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

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.

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.

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