(((O))) REVIEWS

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Trevor de Brauw – Uptown

‘Uptown’ is a great solo debut from a guitar player who’s proven his talent many times. It took him some years, but in the end the result is amazing. A recommended listen on a cold night sitting next to the fire place.

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Miserist – Miserist

The inhuman nature of its themes is reflected in its music making it a faceless beast of an EP that puts the listener slap-bang in the midst of the situation, in darkness, in claustrophobia, in despair, where the only choices are abandon hope or persevere into the unknown.

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Blackfield – V

Blackfield V is an album to sink into. Much of it tends to creep up on you when you are least expecting it. On the surface, many of the songs sound thin but once they start to settle you start to realise the many layers that are here

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Hymn – Perish

‘Perish’ is a sonic gut punch. Heavy tonalities and biting vocals propelled by incessant drums all dripping within a dark atmospheric ichor.

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Dool – Here Now, There Then

As it stands I personally think Dool are very much a band with their own merits who show some promise, but I guess most people interested in this album will have much stronger opinions, one way or the other.

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Heavy Baby Sea Slugs – Teenage Graveyard Party EP

Heavy Baby Sea Slugs have made an EP here that gets better with each listen and you will find something a little bit different with every time you put it on.

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Whores. – Gold

This is furious noise rock that veers between a slow, sludgy Torche style and frenetic blasts of metallic punk that wouldn’t be out of place on an old Motörhead record.

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Grails – Chalice Hymnal

After 5 years away Grails have returned. Never ones to repeat themselves they’ve indulged their crate digging impulses and drawn from several new sources for Chalice Hymnal – not all of which may be to the tastes of the faithful. It’s their most cinematic, and least predictable, work yet.

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The Paperhead – Chew

There’s a lot of nooks and crannies but ultimately it’s just a great little pop album and anyone with an interest in 60’s psych would do well to go here.

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Pillorian – Obsidian Arc

Pillorian’s ‘Obsidian Arc’ is an enjoyable listen, and presents a band refreshing the melodic black metal style in 2017 to my pronounced enjoyment.

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Julie’s Haircut – Invocation and Ritual Dance of My Demon Twin

A fluid, intoxicating trip that like its title beckons out lysergic leanings and hallucinogenic pleasantries. It’s fucking delightful.

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POW! – Crack An Egg

POW! take a hardcore punk ethic, dress it up in a futuristic sound, mellow it with some day-glo melodies then let it loose.

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DDENT – آكتئاب

This is a strong post-metal release, especially for a debut. There are two sides to this coin, crushing riffs, and poignancy in melody; this album is about to show you both sides, and despite its hour-long length, the time flies by.

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Vermin Womb – Decline

‘Decline’ is an aggressive culmination of filth, hatred, disgust, and inner darkness. A total stripped skeleton that doesn’t even spare time to leave meat on its bones.

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Meatbodies – Alice

Meatbodies second album has some glam, garage rock/psych nuggets lying within and can stand alone or as a decent companion piece to their pioneering associate.

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Minor Victories – Orchestral Variations

After the slow-reveal majesty of Minor Victories’ debut album last year, for this wonderfully re-constructed variation to have arrived less than 8 months later is a remarkable achievement.

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