I’ve been writing for Echoes & Dust since December 2013, mostly on drone, doom and black metal. Since then I've completed a PhD looking at mysticism, ritual and religion in drone metal, and will be publishing a book related to this in 2017. I'm also trustee of Oaken Palace Records, a record label run as a charity, each drone release raising money for the conservation of a particular endangered species.

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Yawning Man – Macedonian Lines

Macedonian Lines, the new record from California’s legendary Yawning Man, is a blissfully laidback yet rock solid set of instrumental jams.

Roky Erickson, Musical Demon with the Two-Headed Brain

Roky Erickson died this weekend in Austin at the age of 71, having created some of the most urgent, influential and truly psychedelic music of the 20th Century. But the traditional tale of hippie acid casualty whose light burned brightly but briefly, tells only half the story.

Mizmor – Yodh: Live at Roadburn 2018

Suffice to say this hour slab of blackened doom will darken your day and righteously attest to the end of the world.

L’Acephale – L’Acephale

The record is a sprawling multifaceted thing that gets better each listen,… You’ll be wandering around in search of your own head by the end of it.

Mord’A’Stigmata – Dreams of Quiet Places

Mord’A’Stigmata explore further territories from their black metal headquarters on new full-length Dreams of Quiet Places.

GOLD – Why Aren’t You Laughing?

A powerful statement both personal and timely, the album deals with complex and important realms of vulnerability, difficulty, accountability, and our responses and responsibilities.

Nusquama – Horizon Ontheemt

Stunning as in a powerfully affecting piece of art, and simultaneously in the sense of getting hit in the head by a blunt object.

Twin Temple – Bring You Their Signature Sound: Satanic Doowop

So it turns out that the signature sound of Satanic Doowop is much like Amy Winehouse singing Dusty Springfield songs with lyrics by Madonna and King Diamond in a sex-positive Satanism collaboration… and they’ve absolutely nailed it.

Sordide – Hier déjà mort

Juddering-misty-fog black metal riffing is solidly where Sordide’s new record is rooted but there’s also an impressive technical expertise.

Endless Floods – Circle the Gold

Stickiest and solidest document of austere experimental post-extremity.

YODOK III – This Earth We Walk Upon

A relentless flight into the heart of a storm.

Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword

A heavy, incredibly dense whole, the forces under which it was forged and formed are scarcely imaginable.

Tuskar – The Tide, Beneath, The Wall

Like a mad geologist’s spare room, this short record is crammed full of all kinds of species of metal and rock, cramped together in a powerful, multifaceted lump of heaviness. 

Acid Mothers Temple – Reverse of Rebirth in Universe

‘Reverse of Rebirth In Universe’ feels like something of a boundary marker, prompting us to look into the next years, no, centuries, of Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO!

Cantique Lépreux – Paysages Polaires

A new delivery of locally-trademarked version of fast and atmospheric black metal, galloping hooves drum kick and epic trance-riffs, which tend to be complex attacks on simple memorable structures.

Miserable – Loverboy

Eight tracks of mumbling candy doom, exuberant depressive songs of wailing sweetness.

Current 93 • Nurse With Wound – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Some context for this review: I wasn’t vastly familiar with either performer here. I’d not really listened to much Current 93 until a week before the gig, and until a couple of months ago I’d never knowingly heard a Nurse With Wound album. . .  though …

Tim Hecker & Konoyo Ensemble – Barbican Centre, London

A fantastically ambitious, powerful, yet mysterious and understated performance, far beyond the excellent Konoyo album. . .

Solar Temple – Fertile Descent

Grabs you like a demonic robot trying to making a cocktail out of your shredded brain.

Iskandr – Euprosopon

Like the beautiful monochrome cover image, this is a striking vision of black metal architecture.

Fluisteraars / Turia – De Oord

A great split by two Dutch masters of serious, experimental and intense black metal.

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