Lucifer’s Hammer – Beyond the Omens

Lucifer’s Hammer – Beyond the Omens

Beyond the Omens is the soundtrack of a thousand forgotten 80’s horror films and is the perfect album for a late night drive. This is pure old-school heavy metal thunder and posers need not apply! – By Steve Wilson

Above Aurora – Onwards Desolation

Above Aurora – Onwards Desolation

‘Onwards Desolation’ may feature refined production and quality musicianship, but the band is deserving of more recognition, so I have no qualms saying it here: this is Pagan Records’ banner year, and Above Aurora has a lot to do with that. – By Al Necro

Yodok III – Legion of Radiance

Yodok III – Legion of Radiance

The delicacy with which this evolves attests to how each member of Yodok III is entirely in tune with the other members of the band, especially when you consider that this is a live recording with an audience present. – By Ed Sprake

Echoes of the Past: Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle

Echoes of the Past: Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle

By:  The first thing that springs to mind for most people when the name Bruce Springsteen crops up […]

Minor Victories – Minor Victories

Minor Victories – Minor Victories

If the four core members can bust out an album of this quality without even being in the same room most of the time, I imagine they’ll be a force to be reckoned with after some live dates and their relationships develop more. I hope they are successful enough in this endeavor to carry on. For me, this album will likely go down as one the high points of my year. It’s just the right album at the right time and I’m thankful for that. By Michael Hayden

Gnod – Mirror

Gnod – Mirror

Mirror is an uncomfortable listen, a superbly realised unflinching expression of how we do, and should, respond to human pain and societal dysfunction, it’s also a reminder that really good music often forces us to engage with reality not flee it. By Tim Forster

Eagulls – Ullages

Eagulls – Ullages

The inherent miserablism of the band means that despite all the gauzy dreaminess of the music the songs remain largely earthbound and stubbornly unlovable. By Chris Ball.

After Osmosis – What Do You See When You Dream? – Review & Exclusive Album Stream

After Osmosis – What Do You See When You Dream? – Review & Exclusive Album Stream

This album is a cautious but good step forward in the right direction. They’re trying earnestly to find their place in post-rock, and I like where that’s headed. By Aaron Edwards

Winterhorde – Maestro

Winterhorde – Maestro

‘Maestro’ has that perfect balance of excellence I’m always looking for when listening to symphonic metal. Spectacular albums like ‘Maestro’ give me faith that great new metal music is still being made. – By Patrick Thompson

In Mourning – Afterglow

In Mourning – Afterglow

If you are looking for that perfect melodic blend of doom and death, In Mourning has served it up for you on a silver platter. – By Wade Reitz

Live Review: Evil Blizzard – The Lexington, London

Live Review: Evil Blizzard – The Lexington, London

Andy Little went to see Evil Blizzard at The Lexington. “A band who know exactly what they are doing regarding stage presence, theatrics, and creating a fully enhanced blistering mesh of varying music genres, which ultimately never distracts from an Evil Blizzard sound and look all of its own.”

Bonny Billy – More Revery

Bonny Billy – More Revery

Yet another album from Will Oldham that delivers diamonds and dogshit at the same time. Recommended for completion of a lengthy collection, but ultimately, not that essential. By Geoff Topley.

Niagara – Hyperocean

Niagara – Hyperocean

Niagara are ok. Ok being the key word there, not good, not fine, just ok. There is definitely potential for goodness but it’s not there yet. By Aaron Kent

Mantar – Ode To The Flame

Mantar – Ode To The Flame

It’s definitely a grower that you appreciate more with time, but definitely worth sticking with, you will be rewarded. – By Steve Fallows

Frost* – Falling Satellites

Frost* – Falling Satellites

This is, hands down, my album of the year. Yes, we’re only in May, but the way this album affects me emotionally, the music contained within it, the performances…. it will not get better than this. – By John Sturm

Le Scimmie – Colostrum

Le Scimmie – Colostrum

Le Scimmie take you on an unusual and intriguing journey. One that once you start, you just have to stay and find out where it takes you. Highly recommended. – By Steve Fallows


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