Aidan Clucas


I began reviewing in the summer of 2012, starting with films. It didn't take long before I wanted to discuss music, especially as, at the time, I was studying music and broadening my tastes. I started ACBlogReview on WordPress and also a short-lived YouTube channel called Wilson Foot Reviews with another reviewer (named after Our Lord and Saviour Steven Wilson's glorious bare feet).I came to write for Echoes and Dust after a long stint writing for This Is Not a Scene. I especially enjoy the diversity of music tastes among the Echoes and Dust community; their eclectism and experience in the world of underground music has broadened my eyes wider than Augustus Gloop in the Chocolate Factory.

Articles by Aidan Clucas

Lunatic Soul – Through Shaded Woods

Lunatic Soul pushes new boundaries through Mariusz Duda’s personal reflection.

The Ocean – Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic

Mesozoic | Cenozoic is the crushing finale to the Phanerozoic saga and another gem in The Ocean’s wondrous catalogue.

Employed To Serve – Mama Roux’s, Birmingham

Employed To Serve keeping moving forward, with Birmingham’s Mama Roux’s the latest conquest in their eternal campaign.

The Pineapple Thief – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham

A masterclass from some of the nation’s greatest progressive rock treasures.

The Ocean – Mama Roux’s, Birmingham

With fantastic support, The Ocean crushed Birmingham’s Mama Roux’s.

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes – Coventry Empire

Boiler suits, headstands in the crowd, female empowerment and social commentary, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes continue their mission to enrage the youth of today.

Idles – O2 Institute, Birmingham

Idles are not just a band, nor are they just a movement. . . This night showcased their extraordinary gift: the ability to bring people together, to listen to a simple message, and to think about it, all while enjoying themselves.

Leprous – O2 Institute, Birmingham

Good looking people, great hair, and wonderful, catchy music – Leprous, in that respect, epitomise the “Three Greats” of Scandinavia. . . However, like many groups, they are evolving as much as they are maturing.

The Contortionist – The Asylum Venue, Birmingham

The Contortionist and Palm Reader gave Birmingham the perfect night of progressive metal, and hardcore

Ohhms –The Asylum Venue, Birmingham

Canterbury riffs giants lead the way in a night of extraordinary talent.

Marmozets • Black Peaks – The Kasbah, Coventry

A clash of genres at the Kasbah. Marmozets deliver emphatically in Coventry

Havok – The Asylum, Birmingham

Old-school thrash, hardcore, and death metal made for a marvellous mixed-grill at Birmingham’s Asylum.

TesseracT – Sonder

‘Sonder’ is brooding album driven by punching guitar riffs, expected complexity and pop melodies.

Conjurer – The Flapper & Firkin, Birmingham

Conjurer pay their tributes to the Flapper with an eviscerating display of strength

Giver – Where The Cycle Breaks

‘Where The Cycle Breaks’ deals in “passion, sincerity and truth”, as well as heavy choruses, gang vocals, and sublime melodic hardcore.

Xanthochroid – “Of Erthe and Axen” Act I

Blending cinematic themes and black metal over a double album is a tall order. Xanthochroid embrace the challenge and the first half of Of Erthe and Axen displays immense results.

The Tangent – The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery

Political commentary and instrumental technicality, The Tangent allow Roger Waters’ influence to shape their re-purposed image of progressive rock.

Josh Kay – Absence of Time

Whilst possibly a struggle for others, ‘Absence of Time’ should entertain metal guitarists of all talents.

When Icarus Falls – Resilience

Post-metal with shoegaze, When Icarus Lives perform a substantial remodelling of their own sound.

DDENT – آكتئاب

This is a strong post-metal release, especially for a debut. There are two sides to this coin, crushing riffs, and poignancy in melody; this album is about to show you both sides, and despite its hour-long length, the time flies by.

The Goat Wizard – The Anthromancer

The Anthromancer is an impressively convoluted, raw, energetic and creative release. Expect math-rock, and prog, but throw in some ska and post-punk as well.

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