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

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.

Underworld – DRIFT Series 1

A fantastic achievement, not least because of how it was made and how it sounds so fresh, despite the band putting tracks out every Thursday for a year.

Mark Lanegan Band – Somebody’s Knocking

A paean to 80s pop that falls slightly short of the mark.

Whettman Chelmets – Long Read Memories

An act of supreme catharsis for its creator, Long Read Memories is years of childhood pain and confusion depicted in musical form.

Pemë – Dark Baltic

Mesmerising and hypnotic, as good electronic music should be.

Rites of Fall – Towards the Blackest Skies

Your soundtrack for a journey into the void, Towards the Blackest Skies shows a band evolving and developing their sound.

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