Jamie Jones

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A survivor of the nu-metal years, Jamie Jones lives in Cardiff, Wales stockpiling good music ready for the inevitable revival. “They say we could never have another Limp Bizkit or another Coal Chamber, that we’ve learned our lesson,” he says, “but people have short memories. It’s only a matter of time.”

He writes about music in the hopes of delaying the inevitable as long as possible. Primarily a reviewer of heavy music – particularly doom, heavy psych, stoner rock and post-metal – he’s also the kind of dilettante who’ll fling words at anything that can keep his attention long enough. He believes Mike Vest’s guitar tone will soon attract visitors from another galaxy wanting to know how we learned their language and that if you listen to the entire Grails back catalogue in the right order you’ll unlock the meaning of the universe and become infinitely powerful.

A keen beard cultivator, amateur curry chef/brewer of ales and wannabe boxing aficionado, his music writing is collected at his blog ghost signals. He also occasionally writes about videogames and has been known to attempt to write fiction.

Articles by Jamie Jones

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Blown Out – Celestial Sphere

Mike Vest’s Blown Out drop a half hour, 3 track collection of their trademark instrumental heavy psych jams ahead of their upcoming European tour. They sound suitably fried, wired and, well, Blown Out as ever. – By Jamie Jones

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Interview: Alex K from Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O

Following the release of their new album ‘Are You Land or Water’, Jamie Jones got in touch with Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O’s creative leader Alexander Kloster-Jensen (aka Alex K) about where the band are at now and the journey that led them there.

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Beehoover – Primitive Powers

German two-piece Beehoover return with the most Beehooverian album they’ve ever Beehoovered. Their brand of bass n’ drum powered sludge stoner fury ain’t broken – so they don’t fix it. – By Jamie Jones

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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

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Nonsun – Black Snow Desert

‘Black Snow Desert’ is doom/sludge stretched out and refracted into infinity, an occasionally arresting set of studies in tone and weight that, while in need of some editing, announces the arrival of a band that those who enjoy life in the slow lane should take note of. – By Jamie Jones

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Haikai No Ku – Temporary Infinity

Whilst many of the sonic wanderings Mike Vest lends his name to are perhaps an acquired taste – nigh on 10 minute long drone jams are not everybody’s cup of tea after all – ‘Temporary Infinity’ is one that may intimidate even the converted with its full blooded dark magic. The places he’ll lead you don’t come much more twisted, blackened and scorched than the ones contained within ‘Temporary Infinity’. – By Jamie Jones

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HAG – Fear of Man

HAG refer to their sound as Eagle Metal – and on this, their début full length, their brand of sludgy High on Fire-esque metal comes tantalisingly close to sounding as awesome as that description suggests. – By Jamie Jones

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Fórn – Weltschmerz

Fórn aren’t for the faint of heart. It’s doom in the very purest sense of the word; an unshakable sense of dread, a gnawing feeling that everything is somehow fundamentally, irredeemably wrong. It’s sludge you have to wade neck deep through. It’s an EP that will make you feel like painting the windows black, cutting the phoneline, giving all your possessions bar your stereo away and existing entirely within its cavernous chords. – By Jamie Jones

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The Moth Gatherer – The Earth is the Sky

The Moth Gatherer must be given credit for their ambition and for their emotional range, but as a record ‘The Earth is the Sky’ fails to quite come together. Whist there’s enough in the first two thirds to grab the attention there’s not enough to keep it and in the end a few moments that could sour your opinion of them altogether. The Moth Gatherer clearly have the tools to create something truly impressive. Sadly this isn’t it. – By Jamie Jones

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Interview: Daniel Arvidsson from Mammoth Storm

Jamie Jones got in touch with bassist/vocalist Daniel Arvidsson from Swedish stoner doom metal band Mammoth Storm to ask him to introduce the band and to talk to him about mythological inspiration and why it is that Sweden keeps on producing such fine metal bands.

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Mammoth Storm – Fornjot

With a name like Mammoth Storm and a record titled for an ancient giant king you’d better be ready to bring the heavy. Thankfully on ‘Fornjot’ they don’t disappoint – delivering a selection of doom metal epics that don’t skimp on either the doom or the metal. – By Jamie Jones

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From My Parents: Jamie Jones

“I may not listen to many of the same records as my mum or dad these days…But the attitudes they fostered in me run deep.” Jamie Jones writes about how his mum and dad’s influence affects his taste and attitude towards music, in the latest in our From My Parents series

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Indian Handcrafts – Creeps

They take the stoner party van from the cover of their début and power slide it through a bunch of rock sub-genres with glee, one hand on the wheel, one flicking horns through the window. – By Jamie Jones

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Dope Body – Kunk

Dope Body have often sounded like a band being pulled in several directions – their love of 90s US hardcore outliers and noisey alt-rock is evident but they’ve never sounded quite sure whether they want to take it in weirder or more accessible territory. On Kunk they almost manage to do both. They’re still a band at war with themselves; a struggle which every now and again brings out the best in them. By Jamie Jones

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The Sword – High Country

Evolution can be painful – but the trick The Sword have pulled here is making it seem as difficult as kicking back, opening a beer, dusting off a few old long neglected records and rediscovering how much you loved them back before you learned to worry about genre. – By Jamie Jones

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Hey Colossus / Hotel Wrecking City Traders – Split

Two bands flying high and doing what they please. If you’re already a fan of either band you’re probably already on this – if not then it’s as good a time as any to find out what you’ve been missing. – By Jamie Jones

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Watertank – Destination Unknown

Whilst they’re pretty derivative Destination Unknown is a hard record not to like, even when your mind drifts to the bands who they’ve drawn so much from. – By Jamie Jones

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Mutoid Man – Bleeder

Not only have Mutoid Man pulled out one of the most jaw dropping and exhilarating metal/hardcore records released in a long, long time they’ve also put out a record that stands up to anything either of its more famous band members have ever put their name to. – By Jamie Jones

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Coffinfish – I Am Providence

My revelation during ‘Watcher’ wasn’t quite that dramatic, but it shed light on the myriad details that set Coffinfish apart from their peers, and revealed that their best moments are at once beautiful and terrible enough to have been torn from pages of the Necronomicon itself. – By Jamie Jones

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Dead Shed Jokers – Dead Shed Jokers

When they’re at their best they pull off the ever impressive trick of managing to not quite sound like anyone else despite sounding immediately familiar. By Jamie Jones

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Hogslayer – Defacer

For those who like their sludge as miserable, myopic and misanthropic as possible – or just want a record to stomp around their living room to pretending to be Godzilla creating a ruckus in downtown Tokyo, Hogslayer have got your back. – By Jamie Jones

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