Kirk Windstein – Dream in Motion (Review)

Kirk Windstein - Dream in MotionThis is the debut album from Kirk Windstein, a metal artist from the US.

So, Kirk Windstein, he of Crowbar fame, owner of one of the most distinctive and recognisable voices in metal, and all-round legend, has a solo album? Well, this qualifies for an must-listen or ten. Continue reading

Abstruse – Submerge:Ritual (Review)

Abstruse - Submerge RitualThis is the fourth album from Abstruse, an experimental rock project from Greece.

Well, there’s a lot going on here. This is music that refuses to be just one thing, and exists as a constantly-shifting mass of musical styles and content. Amazingly, Submerge:Ritual works with this well, and doesn’t come across as disjointed or a failed science experiment. Continue reading

Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen (Review)

Blut Aus Nord - HallucinogenThis is the thirteenth album from Blut Aus Nord, a French black metal band.

You never quite know what you’re going to be getting with a Blut Aus Nord release, and on Hallucinogen the band have mutated once again. Their latest incarnation is an avant-garde progressive black metal monster, emphasising atmosphere and feeling via engaging blackened soundscapes. Continue reading

Mars Red Sky – The Task Eternal (Review)

Mars Red Sky - The Task Eternal

Mars Red Sky are a stoner rock band from France and this is their fourth album.

This is heavy psychedelic rock, played with passion and skill. Across 50 minutes Mars Red Sky take the listener on a journey in time, with warm emotion and luscious melody. Continue reading

Wizard Rifle – Wizard Rifle (Review)

Wizard Rifle - Wizard RifleWizard Rifle are a US sludge band and this is their third album.

Wizard Rifle are a band that mixes together doom and sludge metal with psychedelic, noise, and progressive rock, creating songs that twist and turn with virile life. A rough approximation of their sound would be a cross between Melvins, Electric Wizard, and Mastodon. Sort of. Continue reading

Wear Your Wounds – Rust on the Gates of Heaven (Review)

Wear Your Wounds - Rust on the Gates of HeavenWear Your Wounds are a post-rock band from the US and this is their third album.

Featuring current/ex-members of Converge, The Red Chord, Cave In, Hatebreed, and Trap Them, don’t let these band names fool you – this might not be what you are expecting. Rust on the Gates of Heaven is not a hardcore supergroup. Rather, it’s a 53-minute journey into reflective post-rock waters, and has more in common with bands like Crippled Black Phoenix, Mogwai, Angels of Light, Russian Circles, and, yes, hints of Cave In, than any of the other bands listed. Continue reading