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Post Hardcore

Izah – Sistere (Nordvis)

This Dutch sextet’s promo blurb describes their debut as a “72-minute long musical narration through darkness and light, hope and despair”. Within they pummel the listener with a combination of sludge-packed crush, barren post-hardcore and black metal affectations before soothing… Continue Reading →

Downfall of Gaia – Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay (Metal Blade)

After half a dozen albums and splits in the past five years you’d expect Downfall of Gaia to have things nailed down but this latest platter still manages to surpass expectations like a meteor gatecrashing the local firework display. Previous… Continue Reading →

Sedna – S/T (Drown Within)

“No politics. No religions” screams their biography. Italians Sedna are obviously keen for you to focus on their musical output alone and they needn’t worry. At times abrasive and antagonistic, at others soul-sapping and desolate, their self-titled debut album is… Continue Reading →

Abraham / Coilguns – Split (Hummus Records)

A rather nifty little promo from Hummus records, hand numbered for the media can you believe and presenting a couple of heavyweight acts each with its own style creating a contrasting split release. There seems to have been a fad… Continue Reading →

Pord – Wild (Solar Flare)

Wondering just how to start this review I went for the tried and tested look up the band name and see if other than as a moniker it has any real meaning and discovered that according to Urban Dictionary it… 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 →

Herod – They Were None (Mighty Music / Target)

On a trip to Sweden, staying in an isolated studio apartment, guitarist Pierre Caroz looked around the cold and desolate climate that surrounded him and began to construct music to match. What emerged was a primitive, oppressively dark cacophony (a… Continue Reading →

The Great Sabatini – Dog Years (Solar Flare Records)

Spend any time listening to The Great Sabatini and you’ll realise that this Montreal-based quartet aren’t a one-trick pony. Their fans must all come hard-wired to embrace change since, like a kid on jungle juice, their music never settles. One… Continue Reading →

Impure Wilhelmina – Black Honey (Hummus Records)

This well established Swiss act is a new proposition for me, and with the internet offering easy access to hear previous material I was tempted to do so but reading through the promotional literature accompanying the release I decided not… Continue Reading →

Rosetta – The Anaesthete (Debemur Morti)

The name Rosetta has caught my attention recently with a lot of people seemingly talking about the Philadelphian post-hardcore crew. The fact that they got announced for UK Damnation festival no doubt boosted the chat but despite this album being… Continue Reading →

Thränenkind – The Elk (Lifeforce Records)

The album art, a colourless, out-of-focus shack lost in a barren wasteland, should tip you off to the kind of music that lurks within. Thränenkind are just one of a batch of ambient hardcore bands that seem to be turning… Continue Reading →

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