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Nebula – Holy Shit (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Holy Shit! Where’s the exclamation mark? That’s right, after a decade since their last album, Fu Manchu alumni Nebula return, and ‘Holy Shit’ is not really an expression of surprise, although it could well be, rather a simple description of… Continue Reading →

No Man’s Valley – Outside The Dream (Tonzonen Records)

Ave Noctem is a site that prides itself about being unbeholden to any payment, any sponsors, and bringing you the best “extreme and atmospheric music”, amongst other goals. Well, Holland’s own, or is that “The Netherlands own”?, I can never… Continue Reading →

The Young Gods – Data Mirage Tangram (Two Gentlemen / Rough Trade)

The Young Gods are back! The Swiss industrial pioneers have returned with their new studio L.P. ‘Data Mirage Tangram’, their first full album since 2010’s ‘Everybody Knows’. Recorded after a time of public experimentation, Young Gods’ main man Franz Treichler… Continue Reading →

The Sonic Dawn – Eclipse (Heavy Psyche Sounds)

It looks like psychedelic rock band The Sonic Dawn wanted to silence their critics by anticipating what they are going to say. Or maybe they are reacting to criticism they faced in the past. In any case, the lyrics to… Continue Reading →

All Them Witches – ATW (New West Records)

If like me, you were only vaguely aware of All Them Witches, it would be fair to expect them to be an out and out doom band from their name alone, fitting in so well as they would with such… Continue Reading →

The Shadow Lizzards – S/T (Tonzonen Records)

This power vintage rock trio from Germany sound like they’ve been soaked in the music of their forebears. They pull together the laconic rhythms of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the smothering solos of B.B. King and Hendrix and blend it with… Continue Reading →

Doomster Reich – Drug Magick (Aesthetic Death)

After telling the esteemed editor of this site that I had tickets for Yes and Jethro Tull for their respective 2018 50th anniversary tours, for some reason I got a bit of a deluge of Prog to start my review… Continue Reading →

Jess and the Ancient Ones – The Horse and Other Weird Tales (Svart)

Finland’s Jess and the Ancient Ones exist in a sand filled snow globe from 1967–1969. The Summer of Love is still in full swing. Everyone has flowers in their hair and only the correct coloured acid has been ingested. Two… Continue Reading →

The Spacelords – Water Planet (Spacetemple Records)

I think that the editor of this esteemed site must be trying to tell me something. I’d barely had time to unpack anything into the latest incarnation of Spenny Mansions when he insisted on sending over a CD that was… Continue Reading →

Ruby the Hatchet – Planetary Space Child (Tee Pee)

The shadow of Grace Slick looms large over the Retro Psyche/Doom world of today. From Purson and Avatarium to Jess and the Ancient Ones her vocal influence and the stylings of Jefferson Airplane transcend the decades and filter into the… Continue Reading →

Bill & Phil – Songs Of Darkness And Despair (Housecore Records)

Well there’s a pairing. Everyone’s favourite Chardonnay enthusiast, Phil Anselmo and Bill Moseley. Actor, total horror hero and portrayer of some of the most bat-shit bad-asses in fear cinema. Seriously, watch him as Chop-Top in TCM 2 or Otis in… Continue Reading →

Mantra – Laniakea (Finisterian Dead End)

Mantra talk about pushing their tribal and mystical experimentations further than on their debut album “Into the Light” (2013). I agree that there’s a very interesting ambience here. The drum patter of “Marcasite” is bright and breezy, before the track… Continue Reading →

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