Nik Prowse

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Long-time muso into metal, prog, post-rock, trip hop & electronica. Always looking for my next new favourite band.

Articles by Nik Prowse

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!

G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! is without doubt Godspeed’s best work since Allelujah!, and is one of their best albums.

Celestial Sanctuary – Soul Diminished

Old school death with a modern twist. An absolutely crushing bunch of tunes, heavy enough to cave in your skull.

Tribulation – Where the Gloom Becomes Sound

An accessible behemoth with heaps of guitar melody, Tribulation’s most consistent album yet.

Yoth Iria – As The Flame Withers

A highly competent and flawlessly executed black metal album that owes a lot to more traditional heavy metal in terms of song structure, production style and guitar melodies.

Sólstafir – Endless Twilight of Codependent Love

Endless Twilight of Codependent Love is perhaps a combination of the previous two albums, with the earnestness of Otta and accessibility of Berdreyminn. Sólstafir remain a fascinating, unique band.

Waste Me Here – Rare Form

Rare Form made some of the darkest, heaviest and most interesting ambient music I’ve heard. A fitting last album.

Somnus Throne – Somnus Throne

Thunderingly heavy doom, done 70s style. Play it loud, very loud. All hail the riff.

Svalbard – When I Die, Will I Get Better?

Musically intricate and furiously heavy, and lyrically the most socially conscious set of songs you will hear all year.

Dirt [Redux] – Various Artists

Diverse and ultra-heavy homage to a masterpiece of the ‘90s.

Hymn – Breach Us

Meditative gargantuan riff metal. Like being hit by a glacier.

Desert Dwellers – Breath Re-Imagined Vol. 2

A blissful magic-carpet ride of world-inflected trance beats. Perfect for whiling away the time dreaming of foreign travel.

Diabolic Oath – Profane Death Exodus

Complex, freeform extreme metal that unapologetically never strays far from the sonic path of the first track.

Antethic – Mythographer

Antethic’s step into the world of electronica has led to some inspired experimentation and an exciting new direction.

worriedaboutsatan – Time Lapse

Time Lapse ebbs and flows, inducing a sense of wooziness like all good trance should. Fabulous and mesmeric.

Winterfylleth – The Reckoning Dawn

Winterfylleth: English heritage metal. When we’re stuck indoors and can’t escape to the hills, immerse yourself in these tales of the ancient land.

Dead Cell – Ghost Fields

Music for contemplative moments and dark thoughts; times of enforced incarceration, perhaps. Recommended and very timely.

Human Impact – Human Impact

Human Impact is an album made by noise rock royalty and deserves a listen. Self-isolate, download and feel the noise.

Fós – Rinne mé iarraidh

When it works we get visceral, atmospheric music that breathes new magic into some gorgeous, plaintive singing and lifts it to a new height.

Perihelion – Agg

Otherworldly post-rock that sucks you in with its vast and soaring melodies.

A-Sun Amissa – For Burdened and Bright Light

It’s been out a while, and when I first heard it I tweeted that it was A-Sun Amissa’s best work to date. That opinion still holds. Vital listening.

Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas

My metal album of the year. Truly a soundtrack for the end of times.

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