(((O))) Category: Reviews

Bruce Soord – Luminescence

A sad and dire sense of loss that’ll hit your heart, very deeply.

Abhorrency – Climax of Disgusting Impurities

Abhorrency revels in perversity, destruction, and the inherent evil of humanity.

Teenage Fanclub – Nothing Lasts Forever

A perfect accompaniment to a weekend morning waking up with the morning brew to embrace the day ahead, and a reminder to oneself to live in the moment.

Stranded – Velvet Trace

Essentially, the album turns into an elongated trance-inducing psych fest, that just requires those psych-inducing visuals to make the experience complete.

Alice – Alice

This isn’t your Daddy’s prog album. Alice is the ultimate cult band that you need to explore from the BYG label.

The Wytches – Our Guest Can’t Be Named

A bizarre blend of doom and surf rock, drenched in a delicious psychedelic coating – until the painful descent into twee indie.

KEN mode – VOID

Overall, VOID shows KEN mode to be a band relentlessly focused on moving forward, rather than standing still, after nine albums.

Jethro Tull – RökFlöte

RökFlöte as I’ve mentioned earlier is Tull’s return to sit on the throne once more. They proved they can still empower more adventures that awaits more ideas to see what Ian Anderson’s brain will think of next.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers – Data Doom

As we entered our tenth year since the outbreak of Frankie and the Witch Fingers, tensions were high and nerves strung tight, bracing for the announcement of a seventh raid codenamed ‘Data Doom’.

American Cream Band – Presents

Nelson and his crew seem to know exactly what they are doing here, creating something like an open-ended mutant ‘kosmiche’ disco. The one that works.

Grails – Anches En Maat

Anches En Maat is an accomplished and brilliant album in terms of production and stunning arrangements.

AKKU Quintet – Kinema

From where we are right now, AKKU Quintet have delivered another propitious release for 2023. And this is a hairsplitting testament that our fellow comrades have let loose this year.

Carlos Niño – I’m Just Chillin’ On Fire

Throughout the album, Niño combines his musical ideas and those of his other participants into a seamless whole, as if the music here was created through one, collective mind.

Hey Colossus – In Blood

In Blood is a remarkable achievement for a band this long in the tooth, you never want to skip a track and it always seems to be over too soon.

Explosions In The Sky – End

After over 20 years of existence, it’s so good to hear Explosions In The Sky still creating glorious and exciting music and End is one of their finest albums to date.

TesseracT – War of Being

With stronger vibrations, War of Being is a powder keg, waiting to explode.

DAIISTAR – Good Time

The band definitely is dialled in to the darker side of psych, but offer it up with sunny melodies, exactly the sort of music I latch onto.

Torpor – Abscission

Torpor has taken its mix of doom, sludge and drone to a new level as it produces one of the top albums in the UK underground this year.

Deena Abdelwahed – Jbal Rrsas

It is quite an intoxicating combination that works both with a single listener in his enclosed environment or on a club dance floor with the not-so-standard beats leading the way.

Fire Down Below – Low Desert Surf Club

Low Desert Surf Club will be without exaggeration new (long lasting) dope for the fans of stoner rock/metal.

Mirror Tree – Mirror Tree

Gold came up with a set of songs that are fully formed, based on truly strong songwriting and musical presentation, coming up with one of the better modern psych-pop albums of the year.

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