(((O))) REVIEWS

SUNN O))) – Metta, Benevolence. BBC 6Music : Live on the invitation of Mary Anne Hobbs

It’s prime stuff, two hefty ‘Pyroclasts’ cuts and a full half hour long version of ‘Troubled Air’ to float in.

Jessica Moss – Phosphenes

‘Phosphenes’ is an album that reflects these gloomy times in all its aspects, yet provides the hope that gloom will not end up in doom.

Electric Eye – Horizons

Capturing the haunting spirits that is quite an evidential punch, Horizons takes listeners beyond the horizontal scopes of Acid-Prog, Psychedelic, Garage-Rock, and Ominous post-rock vibrations between the late ‘70s and early ‘80s…It maybe weird, but man these guys know what the hell they’re doing. And they can take it up a notch to hurl through the cosmos with sub-light speed.

Emma Ruth Rundle – Engine of Hell

The record was performed live with virtually no overdubs and it has an intimacy that will please fans. Brilliantly performed and written and highly recommended

Maybeshewill – No Feeling is Final

Maybeshewill return with a dark slab of ecological angst, No Feeling is Final shows a band with passion, rage, and even glimmers of hope.

HOO – We Shall Never Speak

This music is unlike anything I’ve heard in recent years. Combine the space rock of Spaceman Three with the dream pop dynamics of Slowdive and you may have an inkling of what this sounds like.

Octarine Sky – Close to Nearby

Close to Nearby is quite the story-telling / instrumental trip that Octarine Sky (Potter’s Daughter) have unleashed this year by bringing these ideas to life. This is how an album should be told. Filled with passion, heart, energy, brutal forces, and epic adventures. Octarine Sky is the real deal!

Pink Milk – Ultraviolet

Listen on headphones to gain an appreciation for the nuances in this recording. A dark but somewhat hopeful album from these fine purveyors of doomgaze.

The Ghosts of Searchlight – Sprawl

That deep knowledge and feel of the Mojave Desert have actually been transferred to the music with ease and a sense of vision that makes it truly work.

Burnt Belief – Mutual Isolation

Mutual Isolation is an intriguing release that combines world sounding beauty, dreamscapes, and sinister overtones that is like a flower revealing its true plan to the entire world.

Donner – Hesitant Light

Jacob Holm-Lupo puts you inside the visual imagery by embarking on the next voyage that awaits moviegoers with an enormous surround sound inside the theatre.

Endless Boogie – Admonitions

Sometimes you need a 22-minute misanthropic boogie tune to get you through the day. This album has two.

Modern Monsters -Modern Monsters EP

The three tracks here seem to have been fine-tuned to the band’s liking, and quite possibly also to the liking of their potential hard rock/alt-metal audience.

Molybaron – The Mutiny

The Mutiny is a big giant roller-coaster ride Molybaron created from scratch. This band will keep the fires burning more and more in the years to come. I can imagine there’s a massive shitload of 900 megawatts with pure metallic energy inside their veins. So turn this mo-fo up to a maximum volume level at a hundred!

Slow Crush – Hush

It is darkly shaded music, coloured in part by the menacing edges of the pandemic. A really good shoegaze album from a promising Belgian project.

The Pop Group – Y in Dub

Matches the original for its abstract and hallucinatory power.

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