Category Archives: Album Reviews

SPOTLIGHTS- Love & Decay

Spotlights know magic. Before now, Chino Moreno, Mike Patton, and, yes, even Moderate Rock have all fallen under the spell of husband and wife doomgazers, Sarah and Mario Quintero. Their debut album seemed to come out of nowhere, emerging from a cloud of smoke to celebrity endorsement and rave reviews, and their second record, the stunning Seismic, not only managed […]

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LAZYBONES FLAME KIDS- Beyond

This shouldn’t work. The second record by Lazybones Flame Kids methodically ticks every post-rock box before the opening track is through. Slow marching drums, a languid, looping guitar line, and the requisite rapturous crescendo are all put in their right place. But as ‘Beyond’ barrels forward, the excellently-named Sardinian four-piece behind it bend and break and bolt new things on […]

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BEIGE PALACE- Leg

The world isn’t tilting off its axis, carbon monoxide is at safe levels, and it’s not vertigo. The actual cause of that queasy lurch you’re feeling is ‘Leg’, the debut album by Beige Palace. From the opening droning tones of ‘Mum, Tell Him’ (which is such a good title) to the final ramshackle stomp of ‘Dinner Practice’ the Leeds outfit […]

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DEGRAEY- Reveries

Degraey’s last album was fine– the Barcelona quartet navigating their mostly-instrumental post-metal with a steady if unspectacular hand- but ‘Reveries’ is something else. The track lengths (almost 60 minutes divided almost equally into six tracks) and dynamics (slow-build big-bang) might suggest continued reliance on a formula but the band are working off their own blueprints now. ‘Nurture’ is packed with […]

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LAGS- Soon

Lags work hard. The Italian outfit have spent the three years since their last album trimming the fat from their already brawny sound. As a result, ‘Soon’ sounds like it was made by men with calloused hands and stiff upper lips and the best intentions. There’s a satisfying focus on power and drive, Antonio Canestri’s clear, strong (of course) yowl, […]

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ALTARAGE- The Approaching Roar

The statement, “this won’t be for everyone” has rarely, if ever, had a more appropriate use than when talking about the third record from Spanish outfit Altarage. This is acrid, choking smoke made into sound, this is a wall of noise collapsing under its own weight and crushing whatever living thing is closest, this is every dark thought you’ve ever […]

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ENDON- Boy Meets Girl

If all you had to go on was that album title and cover art, you might expect some hazy dream pop here or sweet nothings about love, something ‘nice’. Instead there is squealing feedback, feral screaming and punk rock made to make your skin crawl. Endon are going to give some unsuspecting folks whiplash. Of course, those that caught even […]

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IRK- Recipes from the Bible

I guarantee you that the friends and neighbours of the three members of Irk consider the boys in the band to be fine, upstanding citizens. Nice guys. Never bothered anybody. There’s simply no way they can be as nasty and gnarly as they sound coming through their speakers. But, like little old ladies that can’t believe the man next door […]

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MASTIFF- Plague

Some records just seem to… emerge. They don’t arrive politely behind a marketing plan or social media agenda, they barrel and thrash into earshot, slithering out of your speakers like they want to chew on your bones. There are no prizes for guessing that Mastiff, with an album named ‘Plague’ featuring songs called ‘Brainbleed’ and ‘Weep’, are the torture artists […]

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