(((O))) REVIEWS

Rosk – Miasma

This is a standout debut from Rosk, unforgiving, brutal in places, serene and atmosphere in others. It demands attention from the listener, this attention is rewarded by being taken through a range of emotions and feelings and some interesting soundscapes.

Necrot – Blood Offerings

Just know that even Bolt Thrower could pay homage to Necrot in the wake of the latter’s highly-substantive ‘Blood Offerings’ release. Bolt Thrower is largely untouchable up and down their impressive history of releases, and if Necrot just wanted to play music even remotely similar in quality to that of Bolt Thrower, they’ve just done it.

Barrows – Obsidion

The album merges long intoxicating, detailed grooves with an absorbing abundance of sci-fi atmospheres that create theatrical visions of a man’s otherworldly experience. Showcases phenomenal sonic creativity that ranges from an ethereal warmth to gripping harshness. Highly recommended instrumental space rock!

Petyr – Petyr

Petyr seem to have cut out the middle-man and come up with their own stoner-rock skateboard movie soundtrack.

Hey Colossus – The Guillotine

They are a band who deserve all the success they get and this album certainly does them a lot of favours. Not as noisy or as urgent as in the past, Hey Colossus just staked a claim for a wider share of the spoils, and for that we celebrate them.

Endless Boogie – Vibe Killer

Playing at being louche is harder than it looks. But this band do it effortlessly, with their lengthy jams and tales of seeing Kiss.

Nopes – Fun Limbo (Review + Exclusive Album Premiere)

In seven inches this packs a lot in: noise, attitude and an ability to slip in slices of achingly good melody among big sandpapery blasts of punk.

Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness

It made me smile. It made me thankful that I love metal. It made me play it again as soon as the first spin ended.

White Hills – Stop Mute Defeat

Thematically it continues to dissect and engage in a political manner, always intelligent, forever questioning. Musically, it’s probably their most interesting yet with the sparse nature allowing for the instruments to breathe. White Hills have always been a great band, here they become essential.

Dødsengel – Interequinox

Dødsengel doesn’t strike many as infallible in reputation, so support this band and spread the word on just how good they’ve become. They’ve always been an intriguing band, and ‘Interequinox’ should usher in more fans to hear their music.

Clustersun – Surfacing To Breathe

While Clustersun is known primarily as shoegazers, their sound has evolved to include elements of post punk, noise pop, and mind-bending psych. The sound is more up front aggressive and hard charging, and it suits them well.

Higher Power – Soul Structure

The music on ‘Soul Structure’ definitely evokes the spirit of classic hardcore from the early 80s right through to the modern day through its very vibe, positivity and energy and as with all good hardcore, that is definitely an infectious thing.

Sigil – Kingdom Of The Grave

Great blackened death intensity and rawness. It literally makes me want to air-guitar the breakdown part, and maybe even blast the volume real high in my car.

Ho99o9 – United States Of Horror

This is an album that is best listened to turned all the way up. Let Ho99o9 into your life and embrace the intensity and the twisted nature the band emit, a sample towards the end of the song ‘Street Power’ sums things up perfectly “These are freaks that you’re watching here” and Ho99o9 and their music wouldn’t have it any other way, this is outsider music made precisely for the times we live in now.

Show of Bedlam – Transfiguration

While the style is firmly rooted in doom and sludge metal, the band does a great job of incorporating a cinematic sensibility and experiments liberally with samples and creepy soundscapes that gives the album a rich complexity and makes it feel almost like a documentary horror.

Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock

A revitalised sounding Robyn Hitchcock sees his self-titled, 21st album, contain a consistently strong set of psych power pop songs full of diverse stories, thoughts, and reflections.

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