(((O))) REVIEWS

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert – Ghost Stories for Christmas

A meditation on the intangible essence of Christmas spirit that also gives us the chance to sing smilingly along with a chorus of “We don’t need wise men and virgins”.

Architects – Holy Hell

Not only is it a personal triumph and a musical powerhouse, but it is also an incredibly culturally important release; coming at a time when metal is on its knees and thoroughly needs a band like Architects to pick it up and unite the scene. Holy Hell does this and cements its place as a modern classic that we will still be talking about in years to come.

Dead Register – Captive

Well-crafted doom pop with one foot in the 80s.

Common Eider, King Eider – A Wound Of Earth (Review + Exclusive Album Premiere)

A Wound of Earth is a testament to CEKE’s unique sound, along with their ability to innovate and adapt. An invaluable skill for any band to have.

Tuskar – The Tide, Beneath, The Wall

Like a mad geologist’s spare room, this short record is crammed full of all kinds of species of metal and rock, cramped together in a powerful, multifaceted lump of heaviness. 

In the Woods… – Cease the Day

Norwegian avant-garde legends don’t quite reach their highest standards, but continue to prove they are the masters of black metal atmospherics.

Clawing – Labour

Alabama noise/drone/spoken word artists Clawing follow up their harrowing debut with the tale of an addict digging a hole. But it’s not as difficult a listen as it sounds – there are nuances and details to explore in Labour, a record rich with empathy that is in turns beautiful and savage.

Klaus Johann Grobe – Du Bist So Symmetrisch

Yes, you can listen to this stuff sitting down, but then the question remains, why would you want to?

Acid Mothers Temple – Reverse of Rebirth in Universe

‘Reverse of Rebirth In Universe’ feels like something of a boundary marker, prompting us to look into the next years, no, centuries, of Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO!

SAVAK – Beg Your Pardon

SAVAK embrace the idea of rock ‘n’ roll as wide ranging tradition to which they’re happy to belong, even if it may have run its course. As they see it there are still good times and good tunes to be had. It’s a winning blend of classicism and iconoclasm.

System – Plus

If you are still not sure what post-rock or any of those posts, post terms really are all about, try Plus it will all become a bit clearer.

Unreqvited – Mosaic I: l’amour et l’ardeur

Part 1, l’amour et l’ardeur, is a stellar piece of work that has the breadth of a universal rainbow stretching to the wonders of infinity. Infused with an infinite amount of colours, thoughts and feelings it is yet another wonderful leap in 鬼’s incredible musical journey and an album that could heal the most wounded soul.

Respire – Memorial (An Accompaniment)

Respire mirror their exceptional second album ‘Dénouement’ as a beautifully reworked, purely orchestral adaptation through ‘Memorial (An Accompaniment)’.

thisquietarmy – The Body and the Earth

This album is a masterpiece, not only in its instrumentation, but how that instrumentation relays its message.

Forever House – Eaves

With Eaves, Forever House, who comes from a different musical background, have shown many aspiring rockers what math-rock/prog rock, or whatever you want to pigeonhole your music into, should sound like.

Marius Danielsen – Legend of Valley Doom Part II

You hear these epic, operatic choruses and you swear that you can flex your magically enormous biceps and real lightning will actually shoot out of your fingertips.

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