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Mono – Nowhere Now Here (Pelagic Records)

Post-rock is dead. There, I’ve said it. The genre has been creatively bleeding out for years now with repetition after repetition and a total lack of new and creative ideas, making one release sound much like every other. However, when… Continue Reading →

Sigh – Heir To Despair (Candlelight)

Anybody fancy a slice of fruitcake, best grab a jug of saké to wash it down with as this is an album that is going to be hard to digest even by arch nutters Sigh’s standards. The band never exactly… Continue Reading →

Blacklab – Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0 (New Heavy Sounds)

I was pleased to see this crop up in the review lists as a friend had highlighted the name Blacklab a while back and for once it has lodged in my tiny brain. Blacklab are a guitar/vocals and drum duo… Continue Reading →

Vampillia – Happiness Brought by Endless Sorrow (Temple of Torturous)

Almost every band has a one sheet info accompanying their release, giving you some basics about themselves and their album. That’s the golden standard. Apart from that, there are two extremes. Some releases have press info sheets that are so… Continue Reading →

Unchained Melody: The Films Of Meiko Kaji – Tom Mes (Arrow)

I am sure I am not alone but after watching the film and all the extras I always read the booklet that goes with them before putting back on the shelf. Not all Blu-Ray companies bother with these but Arrow… Continue Reading →

Boris – Dear (Sargent House)

With a discography that spans 87 releases across 25 years, Japan’s Boris are currently one of the most prolific hard working bands within noise rock, reaching an international audience and standing alongside underground heavyweights such as Sunn O))) and Earth…. Continue Reading →

Creepy – Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Eureka)

If you look up Japanese serial killers on Wiki there’s a paltry list of just 13 of them, considering the population you would have expected a lot more. Compared to the likes of the USA and indeed the UK, Japan… Continue Reading →

Mono – Requiem for Hell (Pelagic Records)

Japanese post rock quartet mark their 17th anniversary with the release of 9th studio album ‘Requiem for Hell’. Heavily influenced by experimental rock and shoegaze, Mono are best known for their incorporation of contemporary classical music, noise and minimalism in… Continue Reading →

Abigail – The Final Damnation (Nuclear War Now!)

If your only point of reference to Japanese black metal is Sigh, you are in for a treat/shock/surprise/let down, when you cop a listen to ‘The Final Damnation’, the sixth album from Abigail. They’ve been going for absolutely bloody ages… Continue Reading →

GxSxD – The Adversary (Pulverized)

A second release from Japan’s death metal juggernaut GxSxD (God Send Death), with heavy influences to the usual suspects in modern death metal terms; namely Hate (Pol), Behemoth and Vader, yes, it sounds very much like a Polish death metal… Continue Reading →

Defiled – Toward Inevitable Ruin (Season of Mist)

Brutal death metal. I suppose it makes a lot more sense, stylistically, than melodic death metal does. I’m a so/so fan of the genre, to be honest, being more of an old school death metal kind of guy for the… Continue Reading →

Church of Misery – And Then There Were None (Rise Above)

In the twenty plus years of their existence, like pretty much any band Church of Misery have had some ups and downs; few can be as dramatic as in 2014 when three of the four members quit the band, leaving… Continue Reading →

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