Category Archives: Album Reviews

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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DOGWATER- Chout

This album is a time warp. Or at least it desperately wants to be. And it takes just five seconds, and one yowl from Dogwater frontman Brendan Maier, to hear where the Chicago outfit are coming from. From mid-tempo maximum-grunge riffs to fuzzy melodies and sluggish solos, ‘Chout’ wants to drag you into 1994. That band name and even the […]

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YODOK III- This Earth We Walk Upon

This is about as slow a burn as you can get. Touted as post-rock for fans of Cult of Luna and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, there is only slight connective tissue to the genre here. Instead ‘This Earth…’ finds the artists formerly known as Yodok (they gained the III when multi-instrumentalist Kristoffer Lo and drummer Tomas Järmyr invited celebrated ambient […]

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EARTH MOVES- The Absurd Man

It would be a damn shame if this got lost in the annual listmageddon and new year turnover period- ‘The Absurd Man’ is essential listening. In just under a quarter of an hour, Brighton-based four-piece Earth Moves pivot from slow-moving post-rock, past cinematic quiets and furious louds, to a searing instrumental ending. Actually one epic track cut into four, you […]

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