Album Reviews

Sarke – Viige Urh

Review: Sarke – Viige Urh

The Norwegian black metal outfit Sarke has grown into a musical force to be reckoned with and spawned a sound and an identity that they can rightfully claim as their own. While the first couple of releases were a bit so-so, the previous album, Bogefod, was incredibly well-written and cleverly arranged, which is to say that it was anything but ...

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Poseidon Prologue

Poseidon – Prologue

Poseidon; Proper noun, Greek mythology, the God of the sea, water, earthquakes, and horses, son of Cronus and Rhea and brother of Zeus. He is often depicted with a trident in hand. Any band willing to take on a name with that describes such a thing really needs to be something huge and special. Thankfully, these guys are. Their debut ...

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Wren Auburn Rule

Review: Wren – Auburn Rule

London outfit Wren have finally released upon the Earth their debut full length release ‘Auburn Rule’. At just five tracks long, the post-metal/sludge band have followed up on their explosive EP ‘Host’ from last year and those before with the same attitude and dark styling that has created the forever growing buzz around them. Auburn Rule plays through with a ...

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Abhorrent Decemation - The Pardoner

Abhorrent Decimation – The Pardoner

Make no mistake, The Pardoner is nothing of an apology, and they have little to apologize for. The links between metal and classical music have often been made and proved to go hand in hand over and over, Abhorrent Decimation have found those two links and seemingly blended them together to create something of intricate beauty. Passages blend and flow ...

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Janet Gardner

Review: Janet Gardner of Vixen delivers her first solo offering.

In the late 1980s, Vixen were one of the few bands that looked like women who actually were women. They achieved some success during that hair-metal era, and a couple of their singalong tunes got them some airplay. Having Richard Marx as a producer and a co-writer helped them, too. By the time of their second coming, a decade later, they’d adopted ...

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the haxans party monsters

Review: The Haxans – Party Monsters

The best part about Autumn, other than pumpkin spice lattes, is arguably Halloween. Especially for the rock community who relish in everything ghoulish. The Haxans also seem to love Halloween as their new album Party Monsters is so seasonal in almost smells of carved pumpkins singed by candles. The artwork even features retro Halloween masks you would get in discount ...

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Lunatic Soul - Fractured

Review: Lunatic Soul – Fractured

Lunatic Soul is the band Mariusz Duda plays in when not engaged in his day job, bassist, singer and main composer with the mighty Riverside. Fractured is the follow-up to 2014’s Walking on a Flashlight Beam. The new release has been described by Mariusz Duda himself as an “album of catharsis” after an extremely challenging year, which saw him lose bandmate ...

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Citizen - As You Please

Review: Citizen – As You Please

Ask any fan of Citizen to pick an album from their back catalogue and the chances are you will be told to listen to their 2013 release Youth. Ever since the release of that album, Citizen has had the musical equivalent of Mount Everest to climb to top the emotion, love and critical acclaim they received from it. So, four years ...

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Red Mountains - Slow Wander

Review: Red Mountains – Slow Wander

Norway’s Red Mountain, not to be confused with the one from the American deep south, is a band it would be easy to dismiss as just another bunch of musos who’ve turned their amps up to maximum full-on fuzzy distortion and just ground out the riffs. That would be a mistake. Yes, this is an album where the riff predominates, ...

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The Contortionist - Clairvoyant

Review: The Contortionist – Clairvoyant

On the surface, Clairvoyant isn’t much of a departure from The Contortionist’s previous effort, Language, but on this album the band twist and mould the same textures and sounds into better-written songs. The songs feel more focused and concise, despite the album having a similar runtime to previous albums, and the techier tendencies of all members of the band are ...

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