Articles by Nik Prowse
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.
Experimental, contemplative, mystical and moving. Anyone with an interest in truly avant garde music will find plenty to love in the Red Goddess.
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.
A solid instrumental doom metal album with post-rock and progressive elements that holds the interest from start to finish.
A tantalising first outing from this Polish dark ambient outfit.
An instantly likeable body of songs that sits together beautifully and combines to make one gorgeous album. Highly recommended.
An album of downtrodden misery and glacially slow riffing, with a good deal of heavy thrown in.
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.
Worldly, jazz-inflected electronica that makes for an album of two halves.
Emotionally uplifting, expansive doom metal that breaks out of the genre. A must have.
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.
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.
“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
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.
Former FNM singer Chuck Mosley let loose on ten songs of energy and bombast. Worth cranking up.
This reissue gives us a delightful insight into how this unique band started out. It shows that the essence of Uncle Acid has always been the same, that their ability to create truly superlative and emotionally evocative music was there from the outset.
All too brief but highly promising first teaser for the third album by the Melbourne-based electronica and trip hop experimentalist.
Vessels’ transformation from introspective post-rock band to mind-expanding electronica outfit is complete. An album of really intelligent dance music made by five musicians who are stepping into their stride.
A dark, terrifying album that is also both uplifting and beautiful. A unique product of Myrkur’s classical and Nordic influences with elements of black metal.
Dark hip-hop with an industrial undercurrent. Your soundtrack to intelligent dissent in Trump’s America.
“Pure Humber sludge” – the sound of Battalions! A half hour of well-crafted bounce and groove all held up by a reassuring heaviness that keeps the head nodding throughout.