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HARK ‘Machinations’ 2017

16th May 2017 at 6:35 pm

HARK

HARK’s first album swaggered in and grabbed you like an amorous first world president; it was brash, bold and in your face, defying you to ignore it with its blend of stoner, heavy psych and face melting progressive angular rock. Headed up by former…
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Shield Your Eyes ‘Reciprocate’ LP/DD 2014

13th December 2014 at 12:15 pm

Shield Your Eyes

For the unaware, Shield Your Eyes have been kicking out their distinctive math-rock blues for a good few years now, lo-fi, sinuous and with a kick of London soul thrown in for good measure, and six albums in they aren’t moving in any directions…
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Lazer/Wulf ‘The Beast Of Left And Right’ LP/DD 2014

27th June 2014 at 9:33 am

Lazer/Wulf

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like a good old twiddle. Now, I know this is a site primarily concerned with monolithic, primal riffs the size of tower-blocks and bellowing gentlemen with beards like rhododendron bushes, but we’re taking a…
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Slough Feg ‘Digital Resistance’ CD/LP/DD 2014

24th February 2014 at 9:00 am

Slough Feg

Look, I’m going to level with you here, I’ve never been a fan of straight-up ‘Heavy Metal’. Y’know, that whole ‘lyrics about dragons and rockin’ all nite, loincloths, studs ‘n’ spandex, ‘here-come-the-horses-over-the-hill’ galloping rhythms, air-raid-siren vocals and general hair-farming’ thing? I am, however, always…
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Men Of Fortune ‘Time Lovingly Bled’ LP 2013

6th January 2014 at 10:44 am

Men Of Fortune

Men Of Fortune – hard to pigeonhole, hard to review. They sort of sound like a lot of things, but don’t sound like a lot of things as well – it’s not riff driven enough for metal, but it’s kinda metal, it has the…
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Blizzard At Sea ‘Certain Structures’ DD 2013

7th November 2013 at 9:48 am

Blizzard At Sea

Blizzard At Sea are a three-piece from Iowa City, USA playing chunky progressive metal with elements of gut-thumping sludge and panoramic post-rock. ‘Certain Structures‘ is the group’s first full-length album (preceded by two EPs Invariance, 2011 and Individuation, 2012), the recording of which was…
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Orne ‘The Conjuration By The Fire’ LP Reissue 2013

5th November 2013 at 9:29 am

Orne

Named after the necromancer Simon Orne from HP Lovecraft’s classic novella The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward, Orne are a bizarre fruiting offshoot from the decayed corpse of Finnish doom unusualists Reverend Bizarre featuring all three members – guitarist Kimi Kärki (AKA Peter Vicar…
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Spirits Of The Dead ‘Rumours Of A Presence’ LP/DD 2013

22nd October 2013 at 11:03 am

Spirits Of The Dead

WoooOOOOoooo, despite the spooky name and album title, Rumours Of A Presence by Spirits Of The Dead is most assuredly not another entry in the current line of Scooby-Doom ‘Occult Rock’ bands, nuh-uh, what we have here is an absolutely cracking album in the…
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The Albion Codex ‘Summon The Ancients’ CD/DD 2013

15th October 2013 at 9:49 am

The Albion Codex

One of several metallic stalwart defenders of perfidious Albion currently plying their wares – Winterfylleth spring immediately to mind – proud Pagans The Albion Codex have been, unsurprisingly, snapped up by Sabbat/Skyclad mainman Martin Walkyier as the first band to release an album through…
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Altar Of Plagues ‘Teethed Glory And Injury’ LP/CD/DD 2013

4th May 2013 at 12:00 pm

Altar Of Plagues

Since their inception with 2008’s acclaimed White Tomb, Altar Of Plagues have amassed scores of acolytes fervently proclaiming them as the new shining light of extreme metal. But while their amalgam of post-rock, doom, ambient electronics and black metal acrimony has won them many…
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