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Lonely Robot - The Big Dream (Inside Out Music)

Lonely Robot – The Big Dream (Inside Out Music)

Just so you’re aware, if you hear any splashing sounds during this review it’s the sound of my doggy paddling. Yep I’m far out of my depth, deep in the topographical oceans I merely paddled in as a kid, heading for the land of Prog.. Read More
Coltsblood - Ascending Into Shimmering Darkness (Candlelight)

Coltsblood – Ascending Into Shimmering Darkness (Candlelight)

There is clearly something afoot in the Coltsblood camp, just from looking at the cover of this long awaited follow up to 2014’s Into The Unfathomable Abyss. That debut was a remarkable tomb of blackened sludge and Celtic Frost dragged backwards through a tarpit by.. Read More
Jackie D - The J Spot (Infected Records)

Jackie D – The J Spot (Infected Records)

OK before I start let’s just shift this here elephant out of the room; that’s a terrible cover and this day and age I’m not convinced there’s an excuse unless it’s deliberately bad. Thankfully this isn’t an art review. Sadly, and there’s no way to.. Read More
Veikchild - Dark Hellectro Monument (iM Electronica)

Veikchild – Dark Hellectro Monument (iM Electronica)

Veikchild are a project formed by an unknown mastermind (I’m guessing French) and I suppose they are the goth/darkwave entry into the synthwave movement. This is more inspired by films/video games music with occasional bouts of singing added in. Their list of influences include amongst.. Read More
The Obsessed – Sacred (Relapse)

The Obsessed – Sacred (Relapse)

Anyone old enough to remember the late night/early morning TV show Noisy Mothers may well remember what was my introduction to both The Obsessed and the strange confusion of street grit, conspiracies, spiritual musing and “seen it, done it, got the scars” musical force of.. Read More
Leaflet - Outta Door (VR Records)

Leaflet – Outta Door (VR Records)

Leaflet? Really? I mean it’s kinda like calling yourself Junk Mail or Takeaway Menu. Still I thought it made a little sense when the CD declared all but one song was written by singer and guitarist ‘J Leaflet’ even if it seemed unlikely with the.. Read More
Me And That Man - Songs Of Love And Death (Cooking Vinyl)

Me And That Man – Songs Of Love And Death (Cooking Vinyl)

Here’s a thing and a half. I mean the name of the group is only a little curious whereas the album title is a bit underwhelming and maybe the third or fourth one in my collection with that exact title. Then you notice that this.. Read More
My Silent Wake - Invitation To Imperfection (Opa Loka)

My Silent Wake – Invitation To Imperfection (Opa Loka)

It’s always good to be reminded that my reputation amongst my less musically anal retentive friends for having an encyclopaedic knowledge of metal is not really deserved. Case in point being doom band My Silent Wake, as to the best of my knowledge despite more.. Read More
Fell Ruin - To The Concrete Drifts (I Voidhanger)

Fell Ruin – To The Concrete Drifts (I Voidhanger)

This is apparently the second release from US band Fell Ruin, but the first full length and the first I’ve heard of them. What’s within? Well ‘Respire’ is the acoustic guitar intro which takes route A and simply stops before a couple of solemn drum.. Read More
Anvil Strykez - Stealth Attack (Wolf Force Corporation)

Anvil Strykez – Stealth Attack (Wolf Force Corporation)

I live in a world where ‘synthwave’ appears to be a thing. I’m not sure how this happened; a musical genre seemingly inspired by the soundtracks to 1980s straight to VHS films and other forgotten ‘classics’ (anyone remember the title song for Megaforce by 707?.. Read More
Black Mirrors - Funky Queen (Napalm)

Black Mirrors – Funky Queen (Napalm)

Debut four track EP from Belgian rockers Black Mirrors with a title that for me promises lots and threatens about the same; the kind of title that suggests female singer, low-slung guitar swagger in a doomy style and if you’re lucky a bucket load of.. Read More
Unearthly Trance - Stalking The Ghost (Relapse)

Unearthly Trance – Stalking The Ghost (Relapse)

It’s been a while. Six years since their last full length and ten since I last crossed paths with Unearthly Trance. As my losing touch was accidental (money, time, health) rather than deliberate it’s good to know where they are on album number six. The.. Read More