Category Archives: Album Reviews

PENDANT- Through a Coil

Initially this, the debut solo effort from erstwhile Calculator and Never Young member Chris Adams, feels thinly sketched. It’s less than half an hour of lo-fi indie rock that started life as side project demo material, and at times it sounds like it. The title track shimmies along on quiet, popping drums and softly distorted guitars, and ‘Plexiglass’ is hardly […]

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THE SHAKING SENSATIONS- How Are We to Fight the Blight?

The Shaking Sensations were over, finished, done. After more than a decade and three records together, the Danish outfit felt they had accomplished what they’d set out to do. They’d gone from covering grunge classics and aping post-rock pioneers to sharing world stages with the genre’s best, and, in 2013’s ‘Start Stop Worrying’, had set a benchmark they themselves felt […]

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GOLDEN CORE- Fimbultýr

Depending on how you look at it, Golden Core’s debut album was adorned with one of the best or worst album covers of all time. Fans of stock goat photography will be disappointed but sophomore effort ‘Fimbultýr’ features more fitting, grown-up artwork, and it reflects a startling newfound sonic maturity within. You can hear it in the first minute of […]

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CULT OF LUNA- A Dawn to Fear

Victims only of their own success, Cult of Luna have written perhaps the best post-metal album of the year here and yet it still feels just a little underwhelming. That’s because as good as ‘A Dawn To Fear’ is (and it’s very very good) it still bobs under the highwater marks of 2013’s ‘Vertikal’ and the Swedish outfit’s last album, […]

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COLORED MOTH- DIM

Colored Moth have transformed. No wait, they’ve evolved. Pupated, perhaps? Whatever… they’ve changed. If the Berlin-based trio’s first full-length was a searing but relatively straight-ahead slice of hardcore punk, ‘DIM’ is a firecracker in an oil drum. The band are working with the same blueprint as before but it’s been warped and distorted, still kind of recognisable but now something […]

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LINGUA IGNOTA- CALIGULA

Kristin Hayter has already made her statement. With her 2017 self-released debut, the one-woman powerhouse behind Lingua Ignota parlayed her church choir roots and classical vocal training into a monolith of monstrous noise. A year later and the excellently-titled ‘All Bitches Die’ might have needed a rerelease on Profound Lore to get the attention it deserved but it was a […]

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CLOUDKICKER- Unending

Surprise! It’s been nearly five years since the last Cloudkicker release and while that may not seem a long time for some, Ben Sharp had produced something new every year between his first full-length under the moniker in 2008 and most recent record, ‘Woum’. And while Sharp never declared an end to his one-man band, he was certainly, and very […]

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BON IVER- i,i

Three years since it first emerged to passionate praise and perplexed head-scratching and seemingly nothing in between, Bon Iver’s last album, the enigmatic ’22, a Million’, still rewards repeat listens. From its abstract artwork and song titles, ‘i,i’ initially promises more of the same. There’s even a grand concept in play- this is apparently the final ‘season’ of Bon Iver, […]

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