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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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Spider Kitten ‘Ark Of Octofelis’ CD/LP/DD/CS 2016

28th March 2016 at 2:44 pm

Spider Kitten

Another month and seemingly another release from prolific Newport collective Spider Kitten. Having made critical waves following the release of their 2014 extended EP/mini album Behold Mountain, Hail Sea, Venerate Sky, Bow Before Tree, a three track epic exploration of Doom that provided the…
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Mars Red Sky ‘Apex III (A Praise For The Burning Soul)’ CD/LP/DD 2016

8th March 2016 at 7:31 pm

Mars Red Sky

French trio Mars Red Sky (Julian Pras-vocals/guitar, Jimmy Kinast-bass/vocals, Matieu Gazeau-drums) has emerged as one of the more unique heavy rock acts of the past decade, their 2014 opus Stranded In Arcadia massaging a Hendrixian neo psych fuzz popularized by bands like Sleepy Sun…
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Torpor / Sonance – Split 12”/DD 2016

7th March 2016 at 7:08 pm

Torpor / Sonance - Split

Torpor and Sonance have shared a stage so many times that a split between the two was inevitable and, given that they are two of the most exciting bands the UK’s underground currently has to offer, the two of them pairing up is excellent…
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Cult Of Luna / The Old Wind ‘Råångest’ 12”/DD 2016

28th February 2016 at 11:58 am

Cult Of Luna / The Old Wind

Råångest opens with Cult Of Luna’s cover of seminal 1980s proto-thrash metal band Amebix’s Last Will And Testament. Cult Of Luna’s guitarist and primary songwriter Johannes Persson remarks that “To cover a song without bringing your own soul into it is completely useless in…
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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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The Fifth Alliance ‘Death Poems’ CD/LP/CS/DD 2015

22nd November 2015 at 12:37 pm

The Fifth Alliance

It has taken The Fifth Alliance about 2 1/2 years to deliver a follow up to their highly acclaimed record Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin, but here it is. A new effort from the Dutch ensemble to further lose themselves in doomed sludge in just…
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Dreadnought ‘Bridging Realms’ CD/LP/DD 2015

21st October 2015 at 7:06 pm

Dreadnought

Some bands fail to stand out, while others immediately seem to have something special. As you can probably tell if you are familiar with them, Dreadnought, from Colorado, never really stick with one genre and their songs are a chaotic rollercoaster ride. However, does…
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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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Stranger Country – S/T – DD 2015

17th July 2015 at 7:00 pm

Stranger Country - S/T

I like the way Stranger Country’s new release starts out; nice, gentle and mellow. Upon first playing this album, I had to keep telling myself that I had in reality, selected the eponymous release and pressed play. A slow methodic drumbeat gradually becomes noticeable…
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