(((O))) REVIEWS

Countless Thousands – …and the Triumph of Justice

Somehow, it all gels together and works to further underscore the message Countless Thousands wanted to convey.

Kjeld – Ôfstân

This isn’t so much a step up from their debut as it is an evolution in form and skill, a complex and intuitive record that marks Kjeld as a band to watch out for in 2021.

Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou – The Helm of Sorrow

‘The Helm of Sorrow’ is a glorious extra from the minds of Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou.

Pharaoh Overlord – 6

Pharaoh Overlord manage to blend past, present and future into one outstanding work of art entitled ‘6’.

Here Lies Man – Ritual Divination

The heady mix of grooves and fuzzy riffs continue on Here Lies Man’s heavily packed relentless fourth album.

Haze – S/T

Her melodic sense, the ability to shift tempos, and some excellent vocals, and what you get is some very cool late-night music that shifts from cozy dreams to slight nightmares and back with ease.

Kiwi Jr. – Cooler Returns

this album as it is chock full of mood lifting melodies, swinging harmonies and assured, classic “jangle pop” playing…a very cool return.

White Flowers – Within a Dream

This is a fine EP from a promising young group. I hope to see a lot more from them.

Werewolves – What a Time to be Alive

We need this album. This is music that is loud, fast, furious and knows damn well that it is dumber than Lloyd Christmas. A relentless pummelling to the face, devoid of subtlety and overflowing with insults and anger.

The Body – I’ve Seen All I Need To See

I’ve Seen All I Need To See is a perfect addition to The Body’s unmatchable discography and its deeply agonising spirit will surely resonate with those of you who feel defeated by 2020.

Dread Sovereign – Alchemical Warfare

A slab of dark, dirty, diabolical doom metal brought to you by the Primordial’s Alan Averill. Alchemical Warfare’s grime-flecked production and insistence on dragging itself out may grate with some, but ultimately only add to the evil aura.

Palm Reader – Sleepless

It’s a finely crafted, frankly, very good album. It shows a band on a journey and not afraid to experiment. There is everything from heavy as hell, thick riffs to melodic piano and brass. I truly hope there are some music venues to go back to hear this music live

Astralseid – Shamanic Love

Astralseid envisaged and executed Shamanic Love as a set of in the studio improvised pieces, giving them the organic feel and hitting that ritualistic vibe they went for right on the spot.

Aberration – Aberration

Over three tracks Aberration convey a palpable hellscape of vivid crawling terror and show a vast imagination in their nuanced songwriting, perfect for any metal head to dream darkly in under their audial blanket of unseen nightmares.

Yoth Iria – As The Flame Withers

A highly competent and flawlessly executed black metal album that owes a lot to more traditional heavy metal in terms of song structure, production style and guitar melodies.

Hairetis Harper – Draft

Hairetis and Harper were able to combine disparate sounds and not so often used instruments to combine into music that is a true joy.

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