Jakob – Sines

Jakob – Sines

This is a release of love, affection, passion, hope, desire and sheer wilful bloody mindedness. It drips with effort, relief and everything else that makes music special. – By Nick Dodds

Anna Phoebe – Between The Shadow And The Soul

Anna Phoebe – Between The Shadow And The Soul

The material is hugely evocative and is as involving emotionally as it is instrumentally thrilling. Her finest hour, without question. – By Dave Cooper

Spider Kitten – Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree

Spider Kitten – Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree

This is one special album, one of the best doom releases this year and makes this band one of the most interesting prospects on the scene. – By Martyn Coppack

Solemn Sun – §

Solemn Sun – §

The plea “Take me as I am. I know you understand.” opens ‘30:10’. I’ll very happily do that with these boys, and I look forward to a full LP. This is a promising beginning to their exclusively-sibilant life. By Phil Makepeace

Amaranthe – Massive Addictive

Amaranthe – Massive Addictive

As close as makes no difference to a definitive stylistic statement for the band. Slick, highly polished and unabashedly commercial, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is nonetheless a highly accomplished piece of work. – By Dave Cooper

Interview: John Garcia

Interview: John Garcia

Matt T.A. Smith had a great chat with legendary desert rocker and stoner rock pioneer John Garcia about the histories behind the songs on the album, balancing being a rock star with his responsibilities as a family man, and his surprising love of ’70s disco.

Elephant Stone – The Three Poisons

Elephant Stone – The Three Poisons

Let’s hope the future includes this rather wonderful band as on the basis of this album they deserve all the plaudits they get. By Martyn Coppack

Bloodshot Dawn – Demons

Bloodshot Dawn – Demons

Years of underground activity have paid off for Bloodshot Dawn with a genre shaking release that is easily the best melodeath album I’ve heard this year. – By Nicholas Cleeve

Last Ex – Last Ex

Last Ex – Last Ex

‘Last Ex’ comes across as a very unusual and slightly inaccessible/out-of-reach album experience, presenting a slightly harrowing and unsettling viewpoint of our world where there’s twists and turns at every corner, ready to jump out at you. By Gareth Watkin

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Psychopomp

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Psychopomp

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs may be the best band on the planet right now. If you like your music loud, inspired and with minimal bullshit then this is the band for you. – By Martyn Coppack

Snailking – Storm

Snailking – Storm

Heavy and thundering – two words to sum up what goes on for the 50 odd minutes that this Storm lasts. Snailking is a forward-thinking band who have delivered an important doom album that deserves every bit of your attention. – By Anoop Bhat

Interview: Charnia

Interview: Charnia

Kara Hinman asked Belgium post-metal outfit Charnia some questions about their new album Dageraad and more.

Devin Townsend Project – Z² (Dark Matters)

Devin Townsend Project – Z² (Dark Matters)

Taken as a double album the quantity, variety and quality control maintained over two hours are mind-boggling. Z² is the Devin Townsend Project at the height of their powers. – By Chris McGarel

Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

Ultimately, if you’re a fan then you’re going to hugely enjoy this album. The very fact that they can knock out good tunes has meant that Slipknot have stood the test of time beyond a novelty act. – By Geoff Topley

Interview: Yokozuna: 2007 – 2014

Interview: Yokozuna: 2007 – 2014

On the 3rd of October, at the Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park, Yokozuna played their last ever gig. It was not headline news; Yokozuna, I’ve never met anyone outside of the DIY circuit who’s heard of them, yet, for those who knew the band, Yokozuna’s end was mourned as a profound loss. Before the show, Aidan Hehir grabbed a few last words from the trio.

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

A World Lit Only By Fire is unforgiving lyrically, sonically crushing and masterfully constructed. Broadrick and Green have created a relevant and impressive album that shows no rust from the band’s long hiatus. You can believe it. Godflesh is back. – By Dave Guzda

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