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

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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.

THÅRN – Collisions

Exceptionally good crust influenced post-metal which highlights the wealth of creativity in the UK underground.

NŪR – Negative Transfer

An excellent, short EP which will leave any post-metal fan desperate to hear more.

LLNN – Unmaker

Danish lunar sludgers LLNN return with album number three which is a career best and certainly amongst the years heaviest releases.

Still – { }

This cathartic blend of blackened post-hardcore and post-metal is one of the best so far this year.

Apnea – Stasi

The Italian scene churns out another great release, this time it is some fine, earth shattering, cinematic post-metal.

Sons Of Alpha Centauri – Push

If you like Far or Quicksand you really need to check out this scorcher. Full of reminiscence yet loaded with contemporary messages. Push sees Jonah Matranga at his most vitriolic for a decade.

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