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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.

Moaning – Uneasy Laughter

Without pushing the envelope, California’s Moaning have crafted an accessible post-punk album for everyone to enjoy.

Hexvessel – Kindred

Kindred is the band returning to their original sound and is a welcoming return to the darker edges of the forest.

Bruxa Maria – The Maddening

This album is fucking repulsive and I love it.

Casual Nun – Resort For Dead Desires

“There’s an engrossing level of intrigue that will lend itself to many further listens and a more than ample level of riffage for me to blast tracks such as the climatic ‘Φυλαχτό’ on repeat”

Huntsmen – Mandala of Fear

Double concept albums can often be seen as acts of hubris by bands desperate to prove how clever they are, but you get the sense from Huntsmen that this music, noisy and threatening as it is, comes from the heart and soul.

Therapy? – Greatest Hits (The Abbey Road Session)

To celebrate 30 years of releasing short sharp shocks, Therapy? lovingly recreate 12 of their greatest hits in the famous Abbey Road Studios.

Ell Kendall – Marlen/Nuha

These distinct portraits of wildly differing people lean trustingly into one another, carefully segueing from one slowing life to another.

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