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Paul Catten – The Beauty of Decay (S/R)

As we battle through a global pandemic, on lockdown, removed from normal life, contained within our own brick-built prisons, introspection and self-analysis are a natural by-product of this enforced hibernation. For those respecting the government’s wishes to remain inside and… Continue Reading →

Death Alley – Superbia (Century Media)

Retro rock is being churned out like seaside rock in a sweetie factory in mainland Europe these days. It just depends whether Sabbath or Jefferson Airplane is written through the middle.  It either floats your tie dyed boat or it doesn’t…. Continue Reading →

Charming Timur – So Far, So Good (S/R)

When I was about 21 or 22 years old, I was good friends with two guys of about the same age whose idea of a good time was to go to a video store and rent the stupidest video they… Continue Reading →

Alcest – Kodama (Prophecy)

Blackgaze is a compound noun that strikes fear in the heart of many metaller, conjuring up images of bearded hipsters with pocket watch tattoos wanting to get their emo “awn” in a more mature and serious way. Alcest are the… Continue Reading →

Atala – Shaman’s Path of the Serpent (S/R)

Out of the heat and dust of San Bernardino rumbles the trio entitled “Atala”.  Atala is either a 7th Century monk or an Italian make of bicycle. What is more likely in my mind is these lads take their moniker from… Continue Reading →

Sun, Rain In Life – 96/4 (S/R)

Greece have gave me some interesting bands to listen to over the past 18 months, the two most notable being Speedblow, a five piece melodic death metal come stoner groove metal band and progressive metallers Mother of Millions whose debut… Continue Reading →

True Widow – Circumambulation (Relapse)

Third studio album from Dallas ‘stonegaze’ trio, True Widow, is a bit of a mouthful – ‘Circumambulation’ – meaning to move around a sacred object or idol is the perfect title when considering the lustrous sound this opus encompasses. The… Continue Reading →

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