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An Echoes & Dust Guide to… Condensed Prog

Cameron Pikó proving that not all progressive rock is as long, bloated, unnecessary and self-indulgent as you might think…

Echoes of the Past: Nocturnal Emissions – Chaos

Luke Richards looks back (with appropriate timing) on a fascinating document of early 80s industrial music…

Hidden Currents – Virtual Ambience

Mike Noble on the virtual ambient gigging experience…

Musical Therapy – One, Two, Three, Four…

“NO wonder you’re depressed – that’s HORRENDOUS! Hey, you need to listen to something positive…maybe some upbeat dance music or something?” – by Suzy (Johnston) Syrett

Musical Therapy – Music as a Guide

“Music can guide, provide focus or even just allow a stability. In a way, music is everyone’s therapy through times of hardship and can be seen as our one true friend and guide…”

Musical Therapy: Better Days Will Haunt You

“I said to you on the night that we met, “I am not well”” ~ Waxahatchee. Chris Siviter on his battles with anxiety attacks and the healing power of music…

Twilight – III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb

Is Twilight’s swansong the “holy offering from Satan himself” that the USBM supergroup’s pedigree suggests it should be? Benjamin Bland finds out…

Musical Therapy: Alcoholism and Music

“Music is obviously synonymous with hedonism and excess but in the same way that to have a punk ethic you don’t have to look like the Sex Pistols, to make and play caustic, emotive, honest music you don’t have to be drunk”

Musical Therapy: Mark Down As Day (1)

“Everyone at some point will endure something that will rip their guts out…” – by Tom Brumpton

Echoes of the Past: Adam Stone (Head of Crom Records)

Five Albums from My Teens That Knocked Me Out When I First Heard Them… and Still Do – by Adam Stone

Musical Therapy: How Music Prevails

Content Warning: Suicide / Domestic Violence. “Music has given me an opportunity to relate to people…” – by Amy Murphy

An Echoes & Dust Guide to… Ulver

In the first of a new series of guides to our favourite bands, genres and scenes, Benjamin Bland comments on the remarkable career of Norwegian avant-garde collective Ulver…

A.R.C. Soundtracks – Archive: Volume One

“For fans of sound collages, gloomy ambience or just anything with a strong atmosphere, Archive: Volume One should prove to be one of the highlights of 2014…” – by Benjamin Bland

Musical Therapy: Chuck Ragan Saved My Life

“Music is poetry for the soul…” – by Matthew P. Dingwall

Musical Therapy: Music Presses All the Right Buttons; Not Necessarily in the Right Order

Mood Music

Kirsten Parnell on the soothing power of the familiar and the wordless, in the latest part of our Musical Therapy series…

The Optimistic Penguin

The Optimistic Penguin provides food for thought on music’s relationship to mental health…


Continuing our Musical Therapy series, one musician emphasises how creating and performing can be the ultimate release…

Skinny Puppy – The Greater Wrong of the Right

“there are still irrepressible glimpses of Skinny Puppy’s incredible gift for evoking mutated, radioactive, weird worlds…” – by Owen Coggins

Echoes of the Past 27: Gorgoroth – Under the Sign of Hell

“The first album I listened to that left me speechless…” – by Jose I. Marengo

Echoes of the Past 25: Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – La Novia

“ridiculously sublime, sublimely ridiculous” – Owen Coggins on Acid Mothers Temple’s finest hour…

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