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Bong ‘Stoner Rock’ CD/LP/DD 2014

31st January 2014 at 9:26 am

Bong

Newcastle-based stoner rock collective Bong have unleashed their latest alb… oh, wait – let me try that again. With their audaciously titled fourth album ‘Stoner Rock‘, drone druids Bong have opened a dialogue on the usefulness and accuracy of broad genre definitions, and taken…
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Bast ‘Spectres’ CD/LP/CS/DD 2014

27th January 2014 at 8:11 am

Bast

It’s been a long time coming for Kingston-based black metal/doom band Bast, but this year finally marks the arrival of their long overdue debut album ‘Spectres‘. Originally formed as a two-piece back in 2008, Bast have been a sporadic but always welcome presence in…
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Pontiak ‘Innocence’ CD/LP/DD 2014

22nd January 2014 at 10:31 am

Pontiak

Prolific Virginia three-piece Pontiak have now been a band for a decade, but they’ve had their whole lives to build the kind of musical synergy that many bands dream of but rarely achieve. It’s probably because they’re a band of brothers (literally) but to…
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Lux Interna ‘There Is Light In The Body, There Is Blood In The Sun’ CD/LP/DD 2013

15th January 2014 at 9:12 am

Lux Interna

I’m a cynical bastard sometimes; if I’m being completely honest with myself, I probably spent more time in 2013 listening to old favourites and discovering new favourites by older artists than I did listening to new albums actually released in 2013. It’s easy to…
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Wooden Shjips ‘Back To Land’ CD/LP/DD 2013

3rd December 2013 at 11:08 am

Wooden Shjips

Back To Land, the fourth album from San Francisco-based psychedelic rock quartet Wooden Shjips is, unfortunately, a frustratingly pedestrian affair. Listening back to their 2007 Holy Mountain debut and Dos, you can hear that the band’s formula hasn’t changed much over the years, but…
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Lumbar ‘The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome’ CD/LP/CS/DD 2013

18th November 2013 at 9:08 am

Lumbar

The gestation period between Lumbar announcing their existence in September and releasing their debut album in November has been mercifully short as the anticipation level for The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome has been – as is to be expected when any ensemble…
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Pigs ‘Gaffe’ 10″ 2013

27th October 2013 at 1:03 pm

Pigs

Starting up almost exactly where they left off on their debut album – 2012’s fantastic You Ruin Everything – Pigs have graced us with this stop-gap tour EP, bridging time between now and the release of their anticipated second album. Given the band’s pedigree…
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Queen Elephantine ‘Scarab’ 2013 CD/LP/DD 2013

4th October 2013 at 8:27 am

Queen Elephantine

“I became, and the becoming became. I became by becoming the form of Khepra, god of transformations, who came into being in the First Time. Through me all transformations were enacted.” To all of the doom bands who attempt to evoke a hazy, druggy…
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Dead Meadow ‘Warble Womb’ CD/LP 2013

2nd October 2013 at 9:21 am

Dead Meadow

Dead Meadow have come a long way since recording their eponymous debut album inexpensively in their practice space back in 1999; besides releasing a number of studio and live albums, they’ve toured the world, recorded a session for John Peel and gone through a…
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Ortega ‘The Serpent Stirs’ CS/LP/DD 2013

14th August 2013 at 12:32 pm

Ortega

Originally released late last year as a limited edition cassette on rising Dutch DIY tape label Tartarus Records, this single/EP from Ortega (who are themselves a rising Dutch doom band) is now being issued on vinyl, courtesy of Narshardaa Records. The band, who have…
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