Articles by Nik Prowse
An accessible behemoth with heaps of guitar melody, Tribulation’s most consistent album yet.
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.
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.
Rare Form made some of the darkest, heaviest and most interesting ambient music I’ve heard. A fitting last album.
Thunderingly heavy doom, done 70s style. Play it loud, very loud. All hail the riff.
Musically intricate and furiously heavy, and lyrically the most socially conscious set of songs you will hear all year.
Diverse and ultra-heavy homage to a masterpiece of the ‘90s.
Meditative gargantuan riff metal. Like being hit by a glacier.
A blissful magic-carpet ride of world-inflected trance beats. Perfect for whiling away the time dreaming of foreign travel.
Complex, freeform extreme metal that unapologetically never strays far from the sonic path of the first track.
Antethic’s step into the world of electronica has led to some inspired experimentation and an exciting new direction.
Time Lapse ebbs and flows, inducing a sense of wooziness like all good trance should. Fabulous and mesmeric.
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.
Music for contemplative moments and dark thoughts; times of enforced incarceration, perhaps. Recommended and very timely.
Human Impact is an album made by noise rock royalty and deserves a listen. Self-isolate, download and feel the noise.
When it works we get visceral, atmospheric music that breathes new magic into some gorgeous, plaintive singing and lifts it to a new height.
Otherworldly post-rock that sucks you in with its vast and soaring melodies.
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.
My metal album of the year. Truly a soundtrack for the end of times.
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.
A paean to 80s pop that falls slightly short of the mark.