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Earth ‘Primitive And Deadly’ CD/LP/DD 2014

5th September 2014 at 10:29 am

Earth

Earth’s post-reformation output has been widely praised; while the band laid dormant between the mid-nineties and mid-2000s, the likes of Sunn O))) and Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine did much to help build a wider appreciation for Earth, allowing them to enjoy the…
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Pissed Jeans ‘Shallow’ CD/LP/DD Reissue 2014

26th August 2014 at 10:20 am

Pissed Jeans

Pissed Jeans, Pennsylvania’s finest purveyors of sludgey man-child hardcore punk, have enjoyed a slow and steady ride into the hearts of many punks and trendy’s alike, culminating in last year’s critically-lauded Honeys. But the story began in 2003 with a demo cassette which the…
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Music Blues ‘Things Haven’t Gone Well’ CD/LP/DD 2014

11th August 2014 at 8:57 am

Music Blues

If anyone in the band Harvey Milk was likely to branch out and release a “solo” album, you would probably expect it to be singer and guitarist Creston Spiers ahead of bassist, chef and short-shorts-enthusiast Stephen Tanner, right? But here we have it; Tanner,…
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The Great Sabatini ‘Dog Years’ CD/LP/DD 2014

28th July 2014 at 10:18 am

The Great Sabatini

Montreal’s The Great Sabatini are one of the latest additions to the excellent French label Solar Flare Records’ roster, and with label mates ranging from Sofy Major to Pigs, you could probably hazard a guess before hearing them that they’re going to enjoy damaging…
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Comply Or Die ‘Northless’ DD 2014

19th July 2014 at 11:18 am

Comply Or Die

Belfast’s Comply Or Die unfortunately announced their decision to split shortly before they released Northless, their sixth release in as many years since they formed in 2006. Well-respected in their native Ireland, they will perhaps be most familiar to the rest of us for…
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Boris ‘Noise’ CD/LP/DD 2014

17th June 2014 at 9:11 am

Boris

Boris fans certainly get their money’s worth from the prolific, shapeshifting Japanese band. Their constant refusal to be pigeon-holed means that theirs is a discography from which you can pick and choose your own identity for the band, and the surprising thing is that…
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Naam / White Hills / Black Rainbows / The Flying Eyes – Split CD/12″/DD 2014

28th May 2014 at 9:57 am

Naam / White Hills / Black Rainbows / The Flying Eyes - Split

Split releases are great in theory. For the bands, it’s an opportunity to collaborate, whether loosely or closely, with bands they admire and respect. For the fans, it can be a learning experience, helping them to discover new bands, as well as saving their…
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11Paranoias ‘Spectralbeastiaries’ LP/DD 2014

6th April 2014 at 9:38 am

11Paranoias

If the lore is to be believed, 11Paranoias formed on the 11th of November 2011 – 11/11/11 – incidentally the same day that de-facto doom overlords Black Sabbath announced their reunion. This numerical oddity may have given the band their name but perhaps by…
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Towers ‘II’ LP/DD 2014

14th March 2014 at 10:31 am

Towers

Providing further evidence that Oregon is literally built upon an ancient Indian burial ground, yet another otherworldly and insanely heavy band comes forth proclaiming Oregon as their home state. Of course, there’s already Yob, Norska, Lumbar, Lord Dying, Red Fang, Unsea, Atriarch, and a…
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Iron Witch / The Atrocity Exhibit – Split 7″/DD 2014

6th March 2014 at 9:55 am

Iron Witch / The Atrocity Exhibit

Witch Hunter Records and Dead Chemist Records have conspired to release this beastly 7” split between Liverpool’s Iron Witch and Northampton’s The Atrocity Exhibit, two respected names on the UK’s sludge and grindcore scenes. While on paper this difference of genre could make for…
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