Geoff Topley

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Before I begin, can I just say I’m utterly hopeless at writing biographies, in all my years of knocking out CD-Rs under my many artistic guises I’ve never cobbled together a decent press release. Whether it be through shy modesty or plain embarrassment at blowing my own trumpet, I struggled when it came to self promotion. Just as well then that I’m not trying to inflict anything apon you here.

As you may have gathered, I’m a musician of sorts from Portadown. I’ve been floating in and around the Northern Irish music scene for over 20 years. (If you really want to know more about this aspect of my life, google me) In fact, it was through sending Dan my music that I came to know about Echoes and Dust.

I listen to a wide range of musical styles but my main interest is in instrumental rock/metal, dreampop/drone and I do have a leaning towards electronic music. My ears are very much tuned into melody, whatever the genre. Though I have a penchant for the extremities of Noise Rock/Hardcore when the mood takes me.

It’s been a lifelong ambition to write music reviews and I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity.

Articles by Geoff Topley

Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Chelsea Wolfe brings the noise on Hiss Spun, along with some truly stellar vocal performances.

Mastodon – Cold Dark Place

I have already earmarked ‘Emperor of Sand’ as one of my top 3 albums of the year and this EP is a welcome addition to their mighty fine recent output.

The Dears – Times Infinity Volume Two

The Dears release their second album of the year, another collection of swooning orchestral pop excellence.

RMCK – RMCK

A mesmerising e.p. of distorted looped banjo. Folk Metal for Metal Folk.

Hornets – Witch Hunt

Yet again, Hornets come at you with an intense, dirty, downright heavy collection of blistering punk rockin’ scuzzy metal. (Head) Cracking stuff.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Best Troubador

A lovingly crafted collection of Merle Haggard covers given the Bonnie “Prince” Billy rework for his best album in years.

Part Chimp – IV

Part Chimp bring the noise on their new album but they also bring the tunes.

Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

‘Emperor of Sand’ takes Mastodon’s way with melody to a whole new level. The perfect combination of crunching metal and fine tunes.

Fucked Up – Year of the Snake

My new favourite band. A 23 minute punk epic. It’s Fucked Up and it’s Fucking Essential.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Tourist

Alec Ounsworth brings Clap Your Hands Say Yeah back with a superb collection of quirky little gems.

The Dears – Times Infinity Volume One

The Dears are back on my radar with an album that is a triumphant return to form.

Lift To Experience – The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (Re-issue)

A most welcome re-issue of one of the greatest albums of all time. As God intended it to sound…

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

The Dillinger Escape Plan have truly made an extreme and challenging album that is a modern day metal classic. It mightn’t come across like it, but I fucking loved it.

Norma Jean – Polar Similar

Norma Jean are a new band to me and their seventh album is a sonic storm of energy, vitality, brutality and seriously twisted riffs. If extending the fan base was the intention, consider this a plus one. – By Geoff Topley.

Helms Alee – Stillicide

With every release Helms Alee raise expectations. ‘Stillicide’ is another album to add to the ever expanding ocean of brilliance. – By Geoff Topley

Singers From Berlin – Minor Hooks

The debut e.p. from Belfast’s Singers From Berlin sounds like “Mogwai meets Massive Attack, only shitter than that”. Their words, not mine! Taking Minor Hooks at face value and considering the creator of the e.p. does a pretty good line in self-deprecation, it’s not a bad wee trio of tunes. By Geoff Topley

Gone Is Gone – Gone Is Gone

Featuring members of Mastodon, At the Drive-In and Queens of the Stone Age, Gone Is Gone is an EP occasionally showing much promise, will there be more to come? – By Geoff Topley

Heart – Beautiful Broken

Heart release their 16th album in a career spanning 5 decades. The good news is, Ann Wilson is still as fine a vocalist as ever. – By Geoff Topley

Tomydeepestego – TMDE

Roma’s Tomydeepestego deliver a fine self produced/released post-metal album that fans of Russian Circles and Pelican should enjoy. – By Geoff Topley

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.

Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties

Another out-there collaboration from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to further extend this prolific artist’s cannon of weird and wonderful. By Geoff Topley

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