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Monobrow ‘Big Sky, Black Horse’ LP/DD 2014

26th July 2014 at 12:56 pm

Monobrow

What makes a good instrumental band – what makes a good instrumental? How does Call Of The Ktulu succeed where Orion somewhat lacks? What did old Pelican do that newer Pelican struggle so badly at? Why does Mogwai’s music swing between sublime excellence and…
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Khuda ‘Molasses Constricts The Clinostat’ LP/DD 2014

4th June 2014 at 8:51 am

Khuda

Khuda are a guitar and drum duo, originally from Leeds, now separated by a thousand miles or so with one member (drummer Steve Myles) still in the UK and the other (guitarist Tom Brooke) living in Finland. Brooke uses a Boss RC-20 Loop Station…
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King Dead – S/T – CD/DD 2014

7th May 2014 at 9:18 am

King Dead - S/T

King Dead’s debut EP was recorded live in their practice/performance space, The Living Room, in January of this year. The Pennsylvanian instrumental trio consists of Steve on drums, Kev on (four string) bass, and Will on (six string) bass. Actually, judging by the photos…
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Hotel Wrecking City Traders ‘Ikiryo’ LP/DD 2014

23rd April 2014 at 10:48 am

Hotel Wrecking City Traders

ISIS – simples. Pelican – simples. Botch – simples. But then I guess there’s always got to be someone to bang the awkward-band-name drum hasn’t there? Hotel Wrecking City Traders have got not just my mind but also my tongue twisted into a confused…
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Thorun ‘Festival At Fires Peak’ CD/DD 2014

4th March 2014 at 9:45 am

Thorun

I’m a big fan of many species of instrumental music. I spend my working day sitting in front of a computer typing (recently mostly about Vikings fighting trolls, for 2000 AD) and I always have my headphones on. I find a lot of stuff…
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Tempel ‘On The Steps Of The Temple’ CD/LP/DD 2014

29th January 2014 at 10:06 am

Tempel

A strange story for a strange band: instrumental duo Temple self-released ‘On The Steps Of The Temple‘ over a year ago, then a little later Prosthetic Records picked them up and the resulting contract did not only leave the band with the new release…
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Eddie Brnabic & The Cosmic Fellowship ‘Subtle Realms’ DD 2013

25th January 2014 at 10:55 am

Eddie Brnabic & The Cosmic Fellowship

While deeply immersed in winter and with drone artists on constant rotation a tendency I have is to do a Michael Gira and dive deep into repetitive waves of sound. Today I found a cure for this behavior. Eddie Brnabic and his Cosmic Fellowship…
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Major Kong ‘Doom Machine’ DD 2014

12th January 2014 at 10:50 am

Major Kong

I was very happy to find out that these Poles are still at it delivering dirty and raw sounding stoner. This is a DIY band in a nutshell and they keep composing, recording and playing live without a record company backing them up. Strongly…
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Gonga ‘Concrescence’ CD/LP/DD 2013

11th November 2013 at 9:05 am

Gonga ‘Concrescence’

If ever a band deserves kudos for sheer dogged persistence and durability it has to be Bristol’s own stoner doom veterans Gonga. It has been an astonishing 15 years since the Elgie brethren of George on guitar and Tom on drums started the band…
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Mothertrucker ‘The Power Of Independent Trucking’ LP/DD 2013

23rd October 2013 at 12:23 pm

Mothertrucker

The first time I encountered Birmingham natives Mothertrucker, I expected them to just be a silly band with a silly name and silly song titles. Two out of three assumptions ain’t bad I suppose, but I very quickly came to realise that there’s nothing…
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