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Volition ‘Wreck Among Ruin’ CD 2015

18th December 2014 at 9:17 am

Voltion

Have you ever heard of Barrow-In-Furness? Nope, me neither, but apparently it’s some sort of portal to hell, given the unholy racket created by resident misery mongers Volition. After a couple of personnel changes since their last full-length release, with bassist Mark Burns taking…
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Raging Speedhorn / Sworn To Oath / Dog Tired @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow 05/10/2014

12th December 2014 at 10:04 am

Raging Speedhorn @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow 05/10/2014 - Photo by Simon Anger

I have Raging Speedhorn to blame for ruining my life. They were the soundtrack to my first punch in the face in the pit. My first spilled beer. My first ruined tour t-shirt. The first time I could barely see the band on stage…
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Bädr Vogu ‘Agglomeration MMXIV’ CS/DD 2014

20th August 2014 at 10:26 am

Bädr Vogu

Oakland’s Bädr Vogu continue the grand tradition of Bay Area sludge begun by their filthy forebears in the likes of Noothgrush and Dystopia, while dragging the genre down to new depths of depravity. This summer saw the release of their Agglomeration MMXIV tour tape…
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Se Delan ‘The Fall’ CD/LP/DD 2014

18th April 2014 at 9:32 am

Se Delan

It’s been a productive couple of years for Justin Greaves. Since 2012 he has released two sprawling albums and an EP with prog-punk vigilantes Crippled Black Phoenix, single-handedly scored the independent film The Devil’s Business (the soundtrack LP of which saw a lavish release…
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Black Shape Of Nexus / Lazarus Blackstar – Split LP/DD 2014

1st January 2014 at 12:21 pm

Black Shape Of Nexus / Lazarus Blackstar - Split

I’ve been a fan of Bradford’s bleakest, Lazarus Blackstar, ever since stumbling upon their debut album ‘Revelations’ many years back. Their maniacal fusion of sludge and noise on that release absolutely sickened me, since at the time I hadn’t even heard EyeHateGod or Unsane…
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Unlucky ’13: My Year In Review By Ross McKendrick

30th December 2013 at 12:39 pm

Ross McKendrick

Between unstable living situations, family turmoil, health scares, close to a year of unintended unemployment and the resultant financial burdens that brings, 2013 has been the toughest year of my life. As a result, I’ve found myself drawn to releases that encapsulate the despondence…
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Deviated Instinct / Summon The Crows – Split 7″ Reissue 2013

21st December 2013 at 9:16 am

Deviated Instinct / Summon The Crows - Split 7"

Towards the end of the last decade the return of the likes of crust punk originators Amebix and Deviated Instinct was certainly unexpected, almost downright unthinkable to those who were there the first time around, but when you take into consideration the context for…
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Temples Nights: A New UK Festival Worthy Of Worship

10th December 2013 at 9:42 am

Temples Festival 2014 Lineup

With such a vast array of festivals catering to connoisseurs of all things slow, fast, noisey, experimental and just plain heavy running all through the year, and all over the world, it’s a great time to be a music fan. There’s a veritable embarrassment…
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Servants Of The Mist ‘Suicide Sex Pact’ Digital EP 2013

27th November 2013 at 9:43 am

Servants Of The Mist

With ‘Suicide Sex Pact’, Tampa’s Servants Of The Mist have released a half hour of devastating doom that’s just as fatal as its title. First track ‘Absence‘ opens with a slurred sample of creepy Christian classic ‘Jesus Loves Me‘, also recently used by dearly-departed…
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Harm Wülf ‘There’s Honey In The Soil So We Wait For The Till’ LP/DD 2013

6th November 2013 at 11:24 am

Harm Wülf

In recent years there has been a glut of material released by members of various heavy music scenes who venture forth as solo artists, taking things back to basics with intimate acoustic material. The likes of Mike Scheidt, Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, Nate…
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