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

Firtan – Okeanos

An engaging and progressive album that shows lots of influences and some thrilling guitar playing. Highly recommended.

Death Will Tremble – Departures

An emotionally intense listen that leaves its mark long after the last bars have faded.

BARST – The Endeavour

An album of dazzling maturity, poise, complexity and sheer brilliance. A must-buy.

Witxes – Orients

A journey, through swirling, beatless electronica to a positive conclusion.

Wolves in the Throne Room – Live At Roadburn 2008

Timeless landmark live performance by cascadian black metal legends.

Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) – Hugsjá

‘Hugsjá’ meets its remit perfectly. A thoroughly excellent melding of folk and forward-thinking progressive music.

Primordial – Exile Among the Ruins

A masterful album produced by musicians who have honed their craft over more than two decades. Highly recommended.

Anshelm – Through the Burning Glass

Anshelm were formed from the molten wax of the black candles around Quorthorn’s pentagram. This is pummelling black metal that conjures scene pioneers Bathory and Darkthrone.

Hawthonn – Red Goddess (Of This Men Shall Know Nothing)

Experimental, contemplative, mystical and moving. Anyone with an interest in truly avant garde music will find plenty to love in the Red Goddess.

Usurpress – Interregnum

I loved ‘Interregnum’ so much I bought it on vinyl. A departure from straight-ahead death metal to melodic DM with progressive, hard rock and gothy elements. A thrilling prospect.

DDENT – Toro

A solid instrumental doom metal album with post-rock and progressive elements that holds the interest from start to finish.

Rites of Fall – Truthsayer

A tantalising first outing from this Polish dark ambient outfit.

Broads – Field Theory

An instantly likeable body of songs that sits together beautifully and combines to make one gorgeous album. Highly recommended.

Faal – Desolate Grief

An album of downtrodden misery and glacially slow riffing, with a good deal of heavy thrown in.

Rare Form – Six Months in Hiding

The cinematic scope and ambitious breadth of Rare Form’s music makes listening to this album a very visceral experience. A dark ambient soundtrack to the untold horror story in your head.

The Thing With Five Eyes – Noirabesque

Worldly, jazz-inflected electronica that makes for an album of two halves.

Hawkmoth – Godless Summit

Emotionally uplifting, expansive doom metal that breaks out of the genre. A must have.

Kaukolampi – I

An absolute treat. A stream-of-consciousness album, five tracks of mind-expanding, ambient darkwave electronica that merge into one soundtrack for the inner spaces of the mind.

Perihelion – Örvény

On a level with Sólstafir’s ‘Ótta’ in terms of its depth, sophistication and near brilliance. Definitely high on my list of albums of 2017. Get a copy and immerse yourself.

Interview with Martin Teff from Vessels

“The reception for the album has been really good so far, it feels like we’ve got a bit of a buzz, a lot of interest.” We chat to Martin Teff from Vessels

Ground Patrol – Drift

Drift doesn’t let go of its gifts easily, but will reward the listener who invests the time to get to know this intriguing album.

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