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Duncan Evans – Prayers For An Absentee (Prophecy)

“I know that name I thought” when this album came up for review. Sure enough a bit of digging came up with the name Henry Hyde Bronsdon which was the nom de plume of vocalist / guitarist Duncan was using… Continue Reading →

Major Parkinson – Blackbox (Karisma)

Ground Control to Major Parkinson … actually, that’s not so inappropriate as “Blackbox” has a cosmic, cinematic feel. It is the Norwegian band’s fourth album, and comprises a collection of eerie sounds. It is the most experimental of experimental works…. Continue Reading →

King Dude – Sex (Ván Records)

There should be a law within the world of music journalism, whereby any review written as a track by track analysis means the author is punished via a beating with a bag of oranges. However, there are some albums that… Continue Reading →

Triple Sun – The City Lies in Ruins (Consouling Sounds)

I confess that I’d never heard of Katia & Marielle Labeque’s Minimalist Dream House, but apart from being two acclaimed pianists, it seems that the aforementioned Katia and Merielle were the ones who invited the three musicians behind this work… Continue Reading →

Weh – Ingenmannsland (Soulseller)

This is my third encounter with Erik E and his dark, mournful neo-folk project Weh. The sound as ever is simple and beautifully plain, mostly the deep almost Cohen-esque tones of Erik E and his strummed acoustic guitar, with the… Continue Reading →

Fräkmündt – Landlieder & Fromdländler (Prophecy)

A traditional Swiss folk band with links to the fabulous Eluveitie? How hard can that be to review? “Yeah, no problem Mr. Editor, send that one over and I’ll sort it”. Bollocks. How I soon regretted those ill-chosen words. All… Continue Reading →

Weh – Folkloren (Soulseller)

Eric E returns with his neo/dark folk project Weh, but this time the world it deals with is perhaps not so perpetually dark. En Natt Kom Doed from last year was steeped in the facets of death, but this one… Continue Reading →

King Dude – Burning Daylight (Van Records)

Metal is an odd thing. Take King Dude for example; not a metal bone in its twisted musical body and yet… and yet this should appeal to so many of us. I’ll leave it to the intrepid to search the… Continue Reading →

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