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Mower ‘Meathead’ DD 2016

7th February 2016 at 1:37 pm

Mower

I learned three things from Mower‘s press release: they are from Wigan, their EP was released on January 30th, and that they are fat men making fat music. Far be it from me to confirm or deny their claims about their physiques, I can…
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HAG ‘Fear Of Man’ DD 2016

23rd January 2016 at 5:27 pm

HAG

As far as any of us can remember, there’s been a two-tier hierarchy in progressive sludge metal: Tier 1 – High On Fire, Tier 2 – everyone else. Underrated heroes Teeth Of The Hydra tried to scale that never-ending beanstalk to Tier 1 heaven…
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Un ‘The Tomb Of All Things’ CD/DD 2015

23rd January 2016 at 5:21 pm

Un

There’s something rotten in the state of doom. In a scene mired with copycat bands, it now takes some serious raw talent to stand out. Thankfully, Seattle’s Un – featuring the bassist of world-beaters Samothrace – set about doing just that on their debut…
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Conan ‘Revengeance’ CD/LP/DD 2016

9th January 2016 at 1:33 pm

Conan

“Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.” A powerful statement from a powerful namesake, and one that this English doom trio more than live up to. Naming your band after one of the world’s mightiest and best…
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Battalions ‘Nothing To Lose’ DD 2015

29th November 2015 at 3:26 pm

Battalions

Heavy sludge from the wastelands of Hull, if that doesn’t sound depressive to you, then I don’t know what will get you down. You probably listen to the wrong kind of music, but that’s another matter. We’re talking here about Battallions (from Hull) who…
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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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Funerary / Ooze – Split LP/DD 2015

18th November 2015 at 7:47 pm

Funerary / Ooze - Split

FUNERARY OOZE! A fine name for a band, but there’s two going on here. It’s called a split, and it was released a while ago on DIY label Midnite Collective in order to let us all know about two up-and-coming sludge and doom bands…
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Pist ‘Rhythm & Booze’ CD/DD 2015

15th November 2015 at 3:59 pm

Pist

Ignoring the opening salvos of the excellently-named Shitstorm, the title of Pist‘s debut album, Rhythm And Booze, acts as a modus operandi for the forty minutes that follow. The album is about hard rock groove with a thicker and updated sound, and chronicling the…
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Trapped Within Burning Machinery ‘The Filth Element’ LP/DD 2015

9th November 2015 at 5:02 pm

Trapped Within Burning Machinery

Buoyed by the sheer dirty depravity of debut The Putrid Stench Of Self Decay and the somewhat knuckled-headed but devilishly diesel-smoked fumes of Midnite Collective single Tire Fire, the concept of Trapped Within Burning Machinery returning with a second full-length concept album based entirely…
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Kylesa ‘Exhausting Fire’ CD/LP/DD 2015

10th October 2015 at 1:26 pm

Kylesa

Kylesa are a band I’ve followed for many years, and they’ve been a difficult band to keep on top of. Typifying that Savannah sludge sound in their early days, they’d added all kinds of ingredients to the pot, from shimmering psychedelica to post rock…
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