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Old Man Gloom ‘Mickey Rookey Live At London’ CD/LP 2016

6th April 2016 at 5:54 pm

Old Man Gloom

Live albums are a curious beast. Stick too closely to the hits and you risk giving the audience a not-quite-as-good re-hashing of the album cuts. Wander off into more experimental lands and you can alienate fans who expect a nice, warm plate of re-hash….
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Hang The Bastard ‘Sex In The Seventh Circle’ CD/LP/DD 2014

29th October 2014 at 10:46 am

Hang The Bastard

“We are called Hang The Bastard I have no delusions of grandeur.” That’s what vocalist Tomas Hubbard told me in 2013, almost exactly a year ago about his band that just released a new 7″. One year further, Hang The Bastard is still the…
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Comply Or Die ‘Northless’ DD 2014

19th July 2014 at 11:18 am

Comply Or Die

Belfast’s Comply Or Die unfortunately announced their decision to split shortly before they released Northless, their sixth release in as many years since they formed in 2006. Well-respected in their native Ireland, they will perhaps be most familiar to the rest of us for…
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Nux Vomica – S/T – CD/LP/DD 2014

4th April 2014 at 8:36 am

Nux Vomica - S/T

When I read the promo stuff that the Shaman sent me with this record, I was definitely intrigued. How do you create a 3 track, forty minute LP combining the energy of crust punk and crushing sludge doom? That just totally shouldn’t work, but…
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Iron Walrus ‘Insidious Black Sea’ CD/LP 2014

19th March 2014 at 9:27 am

Iron Walrus

The birth of post-hardcore and grunge marked an era where musical artistic integrity and the sensibilities of the mainstream were in direct alignment. This short period culminated in the early 90s with such pivotal releases as Helmet’s ‘Meantime’ and Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ (to name…
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The Icarus Line ‘Slave Vows’ CD/LP 2013

8th December 2013 at 1:14 pm

The Icarus Line

‘Raw Power‘ was released in 1973. Joe Cardamone, singer, songwriter and leader of The Icarus Line, wasn’t even born. His new album, ‘Slave Vows‘, released 40 years after the Stooges’ masterpiece, brings the idea of ‘Raw Power’ full circle. It’s fair to say he…
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Carne ‘Ville Morgue’ LP/DD 2013

5th December 2013 at 11:37 am

Carne

French duo Carne describes their music as sludge/hardcore/noise. Being a lover of all things sludge, they caught my interest, so here we go. The proceedings start off with a sedate intro which is nice enough on its own, but it doesn’t set the mood…
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Whores ‘Clean’ 12″/DD 2013

29th November 2013 at 9:25 am

Whores

Atlanta noiseniks Whores’ new record ‘Clean‘ combines bubblegum pop and syncopated Balearic trance into a smooth, daytime listening extravaganza, a complete departure from their usual ‘Gospel of Albini’ ferocity. That’s all lies, of course. Their last record, Ruiner, was a sludgy combo platter of…
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Cult Of Luna ‘Vertikal’ CD/LP/DD 2013

14th February 2013 at 10:06 am

Cult Of Luna

I first heard of Swedish Behemoths Cult of Luna back in 2002 when they stunned my world with the immense slab of post-metal/hardcore that was ‘The Beyond’; Later I witnessed them on the supporting tour in a small and dingy club in Exeter and…
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Neurosis ‘Honor Found In Decay’ CD/LP/DD 2012

19th October 2012 at 9:10 am

Neurosis ‘Honor Found In Decay’ CD/LP/DD 2012

Steve Von Til was quoted recently as saying, ‘Stagnation is death’ and this is a tenement that Oakland based avant garde masters Neurosis have held dear for the last 25 years. Evolving from the hardcore scene of the mid eighties they stand proud in…
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