Pil & Bue – Forget the Past, Let’s Worry About The Future

Pil & Bue – Forget the Past, Let’s Worry About The Future

This release is clever with it’s incorporation of popular rock and progressive elements. The songs are both catchy and enjoyable, whilst being interesting with a short dash of self-indulgency, a confidence needed for progressive rock. By Aidan Clucas

Abyssus – Once Entombed… (Review + Exclusive Track Première)

Abyssus – Once Entombed… (Review + Exclusive Track Première)

The covers just rule on this record. No only originals are real here, fuckers. Keep an open mind and get slammed by Abyssus doing a hell of a job refreshing your taste for some classic metal. – By Al Necro

As Seas Exhale – Voyager

As Seas Exhale – Voyager

It would be a shame for this album to be tossed aside because the story is lost on a casual first-time listener. If you’re a fan of As Seas Exhale’s previous work, you will enjoy this latest record. Otherwise, wait until you have that hour and a half – the time investment is worth it. By Ginnia Cheng

Eight Bells – Landless

Eight Bells – Landless

Eight Bells shrug off the meandering bluesy psychedelia of their début in favour of a sound that is darker, more mature, and more atmospheric, sounding less like a jam and more like a crafted narrative. – By Peter Meinertzhagen

Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony

Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony

If you have any yearning for delightful pop songs full of melody but also tinged with sadness and regret then Sunflower Bean are the band for you. By Martyn Coppack

Instrumental (adj.) – A Series Of Disagreements

Instrumental (adj.) – A Series Of Disagreements

I can’t wait for a full-length record. I really, really can’t. I’d really love to hear this group expand their ideas and their sound into an album length odyssey. – By Stuart Benjamin

Slabdragger – Rise Of The Dawncrusher

Slabdragger – Rise Of The Dawncrusher

For those familiar with Slabdragger from ‘Regress’, their début five long years ago, you know what to expect – long, sludgy songs with throat-searing vocals and a hint of psychedelia. But this album is bigger, thicker, with longer, more relentlessly repetitive riffs. – By Matt Butler

Live: Gilmore Trail, Fly on Byrd, fly on & Kellar – Sebright Arms, London. Saturday 30th January

Live: Gilmore Trail, Fly on Byrd, fly on & Kellar – Sebright Arms, London. Saturday 30th January

A quite fabulous evening of instrumental rock music, made all the more special by the superb sound and a wonderfully warm welcome. By Rich Buley

Grieved – Grieved

Grieved – Grieved

It’s a stunning entry into the canon of modern hardcore and truly representative of their live show – given the kinetic fury of the Grieved live experience, this is the highest accolade that I can think of. – By Andy Price

Oakes & Smith – Between the Earth and Sky EP

Oakes & Smith – Between the Earth and Sky EP

With their excellent musicianship and soulful songs, there is certainly more to come from this duo. By Annie Rew Shaw

Mats Gustafsson – Piano Mating

Mats Gustafsson – Piano Mating

It would be perverse to say that Piano Mating is good or bad; the key to the album is that it has the power to reflect the listener’s mood; it can be intense, powerful, oppressive or a boring endurance test. While it’s playing it simply is, in a way that’s probably best appreciated by fans of extreme, non-dramatic noise. By Will Pinfold

Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O – Are You Land or Water

Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O – Are You Land or Water

It’s been a long and interesting road for Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O. ‘Are You Land or Water’ suggests they’re still travelling – a collection of stylistically different but individually excellent tracks that don’t quite make for a coherent album. – By Jamie Jones

Dream Theater – The Astonishing

Dream Theater – The Astonishing

‘The Astonishing’ lives up to its title. It is an album that was anything but a safe choice and it is to the band’s eternal credit that, as always, they have followed their muse and made the record that they wanted to make with no compromise to expectations. A triumph, then, but destined to be as polarising as ever. – By Dave Cooper

Borknagar – Winter Thrice

Borknagar – Winter Thrice

‘Winter Thrice’ comes across as Borknagar’s most polished album to date; the song writing is excellent. – By Tristan Lathey

Primitive Man / Sea Bastard – Split

Primitive Man / Sea Bastard – Split

This is one of my favorite splits with Primitive Man, and now I am a Sea Bastard fan. I highly recommend this split if you have enjoyed these bands recorded or live, and of course, if you like blackened doom with a hint of sludge. – By Kara Chavez

ƘɸƴԼ – Modular Glitchtar Soundscapes Vol.1

ƘɸƴԼ – Modular Glitchtar Soundscapes Vol.1

Modular Glitchtar Soundscapes Vol.1 is a really impressive experiment by ƘɸƴԼ and I was fascinated by not only the sound of Koyl’s music but, the method by which he created it. By Chad Murray


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