Nik Prowse

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Long-time muso into metal, prog, post-rock, trip hop & electronica. Always looking for my next new favourite band.

Articles by Nik Prowse

Perihelion – Örvény

On a level with Sólstafir’s ‘Ótta’ in terms of its depth, sophistication and near brilliance. Definitely high on my list of albums of 2017. Get a copy and immerse yourself.

Interview with Martin Teff from Vessels

“The reception for the album has been really good so far, it feels like we’ve got a bit of a buzz, a lot of interest.” We chat to Martin Teff from Vessels

Ground Patrol – Drift

Drift doesn’t let go of its gifts easily, but will reward the listener who invests the time to get to know this intriguing album.

Primitive Race – Soul Pretender

Former FNM singer Chuck Mosley let loose on ten songs of energy and bombast. Worth cranking up.

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Vol. 1 (Reissue)

This reissue gives us a delightful insight into how this unique band started out. It shows that the essence of Uncle Acid has always been the same, that their ability to create truly superlative and emotionally evocative music was there from the outset.

Lucianblomkamp – Sick of What I Don’t Understand, Part 1

All too brief but highly promising first teaser for the third album by the Melbourne-based electronica and trip hop experimentalist.

Vessels – The Great Distraction

Vessels’ transformation from introspective post-rock band to mind-expanding electronica outfit is complete. An album of really intelligent dance music made by five musicians who are stepping into their stride.

Myrkur – Mareridt

A dark, terrifying album that is also both uplifting and beautiful. A unique product of Myrkur’s classical and Nordic influences with elements of black metal.

Dälek – Endangered Philosophies

Dark hip-hop with an industrial undercurrent. Your soundtrack to intelligent dissent in Trump’s America.

Battalions – Moonburn

“Pure Humber sludge” – the sound of Battalions! A half hour of well-crafted bounce and groove all held up by a reassuring heaviness that keeps the head nodding throughout.

Phil Wilkinson from Battalions

Ahead of the release their second long player Moonburn and playing the New Blood Stage at this year’s Bloodstock, Nik Prowse posed a few questions to vocalist Phil Wilkinson from Hull heavyweights Battalions about their new music, Bloodstock and what it’s like being in a band from Hull.

Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapés

Ghostpoet’s laconic, understated drawl is unique. His voice, combined with trip hop vibes and indie guitar, gives us a gorgeous album that reveals more on each play.

Prong – Zero Days

The variety, the light and the shade, make for a very strong, very listenable metal album, and one that will stay on my playlist for a long while. Prong’s finest for a long while.

Wander As Ghosts – Kentro I: Blank Mantra

As a body of work ‘Kentro I’ showcases what Wander as Ghosts are capable of. They can build incredible variation of sound and feel into their music, often switching in a heartbeat, and rarely making the transition feel anything other than completely natural. It makes for an intriguing listen.

Goatwhore – Vengeful Ascension

Goatwhore’s well-crafted seventh album is paced like a live show – with faster thrashy numbers mixed in with slower doomy efforts for banging your head to.

Arcadea – Arcadea

This is Mastodon on acid, with the psych setting turned up to 11: the soundtrack for a trip to the edge of the galaxy.

BardSpec – Hydrogen

I loved the atmosphere created by ‘Hydrogen’, which sits comfortably with the best work of ambient electronica’s heavyweights.

Dystopian Future Movies – Time

As the music gets heavier Caroline Cawley’s voice is the constant – clear, wavering, beautiful.

Sólstafir – Berdreyminn

This album is definitely a worthy successor to the masterful ‘Ótta’, but it’s not ‘Ótta 2’. My album of the year so far by a mile.

Broken Thoughts – Realign

You can’t rush this stuff. You have to give it head space, spend time with it. Absorb it.

Ghost Bath – Starmourner

A cohesive album with a blend of metal and post-rock influences that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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