Category Archives: Album Reviews

WILL HAVEN- Muerte

Will Haven have been as low as they can go. Since the late 90s the Sacramento outfit have mined a seam of thick, dark, downtuned metal that, despite the changing scenes around them, has remained untainted by outside influence and uniquely, instantly recognisably, their own. They peaked (or descended if you like) with 2001’s ‘Carpe Diem’, a titanic slab of […]

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SSANAHTES- Ssanahtes

Metal records often work best when they sound as if they’re being played live. The massive, monstrous, sprawling debut effort from Ssanahtes couldn’t do any better without the French five-piece knocking on your door and plugging into your living room. Opener ‘Kumaru’ sets the pace- over 10 minutes of doom-laden post-metal that fills every available space in the mix and […]

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ONDT BLOD- Natur

From JR Ewing to Kvelertak, Blood Command to Honningbarna, Norway has a fantastic habit of producing bands capable of combining hardcore fury with colossal hooks. Ondt Blod don’t let the side down. ‘Natur’, the quintet’s second full-length, starts with a Sami chant before accelerating to include punk rage and stomping riffs. Then, bursting out from behind the feedback comes a […]

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ROLO TOMASSI- Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

Rolo Tomassi have been on quite the adventure. Since 2005 the Sheffield outfit have been making a brilliant racket- defying stereotypes, expectations, and genre tick boxes. If their early work was adrenalized, amplified youthful exuberance then their most recent album, ‘Grievances’, was a decidedly grown-up affair, laden with weight and rage and regret. In between they have leapt forward and […]

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STORM{O}- Ere

These are anxious times. These are angry times. Sometimes just getting out of bed can feel like a fight. One way to soundtrack such struggle is razorwire punk rock and firebreathing hardcore. And while the spellcheck-tripping STORM{O} might hail from Northern Italy and scream their guts out in their native tongue, the terror, tension and trauma audible on ‘Ere’ is […]

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GLASSJAW- Material Control

I get it. At one point, in the unsettled territory between the twin peaks of nu-metal and metalcore, Glassjaw meant everything. In a flurry of activity they released two scene-defining records, even though it wasn’t clear what scene they were in, and no one else looked or sounded or performed quite like them. And then they disappeared, leaving only myth […]

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NO OMEGA- Culture

No Omega go to work. Since 2012 the Stockholm quartet have been relentlessly touring, writing and recording music. ‘Culture’, though, is the best they’ve ever sounded. It’s tough to say that the band’s sound has been crystallised because there’s nothing bright or shiny or easy to look at here but everything they do best has been brought into relentless, fearsome […]

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CONVERGE- The Dusk in Us

It feels like Converge can do no wrong. Since 2001 and the release of ‘Jane Doe’ the hardcore pioneers have been on an untouchable run of form. Their ferocity, focus, and ability to slightly alter their course to incorporate new elements without comprising quality- here noise rock, woozy ambience, and whisper it, melody- have all become legendary. One thing they […]

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HAMMOCK- Mysterium

Hammock are consistent. Since 2005 the Nashville duo have released ten albums, a handful of EPs, and a movie soundtrack. But they’ve never been consistently great. ‘Mysterium’ though, excellent throughout, instantly ranks as one of the best, most blissful things they’ve ever done. Maybe blissful is not the right word- this is a record born from the death of a […]

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