(((O))) Category: Reviews


Post-Metal veterans Larry Herweg (Pelican) & Ben Carr’s (5ive) collaborative debut EP ‘I’ is a thunderous juggernaut, speeding across a sprawling landscape in the searing desert heat. It’s heavy, bleak and awesome.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood- Barefoot In The Head

Rarely has an artist of such longevity sounded so invigorated as Chris Robinson does on this album. Behind its laid back feel is a bunch of songs which touch on all the tenets of Americana and in another time this album would be huge

Nektyr – Demen

A feeling of being pulled deep into the dark abyss of the ocean, slowly sinking as all light gradually disappears until there’s nothing.

The Magpie Salute – The Magpie Salute

This album is an absolute triumph.

EP by Červen

Similar to the majestic intricate astronomical clock situated in the heart of Prague, Červen’s music, although appearing on the surface tempestuous and chaotic, more closely resembles the clock’s meticulous interwoven cogs and dials.

Shroud Eater – Strike the Sun

By the end of this album, you’re hooked on the melody and bludgeoning sludge – even if at the beginning of the album you took some convincing. They get you in the end.

Xanthochroid – “Of Erthe and Axen” Act I

Blending cinematic themes and black metal over a double album is a tall order. Xanthochroid embrace the challenge and the first half of Of Erthe and Axen displays immense results.

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.

The Tangent – The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery

Political commentary and instrumental technicality, The Tangent allow Roger Waters’ influence to shape their re-purposed image of progressive rock.

Atlantean Kodex – The Annihilation of Bavaria

The whole live album is a joy to listen to. The band is great live and manages to stay on course, while leaving room for the crowd to jump in at parts later in the show. The feeling it gives you as listener is somewhere between yearning for that mysterious past and a sense of veneration for the delivery of the tunes.

Vallenfyre – Fear Those Who Fear Him

This is the definition of punked up, hardcore, crust indebted death metal and in Vallenfyre’s hands, it sounds triumphant and glorious.

Vampillia + the body – xoroAHbin

This record is a surprise. Where you expect to be knocked senseless with extravaganzas of the sonic kind, the collaboration has yielded a work of art.

tenebrous LIAR – the cut

There’s a slightly distorted unreality to what goes on that makes experiencing this record both beautiful and uncomfortable, depending on how you want to take it in.

Mutoid Man – War Moans

All I have to give is praise to this record, not only is it an expertly crafted showcase for the musicianship of the people behind it, but it also manages to remain unstoppably heavy and avoid being totally serious in themes, as is the case with a lot of modern metal. I can’t recommend it enough.

OVOD – Autumn Mornings

Everything pulses and ebbs into the scene, feeling oddly stark and cold and wonderfully futuristic.

Paganizer – Land of Weeping Souls

Solid song structure all throughout, ‘Land of Weeping Souls’ may not please too many jaded fans who are into more forward-thinking, progressive acts, but fans like me who will never admit to harboring a distaste for Swedish death metal will love this to bits.

BLAK – Between Darkness and Light & Track premier – In the Absence of Light – Eigengrau

This is music with a purpose and the purpose is to offer a very rewarding listen. Undoubtedly it will figure among the best newcomers of the year and at the top of the best album lists.

Entrench – Through the Walls of Flesh

I’ve followed Entrench since their debut album ‘Inevitable Decay’ won me over, and I am pleased to say that the band’s latest album ‘Through the Walls of Flesh’ reignites my fondness for their material.

Hawkeyes/Radiation Flowers – Split LP

On paper it shouldn’t work, instead it becomes one of the best releases this year. A stunning release which proves the psych genre still has much to offer.

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.

Laibach – Also Sprach Zarathustra

With Also Sprach Zarathustra, Slovenia’s most daring act march confidently into untrodden musical territory and reinstate the grounds of their unique, unmatched career and legacy.

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