(((O))) REVIEWS

Lunacy – Age of Truth

All in all, it’s a good old fashioned pummelling. It’s music that straddles the line between ecstasy and anguish.

The Great Black Shark – VOMIT

Dark debut from off-kilter Greek punks.

The Go-Betweens – G Stands For Go-Betweens: Volume 2 – 1985 -1989

literate, melodic pop songs pulling on a strand that runs from the Velvet Underground through the Modern Lovers and Television, given a uniquely sunlit Australian twist.

Myriad Drone – Arka Morgana

Arka Morgana is an ambitious piece of work and the band should be applauded for trying something a bit different. In places, the band create a stunning and wonderful soundscape. In just under an hour the band range from sparse to melodic to frantic and heavy.

Nocturnal Depression – Tides of Despair

Overall a worthwhile addition to the discography for Nocturnal Depression, though for newcomers to the band I’d probably refer them to the earlier touchstone albums.

Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas

My metal album of the year. Truly a soundtrack for the end of times.

Glassing – Spotted Horse

Devastatingly unique, incredibly hard to describe but ultimately some very special atmospheric post-hardcore/black-metal which keeps on giving with every listen.

Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race

Complicated, weird, heavy, tight and uncompromising but also cerebral, curious and accessible. All praise that this record has received already is definitely well deserved.

Torpor – Rheoric of the Image

After producing the finest UK sludge and doom this year I just worry if Torpor will ever get its ball back as it has well and truly smashed it out of the park.

Underworld – DRIFT Series 1

A fantastic achievement, not least because of how it was made and how it sounds so fresh, despite the band putting tracks out every Thursday for a year.

Stick In The Wheel – Against The Loathsome Beyond

The entwining of ancient and modern is explored throughout the tracks here, Stick In the Wheel bring a light alchemical touch to their materials with enchanting results.

Hopital De La Conception(Feat. Junk Nurse) – Electric Rockin’ Chair

For those willing to seek further into what psychedelic music can mean then this is a perfect reminder that outside the underground is another layer of music which simply doesn’t fit anywhere.

Yammerer – Reality Escape Resort

Yammerer aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel here but they’ve left the car up on bricks and are rolling its wheels down a steep bank with giddy abandon.

Psychic Lemon – Freak Mammal

Say hello to your new friend, Psychic Lemon. They are here to make you discover yourself.

MONO – BEFORE THE PAST • LIVE FROM ELECTRICAL AUDIO

Japanese post-rockers revisit early gems with help from an old friend.

Ekoplekz – In Search Of The Third Mantra

In this dank, urban, sonic rot the word mantra makes more sense as the optimistically exotic name of a mid range family car, rusting in a multi-storey or flaring brightly on waste ground.

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