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Opium Lord ‘The Calendrical Cycle: Eye Of Earth’ CD/LP/DD 2015

16th September 2015 at 7:03 pm

Opium Lord

Birmingham’s Opium Lord have had a kind of fast-track experience since forming just a few years ago. Their first EP (the fancily-titled The Calendrical Cycle – Prologue: The Healer (reviewed here), released by Thirty Days Of Night/Witch Hunter Records) sold out quickly, and it…
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Ufomammut ‘Ecate’ CD/LP/DD 2015

30th July 2015 at 6:58 pm


As the sun returned to our isles and I sat in my back garden, with blue skies overhead, the sun’s warmth on my face and the sounds of nature all around me, I should have been perfectly primed to soak in Italian doom trio…
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Grizzlor ‘When You Die’ 7″/DD 2014

24th December 2014 at 10:25 am


Let me tell you a little secret about me; if you tell me you play grungey noise rock, you’ve got my ear straight away. As a chap whose first foray away from mainstream music was along the lines of Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins and…
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Fuzz Evil / Chiefs – Split 7”/DD 2014

6th December 2014 at 9:22 am

Fuzz Evil / Chiefs - Split 7”

Battleground Records is a relatively new label operating out of Tucson, Arizona which supports a small roster of underground bands playing fuzzy stoner rock and sludge, both in Arizona and further afield. And successfully so, it would seem, as the label has racked up…
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Windhand ‘Live At Roadburn 2014’ LP/DD 2014

16th October 2014 at 11:55 am


If you’ve not heard of Richmond, Virginia’s Windhand then you’ve probably been living under a rock for the last three years. From an intriguing practice space demo to last year’s critically acclaimed Soma (their second album), Windhand have literally had the wind beneath their…
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Pissed Jeans: Tom McKibbin Interviews Frontman Matt Korvette

7th October 2014 at 10:23 am

Pissed Jeans - Photo by Brad Fry

Pennsylvanian punks Pissed Jeans have been tearing us all a new a-hole for a decade now and so following the release of their fourth album Honeys last year, the band’s long-time label Sub Pop decided it was high time they reissued Pissed Jean’s immaculate…
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Noothgrush ‘Erode The Person – Anthology 1997-1998’ CD/DD Reissue 2014

26th September 2014 at 9:17 am


Noothgrush‘s discography reads a bit like a defragging hard drive – so many little pieces (demos, EPs, split releases, an album, a few live records and a compilation or two scattered across a timeline) ultimately coming together to make up the whole picture of…
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Music Blues: Stephen Tanner Answers Tom’s Questions About Depression, Going Solo & Cooking

19th September 2014 at 12:26 pm

Music Blues - Stephen Tanner - Photo by John Fell

Alternative rock, doom, sludge-grinders Harvey Milk need no introduction here and neither does their bass-playing maverick Stephen Tanner who recently released the solo project “Things Haven’t Gone Well” under the name Music Blues on Thrill Jockey Records. Shaman scribe Tom McKibbin wasn’t sure whether…
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Space Witch: Daz Rowlands Answers Tom McKibbin’s Thought Provoking Questions

15th September 2014 at 9:56 am

Space Witch

Stoke-on-Trent’s veteran instrumental doom titans Space Witch have just released their excellent self-titled debut album on Orchestrated Dystopia Records and it has been receiving well-deserved praise from all corners of the globe. Shaman scribe Tom McKibbin caught up with founding member and all-round Tone…
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Space Witch – S/T – CD/CS/DD 2014

8th September 2014 at 9:09 am

Space Witch - S/T

A lot of doom bands like to chortle about only having enough time to play two or three songs in a set when they play a gig. Based on Space Witch‘s debut album, the Stoke-on-Trent band would be lucky to be allowed to finish…
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