This is the second album from Shaam Larein, a Swedish rock band.
Sticka en Kniv I Världen contains 39 minutes of idiosyncratic heavy rock. Mixing together elements of Gothic, doom, avant-garde, and post-punk, this offers a distinguished work for the listener to be mesmerised by. Continue reading “Shaam Larein – Sticka en Kniv I Världen (Review)”
Mord’A’Stigmata are an avant-garde rock band from Poland and this is their sixth album.
Dreams of Quiet Places was a highlight of 2019 for me, so it’s with great anticipation that I turned to Like Ants and Snakes. I also thoroughly enjoyed 2013’s Ansia and 2017’s Hope, so Mord’A’Stigmata are a band with a great track record of strong album. Has their new one lived up to my lofty expectations? Continue reading “Mord’A’Stigmata – Like Ants and Snakes (Review)”
This is the debut album from US heavy metal band Sonja.
Loud Arriver boasts 38 minutes of music, and once you have been exposed to Sonja’s world, it’s hard to get enough of it. Playing a form of traditional heavy metal that contains elements of Gothic rock, 80s rock, and post-punk, Sonja’s debut album is very charismatic and extremely enjoyable. Continue reading “Sonja – Loud Arriver (Review)”
This is the third album from UK doom/sludge metallers Grave Lines.
Featuring the guitarist from Dead Witches/Sea Bastard, Grave Lines play an interesting and immersive form of doom. Weaving together doom metal and sludge into a tapestry that also includes Gothic, ambient drone, post-punk, and experimental elements, Communion contains 44 minutes of music that’s highly compelling. Continue reading “Grave Lines – Communion (Review)”
Anatomy of Habit are from the US and this is their third album. They play experimental doom/post-metal.
2014’s Ciphers + Axioms seems like it came out a very long time ago, which I suppose it actually did. Now we have a follow up, however; Even If It Takes a Lifetime offers the listener a journey into sound that’s rich and textured. Continue reading “Anatomy of Habit – Even If It Takes a Lifetime (Review)”
Qoya are a French doom rock/post-punk band and this is their debut album.
Qoya play an unusual form of doom rock with elements of post-metal and post-punk, along with shades of shoegaze and sludge. This has resulted in a dreamy collection of tracks that have a multifaceted heart that’s rich with emotion. Continue reading “Qoya – Yōkai (Review)”
This is the debut album from French post-black metallers Jours Pâles.
Jours Pâles have an interesting and in some ways non-standard sound. Not because they’re especially avant-garde or experimental, but because of the way that they combine a few different ingredients from different musical brews into something of their own making. Continue reading “Jours Pâles – Éclosion (Review)”
This is the debut album from Dutch blackened post-punk/metal Ainsoph.
Ainsoph’s material is constructed from a sort of atypical blackened base that takes in elements of post-metal, post-rock, post-punk, avant-garde, progressive rock, doom, blackgaze, and jazz. It’s an eclectic mix on paper, but in execution Continue reading “Ainsoph – Ω – V (Review)”
Irk are a noise rock band from the UK and this is their debut album.
My first encounter with Irk was on their split with Wren, and it was a very favourable one. They have now returned with their debut album; 38 minutes of infectious chaos and barbed personality. Continue reading “Irk – Recipes from the Bible (Review)”
Unfold are a post-hardcore band from Switzerland and this is their fourth album.
Unfold play a mixture of hardcore, metal, and sludge, all wrapped up in emotive intensity and sophisticated heaviness. Continue reading “Unfold – Banshee O Beast (Review)”