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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.

Harvestman – Music For Megaliths

‘Music For Megaliths’ is at times a genuinely effective and affecting piece of art, with a rare depth and sensitivity.

Al-Namrood – Enkar

I wonder how much the situation in Saudi Arabia has influenced the creation of this record. Al-Namrood is an act of defiance, in every touch of the strings, in every beat in every word it seems to reverberate.

Wolfbrigade – Run With The Hunted

We are living in a fine time for some sound of discontent. This time and age definitely gives Wolfbrigade ample material to bring back the rage.

Forest Swords – Compassion

Compassion is simply magnificent, already a firm favourite to be my album of the year with not a dull moment or wasted second.

Ex People – Bird

Ex People’s debut album ‘Bird’ is a heavy, fuzzy drenched, menacing, and hooky, listening pleasure.

Jessica Moss – Pools of Light

Here, we’ve now been given a chance to see just what Moss has to offer, and my goodness is it stunning.

Louis Barabbas – Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy

Known for his folk rock and his outlandish, energetic stage performances, Louis Barabbas has added a further brilliant string to his bow.

Slowdive – Slowdive

A vibrant and essential work of great beauty, filled with emotion and energy, and worth every day of the 22-year wait for its arrival

Pond – The Weather

Pond may be old hands at this game now but on the basis of The Weather they’re certainly not finished yet. An album of sweet highs and delicious lows, they avoid the over sickly psych that is prevalent with this kind of sound and deliver an album which may well be recognised as the defining sound of the summer.

Azarath – In Extremis

By the album’s end you’re dust, with eardrums suitably fucked up… and that’s really all you need from an album like this.

Broken Thoughts – Realign

You can’t rush this stuff. You have to give it head space, spend time with it. Absorb it.

Eremo – s/t

It has a little of everything to satisfy the appetite for math rock, prog, metal and post-rock enthusiasts alike.

Mando Diao – Good Times

Good Times doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but it is a fun, instantly gratifying listen. As horrid as its album art may look, Mando Diao’s eighth record is solid record that has a lot to offer to both fans and newcomers.

Obituary – Obituary

All the hallmarks of classic Obituary are here and are delivered with a passionate edge that is impossible to ignore.

Ghost Bath – Starmourner

A cohesive album with a blend of metal and post-rock influences that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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