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Part 1 of our Roadburn Redux coverage. “It got far, far closer to that magic than I imagined possible for a digitally distanced event. A fantastic achievement from all involved.”
The highs offered by Yawning Sons’ Sky Island get pretty high.
The Swiss black metal trio’s new record Tinnitus explores post-metal textures while conveying atmospheric iciness.
Guaranteed to make your brain fizz.
In a world without live music Owen Coggins was lucky enough to see back-to-back gigs by Tuskar – one live, the other livestream – in an autumnal double-header at the Black Heart.
A fantastically immersive soundworld, revisiting the powerful impact of his processed loop investigations while exploring a wider range of atmospheres.
It’s the most absurdly evocative combination of sonic theatricality and occult power.
Seriously, all you need to know is: band play excellent, excellent music in the desert. Stunning.
Great new drilling, juddering experiment-o-death album, a tight, controlled burst of brutal claustrophobia and sonic imprisonment.
Obviously we’re all desperately missing live gigs . . . But in this difficult time, we can think about what we want when live music comes back . . . and make sure it’s as safe and accessible as possible for everyone.
A flinty, fierce debut album that builds on strong demos and splits to develop a hissing and crackling, doomy black metal style.
Null build on their sprawling debut with a follow up Entity, six tracks of dense atmospherics elevated by some striking and properly extreme vocalisations.
Mournful but angry, a requiem that’s also a horror story.
A great gutturally fierce, rumbling weird death metal debut album from VoidCeremony.
Weighty enough for the amplifier worshippers, with hidden depths for the curious, Sloath III comes highly recommended.
A fully formed epic, ambient black metal record that has the best of all of those terms.
A melodramatic and aggressive black metal record, touring the touchstones of the best contemporary black metal.
It’s just a bit of a mess of a record
Diamanda Galás reissues coruscatingly brilliant and extreme debut album The Litanies of Satan.
Another instalment of ambitiously exploratory, tightly controlled, and above all, furiously exciting music.
Flower-themed brightness, brevity and directness give the record an invigorating and mind-expanding potential.