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Friendship – Undercurrent

Friendship aren’t for everyone. They bleed bile and breathe anxiety, but what they do manage exceptionally well is to provide something for the extreme crowds that’s a little more well-rounded than the competition.

夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker) – Ѫ (Yus)

It’s a textbook example of ‘psychedelia done right’, a mind-altering experience that subverts expectations of timing, structure and musicality, honing in on the act of creating a kaleidoscope where all shapes and colours are shards of darkness.

Blood Of Kingu – De Occulta Philosophia

Every minute of ‘De Occulta Philophia’ feels purposeful and whether it be in its attempts to recapture the cold fury of earlier works or its desire to stake out entirely new ground, it always achieves some measure of success.

Arcane Voidsplitter – Voice Of The Stars

It’s an album that is full of majesty, an endlessly undulating soundscape of synths and funeral doom where not much of anything happens. That is precisely why it works.

Zatemno – V Petle

By taking an obscurantist approach to everything about their sound, they’ve created a quintessentially Russian metal album that doesn’t rely on gimmicks or nationalism to make its mark. For those who seek out the innovative, this is treat.

Doom Or Be Doomed – An Interview With Dave Chandler of Saint Vitus

Following the (re)departure of Wino from vocal duties, a few chance opportunities and the willingness to keep pushing on has reunited them with original frontman Scott Reagers and led to the recording of a new, self-titled and utterly essential album. We spoke to band founder Dave Chandler prior to their European tour to dredge up ancient history and to peer into the future of the band.

Kikagaku Moyo – Stereo, Glasgow

This is a living, breathing kaleidoscope, a swirl of colour, shape and sound. For a band who embody that on record anyway, tonight they have truly outdone themselves.

DAUGHTERS – THE ART SCHOOL, GLASGOW

Calling Daughters incomparable might be a cliché but it has a huge amount of truth to it. They are an immensely emotional prospect but also a cerebral one, utilising movement, contrast and guttural outpourings of frustration to draw the room into their own desperate universe.

SUMAC • BAPTISTS • ENDON – STEREO, GLASGOW

Three very different bands and three very different forms of intensity combine tonight to make a truly remarkable experience.

Bergraven – Det Framlidna Minnet

Bergraven have managed to capture the darkness and despair of the past but bring it to the fore with moments of free-wheeling brilliance.

Saor – Forgotten Paths

Whether taken individually or as a single collection, these four songs offer a cohesive vision that is crystal clear and more than occasionally majestic to take in.

Mirai Kawashima from Sigh

David Bowes spoke to Sigh founder Mirai Kawashima about three decades of metal innovation.

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