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Echoes Of The Past: Shades Records

In the decade where Heavy Metal went global, situated in the centre of London was arguably the greatest ever record shop – Shades.

Under the Influence with The Basement Paintings

Saskatoon’s The Basement Paintings have returned with their first album since their incredible 2016 release Mystic. The new album is titled Antipodes and explores themes of “diametrically opposed ideologies, access points to the collective consciousnes …

Under the Influence with Room Control

Room Control are a three-piece out of Montreal, Canada and consists of Richard Bunze (bass, guitar, effects), Byron (synths, effects, samples, field recordings) and Dan Stefik (drums, percussion). If you love psych/electronic/shoegaze driven instrument …

Under the Influence with Thurisaz

Founded in 1997, Thurisaz created their own sound and claimed their spot in the metal scene. Their first album Scent Of A Dream from the Belgian band sums up the best Thurisaz has to offer: very variated, high standard avantgarde doom-metal with lots o …

Under the Influence with Ray Knipe from Huntsmen

Huntsmen will release their new album Mandala of Fear via Prosthetic Records on 13 March. Whilst storytelling has been – and remains – at the core of all that Huntsmen is, they continue to dissolve the boundaries between metal and the more traditional …

Under The Influence with MIRI

I love covers. I love hearing a reinterpretation of a track. An ‘a-ha’ moment happens and I find it mindblowing when it is well done.  This is the case with, singer/songwriter and activist, MIRI’s latest release, her cover of an 80s staple and cla …

Under the Influence with Feed Me To The Waves

Feed Me To The Waves is a post-rock outfit from Västerås, Sweden which consists of Robert Holm, Tom Andersson, Christopher Cadei Stålhammar and Nicklas Sandström. Their debut album Intill was released on November 29th, 2019 via dunk!records. The album …

Under the Influence with Taras Bulba

 Whilst any listener to both Earthling Society, and now Taras Bulba, will certainly pick up on any number of musical influences from the space rock of Hawkwind to the more esoteric deeper meanderings of Sun Ra, it is in the “movies” or film that F …

Under the Influence with Fotocrime

Buoyed by the crystalline backing vocals of Janet Morgan (Channels), Fotocrime’s latest single ‘Blue Smoke’ is an instant dance-punk classic.  A taut and driving bassline permeates the track while frontman R.’s syncopated earworm guitar line …

Under the Influence with Oiseaux-Tempête

(Photo by Grégoire Orio)   Paris-based Oiseaux-Tempête are set to release another album on February 14th via Sub Rosa / Differ-Ant titled TLAMESS (Sortilège) O​.​S​.​T. It is their first original soundtrack created for the feature film TLAMESS (So …

Under the Influence with Laurie Morbey from Leeched

Manchester based Leeched have just released their latest album To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse through Prosthetic Records, which is an absolute rollercoaster of a metallic grind attack. Haven’t heard it yet? Don’t wait any longer and make su …

Under the Influence with Numb Mob

Numb Mob are an experimental, avant-garde duo from Kingston upon Hull, UK made up of Liam van Ryn and Joseph Bird. In November of last year, they released Where To Build In Stone via Foreign Entertainment. It is a soundtrack of sorts, inspired by the s …

Under the Influence with The Bloody Mallard

London-based heavy psych/prog artist The Bloody Mallard is the project of guitarist, Tom Walding. As you may remember, in late January we premiered his track ‘Subject To Entropy’ taken from his upcoming album titled Realm, a self-release via Onslaught …

Under the Influence with WIVES

(Photo credit: Rachel Cabitt)I’m totally late with sharing several Under the Influence (UTI) pieces. My life went off the rails at the beginning of December and I’ve been playing catch up ever since. One of those UTI pieces was by/for WIVES, a Queens, …

Under the Influence with Christopher Sky

LA-based composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Christopher Sky (Let’s Drive to Alaska) will be releasing a new LP titled What It Is, It Isn’t on March 13th via Aagoo Records. The album was written during a time of change and loss in Sky’s life a …

Under the Influence with The Keep

In early December of last year, Gothenburg-based drone solo-artist The Keep (aka Oliver Knowles) released his debut EP titled Primer via Houndstooth. He combines “his Indonesian heritage with a love for drones” and the result is quite inspiring an …

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