I’ve been writing for Echoes & Dust since December 2013, mostly on drone, doom and black metal. Since then I've completed a PhD looking at mysticism, ritual and religion in drone metal, and will be publishing a book related to this in 2017. I'm also trustee of Oaken Palace Records, a record label run as a charity, each drone release raising money for the conservation of a particular endangered species.

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Cantique Lépreux – Paysages Polaires

A new delivery of locally-trademarked version of fast and atmospheric black metal, galloping hooves drum kick and epic trance-riffs, which tend to be complex attacks on simple memorable structures.

Miserable – Loverboy

Eight tracks of mumbling candy doom, exuberant depressive songs of wailing sweetness.

Current 93 • Nurse With Wound – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Some context for this review: I wasn’t vastly familiar with either performer here. I’d not really listened to much Current 93 until a week before the gig, and until a couple of months ago I’d never knowingly heard a Nurse With Wound album. . .  though …

Tim Hecker & Konoyo Ensemble – Barbican Centre, London

A fantastically ambitious, powerful, yet mysterious and understated performance, far beyond the excellent Konoyo album. . .

Solar Temple – Fertile Descent

Grabs you like a demonic robot trying to making a cocktail out of your shredded brain.

Iskandr – Euprosopon

Like the beautiful monochrome cover image, this is a striking vision of black metal architecture.

Fluisteraars / Turia – De Oord

A great split by two Dutch masters of serious, experimental and intense black metal.

From the Bogs of Aughiska – Mineral Bearing Veins

New full-length Mineral Bearing Veins mixes Irish folkloric spoken word, noisy ambience, field recordings, harsh chaos and black metal in a dense and unique brew.

Black Spirituals – Black Access/Black Axes

From a duo of drums and guitar this is powerful sound which compels rigorous intellectual commitment, physical-material-sonic engagement, exuberant enjoyment and radical freedom.

Yawning Man – Revolt Against Tired Noises

New album of blissfully desert-scorched jams from Yawning Man that comes over as an effortless joy to hear.

Yob – Our Raw Heart

The Oregon transcendental doomsters Yob return with their raw, heart-filled record named ‘Our Raw Heart’.

Legion of Andromeda / Bismuth – Split

Great split from two distinctive bands from the extreme underground on opposite sides of the world.

Eels – The Deconstruction

A solid record from a band who have carved out a distinctive space in dealing with harsh and difficult subject matter with bright and quirky aplomb.

The Endless Vastness of Bong

Several hours’ worth of new Bong, powerfully manipulating the the fabric of time and rhythm, underwritten by the ever-present pure amplified doom drone.

GOLD • Necro Deathmort • Threshold Entities – The Black Heart, London

Singer Milena Eva appears as if with puppet strings pulled from another dimension – an uncanny marionette, hands and eyes drifting with an otherworldly automatism . . . The songs, in addition to some great heavy post-metal dringing chords, are a balance of a skewed declamatory lines and then crystal shards of melody.

Amenra • Boris • Jo Quail – Heaven, London

It’s wildly powerful. Halfway through, evidence appears to suggest that someone farted near me. . . they probably had no choice. The noise must be bothering the trains above, vibrating them off their rails.

YoshimiO / Susie Ibarra / Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – Flower of Sulphur

While presence at the live event where this was recorded may have allowed attendees to participate in that exploration of space in the moment, unfortunately here the ‘no specific goal’ is what shines through.

Various – Hexadic III

Whatever one’s depth of knowledge about the mechanisms behind the music, here we have an intriguing collection of sonic constructions.

Insect Ark – Marrow Hymns

Insect Ark’s ‘Marrow Hymns’ is great once you’ve snapped into it, an accessible and interesting mix of doom constructions, with the signature element being various kinds of glisses and slides.

Fatso Jetson • All Souls – Desertfest Tour, The Black Heart

Legitimately up there in impossible this-can’t-actually-be-happening desert rock heaven with watching, on New Year 2012, Brant Bjork and a barefoot Scott Reeder play ‘Whitewater’ for maybe the last time together.

Earth 2: Special Quarter Century Version

Twenty-five years ago, on the 3rd of February 1993, Seattle-based band Earth released their first full-length record, ‘Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version’. The ultra-extreme yet weirdly ambient, intensely embodied but marginal and fragmented subgenre of drone metal was born.

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