(((O))) Tag: Michael B. Hayden

Half Formed Things – Half Formed Things

All in all this is an excellent debut EP and I can’t wait to see how this relatively young band develops. – By Michael B. Hayden

Crippled Black Phoenix – New Dark Age

New Dark Age feels like it may be functioning as both a place holder between full length albums and a statement of future musical intentions, especially with the title track. With two solid original compositions and the Floyd tribute that they’ve been building towards satisfyingly delivered it seems like Crippled Black Phoenix is at a transition point and if their track record is any indication wherever they go next it will be first rate. – By Michael B. Hayden

Zombi – Shape Shift

‘Shape Shift’ may not be their boldest or even their best album, but it is a solid statement of intent as they gear up to begin touring again. Long time fans will find much to love on here and it also serves as an excellent primer for the many new fans they deserve to get. – By Michael B. Hayden

Locrian – Infinite Dissolution

While many fans may lament the more the structured and less droney approach of the album I think this album is the next natural progression for Locrian. It’s not only one of this years best metal releases but one of the best pieces of music in general. – By Michael B. Hayden

Giant Squid – Minoans

I hesitate to say that Giant Squid have created their masterpiece because I think (hope) we’ll get many more fantastic albums from this band. What they have delivered is their best, most majestic and beautiful album to date. – By Michael B. Hayden

Buzz Osborne – This Machine Kills Artists

It’s hard to find any faults within This Machine Kills Artists. If you like The Melvins then there is really no reason you won’t like this record. – By Michael B. Hayden

Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Piano Nights

Piano Nights is the perfect example of heavy music played as softly as breath. – By Michael B. Hayden

Jesu – Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came

This has been an absolutely tremendous year for music and Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came stands among the very best. – By Michael B. Hayden

Native – Orthodox

Orthodox is a lean, powerful and focused effort that sees Native coming into their own voice and stepping away from many of the modern doldrums of post-punk. – By Michael B. Hayden

Locrian – Return to Annihilation

This is a perfectly constructed, beautifully recorded and compelling record that stands out as one of this year’s best. – By Michael B. Hayden

ASG – Blood Drive

ASG’s newest album Blood Drive stands firmly within the genre and while it doesn’t contain many surprises it is a solid release that should please fans of accessible and melodic riff rock. – By Michael B. Hayden

Interview: Aaron Harris from Palms

With 3 members from Isis and the vocalist of the Deftones, the debut album by Palms is one of the most anticipated records of this year. Our writer Michael B. Hayden sat down with drummer, co-writer, producer and engineer of Palms Aaron Harris and had a chat about the coming together of the band and the album.

Palms – Palms

Luckily Palms have delivered a gorgeous debut that is not only worth the wait but exceeds expectations at every turn. – By Michael B. Hayden

Melvins – Everybody Loves Sausages

This may be a covers album but it is still very much a Melvins record full of all of the weird, abrasive catchiness we have all come to expect from them. – By Michael B. Hayden

Steve Von Till – As The Crow Flies

Ten years on Steve Von Till’s As The Crow Flies is still as powerful as it was when it was released and will be for decades to come. – By Michael B. Hayden.

Coma Wall / Undersmile – Wood and Wire

If the doom and folk styles could be combined into one genre bending monster Coma Wall and/or Undersmile would really be onto something special. As it stands this is still a quality release that is worth any fan of the slower side of metals time. – By Michael B. Hayden.

Teith – Humboldt Park

This is headphone music for you commute on days when you’d rather not be commuting. It’s music to make you curl up with a book or take your dog for a walk to. Buy it. Love it. Hopefully we can collectively convince them to make another.

Kongh – Sole Creation

Swedish doom metal band Kongh’s new album “Sole Creation” is just simply well played, well written, well recorded, well sung, doomy, epic metal and sometimes it doesn’t get any better than that.

We Lost The Sea – The Quietest Place On Earth

Australian 7-piece blend post-rock, hardcore, indie rock and even new wave into their crushing epic songs, creating an hour of massive music which needs more than one listen to let it all sink in.

Interview: Chris and Joe from Wiht

With the re-release of The Harrowing of the North on vinyl through Devouter Records a new chapter has been added to the history of Leeds based instrumental psychedelic doom/rock trio Wiht. Michael B. Hayden finds out more.

Crusades – Golden Throats

I’ll start this review off by admitting something. I went into this EP ready to dislike it simply because it was described as “post-hardcore”. I, in my ignorance, cast a premature judgement and expected to hear another awkward, uninspired At The Drive- …

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