(((O))) Category: Reviews

Shezmu – À Travers Les Lambeaux

À Travers Les Lambeaux is a great work. It is ambitious, interesting and extreme. It is a delicious amalgam of darkest forms of metal and yet finds various ways to push the boundaries with challenging arrangements, atmospheric embellishments and diverse vocal treatments.

Bob de Wit(Super-Nova Studios)

I only work with music I really like, I will work for hours on a song trying to make it better so, I prefer not to do this if I have no deep connection with the music. I am very selective in what type of music I work on because I enjoy working with music not because I want to get the most expensive equipment or drive a fancy car.

Paddy Shine – The Craic in the Cosmic Egg

As a fan of Ayn Sof, Temple ov BBV and Gnod in all its many incarnations and collaborations, I can safely say The Craic of The Cosmic Egg is Paddy Shine as I’ve never heard him before.

ACxDC – Satan Is King

Fifteen songs in twenty three minutes worth of pure intensity and it sounds utterly glorious.

Gnod & João Pais Filipe – Faca de Fogo

Faca De Fogo is a very successful representation of this approach of jamming with whoever wishes to and creating something that feels transcendental perhaps as a result of its own sincerity; it feels like you’re being welcomed with open arms because… you are.

Bedsore – Hypnagogic Hallucinations

Despite a slow start, Bedsore make good on the promise of their acclaimed demo.

Soft Machine – Live at the Baked Potato

If you’re very new to the Soft Machine’s music, Live at the Baked Potato is perhaps a great introduction to get you into the band’s work.

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

Their knack for effortless melody is undimmed and resistance to its charms proves foolish.

Eternell – Imagined Distances

The music on Imagined Distances is designed to be exactly what the title says, some imagined, more pleasant spaces at any bigger distance from some of the more cruel facts of reality around the listener.

Sex Swing – Passovers

What have we learnt here then? This is a pretty solid remix record… If you’ve had enough baking and jigsaw puzzles, it’s not a bad diversion.

[.que] – And Inside

The whole album plays like a set of mellow late-night mind-movies. And Inside is essentially what you get. A good fuzzy feeling.

Laura Taubman – Revelation

Judging by what she has come up with on Revelation, there might really be something in her idea to take a part in helping save the music.

Introduction – S/T

If you enjoy charming, slightly low-fi music replete with pretty voices and memorable melodies, this is for you.

Samantha Crain – A Small Death

Samantha Crain has made the transition from an artist full of promise to a great one. A Small Death is the sound of re-birth from the deep depths of adversity.

Witchcraft – Black Metal

The album is wonderfully recorded, there are not many places to hide with only a nylon string guitar and vocals but the warmth comes across and it’s very intimate. Might not be one for everyone as it is very different from the bands previous work, however, it is an interesting and very personal peek into Magnus Pelander’s soul.

Mansur – Temple

Deftly combining East, West and Middle in a heady procession of the electronic and the orchestral, calm and urgency that goes beyond the merely cinematic.

Kestrels – Dream or Don’t Dream

This is a terrific modern shoegaze album from a thoughtful artist known to sprinkle his work with literary references. Highly recommended!

We Wild Blood – Vicious Virtues

It’s so relentless that ‘Osiris’ basically functions as a three minute collecting of one’s asshole after it gets blown off repeatedly during the previous track.

Sly & The Family Drone – Walk It Dry

Fresh and alive with ideas Walk It Dry finds Sly & The Family Drone really coming into their own and making their best, most ambitious statement yet.

The Bobby Lees – Skin Suit

The Bobby Lees are a very young band from Woodstock NY and they play the garage punk blues with real fire and wild animal energy like they can hardly stop themselves.

Svärd – The Rift

A promising new project featuring members of Ahab and In Mourning, Svärd offer up a psych-tinged stoner doom EP in the shape of The Rift, and the tantalising promise of more to come.

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