Articles by Ben Jones
Canada’s Finnr’s Cane prove to be a beguiling addition to the atmospheric black metal scene. ‘Elegy’ is an enchanting album that showcases the best of the genre, if at times playing a bit too safe.
A surprising song focused album from a collection of prog rock’s finest players. The Sea Within is not a perfect album, but has some excellent moments.
Ben Chatwin’s third album may be a slow burn, but proves to be an excellent slice of tranquil electronica and swelling violins.
Glitchy and hypnotic, Lunatic Soul’s follow up to Fractured feels a bit uneven in places, but as always Mariusz Duda proves he is a master at tugging the heartstrings.
Emperor’s enigmatic frontman returns to solo duty with his seventh album. Black metal fans beware though – Ihsahn is at his most accessible here with a record oozing in 80s influences and electronic sounds.
A short, concise hit of techno-infused jazz. Moon Hooch’s latest is an excellent starting point for new fans to get into their unique sound, but those familiar with the band will find nothing new here.
An uneven third album from indie prog star Charlie Barnes. Catchy tunes, but a lack of depth ironically lets Oceanography down.
The culmination of the Metal Opera concept – ‘Beloved Antichrist’ sounds majestic at times, but is largely bloated nonsense that hasn’t got half as much to say as it thinks it does.
A melancholy, dreamy debut from a Mexican duo with a great talent. Mint Field have created a work of great beauty.
An ambitious album from the California bruisers that struggles to find a coherent direction among a din of new ideas.
A beautiful, sombre exploration of emotions. Haunts know exactly how to tug on the heartstrings.
A dreamy mix of post rock and prog metal from a band finding their sound.