Articles by Nik Prowse
Well-crafted doom pop with one foot in the 80s.
Beautiful. Dead Can Dance truly open the mind, with beauty and intoxicating melody in equal measure.
A complex melting pot of styles, at times brutal and beautiful.
So it wasn’t broke, didn’t need fixing, but a steely resolve has produced an album that does what UA have always done, only that bit better.
Stands up strong as a cohesive whole – dark, powerful, bleak. A must-hear for fans of any type of post-heaviness.
Periphery electronica side project that doesn’t hold the interest.
A very well-crafted album of deeply intelligent guitar music.
An interesting nugget of an album for those who want a break from the musical norm.
A product of four collective imaginations reacting to each other’s musicality. Improvised and intriguing.
Spirited debut that sadly doesn’t hold the interest for long.
Exactly what progressive metal should be: open-minded, fearless, genre-expanding. Escape has groove, heaviness and a delicious darkness.
A journey from ethereal ambience to intense drone, making for a very interesting debut EP.
An engaging and progressive album that shows lots of influences and some thrilling guitar playing. Highly recommended.
An emotionally intense listen that leaves its mark long after the last bars have faded.
An album of dazzling maturity, poise, complexity and sheer brilliance. A must-buy.
A journey, through swirling, beatless electronica to a positive conclusion.
Timeless landmark live performance by cascadian black metal legends.
‘Hugsjá’ meets its remit perfectly. A thoroughly excellent melding of folk and forward-thinking progressive music.
A masterful album produced by musicians who have honed their craft over more than two decades. Highly recommended.
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.