Gary Davidson

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Ginger, Scottish, CD collector. Love post-metal, post-rock, post-hardcore, post….and world peace.

Articles by Gary Davidson

Glassing – Dire and Sulk

This could possibly be Glassing at its best yet. Ferocious, reflective and constantly exhilarating.

Holy Fawn – Dimensional Bleed

At no point does Dimensional Bleed feel like a repetition of what has come before yet it is characteristically the Holy Fawn brilliance fans enjoy and cements the band’s place as one of the most exciting shoegaze bands around.

Chris Wilson and Dan Arrowsmith from Row of Ashes

Gary Davidson sat down with Row of Ashes drummer Dan Arrowsmith and bassist/vocalist Chris Wilson to discuss the changes in the band’s size and sound as well as traverse the history of releases, formats and future plans.

Gozer

Gary Davidson catches up with Gozer to discuss measuring success as a UK post-metal band, what drove the change from Archelon to Gozer and the cyclical musical success of the mighty village of Sheffield.

Agnes Vein – Deathcall

Doom mixed with black metal that provides a rewarding and massively enjoyable album.

Hundred Year Old Man – Sleep In Light

Sleep In Light is the finest post-metal album this country has ever produced. In its quieter moments it remains threatening and in full flow there isn’t much that betters it.

Row of Ashes – Bleaching Heat

Sometimes the only way to rid yourself of the rage is to expel it and for that I can’t prescribe this album fast enough.

Interview: Alex Stjernfeldt from Novarupta

On the eve of the release of third album Carrion Movements, Gary Davidson caught up with Novarupta creator Alex Stjernfeldt to talk over the final two albums, the April Fool’s songs and Euro-pop.

Anna Sage – Anna Sage

Stunning post-hardcore which has barrel loads if originality and would be for any fan of Converge, Birds In Row and Dillinger Escape Plan.

Novarupta – Carrion Movements

Album three of a four part series see Novarupta turn to longer instrumental post-metal and it is glorious. When given the correct time and attention these two tracks have endless rewards.

Portal to the God Damn Blood Dimension – Rotten Fruit; Regular Orchard

Imagine a combination of Respire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and La Dispute and that hardly cuts through the numerous layers of this exceptional release.

Sum Of R – Lahbryce

A wondrous mix of avant-garde, post-metal and psychedelia which is made truly unique by some excellent performers.

Absent In Body – Plague God

Four prestigious musicians unite to create a bleak and abrasive doom album which never treads on their other bands sounds and also stands out in a crowded genre.

Copse – Mara | Mondrem

By blackening a post-hardcore background Copse manages to find a space for itself with two excellent tracks and to think, this is just the beginning.

Celeste – Assassine(s)

This could be the best effort yet from Celeste, filled with the usual bleak ferocity but also tingles of hopefulness, it makes for a stunning concoction.

Kurokuma – Born of Obsidian

This debut album with a fascinating mix of stoner, sludge, heavy psych and doom was a long time in coming but its quality ensures it will endure for even longer.

Agvirre – _ _ _ _ _ _

In the digital world of endless bands, Agvirre take on post-black metal continues to find a corner that feels unique.

So Hideous – With None But A Pure Heart Can Sing

This is a breath taking ride which really should disrupt any finalised end of year top 10 for fans of blackened post-hardcore.

A Lake of Ayes – Ouro Sobre Azul

Post-metal built on a heavy post-rock foundation which provides delightful music with a warm familiarity.

Mother – I / Interlude I

Two exceptional works of blackened post-metal available physically again thanks to Belgium’s finest curators.

Daxma – Unmarked Boxes

Post-metal mixed with doom which really rewards attention and dedication but will also floor a listener if played in the background.

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