remiss of us at The Shaman to only regale you with tales of the good and bad of contemporary rock music, at the expense of the vast expanse of sonic wonders that deserve your attention in other genres. Technically, this release…
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Scott Kelly And The Road Home ‘The Forgiven Ghost In Me’ CD/LP/DD 2012

16th August 2012 at 8:33 am

Scott Kelly And The Road Home ‘The Forgiven Ghost In Me’ CD/LP/DD 2012

You could be forgiven for thinking of Scott Kelly as a solely acoustic artist these days. Apart from Shrinebuilder and a few guest appearances on Mastodon records, Kelly’s own output since Neurosis’ last album, 2007’s Given to the Rising, has been minimalistic to say…
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Old Man Lizard – S/T – CD/Digital EP 2012

16th March 2012 at 8:36 am

Old Man Lizard – S/T – CD/Digital EP 2012

Reviewing music throws up many real gems from time to time – scintillatingly great recordings by bands who are unknown to most and who will often sadly remain so. While so many new acts retread tired stoner/doom/sludge (and most recently D-beat/crust) formulae, Old Man…
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