I've been writing for Echoes & Dust since December 2013, mostly on drone, doom and black metal. Since then I've completed a PhD looking at mysticism, ritual and religion in drone metal, and will be publishing a book related to this in 2017. I'm also trustee of Oaken Palace Records, a record label run as a charity, each drone release raising money for the conservation of a particular endangered species.

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Cantique Lépreux - Cendres Célestes

Cantique Lépreux – Cendres Célestes

Across the album overall, there’s not necessarily any revolutionary new tricks, nor any need for them, just really effective deployment of black metal components that make for a powerful listen. – By Owen Coggins

Dead Procession Rituais e Mantras do Medo

Dead Procession – Rituais e Mantras do Medo

A lonely wander through a doomy and depressive corner of the Portuguese underground. – By Owen Coggins

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Aluk Todolo – Voix

Listening to the album is to be deeply immersed in an altered way of perceiving, as if giving you a glimpse of what it would be like to view yourself from an alien insect machine perspective, but without knowing its motives. A strange and intense experience. – By Owen Coggins


Sunn O))) – Kannon

The first Sunn O))) album since 2009 is reliable in its heavy drudge, a fair refraction of a signature sound, even if quixotically surprising in its lack of surprises. – By Owen Coggins


Tyranny – Aeons In Tectonic Interment

A record which shows evidence of experimentation, adding new touches to a steady foundation in what made Tyranny special to begin with. – By Owen Coggins


Carma – Carma

Undeniably compelling when used judiciously amidst great doom and black metal shades. A brilliant début. – By Owen Coggins


Shabda – Pharmakon/Pharmakos

While in some ways the ingredients are a fairly familiar Orientalist stew of exotic tinkling, grumbly chants and metallic zoinging, Shabda manage to levitate their way out of ordinariness through a real fine-tuned appreciation of how the different sounds go together and the compositional skill is noticeable. – By Owen Coggins

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Interview: Christian Hector from AHAB

With a new album ‘The Boats of the Glen Carrig’ coming out soon, and recent shows in the UK and elsewhere, Christian Hector from AHAB took the time to discuss books, slowness and being an octopus with Owen Coggins.

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AHAB – The Boats of The Glen Carrig

All in all, the record doesn’t quite reach the high-water mark of Call of the Wretched Sea’s intense unity of focus, but it’s a stronger set of tracks than 2012’s The Giant. An assured continuation of AHAB’s ongoing oceanic travels. – By Owen Coggins

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Shape of Despair – Monotony Fields

This is actually not that slow by the standards of the subgenre, but this is still doom propelled by low thudding chords that have time to make their impact felt, with the patterns of the riffs coming out more in repeated listens. – By Owen Coggins

Dirk Serries & Rutger Zuydervelt – Buoyant

Dirk Serries & Rutger Zuydervelt – Buoyant

This is a carefully and subtly crafted ambient drone record. A floating, anaesthetic, cotton wool dream of grey-to-white ambience. – By Owen Coggins

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Blown Out – Planetary Engineering

The proceeds of this record will go to the conservation of the Madagascan Aye-Aye: do an image search for that, and you’ll see a photo album of what you’ll look like after giving this record your deserving attention. – By Owen Coggins

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Canadian National Drone Day

Happy Canadian National Drone Day! – By Owen Coggins


Hypothermia – Svartkonst

‘Svartkonst’ perhaps isn’t quite as distinctive as that, but it’s certainly enough to raise anticipation for their UK live début later this year. As expected of Hypothermia, this is a powerful portrait of powerlessness, a stark vision of emptiness. – By Owen Coggins

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Festival Review: Roadburn 2015

Owen Coggins took another pilgrimage to Tilburg to attend his third Roadburn Festival. “Another triumphant year rewarding all pilgrims to the riff-filled land.”


Monnik – Vondeling

Evocative, introspective and well-balanced, this is a promising debut exploration of ambient drone textures and transitions. – By Owen Coggins


Urfaust – Apparitions

I suspect most fans would gladly trade in the first and last tracks for a single, stark Urfaust classic like the title track. – By Owen Coggins

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Negură Bunget – Tău

This iconic Transilvanian band deserve their reputation for innovatively incorporating both an archaic lost-world folk romanticism and a sense of epic black metal rage. – By Owen Coggins


Live Review: Mark Lanegan Band at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London. January 28th, 2015

“There’s a fair few people up here who have come alone, keeping their own brooding thoughtful company, in tune with the sombre excursions, perhaps exorcisms, in these dusty tales of world-weary experience.” – Owen Coggins reports back from seeing Mark Lanegan live.


Goryl – Father of Witches & Father of Evil Witches

This music seems designed for listening in a car that’s old enough to have a cassette player, on an empty road with no clear destination. – By Owen Coggins


Alkerdeel / Nihill – The Abyss Stares Back #4

Alkerdeel let loose a reanimating wanderer in industrial grit and slime, while Nihill go from strength to strength in their uncompromising vein of sinister experimentation: two richly dark and intriguing forays into black metal’s wild border country. – By Owen Coggins

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