(((O))) Category: Reviews

Ghost Signs – The Holy Ghost and Other Lost Souls

If you can listen to these three drone tracks and feel nothing, then one of us needs to go to a neurologist.

Whale Fall – It Will Become Itself

The combination of the transitions and dynamic changes incorporated on the album makes this feel incredibly refreshing.

Windy & Carl – Allegiance and Conviction

Whether this is exactly how Windy and Carl wanted this album to sound makes no difference. With it, even after eight years of absence, they still remain at the forefront of whatever genre you want to file their music under.

Midwife – Forever

If Forever is to be considered that letter, then this is a precious correspondence to keep close and treasure.

The Lovely Eggs – I Am Moron

The foundational myth of choice and the industrial manufacture of desire. The Lovely Eggs burn through a fistful of hallucinatory shopping lists shouting that the Emperor has no clothes. It’s an old song but it could hardly be more timely.

Igorrr – Spirituality and Distortion

At a time when the world is in chaos, what better soundtrack than a new album from French experimentalists Igorrr?

Pure Reason Revolution – Eupnea

Pure Reason Revolution haven’t lost their touch for great melodies, good to have them back.

Ayreon – Electric Castle Live and Other Tales

Electric Castle Live and Other Tales is the adventure you need to embark on.

Hilary Woods – Birthmarks

The addition of Norwegian producer Lasse Marhaug takes Woods dark folk to a new level and Birthmarks really deserves all the plaudits it receives.

The Orb – Abolition Of The Royal Familia

As suited to the dancefloor as the chill-out room, as funny as they are moving, as pointed as they are irreverent, The Orb are still charting the far reaches of space. In these strange and worrying times, perhaps we need them more than ever.

Human Impact – Human Impact

Human Impact is an album made by noise rock royalty and deserves a listen. Self-isolate, download and feel the noise.

Staghorn – Corvus IV

A stunning twist in style from Staghorn adds post-metal to its post-rock base to enhance the despair and hope of the dystopian concept running through the back catalogue.

Rowland S. Howard – Teenage Snuff Film

Rowland S Howard’s solo masterpiece gets overdue reissue.

King Buffalo – Dead Star

Quite simply, King Buffalo continue to release music that renders the majority of the psych and stoner scene irrelevant.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have come of age and deliver their finest offering to date.

Jordan Leppitt from Ritual King

Ritual King’s guitarist/lead vocalist Jordan Leppitt explains how Bolton University, ‘dedicating time to jams’, and ever-evolving changing influences helped form the band and which feeds into the compelling self-titled debut album.

Telepathy – Burn Embrace

A patient listener will be rewarded with dense and wonderful soundscapes and some genuinely exciting and emotive music.

Shoes – Elektrafied: The Elektra Years 1979-1982 (Cherry Red Records)

If you count yourself as a fan of power pop, and don’t already have this on order, rectify that immediately.

Container – Scramblers

Scramblers is an irresistible cheap hit, bag of cans and stupid dance moves in the kitchen, groove. I guess it’s a kind of love it or hate it type situation. I love it!

Lucifer – Lucifer III

So then. ‘Lucifer III’ is a bit of a mixed bag. The band are certainly willing to stretch out and explore styles outside of the classic occult rock stable and in fact when they do they often produce their best songs.

Sky Valley Mistress – Faithless Rituals

Sky Valley Mistress throw the gauntlet down and come out swinging with a debut of impressive revved up energy, gutsy attitude, and a refreshing unpredictable delivery to their kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll.

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