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The Ocean Collective - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Metal Blade / Pelagic Records)

The Ocean Collective – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Metal Blade / Pelagic Records)

This is one of those releases you could write a treatise about (not that such releases are abundant). Its scope is so ambitious, it borders on megalomania. But that’s fine with me. Who has ever achieved anything significant by setting themselves small goals? Maybe someday.. Read More
Night Gaunt - The Room (Terror From Hell)

Night Gaunt – The Room (Terror From Hell)

What’s a night-gaunt? In case you don’t know (and I didn’t) the name of the Italian label (Terror from Hell) the band Night Gaunt from Rome are signed with will give you an idea. Night-gaunts are creatures from the Lovecraftian universe, inspired by the author’s.. Read More
Nochny Dozor – S/T (Prophecy)

Nochny Dozor – S/T (Prophecy)

A band from Greece with a Russian name, singing in English, named after a fantasy novel by a Russian author. How does all of that fit together? And how is it connected to their debut EP’s cover design featuring a raven and a blackbird in.. Read More
Interview - Crippled Black Phoenix

Interview – Crippled Black Phoenix

We caught Justin in Bratislava, just before the soundcheck for Crippled Black Phoenix’s show. We discussed what’s different about being a musician at 25 and now, Brexit and what it means for British bands, the music industry, deals with labels, how having to work and.. Read More
Crippled Black Phoenix - Klub Kulturak, Bratislava, Slovakia 8/10/18

Crippled Black Phoenix – Klub Kulturak, Bratislava, Slovakia 8/10/18

Bratislava, the capitol of Slovakia, is not an obvious beauty. The cold Socialist realism of the Eastern bloc with its massive, geometrical shapes is omnipresent in the city’s architecture. Highlights from earlier historical periods can’t subdue or neutralize its effect. But the city definitely has.. Read More
Deadbird - III: The Forest Within the Tree (20 Buck Spin)

Deadbird – III: The Forest Within the Tree (20 Buck Spin)

All that I have read, seen and heard recently about the American South has been synonymous with weird, backward ideas (to put it politely). It looks like the majority of the people there is trying very hard to undo some of the achievements of civilization... Read More
Earth Ship - Resonant Sun (Pelagic)

Earth Ship – Resonant Sun (Pelagic)

For the last few weeks, I’ve been mostly listening to music wallowing in misery, sickness and despair. Predominantly post metal and some experimental stuff. It agreed with me, but like someone eating the same meal every day for days on end, I got tired of.. Read More
The Clouds Will Clear - Recollection Of What Never Was (Tonzonen)

The Clouds Will Clear – Recollection Of What Never Was (Tonzonen)

The Clouds Will Clear are a four-piece post-rock instrumental band from Frankfurt, Germany, and Recollection Of What Never Was is their first full-length album. In 2014 they had released a self-titled EP. The overall impression, after having listened to the album quite a few times,.. Read More
Lvmen, Tomáš Palucha, Emphasis - Zagreb, Mochvara and Čakovec, Prostor 13-14/9/18

Lvmen, Tomáš Palucha, Emphasis – Zagreb, Mochvara and Čakovec, Prostor 13-14/9/18

Lvmen are not about the light, as one might think. They’re probably rather about the lack thereof. They are not Born Again Christians (thank God) and not to be confused with a Russian rock band with a similar name. Although you’ve probably never heard of.. Read More
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving - No Tether (Birds Robe)

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – No Tether (Birds Robe)

What do I know about the Australian music scene? Not much, really. I know the usual suspects, but that’s about it. Listening to No Tether, the new album by the four-piece instrumental band Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, from Perth, Australia, makes me think that I.. Read More
Crippled Black Phoenix - Great Escape (Season Of Mist)

Crippled Black Phoenix – Great Escape (Season Of Mist)

If you are looking for a review that will finally tell you what kind of music CBP exactly make, or if you are hoping to learn in what degree and how precisely they resemble Pink Floyd, then I will have to disappoint you, because I.. Read More
Arabrot – Who Do You Love (Pelagic)

Arabrot – Who Do You Love (Pelagic)

If you like your music weird and unusual, your lyrics heavy with meaning and full of all sorts of connotations and connections, if you are fascinated by all things strange and bored by everything conventional, then Arabrot’s new album Who Do You Love will be.. Read More