Articles by Geoff Topley
Estuary Blacks have come from nowhere to deliver an exceptional debut album of progressive/stoner/post rock. It is a truly magnificent album and simply has to be heard.
Another high quality album of warm and passionate electro soul from Joan Wasser,
From the badlands of Larne comes a very fine debut album from Haunch, featuring members of Dutch Schultz and Therapy.
And So I Watch You From Afar return with their heaviest and most technical album to date.
Atlanta’s Blis. wear their influences on their sleeves but provide a lovely modern sheen to their melodic fuzz punk pop.
Chelsea Wolfe brings the noise on Hiss Spun, along with some truly stellar vocal performances.
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 release their second album of the year, another collection of swooning orchestral pop excellence.
A mesmerising e.p. of distorted looped banjo. Folk Metal for Metal Folk.
Yet again, Hornets come at you with an intense, dirty, downright heavy collection of blistering punk rockin’ scuzzy metal. (Head) Cracking stuff.
A lovingly crafted collection of Merle Haggard covers given the Bonnie “Prince” Billy rework for his best album in years.
Part Chimp bring the noise on their new album but they also bring the tunes.
‘Emperor of Sand’ takes Mastodon’s way with melody to a whole new level. The perfect combination of crunching metal and fine tunes.
My new favourite band. A 23 minute punk epic. It’s Fucked Up and it’s Fucking Essential.
Alec Ounsworth brings Clap Your Hands Say Yeah back with a superb collection of quirky little gems.
The Dears are back on my radar with an album that is a triumphant return to form.
A most welcome re-issue of one of the greatest albums of all time. As God intended it to sound…
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 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.
With every release Helms Alee raise expectations. ‘Stillicide’ is another album to add to the ever expanding ocean of brilliance. – By Geoff Topley
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