Nik Prowse


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

Articles by Nik Prowse

MWWB – The Harvest

As perfect as its predecessor, The Harvest takes a large step sideways, incorporating esoteric psychedelia into the band’s trademark heavy sound.

Matt Pike – Pike vs The Automaton

Pike vs The Automaton is a lot of fun. Not as serious or intense as High on Fire: the combination of metal, stoner rock and psych, all mixed into the trademark sludge we know from Matt’s other work, make for a very enjoyable listen.

Wolves In The Throne Room – Primordial Arcana

Wolves In The Throne Room are a special band. This is the pinnacle of their achievements, combining the fury and darkness of their early work with atmospherics and masses of soaring melody to create the perfect whole.

A Sea of Dead Trees – Garmonbozia (+ Exclusive Album Premiere)

Garmonbozia is an epically fragile, tender and multifaceted album. Repeat listens will be essential.

Crescent – Carving the Fires of Akhet

Dense, melodic death metal that insinuates itself into the listener’s mind. Threading through it is a vibe that embeds the music in its Egyptian themes and origins.

Epiphanic Truth – Dark Triad: Bitter Psalms To A Sordid Species

This album absolutely slays. That’s the headline: the most far-reaching, absorbing and bombastically heavy album you will hear this year.

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.

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