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BardSpec – Hydrogen (By Norse)

BardSpec – Hydrogen (By Norse)

The name will be familiar to many. It’s Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved. Inspired by trance-inducing ambiance, he formed his own project BardSpec and, to quote the publicity, “combines stirring, hallucinatory synth-sounds with mercurial guitar effects and hypnotic rhythms that navigate illusory landscapes”. The landscape is.. Read More
Madrost – The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh (S/R)

Madrost – The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh (S/R)

Orange County, California may conjure up images of real housewives. For me I picture Laguna Beach, Irvine and a place called Lake Forest, which I know well. Not so well though to know that this is where progressive thrash metallers Madrost come from. “The Essence.. Read More
Selcouth – Heart Is The Star of Chaos (I, Voidhanger Records)

Selcouth – Heart Is The Star of Chaos (I, Voidhanger Records)

Selcouth apparently is an adjective, which means strange, unusual and wondrous. The band, which is a collective of musicians from Finland, France, Spain, Russia and Argentina, most certainly got their name right. What I sensed here was an avant-garde artistic project. That description possibly equates.. Read More
Sleepmakeswaves – Made of Breath Only (Pelagic)

Sleepmakeswaves – Made of Breath Only (Pelagic)

It’s a strange thing when an intro is followed by what seems to be another intro. This is Australian post rock band Sleepmakeswaves, and this is their third album. Admittedly the second intro, an instrumental called “Worlds Away” livens up to the extent that there.. Read More
Eoront – Another Realm (Code 666)

Eoront – Another Realm (Code 666)

The whole concept of this intrigued me. Eoront is an atmospheric black metal project from Siberia. This is their third album. Nature pours through the opening track “The Rain”. The drops of water can be heard and there is a crackling fire, but it’s as.. Read More
Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid (Metal Blade)

Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid (Metal Blade)

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Igorrr, the one man band from France. With an early background in black and death metal, Igorrr aspires to “total music freedom” and has been active since 2005 in creating a hard-hitting experimental electro sound in the.. Read More
Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten (Season of Mist)

Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten (Season of Mist)

Like an extravagant dessert, Carach Angren are back. These men from The Netherlands are never backward in coming forward and presenting their theatrical, horror-laden, over the top version of black metal. Here we go again with “Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten”. A symphonic start.. Read More
A Flourishing Scourge – S/T (Begotten Records)

A Flourishing Scourge – S/T (Begotten Records)

Eight “dynamic and ferocious” songs are promised on this debut from Seattle-based extreme progressive metallers A Flourishing Scourge. I’d agree there’s a degree of ferocity and extremity, and progressiveness in the way that breathless passages are taken in different directions. There’s plenty going on but.. Read More
UK Tech Fest - Preview

UK Tech Fest – Preview

This year’s Tech Fest takes place between Thursday 6th and Sunday 10th July at Newark Showground. This event has gone from strength to strength since its inception. Originally in a hangar on a field behind a pub near Peterborough, there were some criticisms of it.. Read More
Foscor – Les Irreals Visions (Season of Mist)

Foscor – Les Irreals Visions (Season of Mist)

Foscor have been around as a band since 1997 but it was their last album “Those Horrors Wither” (2014) which captured my attention and made my top 10 for that year thanks to its dark and shadowy intrigue. I was immediately reminded of the atmospheric.. Read More