(((O))) REVIEWS

Ritual King – Ritual King

Allow head space for the bluesy stoner rock groove ‘n’ drift of Manchester’s Ritual King’s self-titled album.

CB3 (Charlottas Burning Trio) – Aeons

They deliver an almighty slice of space rock, primed to leave you aghast at the thought of ever having to come down and face the real world again.

Wasted Shirt – Fungus II

It works if not just as a spectacle to witness the mutation of sound through collaboration of two powerful creative forces.

Toundra – Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

What Toundra has done is to bring their circle in full and they really stepped up the ante with Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari.

Mourir – Animal Bouffe Animal

If you ever wondered what it would sound like for hardcore kids to play black metal then Mourir is perfect for you.

Luminous Bodies – Nah Nah Nah, Yeh Yeh Yeh

I dare say they’re even more formidable on this record because you can hear exactly what they’re beating you around the skull with.

Guided By Voices – Surrender Your Poppy Field

Masters of a wide range of tried and tested techniques, working busily in the garage on their opaque but beguiling collages. We might ponder where they get the motivation but can’t help but be charmed by the results.

Black Royal – Firebride

I am here to tell you that front to back, Firebride is an absolute triumph of accessible, extreme metal.

Greg Dulli – Random Desire

Random Desire is another fine set from a soul man who really doesn’t do bad records and still retains his own unique sound.

Led Bib – It’s Morning

They’ve been around for 17 years and their music can take you throughout their incredible textures of Jazz like you’ve never heard it before.

POSTVORTA – Porrima

Writing and managing concept albums, let alone a trilogy of concept albums, is not an easy feat for any band to take on. POSTVORTA have stayed true to their concept, even with the passage/ravages of time.

Markus Reuter – Truce

With Truce… he has unleashed another powder keg to push the boundaries even more.

Self Help – Grand Hotel Ibis

It hasn’t made me a better person yet but if nothing else it’s impressed on me that I really need to read Doran’s book.

Autumn Tears – The Air Below The Water

Autumn Tears return with their most epic album to date – lush, immersive and beautiful – but arguably too much of a good thing

Richard Skelton – LASTGLACIALMAXIMUM

Abandoning any links to the pastoral for some kind of speculative psychogeology, the sound is grey and cold and implacable. By which I mean that, yeah, somehow it does sound like glaciation.

Jim Wallis – Europa

a treatise on life, death, and that whole wobbly stretch of existence that straddles the two.

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