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Amenra ‘Alive’ CD/LP 2016

5th May 2016 at 6:42 pm

Amenra

A spiritual successor to their 2009 Afterlife EP, Alive sees Belgium’s mysterious purveyors of post-doom/sludge Amenra once more bare their collective soul by paring things back to the bare bones. Comprising ten acoustic tracks, some reimagining their own material, some approaching that of others,…
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Sumac ‘What One Becomes’ CD/LP/DD 2016

4th April 2016 at 6:30 pm

Sumac

Promotional snippets for Sumac’s latest full-length What One Becomes summarise the records’ tone and content more succinctly than should be possible. Describing the trio’s sophomore effort as ‘exercises in chaos and control’ tells you everything you need to know about the moments of spacious…
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Conny Ochs ‘Future Fables’ CD/LP 2016

8th March 2016 at 7:42 pm

Conny Ochs

There’s a tendency for many to underestimate those artists who choose to ‘strip back’ as lacking complexity. Conny Ochs’ latest offering, Future Fables, is certainly stripped back, but it definitely isn’t simple. Full of rich, emotional depths, solid songwriting and nods to its varied…
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Beehoover ‘Primitive Powers’ CD/LP/DD 2016

17th February 2016 at 7:04 pm

Beehoover

German duo Beehoover manage to tread the line between ‘immediately inaccessible’ and ‘wilfully alienating’ so well that they render the division meaningless. Their punchy slices of Krautrock and psychedelia-laced stoner-metal contain numerous identifiable chunks of influence, but a certain something so wholly individual that…
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Crippled Black Phoenix ‘New Dark Age Tour EP’ CD/LP/DD 2015

24th January 2016 at 12:48 pm

Crippled Black Phoenix

Justin Greaves will be a familiar name for many, as sticksman for both sludge legends Iron Monkey and Doom icons Electric Wizard. His ongoing project Crippled Black Phoenix sees him taking on the role of multi-instrumentalist, shrugging off the safe confines of genre to…
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Slomatics ‘Flooding The Weir’ & ‘Kalceanna’ DD Reissue 2015

23rd November 2015 at 7:02 pm

Slomatics

Some things in life are just inherently ‘right’. Like cold pizza the morning after a booze session, or that blissful moment where a line slots perfectly together in Tetris; some things are unquestionably meant to be. Belfasts’ Slomatics being signed to Black Bow Records…
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Kowloon Walled City ‘Grievances’ CD/LP/DD 2015

30th September 2015 at 6:57 pm

Kowloon Walled City

Chicago’s Kowloon Walled City have been plying their sludge tinged, post metal trade since 2007, but three albums and a string of demos, splits and EP’s have seen them  maintain an unshakable sense of self, a core sound that persists throughout each release, tying…
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Dead Existence ‘Endless Misery’ LP/CS/DD 2015

19th August 2015 at 7:46 pm

Dead Existence

London’s Dead Existence were a staple of the UK sludge / doom scene since their inception way back in the murky mists of 2004. After over a decade of breaking faces and dragging riffs from the very bowels of the earth, the five piece…
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Limb ‘Terminal’ CD/LP/DD 2015

9th August 2015 at 2:19 pm

Limb

There’s a wave breaking over the heavy music scene. It’s rolling in tar-thick and slowly, smelling distinctly of bourbon, reefer and molasses. That wave is the current stoner and sludge uprising that’s been gathering momentum over the last few years, and Londoners Limb aren’t…
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KEN mode ‘Success’ CD/LP/DD 2015

11th July 2015 at 3:00 pm

KEN mode

Manitoban misfits KEN mode have always defied what is expected of them. The word ‘unique’ is bandied about in relation to myriads of other artists and albums, but the three piece from Winnipeg have always trod their own path and created a sound that…
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