(((O))) Category: Reviews

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The Angelus – There Will Be No Peace

This is a band who are well aware of their local musical heritage and continue to push it onward and upward, even if the onward and upward mood described by these guys is of a Sisyphean bent.

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Brother Saturn – Descent Into Madness

A burial of strong emotions with a deer-in-the-headlights stare transfixed at the harrows to come.

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Tough Tits – No Know / Anxious

A force to be reckoned with.

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Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry

All in all, this is a great release by Iron Reagan. I highly recommend giving it a listen, and check them out on their upcoming tour! This is going to be an album not to miss live.

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Morricone Youth – Mad Max

Morricone Youth’s new tribute to the classic 1979 movie, Mad Max, is a fun, kitschy ride sure to curl your lips into a big toothy grin.

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Ty Segall – Ty Segall

For all his panderings a retro nostalgia, Segall remains very much of the now and whilst he is steeped in rock and roll classicism, his incessant urge to create and recreate pushes through.

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Árstíðir Lífsins – Heljarkviða

I am fan first, journalist second, and Árstíðir Lífsins’ ‘Heljarkviða’ is the best black metal album I’ve heard from Iceland since Misþyrming’s ‘Söngvar elds og óreiðu’, and the best black metal album I’ve heard for years before that.

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E – E

This is a mesmerizing record, at once familiar and strange — a worthy entry in the cannon of innovative guitar rock.

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Pain of Salvation – In The Passing Light Of Day

Feels like an entirely new and exciting chapter in the band’s history at the same time. The music is brutally honest and utterly uncompromising, but above all it’s a very human record.

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Setsudan – Disconnected

The songs themselves are stories on their own, consisting on several progressions masterfully connected to each other into creating an adventure.

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Nachtzeit – Sagor I Natten

These riffs do not overstay their welcome, you are not tired of them by the time they’re done. These songs last long enough for you to be intrigued, enjoy, and then want to come back again.

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Martyrdöd – List

‘List’ is a great album and a heavy hitter for lots of top of 2016 lists. If you have not checked it out yet, I welcome you to.

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Spotlights – Spiders EP

Like a slow rolling wave, the listener experiences glimmers of light darting through the mix and it all comes off like something Hammock would be proud to call their own.

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Bruno Sanfilippo – Piano Textures 4

With Piano Textures 4, minimalist composer Bruno Sanfilippo has created a work of understated beauty that is anything but cold and academic. His gently arresting music soothes and heals, making the familiar feel strange and the strange comfortingly familiar.

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Cara Neir – Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition

Cara Neir’s ‘Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition’ packs a wallop, and sounds like genre-bending magic typical of label Broken Limbs Recordings.

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Specimens – Sculptures

Sculptures is a strong collection of experimental ambient tracks that does a good job of building intrigue both for Specimens and for First Terrace Records.

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Floor Overhead – A Passive Bludgeoning Force

Floor Overhead’s majestic A Passive Bludgeoning Force presents deconstructed guitar work that is epic in scope yet maintains its calm, evoking the wide expanses of nature.

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The Oulo Space Jam Collective – EP1

The whole album is one mass of time shedding sound in all directions.

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Kjeld / Wederganger – Split

Kjeld and Wederganger feature instrumentation all positively enhanced by modern production values. Like a fresh smearing of blood on snow and ice, everything is conspicuous.

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Cobalt Chapel – Cobalt Chapel

Cobalt Chapel reeks with the possibility of forbidden pleasures or occult horrors – the possibilities of sex and violence – that blazed down a cathode ray tube late at night.

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Book of Wyrms – Sci-fi/Fantasy

Fans of horror-themed female-fronted stoner rock or straight up bluesy hard rock will find much to enjoy in Book of Wyrms. They don’t bring much new to the the table, but what they do bring is pretty tasty.

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