Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical

It’s a bouncy album of bright, retro sounding synth pop and new wave. It reflects Frankie’s interest in old sci-fi movies and soundtracks that use silly synths.

Vacivus – Temple of the Abyss

Vacivus does a good job on ‘Temple of the Abyss’. It is a good release to bring friends together for a fun listening session, and is excellent inspiration should a metal fan be in search of quality music to provide some backdrop to while busy brainstorming.

Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Queens of the Stone Age has come of age and Homme and co aren’t afraid to take changes. This is exactly why they are such a relevant and viable force in today’s musical landscape.

John Murry – A Short History of Decay

The best tracks here are all singular in their delights and are all equally surprising in small ways.

Ben Frost – Threshold of Faith

A compelling EP, which dives from collage-y style explorations of texture, to distorted ambient druddering, to airy ice caves of twinkling cold.

Sannhet – So Numb

At the end of the day, ‘So Numb’ is one of the more impressive post-rock / post-metal albums released to date and certainly the most complex and refined work Sannhet has produced. That’s saying a lot, given how high the band has set the bar with their previous releases.

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.

Amplifier – Trippin’ With Dr. Faustus

Progressive rockers Amplifier take a journey to the dark side with latest offering ‘Trippin’ With Dr. Faustus’.

Lambhorn – Cascade

‘Cascade’ will take ALL of your loyalty points as well as a fairly hefty chunk of your Nectar and Clubcard ones too; but you won’t think for one second that it wasn’t worth it.

Down I Go – Mortals

A highly engaging, densely packed thirteen and a half minutes of variable intensity mayhem.

Heinali and Matt Finney – How We Lived

‘How We Lived’ is the first collaboration by Ukranian multi-instrumentalist Heinali and American spoken word artist Matt Finney since the latter walked away from music in 2011. It details the dark years spent in the wilderness and makes for an uncomfortable, but compelling listen.

Couch Slut – Contempt

This is the sound of transgressive art in all its full glory, and album that takes your moral ideas and spits them right back at you.

Yards – Excitation Thresholds

Yards have crafted a dark, aggressive, headlong trip of a record, which all fans of modern hardcore should listen to. It is heavy, bleak, intelligent and a devastating statement of intent as a debut album.

Shooting Guns – Flavour Country

Instrumental heavy psych bands are ten a penny these days, few are as vital as Shooting Guns.

Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence

Overall, Add Violence as a standalone release sums up to a couple of great tracks, a handful of interesting ideas and a few decent yet redundant formalities, leaving this reviewer yearning for a new album as opposed to reaching for the replay button.

Khazaddum – Plagues Upon Arda

Khazaddum is a band that is extremely good at what they do, which is creating ear-splitting, neck-breaking, hyperfast, super violent brutal death metal that has something to do with dwarves.


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