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

Fós – Rinne mé iarraidh

When it works we get visceral, atmospheric music that breathes new magic into some gorgeous, plaintive singing and lifts it to a new height.

Perihelion – Agg

Otherworldly post-rock that sucks you in with its vast and soaring melodies.

A-Sun Amissa – For Burdened and Bright Light

It’s been out a while, and when I first heard it I tweeted that it was A-Sun Amissa’s best work to date. That opinion still holds. Vital listening.

Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas

My metal album of the year. Truly a soundtrack for the end of times.

Underworld – DRIFT Series 1

A fantastic achievement, not least because of how it was made and how it sounds so fresh, despite the band putting tracks out every Thursday for a year.

Mark Lanegan Band – Somebody’s Knocking

A paean to 80s pop that falls slightly short of the mark.

Whettman Chelmets – Long Read Memories

An act of supreme catharsis for its creator, Long Read Memories is years of childhood pain and confusion depicted in musical form.

Pemë – Dark Baltic

Mesmerising and hypnotic, as good electronic music should be.

Rites of Fall – Towards the Blackest Skies

Your soundtrack for a journey into the void, Towards the Blackest Skies shows a band evolving and developing their sound.

Some Became Hollow Tubes – Keep it in the Ground

Drone rock royalty getting together for a freeform jam session. Mesmerising.

Krypts – Cadaver Circulation

A standout death/doom release that has risen from the swamp to haunt your day.

Lamb – The Secret of Letting Go

Intelligent trip hop with a thoughtful, melancholic edge. Delve into the secret.

Empty Chalice – Mother Destruction

Unsettling, freeform ambient just made for the hours of darkness.

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.

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