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Mamiffer & Circle ‘Enharmonic Intervals (For Paschen Organ)’ CD/LP/DD 2013

24th December 2013 at 11:50 am

Mamiffer & Circle

In what is one of the year’s most anticipated collaborations in the avant garde rock spectrum, Finland’s celebrated psychedelic warlords Circle invited Mamiffer (the expansive, piano-based project of Isis’ Aaron Turner and his other half, Faith Coloccia) to come and create a monster with…
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A Storm Of Light ‘Nations To Flames’ LP/CD/DD 2013

26th October 2013 at 12:50 pm

A Storm Of Light

Neurosis’ ex-visual artist and former Red Sparowes man Josh Graham has said that he was aiming for a challenging, heavy listen with his band A Storm Of Light’s new one, however it’s a bit debatable in the scheme of epic post-metal whether he’s really…
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Dead Meadow – S/T – Reissue 2013

30th August 2013 at 8:56 am

Dead Meadow – S/T

Cast your minds back to the year 2000, when the heavy music world was, as so often, divided like Berlin after the war, into increasingly redundant large-trousered nu-metal, the second wave of black metal that was burning out, after its bright 1990s phase, and…
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Palehorse ‘Harm Starts Here’ CD 2013

2nd July 2013 at 9:03 am

Palehorse

AH the NINETEEN-NINETIES. Not only the last decade to have a proper name, arguably the last decade when rock music made significant strides forward (or backward, in a good way). From Kyuss stretching out smoking time in the early part of the decade to…
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Moss ‘Horrible Night’ CD/LP/DD 2013

10th May 2013 at 11:23 am

Moss

First off, let’s put to bed immediately the notion that in embracing a bit more, you might say, melody, in their newest release, Hampshire hemp-lords Moss have in any way toned down the power or heaviness in their sound. OK maybe a tiny bit,…
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King Goat ‘Atom’ Digital EP 2013

26th April 2013 at 11:13 am

King Goat

The first lyrics that seep out of new Brighton doom merchants’ King Goat’s debut EP are ‘A lumbering machine…’ and that’s a very fitting description of their sound, as the track ‘Machine God’ rumbles its way clumsily forward, like a rusty Iron Man, pulling…
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Black Moth ‘Savage Dancer’ 7″ 2013

5th April 2013 at 8:48 am

Black Moth

This two-track single marks the return of Leeds retro stoner rockers Black Moth, after what was no doubt a daunting phase of their career, having to follow up a pretty successful and well-received debut, in the shape of The Killing Jar. While they were…
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Nails ‘Abandon All Life’ CD/LP 2013

19th March 2013 at 10:43 am

Nails

Nails. Not often has a band been better named, this full-bore sludgy grindcore three-piece monstrosity is simply HARD AS NAILS. You may have come across them in 2010 as their Kurt Ballou-produced blunt force trauma of a debut album, ‘Unsilent Death’, got some pretty…
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Barn Owl ‘V’ CD/LP 2013

4th March 2013 at 9:41 am

Barn Owl

Barn Owl, have, over the process of a few albums, mutated from an organically spiritual drone machine, beloved of more contemplative weedians, into something which could be called ‘dark ambient’ although that label might be fraught with associations of formless, pointless background music. For…
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Bitter Resolve ‘The Early Interstellar Medium’ DD 2012

18th January 2013 at 11:14 am

Bitter Resolve

Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Bitter Resolve have been ploughing their furrow of dynamic doom for a little while, releasing their debut LP ‘Bows and Arrows Against the Lightning’ in 2011, followed up by this pretty accomplished release. They are a bit of a parallel…
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