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Godspeed You! Black Emperor ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!’ CD/LP/DD 2012

6th November 2012 at 8:24 am

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

With characteristic little fanfare, Godspeed You! Black Emperor are back with album number four, an album that was announced the day they released it at a gig in Boston on the 1st October 2012, fourteen days before it’s official release date. In a time…
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Stinking Lizaveta ‘7th Direction’ CD/LP 2012

4th October 2012 at 8:50 am

Stinking Lizaveta

Cult instrumental power-trio Stinking Lizaveta are back again with 7th Direction, their (surprise, surprise) seventh album, and the band are clearly not short on ideas, sounding more invigorated than ever. Bringing together elements of funk, metal, punk, jazz and blues with the same kind…
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SardoniS ‘II’ CD/LP/Digital 2012

27th June 2012 at 9:31 am

SardoniS

Good instrumental metal is hard to come by and so the arrival of the second SardoniS album is a welcome surprise. The band have only two members and rely on creating as much noise, feedback and tripped-out grooves as possible in order to prove…
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The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation ‘Egor’ CD/LP 2012

25th June 2012 at 8:29 am

The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation ‘Egor’ CD/LP 2012

The experimental companion project to the ever-prolific The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble return with another in their line of dark, sprawling, yet utterly compelling meisterwerks. Egor was recorded live in Moscow during a tour, back in April 2011, and contains four lengthy workouts that span…
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Pelican ‘Ataraxia/Taraxis’ CDEP/12″ 2012

6th May 2012 at 9:46 am

Pelican

This EP from Pelican is a fairly tantalising glimpse of what we might be able to expect from the next album, being as how it only feels really like two ‘proper’ tracks, bookended by two very well put together, yet oddly insubstantial numbers (although…
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Mehata Sentimental Legend ‘Noum Zeccyou’ DD 2011

13th February 2012 at 8:32 am

Mehata Sentimental Legend

A little something slightly off the beaten track for The Shaman here as Mehata Sentimental Legend from, where else, Japan dish up ten tracks of wonky, woozy psychedelic haze with a definite traditional Japanese music bent. The more traditional sounds of thin, whining flutes,…
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Loincloth ‘Iron Balls Of Steel’ CD/LP 2012

17th January 2012 at 9:08 am

Loincloth

This, my fine feathered friends, is IT. The album of 2012 already. Some EIGHT YEARS after their tantalising Southern Lord 2003 seven-inch and self-released demo, instrumental Fancy Tech-Doom behemoth Loincloth have returned to to crush you, to see you driven before them, and to…
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Earth ‘Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II’ CD/LP 2012

12th January 2012 at 8:16 am

Earth

Let’s start by stating the obvious: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II is a world away from Earth’s pivotal album Earth 2; we are, after all, experiencing the second-coming of Earth. However this new incarnation shares many similarities with the version of the…
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Thorun ‘Chorus Of Giants’ CDEP 2011

8th December 2011 at 9:06 am

Thorun

When Thorun’s “Reprise” EP hit the streets running in early 2011 I was surprised, nay indeed shocked, that an instrumental stoner/doom band would be able to hold my attention for one song let alone a whole EP. It became quickly apparent, however, that this…
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Mike Patton ‘The Solitude Of Prime Numbers’ OST CD 2011

29th October 2011 at 9:06 am

Mike Patton

Reviewing the soundtrack to a film that you’ve not seen presents a number of problems to the objective writer. Film scores need to be approached in a different way to ‘normal’ pieces of music because they are created to evoke specific moods, utilise a…
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