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Dune ‘Aurora Majesty’ CD/DD 2014

20th December 2014 at 12:00 pm

Dune

If you take one thing away from Dune’s latest EP it’ll probably be this: these guys fucking love sci-fi. Following up on their excellent debut album Progenitor, this concept-record tells the story of a “rescue mission gone wrong” and apparently explores the “potential consequence…
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Sólstafir ‘Ótta’ CD/LP/DD 2014

9th September 2014 at 8:55 am

Sólstafir

What is it about Iceland that it manages to churn out such consistent quality artists? Sidestepping the near-obligatory “something in the water” joke, it is astonishing that a country of only 300,000 people has produced so many prolific artists, and is continuing that trend…
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Kimi Kärki ‘The Bone Of My Bones’ CD/LP 2013

7th January 2014 at 9:23 am

Kimi Kärki

Here’s one for all those self-proclaimed aficionados and seekers of the esoteric: have you heard of Kimi Kärki? If so, you’re at least a step ahead of where I was when I took this album on. Having previously played with Finnish prog-rockers Orne and…
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Rites ‘II’ DD 2013

30th December 2013 at 11:25 am

Rites

Frequenters of this site will know that Ireland has been punching above its weight this year. While the Emerald Isle may not exactly be synonymous with quality metal offerings, a steady stream of fresh and exciting new material has been pouring out into the…
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Samsara Blues Experiment / Stubb / Alunah @ The Borderline, London 15/11/2013

3rd December 2013 at 11:24 am

Samsara Blue Experiement - London 15/11/2013

Some of the most memorable moments I’ve had at gigs have been due to technical blunders. Whether it was a guitar amp literally exploding at a Trivium gig (we were all young once, OK?) or hilarious microphone failure while watching Anathema, I’ve had more…
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Samsara Blues Experiment ‘Waiting For The Flood’ CD/LP/DD 2013

15th November 2013 at 10:01 am

Samsara Blues Experiment

‘Innovative” is a word that is bandied about far too readily these days, particularly in the context of new music. It’s almost as if for something to be good, by definition it must be innovative. Cue Samsara Blues Experiment’s new record ‘Waiting For The…
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Paradise Lost ‘Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)’ 10″/CD/DD 2013

30th October 2013 at 9:29 am

Paradise Lost

In the past I’ve always been a little wary of purchasing “rarities” releases. Even when it’s coming from a band as prolific as Paradise Lost, the problem with what is basically a B-side compilation is there’s always a risk that instead of being the…
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Heliovore ‘Through The Gates’ DD 2013

27th September 2013 at 9:37 am

Heliovore

Before I get into this review, I feel I have something of a confession to make: I’ve never really been that interested in drone music. If I had to list all the elements I would think are necessary for a truly great song, I’d…
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Void Of Sleep ‘Tales Between Reality And Madness’ CD 2013

11th January 2013 at 9:59 am

Void Of Sleep

If you’re at all interested in stoner, sludge or doom metal, you’ll know that Italy is a real hotbed of talent right now. Modern giants of the genre such as Ufomammut are just the tip of the iceberg, and it seems a new band…
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Sunwølf ‘Beyond The Sun’ CD/DD 2012

8th November 2012 at 8:25 am

Sunwølf ‘Beyond The Sun’ CD/DD 2012

Sunwølf are a band that will confound your expectations. Clocking in at around 26 minutes, their debut mini-album “Beyond the Sun” is an intriguing – at times masterful – exercise in instrumental post rock. Try to forget what you think you know about the…
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