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Ottone Pesante – DoomooD

Italian instrumental trio Ottone Pesante return with their third album, DoomooD, making doom metal with a difference: in place of guitars, they use brass instruments. Intrigued? You should be.

Mark Vickness – Interconnected

Vickness and other musicians try to show that there are so many points where different musical styles and concepts overlap and have something in common. Luckily for all, they are able to prove their point with ease.

Flying Colors – Third Stage: Live In London

The chemistry on here between the band and the audience is quite a magical journey from start to finish.

Sunken – Livslede

Sunken’s sophomore album is an astonishing leap forward from an already impressive debut. An atmospheric black metal feast, with sonic surprises around every corner, ‘Livslede’s gloomy ritual is downright beautiful.

Hymn – Breach Us

Meditative gargantuan riff metal. Like being hit by a glacier.

Vast Caldera – Vast Caldera 1

Vast Caldera 1 might be the perfect example that prog music is neither fully black nor white, but all shades in-between.

Book Review – Wolves Evolve : The Ulver Story

With its extensive collection of photos, in-depth interviews and featured reviews, Wolves Evolve: The Ulver Story is a gorgeous volume, dense with information and trivia for avid fans to sink their teeth into.

Sam Prekop – Comma

Comma might be an all-electronic affair, but Prekop at no point loses that jazzy/bossa nova feel, or whatever you want to call it. Or you can simply just call it excellent music.

The White Swan – Nocturnal Transmission

Emerging from the shadow of Kittie, Mercedes Lander and the rest of The White Swan deliver a fantastic clutch of songs. But it is yet another EP, whetting the appetite once again for their future.

Napalm Death – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism

Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is an uncompromising album that features past, present and future sounds from a band who never let their game slip.

Gazpacho – Fireworker

Fireworker is quite a spectacular journey from start to finish.

Cross Bringer – The Signs of Spiritual Delusion

Cross Bringer provide 2020 with yet another astonishing debut record. A band blending many genres together, they master dynamics and pacing to serve up a venomous LP with great depth.

Cavern – Powdered

The only downside to this blues tinged genre hopping hard rock album is that it ends too soon.

Ihsahn – Pharos

Showcasing the lighter, more accessible side of the black metal titan, Pharos is an intriguing listen, and an excellent appetiser between major releases, but ultimately feels somewhat diminished without the Norwegian’s heavier side.

Eito – While You Were Sleeping

On While You Were Sleeping Eito presents us with one of the better versions of what you can call ‘thinking man’s hip hop.’

J. Zunz – Hibiscus

A haunting and gloomy release that somehow retains the vigorous cadence of pregnant clouds rolling over uncertain lands.

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