(((O))) Category: AotY2012

#2 – MONO – For My Parents

I’ll confess now, I have long considered Mono to be pretty much as damn near the top of the Post Rock tree as it’s possible to get. They sit comfortably alongside such luminaries of the genre like Godspeed and Mogwai, and live they are an utterly subli …

#3 – Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

After 7 years without a sound Godspeed You! Black Emperor stepped out of the shadows and started entering scenes again. This time Mike Moya, one of the two band founders and a member during 1994-1998, had joined the lineup again. They were chosen as cu …

#4 – …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs

I’ve been labouring away on this review for over a week now, mostly because I want to make sure that my words do the album, ‘Lost Songs’ by …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (henceforth just Trail of Dead), justice. Read more.

#5 – Neurosis – Honor Found in Decay

When the updated list with new releases to review was sent out, I was lucky enough to be the first one to reply and pick this much-anticipated release by American experimental doom/sludge metal band Neurosis. In retrospect I quickly realized the daunti …

#6 – Rumour Cubes – The Narrow State

I was no Oliver Twist when I found an instant appeal to Rumour Cubes’ music on first hearing them last year. Happily it’s been only a few short months to wait to hear their first full length album and, in late February, everyone gets their turn. What s …

#7 – Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster – Exegesis

‘for people with love for heavy guitar atmospheres and rhythm sections showing up how it’s done. The pace is slow but never boring. The energy is cranked up and the atmosphere, just like the album cover, is an expansive, vast ocean of sounds that is ne …

#8 – Swans – The Seer

‘In my opinion, this album serves as a real Swans fans wet dream. Anything at fault with it? Yeah, its two fucking hours long, which is stretching it by anyone’s terms. Having said that, I believe that within this imposing tome lies probably Giras best …

#9 – The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know

I have to confess that I am a bit of a fanboy when it comes to Scottish musicians and bands. My fascination with all things Scottish began with Fish and Marillion (and Fish solo) in my teens, then bands like Teenage Fanclub in my early adult years, and …

#10 – Conan – Monnos

Angry embers rupture through this seemingly unholy script, it meets the mood of solitude and unbalanced emotion. Incredibly heavy and thought provoking, making you crumble from inside leaving you with an impressive after thought which embeds itself in …

#11 – Golden Fable – Star Map

After months of waiting and listening repeatedly to Golden Fable’s earlier EP it is with great delight and excitement that I took hold of this debut album for reviewing. Rapidly becoming one of the most interesting bands I have heard for a long time, i …

#12 – The Narrows – Eve of Invasion

There is a moment during this album that is so jaw droppingly stunning that you will be forgiven for thinking that you were in the presence of seasoned professionals who know a trick or two to tug on your heartstrings. It is a moment which belies the y …

#13 – Sleep Lady – So Long Lonely Ghost

There’s a great many of us extended Echoes and Dust family, who like nothing better than recommending each other new musical discoveries. It’s a sense of sharing and community I relate to that extends to various other sites. Sometimes, and I apply this …

#14 – Shearwater – Animal Joy

This review was difficult to write for one main reason, and that is because ‘Animal Joy’ is such an amazing record. How could I fill out a review with words like ‘WOW’ and ‘Record of the Year’, which was all I could utter on my first few listens throug …

#15 – Ty Segall – Slaughterhouse

‘The sound is that of a bandleader revelling in the freedom of a live set-up and it’s louder and more abrasive than anything he’s done before. Indeed, its title gives you a decent idea of what’s on offer across its 11 pummeling tracks; it’s a brutal jo …

#16 – Amenra – Mass V

I have been waiting a long time for this release since Amenra signed for Neurot Recordings in July 2011 and finally I am able to listen to the first result of this new partnership. Neurot are best known as the label that releases Neurosis and Ufomammut …

#17 – Goat – World Music

• Fuzz? Check, • Polyrhythms? Check • Funky basslines? Check • Soul grinding organs? Check • Sultry female vocals? Check • A Whiff of the occult? Check • A time machine that takes me back to a place where semi naked people dance in fields in a swirly a …

#18 – Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

#19 – Baroness – Yellow & Green

‘The whole album comes across as an art student’s portfolio, with different works constructed from different media and materials, ultimately though everything gels together as one consistently themed piece. The band’s decision to make this a double off …

#20 – Torche – Harmonicraft

Torche have always been quite an anomaly in the rock scene, managing to throw fuzz-laden stoner grooves, off-tempo time changes and soaring melodies into the mix and come out with music that rides the perfect cusp between accessibility and mayhem. Thei …

#21 – Clock Opera – Ways To Forget

‘Ways To Forget’, the debut album from Clock Opera, has been so hotly anticipated for so long that when it was finally announced, almost every single Echoes and Dust writer wanted to review it. However, there are perks to dating the editor and so the p …

#22 – Marriages – Kitsune

When this album came through by a new band containing members of Red Sparowes and The Nocturnes (Greg Burns & Emma Ruth Rundle) I knew there was a fair chance I was going to like it, after all with that kind of pedigree it’s hard to imagine what they c …

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