(((O))) Category: Reviews

Vanessa Wagner – Mirrored

While accentuating the approach of each of the composers towards those hidden spaces, Wagner does it in her quite unique and personal approach to the piano, making these pieces of music her own, as much as they belong to the composers themselves.

Drowse – Wane Into It

A dense, ambient, beautiful exploration of loss, anxiety, distance and memory, redefining what makes a ‘heavy’ record.

Oak – The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise

It is a welcoming return for the band by bringing in those heavy subjects that sounds like something straight out of Christopher Nolan’s 2008 sequel to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight. And it’s an album that’ll be talked about in the years to come.

Gavran – Indistinct Beacon

Amenra may have stamped its signature on many post-metal sounds but Gavran do an impressive job of inserting their own identity to the genre.

Ol’ RattleBones – Rise Chapter 1

It could have all gone to waste if these guys didn’t have songwriting skills to match their playing and singing capabilities, all of which will certainly endear them to hard rock fans anywhere.

Shaam Larein – Sticka En Kniv I V​ä​rlden

Shaam Larein are the ones you need to watch out for in the roaring ‘20s.

Mick’s Jaguar – Salvation (+ Exclusive Album Premiere)

Mick’s Jaguar is still the sound of a band clearly enjoying keeping the rock ‘n’ roll flame alive. And, we need them!

Zero Times Everything – Sound of Music

Yes it is a stimulating release and it’ll take time, but the enduring compositions are an exploration.

Snowdrops – Missing Island

The music on the album relies on quite complex layers of instrumentation that are actually firmly suited to the theme, never overpowering it with the layers slowly revealing themselves when you peel or listen to them.

Ayreon – Universal Migrator Parts I & II (Remixed & Remastered)

While Universal Migrator never got the recognition due to being in between Into the Electric Castle and The Human Equation, it is time to give the remixed edition the proper handshake it deserves by rising from the stratosphere.

Rad Pitt – Pitt Happens

A new vocalist has breathed some new life into the band and at the same time brought back the short, sharp and aggressive sound from their earlier work. It’s a fun album. It would be good to see this band get some more exposure and a band that I am looking forward to seeing live.

Toby Amies – In The Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50

Whatever you may think of both Robert Fripp and King Crimson, this documentary brings everything full circle for the legacy of the band’s music forever and ever.

Badlands – Call To Love

Maybe we can dub Badlands’ ‘Call To Love’ as a call to great atmospheric pop/rock.

High Command – Eclipse of the Dual Moons

High Command have delivered the good as they come back with enough pounds of meat to cook.

Sicky – Garbage Town

On ‘Garbage Town’ Butler seems to be skimming on the garbage and is coming up with the real (pop) goods that are actually both substantive and listenable at the same time.

Mediæval Bæbes – MydWynter

MydWynter is a perfect Christmas release for 2022. It is a planned holiday season that they’ve released by going towards a rumination of Zen.

Telefís – a Dó

Experimental, playful, serious, a Dó is a vibrant explosion of ideas and an instant earworm.

Doomsday – Depictions of Chaos

Depictions of Chaos is all-spread panic, mixed in with a full-out bloody massacre with snarling overtones, and chainsaw guitar-like leads. And if you’re thinking they’re going to slip a sloppy ballad on you, guess what, you’re barking up the wrong tree motherfucker!

Devil’s Witches – In All Her Forms

Ominous, brutal, and doom-like concepts, mixed in with ‘70s prog and krautrock jurisdictions, Devil’s Witches bring out the big guns to add more fuel to the fire.

Sonora Pine – II

The strange mixture of Slint-like vocal post-rock and wyrd folk they came up here has exactly that timeless quality that we deserve to be reminded of from time to time.

The Beatles – Revolver (Super Deluxe)

Revolver has been reborn for the 21st century. This is the box set you’ll probably need in time between either for Hanukkah or for Christmas.

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