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tētēma – Necroscape (Ipecac Recordings)

Whatever microtonal psychoacoustics are, they’re here. This comes along with otherworld groove, industrial noise, odd-time rock and “musique concrète”. This strange sounding combo with a theme based on isolation in the surveillance all adds up to fun, apparently. Without listening… Continue Reading →

In Human Form – III (I, Voidhanger)

This band from Massachusetts doesn’t conform to stereotypes. An avantgarde front stands with extreme metal and an avowed love of prog-jazz fusion. We don’t lurch from one passage to another as it’s smoother than that, but you have to have… Continue Reading →

Karyn Crisis’ Gospel of the Witches – Covenant (Aural Music)

Henry Rollins was once asked in an interview for his opinion about Ron Reyes (one of the original Black Flag singers) who had become a Born again Christian. Reluctant to comment on the strangeness of that fact, Rollins, unusually untalkative,… Continue Reading →

Petbrick I (Rocket Recordings)

My expectation of this album by the duo called Petbrick was of something electronic and industrial. But there’s talk too of punk attitudes and experimentation, so maybe my expectation was off the mark. The duo in question are Wayne Adams… Continue Reading →

Laster – Het Wassen Oog (Prophecy)

Laster, who originate from Utrecht in the Netherlands, are an interesting band. Atmospheric black metal is probably the most mundane description of their music. It is said to have come with elements of avant-garde, post-and jazz rock, art pop and… Continue Reading →

Ni – Pantophobie (Dur et Doux)

Phobias are clearly an issue with French band Ni. All eleven tracks are suffixed with different ones – catagelophobie, héliophobie, stasophobie to name but three. But what’s in a track title? Everything points to a fluid approach to creativity, and… Continue Reading →

DRH – Thin Ice (Apathia Records)

“Follow the white rabbit”, we’re told. Well, maybe we should but for sure we’re taken on a journey through a strange Wonderland here on this experimental saxophone-driven jazz prog collection from French quartet DRH. Sometimes it’s good not to have… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Aborym – SHIFTING.negative (Agonia)

Italian based act Aborym have always been an intriguing band and with their first few albums explored a terrain that mixed black metal with harsh industrial and electronic tones in a way that was not too dissimilar to artists such… Continue Reading →

The Arisen – Rising Times (Autoproduction)

This seven track ep is the debut release from The Arisen who hail from France. If I were to pin down a single word to describe “Rising Times”, based on my first listen, it would be “difficult”. That can be… Continue Reading →

Enola – The Light fröm Below (S/R)

I’m not sure why light should come “fröm” below unless the band is trying to be Swedish or something, but as Enola come fröm France, this theory does not höld water. Ridiculous. Even my PC thinks I’m being ridiculous and… Continue Reading →

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