Category Archives: Album Reviews

HOWLS- Eye to Eye/Brick by Brick

Howls are apparently not dead yet but there’s no denying they have been very very quiet for almost two years now. If this brilliant double-header does turn out to be the Brighton bunch’s last hurrah then it’s a compelling bang to go out on. ‘Eye to Eye’ and ‘Brick by Brick’ aren’t new songs though, they actually pre-date the band’s […]

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HOLY FAWN- Death Spells

This is a special record. In fact, ‘Death Spells’ isn’t just another record, this is a real work of art. And this is one of those works capable of moving you, transporting you, maybe even changing you. This isn’t just another record, it’s a long hard stare out into the dawn or the dusk or some other time of low […]

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LINGUA NADA- Snuff

This is great. ‘Snuff’, the debut album by Lingua Nada is a kid that can’t sit still, a glitter cannon fired straight into your brain, an audacious, bodacious triumph. As hard as the German band’s debut tried to pull away, it was definitely anchored by indie rock, but this thing is just something else. Opener ‘SVRF Party’ starts exactly like […]

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LEONOV- Wake

Leonov know exactly what they’re doing. Two months ago this might’ve made no sense. In the coming low lights and low temperatures of the next few though, ‘Wake’ will work wonders. The Norwegian outfit’s second album takes the template of the first- Tåran Reindal’s ethereal vocals over dark post-rock and fuzzy, buzzing doom- and expands on it, bringing it into […]

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SET AND SETTING- Tabula Rasa

Set and Setting’s last album struck a brilliant balance. 2017’s ‘Reflectionless’ was part starry ambience, part metallic technicality, all instrumental awesomeness. A year later and ‘Tabula Rasa’ sees the scales tip, perhaps naturally, towards the heavier end of the scale. There are harder edges, heavier riffs, and extra helpings of ominous darkness here. The shift will work for some, there’s […]

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GODLESS- Swarm

Godless get minus points for giving their band the same name as a million other metalheads, but that goes down as about the only misstep the Indian outfit have ever made. Their first release was a warning shot of power and potential and, from the eerie introduction of ‘Exordium’ to the final belligerent beats of ‘Empty Graves’, this thing only […]

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MINSK & ZATOKREV- Bigod

Despite living halfway around the world from each other, Minsk and Zatokrev make perfect bedfellows. Both play dark and doom-infused post-metal, but both have been bold enough to step outside the confines of their genre, and yet both are sorely underappreciated. The former are even among the inspirations for the latter to start kicking out their extended jams. ‘Bigod’ sees […]

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THE BLACK QUEEN- Infinite Games

The Black Queen’s first album was a slick and exciting, 80s-influenced, tech-noir triumph. This… is not that. Oh, ‘Infinite Games’ is made of much the same ingredients- dark ambience, drum loops, bubbling synths, and the whispers and croons of erstwhile Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato- but instead of icy cool and tightly coiled, it’s grim and grey and meandering. […]

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