Nik Prowse

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Long-time muso into metal, prog, post-rock, trip hop & electronica. Always looking for my next new favourite band.

Articles by Nik Prowse

UNKLE – The Road: Part II / Lost Highway

Selective listening will reveal some genuinely outstanding highlights on Lost Highway.

worriedaboutsatan – Revenant

Revenant takes the listener on an immersive journey, a blissed-out magic carpet ride through one’s own head space.

Misery Index – Rituals of Power

A finely crafted set of death metal bruisers without a dud track amongst them.

IIVII – Obsidian

A dark, haunting soundtrack to your day – or night – for its full 34 minutes. Leaves its mark long after it has finished.

SPC ECO – Fifteen

Fifteen is a beautifully created album, full of grace and poise, and which – given enough time – will get its hooks into you. Well worth your attention.

Euclidean – Quod Erat Faciendum

Progressive heavy music with incredible depth. Well worth your attention.

Moodie Black – M B I I I

Unsettling, uncompromising and full of dark groove, M B I I I could be the atmospheric soundtrack to your disturbed dreams.

The Monolith Deathcult – V2 – Vergelding

V2 – Vergelding is a soundtrack to the fall of civilisation. Listen with tongue firmly in cheek.

Thomas Ragsdale – Self Zero

Envelops the listener like a warm bath. Trancey electronica that lets the mind drift,

Dead Register – Captive

Well-crafted doom pop with one foot in the 80s.

Dead Can Dance – Dionysus

Beautiful. Dead Can Dance truly open the mind, with beauty and intoxicating melody in equal measure.

Eye of Nix – Black Somnia

A complex melting pot of styles, at times brutal and beautiful.

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Wasteland

So it wasn’t broke, didn’t need fixing, but a steely resolve has produced an album that does what UA have always done, only that bit better.

Minsk / Zatokrev – Bigod

Stands up strong as a cohesive whole – dark, powerful, bleak. A must-hear for fans of any type of post-heaviness.

Four Seconds Ago – The Vacancy

Periphery electronica side project that doesn’t hold the interest.

A-Sun Amissa – Ceremony in the Stillness

A very well-crafted album of deeply intelligent guitar music.

Whettman Chelmets – Annihilate Your Masters

An interesting nugget of an album for those who want a break from the musical norm.

Rare Form/Mourning Rituals/P. Whitehill – Improvisations

A product of four collective imaginations reacting to each other’s musicality. Improvised and intriguing.

Imperialist – Cipher

Spirited debut that sadly doesn’t hold the interest for long.

Decline Of The I – Escape

Exactly what progressive metal should be: open-minded, fearless, genre-expanding. Escape has groove, heaviness and a delicious darkness.

Veins Full of Static – Is All

A journey from ethereal ambience to intense drone, making for a very interesting debut EP.

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