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Bardo Pond ‘Yntra’ (Latitudes Session) CD/LP 2012

16th November 2012 at 9:53 am

Bardo Pond ‘Yntra’ (Latitudes Session) CD/LP 2012

After eight full-length albums, the psych-rock troupe known as Bardo Pond delivers another great befuddled head feast of a (mini) album for you to ponder, grin, panic and dribble over. This three-track release is part of Southern imprint’s Latitudes, which only releases recordings made…
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Isis ‘Temporal’ CD/DVD 2012

15th November 2012 at 8:23 am

Isis

Ah Isis, suddenly you look up and they have seemingly been around for ever, for me ever since a Rock Sound CD (which also featured brilliant Botch and Converge tracks I seem to recall), opened my eyes to this elegant, but frequently brutal entity….
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Carlton Melton ‘Photos Of Photos’ CD/LP/DD 2012

15th September 2012 at 8:46 am

Carlton Melton ‘Photos Of Photos’ CD/LP/DD 2012

I first encountered the blissed out three-piece psychedelia of Carlton Melton in a somewhat incongruous setting as they were support to “transcendental black metal” scamps, Liturgy (WELL worth checking out by the way). However the two bands did share an aesthetic in that they…
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Old Man Gloom ‘No’ CD/LP/CS/Digital 2012

13th July 2012 at 8:28 am

Old Man Gloom

Old Man Gloom must be a labour of love, these four as you probably know, having been or still being fundamental parts of some of the biggest and busiest names in thinking mans’ 21st century metal, from Isis to Converge to Cave In. This…
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Hour Of 13 ‘333’ CD 2012

15th June 2012 at 10:16 am

Hour Of 13

North Carolina, like much of the south east of the US, is a state troubled by hurricanes, and fundamentalist Christians. Hour of 13, a grizzled doom crew from the charmingly named town of Hickory, NC stand legs akimbo, firmly against both religion and the…
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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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A Whisper In The Noise ‘To Forget’ CD/LP 2012

9th March 2012 at 9:16 am

A Whisper In The Noise

There is a hoary old debate occasionally dusted off, and probably worth having, about what constitutes ‘heavy’ music, when the thudding blues rock of Sabbath is considered (rightly) to be heavy by many (like me) than the most overly ‘loud’ produced deathcore, or whatever…
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Poison Idea ‘Darby Crash Rides Again: The Early Years’ CD/LP 2012

9th February 2012 at 7:54 am

Poison Idea

Coming as the first of a slightly out of character Southern Lord series of releases of this blazing 1980s/90s punk colossus (literally and metaphorically), this sprawling 29-track CD collects Poison Idea’s first infant screams into one tasty chunk. The Portland, Oregon crew will need…
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Death ‘Vivus!’ CD 2012

21st January 2012 at 8:53 am

Death

I sometimes wonder regarding bands that are sadly no more, but clearly were at the absolute pinnacle of their particular pile of hairy guitar slingers, whether people truly realised at the time what they were watching. Now it becomes clear, after a couple of…
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Spire – Digital EP 2010 & ‘Metamorphosis’ Digital EP 2011

15th January 2012 at 9:36 am

Spire – Digital EP 2010 &

Spire – Digital EP 2010 Australia – land of beer, Sheilas and blokes in dodgy beachwear. Not the sort of place you imagine people could be pissed off enough to dredge out the sort of totally crestfallen black funeral doom that obscure newish brood…
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