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Step in Fluid – Back In Business (Klonosphere)

Fusing progressive music with jazz and other musical genres seems to be a French speciality. So far this year I’ve picked up a number of albums where French bands have expanded their sound range in this way, and here’s another… Continue Reading →

Deathspell Omega – The Furnaces Of Palingenesia (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

Despite the fact that I clearly love Death Metal I do have a great admiration for Extreme Metals more Satanic cousin Black Metal. In fact Darkthrone were very much responsible for getting me into what could be described as ‘Trve… Continue Reading →

PoiL – Sus (Dur et Doux)

If you’re looking for normality, this is not the place to come. When I read that inspiration came from “Stockhausen Stimmung on a mushroom trip”, I knew it was game on. “Sus” is a lot of bizarre sounds, fundamentally. The… 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 →

Radare – Der Endless Dream (Golden Antenna)

Wiesbaden. Not the most exciting place on earth. Not today, at least. Fancy, though. And rich. The German town used to be very famous for its hot springs, and for being a bathing and gambling place. It was once called… Continue Reading →

Dronte – Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté (Apathia)

Seven musicians create some sort of fusion. With a double bass and a saxophone in tow, the Beatles, Russian Circles, Napalm Death, Meshuggah and Rimsky-Korsakov are amongst many from many classical and modern pop and metal genres who get mentioned… Continue Reading →

Mörglbl – The Tale Of Scott Rötti (Lasers Edge)

Mörglbl are a rather interesting musical entity. The predominantly instrumental three piece are heavily rooted in the realms of progressive metal, and from there, they add plenty of jazz and fusion elements to their sound, giving an end result which… 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 →

Svin – Virgin Cuts (Mom Eat Dad Records)

There’s experimental and there’s experimental. I read that “Virgin Cuts”, the band’s fifth album, “leads the listener into a sonic loophole between noise-infested rock, droney landscapes, new age minimalism and dusty afro-tripping”. Sure enough, although each of these strange pieces… Continue Reading →

Vodun – Ascend (Cargo Records)

It would be more than fair to say that London three piece Vodun made a bit of a splash with their debut album Possession and subsequent live performances. They are a riot of colour and exuberance with a hugely energetic… Continue Reading →

Thy Catafalque – Geometria (Season of Mist)

Getting to grips with the wonders of Thy Catafalque is like wrestling with an agile, ever morphing, psychedelic serpent that wants to love you to death. In fact, as you can perhaps tell, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to convey the… Continue Reading →

Ihsahn – Àmr (Candlelight)

Solo careers, are they a good idea or are they merely a massive flop? Personally I think they can go either way, but generally they rarely live up to the solo artists prior or more revered achievements. An example of… Continue Reading →

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