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Traum ‘Erode’ DD 2014

5th May 2015 at 6:53 pm

Traum

Instrumental metal is hard to pull off. In theory, a celebration of huge riffs and thundering drums unsullied by someone roaring over the top is a great thing. However, it can end up backfiring, being tedious, and having you longing for a vocalist to…
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Jungfrau ‘Nacht’ LP/DD 2015

4th May 2015 at 10:31 am

Jungfrau

Given both their band name, Jungfrau, and album title, Nacht, are in German, and they’re self describes as “Psych-Kraut”, you’d be forgiven for expecting the Brighton based four piece to trot out some kind of mind numbing sub-Can motorik shuffling and little else. Certainly…
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Spectral Haze ‘I.E.V.: Transmutated Nebula Remains’ CD/LP/DD 2014

6th January 2015 at 10:31 am

Spectral Haze

Ladies and gentlemen we are very definitely floating in space here. From the slow feedback oscillation and filthy bass of instrumental opener I.V.E. I – Circumambulating Mount Meru through to the final race to the cosmic finish line at the end of Triads And…
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Aeonsgate ‘Pentalpha’ CD 2014

8th November 2014 at 11:22 am

Aeonsgate

An hour long piece of music is going to be a challenge for any band, but an all new doom ensemble debuting with one, hour long song as a first release? It speaks of either a cockiness or madness, I’m not sure which, to…
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Norilsk ‘Japetus’ CD/DD 2014

23rd October 2014 at 9:31 am

Norilsk

Given the accompanying press release makes much of how Norilsk draw influences from the likes of Thergothon and My Dying Bride it’s genuinely tempting to wonder if they should fire whoever does their press – because realistically this collection owes more to the likes…
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Oraculum ‘Sorcery Of The Damned’ CD/DD 2014

12th October 2014 at 11:41 am

Oraculum

I believe it was top 20th century philosopher Shane Embury who once famously posited that there was, at one time, “a glut of Death Metal bands in Chile”. And the frizzy haired one’s words are as true today as they were on that BBC…
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Bludded Head ‘Reign In Bludd’ LP 2014

6th October 2014 at 11:14 am

Bludded Head

It’s a difficult one this Bludded Head album. One on hand their sound is in itself interesting, leaning more to a kind of slow motion noise rock that has the feel of what it might be like if someone like Bitch Magnet tried to…
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Familiars – S/T – DD 2014

31st August 2014 at 11:15 am

Familiars - S/T

Familiars apparently recorded these two tracks on a farm in Ontario, though it wouldn’t be in any way hard to imagine them having been recorded in a shack in the desert in California given their take on stoned, blissed out riff rock. Taking a…
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Yanomamo ‘Minions’ DD 2014

30th August 2014 at 11:29 am

Yanomamo

Existing in that narrow vacuum where the only bands in existence seem to be EyeHateGod, Sleep and Electric Wizard, Australian wrecking crew Yanomamo slot seamlessly into the line of bands who’ve based their entire output on crossing the proverbial streams, those three titans of…
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Brutal Truth / Bastard Noise ‘The Axiom Of Post Inhumanity’ CD/LP/Digital 2013

18th December 2013 at 9:22 am

Brutal Truth / Bastard Noise

I suspect many reviews of this record will contain a similar disclaimer but if you don’t already know, this here Brutal Truth / Bastard Noise split contains different music on the vinyl and non vinyl versions. I think the promo I’m reviewing contains all…
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