Aidan Clucas

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I began reviewing in the summer of 2012, starting with films. It didn't take long before I wanted to discuss music, especially as, at the time, I was studying music and broadening my tastes. I started ACBlogReview on WordPress and also a short-lived YouTube channel called Wilson Foot Reviews with another reviewer (named after Our Lord and Saviour Steven Wilson's glorious bare feet).I came to write for Echoes and Dust after a long stint writing for This Is Not a Scene. I especially enjoy the diversity of music tastes among the Echoes and Dust community; their eclectism and experience in the world of underground music has broadened my eyes wider than Augustus Gloop in the Chocolate Factory.

Articles by Aidan Clucas

Josh Kay – Absence of Time

Whilst possibly a struggle for others, ‘Absence of Time’ should entertain metal guitarists of all talents.

When Icarus Falls – Resilience

Post-metal with shoegaze, When Icarus Lives perform a substantial remodelling of their own sound.

DDENT – آكتئاب

This is a strong post-metal release, especially for a debut. There are two sides to this coin, crushing riffs, and poignancy in melody; this album is about to show you both sides, and despite its hour-long length, the time flies by.

The Goat Wizard – The Anthromancer

The Anthromancer is an impressively convoluted, raw, energetic and creative release. Expect math-rock, and prog, but throw in some ska and post-punk as well.

Seven Impale – Contrapasso

A very well done, and enjoyable, progressive rock record, though more nostalgic than innovative. – By Aidan Clucas

Deus Ex Machina – Devoto

There are elements of nostalgia for those who are familiar with Deus Ex Machina, and too for those who are familiar with progressive rock. It is not ground-breaking but, rather, subtle in its innovation. Piras said he wanted the songs to feel more ‘from our guts than from our heads’ and this more primal-passion can definitely be felt, generated a more natural, earthy sound. By Aidan Clucas

Periphery – Periphery III: Select Difficulty

This is subjective, but it is not better than any previous Periphery release, as it lacks the sheer thrill or astonishment of its predecessors. But it is by no means a disappointment, it is just a very good album in amongst great albums. – By Aidan Clucas

Mechanical Monkey – Ambition Impossible

With the talent on display, and the mash of influences, this album could have strayed too far in any number of directions. It instead remains relatively grounded, yet still exceptional. This is aggressive, and heavy hitting, yet most importantly interesting and impressive. By Aidan Clucas

Seed From The Geisha – Point Nemo

This is a really enjoyable album, and one that demonstrates so much potential. The band are perfectly fine doing what they’re doing, but they should either measure their intensity in their music, or incorporate more curious, and bizarre, dynamics. Very well done. By Aidan Clucas

Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky

‘Kentucky’ is a step up from ‘Magic Mountain’, but thankfully not just making the same music they made when they were kids; they may have finally “evolved”, and Kentucky represents the closing of their first chapter, and the beginning of fresh new passage in life. – By Aidan Clucas

Hyeun – Hyeun

With more instruments, or subtle differences, Hyeun could release a highly emotive album, which is also challenging. Their self-titled EP is but a teaser of their capability. By Aidan Clucas

Endless Floods – Endless Floods

As a whole the album is not satisfying and instead of appreciate the emotional and intellectual depth of brutal and expansive music, it instead leaves one with an appreciation for the work, but demanding an extra level of flair. – By Aidan Clucas

Frank Turner – Mittens EP

Mittens EP is the love-song of a singer-songwriter, and in this piece it is plain to see that Turner’s soul, and dreams, rest in the creation of music. Within this EP is only a small part of his emotion, sure, but with a simplistic style he can captivate many and create small portions of music that possess more personality than any contemporary singer-songwriter in the limelight today. By Aidan Clucas

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

Kindler – Cosmic Revelations (Review & Exclusive Track Stream)

Cosmic Revelations should be an important album to Kindler; here is a body of work to be proud of, and for a listener to embrace. By Aidan Clucas

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