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Gazel – Gazel’s Book of Souls

Gazel’s Book of Souls is a delightfully quirky blend of electronic pop and folk elements. Immediate, but with hidden depths, its an absorbing listen, with a charming story to tell.

John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies – Halloween: Expanded Edition

The established maestro of movie scores makes a triumphant return to form.

Whettman Chelmets – Long Read Memories

An act of supreme catharsis for its creator, Long Read Memories is years of childhood pain and confusion depicted in musical form.

Berlin – Transcendance

It’s a welcoming return for the band to show that they’re back in action.

False – Portent

No quarter-second is wasted when some seriously densely organised noise could be forced into it.

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso – Transiberiana

Transiberiana is the next chapter of Banco’s legacy.

Underhand – The Secret History Of Nothing

Chicago three piece Underhand have clearly put their absolute all into creating an outstanding album.

Profetus – The Sadness of Time Passing

Ancient trees falling, icebergs toppling into the ocean, molten rock crackling as it cools, it’s difficult to imagine a more impressively epic way of crashing about.

Bellkeeper – The First Flame of Lordran

Bellkeeper has used the limitations of the dungeon synth genre to build a sonic world that you’ll return to again and again, each time returning with more and more riches.

Materia Collective – EIDOLON

A 63 track epic dedicated to the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack. The level of dedication shown here is staggering and you’ve all earned a level up.

Materia Collective – Menu

Its very nature ensures that everything on here is a labour of love so even the most unfamiliar tracks from games you may well hate come across with the biggest heart.

Paper Beat Scissors – Parallel Line

The melodic intricacy and imagination Crabtree shows on Parallel Line should put the album and his Paper Beat Scissors moniker into a more prominent light.

Insomnium – Heart Like A Grave

The record is an absolute triumph of the kind of sound the band have been carefully crafting for over two decades. Clocking in at just under an hour, it never wastes a moment as it fills the listener with layered structures, melancholic themes and epic soundscapes.

Botanist – Ecosystem

Botanist appear from the undergrowth with Ecosystem, an intriguing new record of their trademark zithery, plant-supremacist black metal.

Various Artists – Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’

It’s OK to feel loss, anguish and love here, because that’s what everyone else is doing.

Borknagar – True North

The keyword to take away from True North is ‘diverse’. It is a free-flowing, tidy and very special release, with any juxtaposed elements making for a marriage made in heaven. True North is Borknagar celebrating who they are and preparing for a spiritual walk into the future. Quintessential Borknagar, and a must-buy for 2019.

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