Flicker Rate – Reframe

The second EP from seventeen year-old axe prodigy, Flicker Rate sees an evolution in style, sound and substance, whilst offering a brief glimpse into future offerings.

Dvanov – For Gathering Dust

Another Russian band to watch out for, Dvanov’s latest album has all the dark sophistication of 1980s Goth but with all the verve of modern Psych-Rock. Well worth a punt if you have the time.

The Raven Age – Darkness Will Rise

A few more tunes like ‘Age of the Raven’ and a tighter editing on the songs and shorter track listing and this could have been a much more impressive debut.

Steve Hackett – The Night Siren

‘The Night Siren’ is perhaps Hackett’s most openly political work from his entire five decade career: not the politics of parliament, but the politics of humanitarianism. Clearly the current dramas being enacted in countries across the globe have had a powerful impact on Hackett, and this is reflected in what feels like one of his most dynamic and powerful – and personal and emotive – records.

Orange Clocks – Tope’s Sphere 2

Whether Orange Clocks are the band for you or not you’ll be hard-pushed to find a more original album this year.

Inferno – Gnosis Kardias (Of Transcension and Involution)

Inferno’s ‘Gnosis Kardias’ is not mainstream trend worship, nor is it crafted with contrivance and repetition. It is sacred art for lovers of the dark crafts.

Fucked Up – Year of the Snake

My new favourite band. A 23 minute punk epic. It’s Fucked Up and it’s Fucking Essential.

Lingua Ignota – Let The Evil Of His Own Lips Cover Him

This music is born in the fear, shame, confusion, anger and ultimately strength and empowerment that comes with facing and then overcoming something terrible. It is deeply personal and to listen to it is to suffer with her.

A Thousand Hours – Endless Grey

If Slowdive and The Cure were to collaborate, Endless Grey could possibly be the result of such a collaboration.

Atavismo – Inerte

‘Inerte’ is the kind of album that creeps up on you. It’s inbuilt familiarity brought on by the obvious influences enables you to fall in step with the band easy enough.

Grün – Manyana

Grün have created a worthy addition to a growing catalogue of world-class instrumental rock coming out of Sydney. There’s a sublime subtlety that carries you through each story that ‘Manyana’ tells. The songs are alive. They breathe.

Obitus – Slaves of the Vast Machine

Cold and calculating, ‘Slaves of the Vast Machine’ moves with unrelenting force over its monolithic 45 minute runtime, with each minute passing fluidly and not in any way dawdling by. No filler all fucking killer.

Porta Daemonium – Serpent of Chaos

Porta Daemonium plays music with conviction, tenacity, and quality hard for most fans to appreciate simply because they don’t claim to be the biggest and baddest out there. Get ‘Serpent of Chaos’ on LP and experience armageddon.

Nova Collective – The Further Side

To put it into general terms, this is like a modern take on the classic jazz fusion and prog heavyweights of the 1970’s. It’s reminiscent without veering into copycat terrain.

Cavalli – Vol.2

This band describe themselves as “anti-fascists who play rock ‘n’ roll”. So that is already two points in their favour before the start playing.

Anvil Strykez – Anvil Strykez

Anvil Strykez takes the listener on a neon-lit synthwave journey into the kind of sinister metropolis that once seemed like the grim future that awaited us all. The album isn’t purely an exercise in nostalgia; but its perfectly realised universe may appeal most strongly to those who have felt its appeal before.


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