Latest Reviews

There are way too many records released every week - which one should you listen to? Why is the new Bruit the best record of the year? Which post-metal record is the dark-horse of the year? Questions that we want to answer - we review lots of records every week and you can also check out a little teaser before reading the whole thing. And if you want to, you can also browse through our archive and have a look at the amazing records you might have missed out on.

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  • Satánicos Marihuanos - Inmerso En El Ande

    08 Sep 2021 - Stephan
    Psychedelic Space-Stoner Rock

    Rocket scientists, this one isn’t for you! You’ve already read the name of the band and the album title. You’ve seen the artwork. Eighty percent of what you expecting from “Immersed in the Andes” is probably accurate. So I should best call it a day and end the review right here, because what substantial insight could I possibly add at this point?

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  • Lehnen - Negative Space

    07 Sep 2021 - Thorsten
    Alternative Rock / Post-Rock / Doomgaze

    A band consisting of two military brats with dual citizenship now residing in Austria and their sidekick are making music for every corner of the globe that wants to listen to a strongly brewed blend of intriguingly well-roasted Doomgaze á la Spotlights and a spicy Prog-Core-shot infused in Thrice-fashion and in the end it all tastes like a refreshing take on Cave-In. Can’t fathom that? Go ahead, try Lehnen and their new record Negative Space!

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  • Glasgow Coma Scale - Sirens

    06 Sep 2021 - Pat O'
    Stoner-Rock/Post-Rock

    The brilliantly original and exciting German trio Glasgow Coma Scale have returned after five years out of the spotlight. Sirens takes the band to the next level with some pulsating Post-Rock married with their own unique blend of Stoner and Desert influences. It’s bursting with attitude, power and melody. Let’s check it out!.

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  • TRNA - Istok

    05 Sep 2021 - Knut
    Blackgaze

    Russian Blackgaze specialists TRNA are back with another masterpiece. The flawless discography of this band is impeccable and with Istok we get another gem for everybody who loves Post-Rock, Black Metal and everything in between. So we decided to do a little different kind of review and had our TRNA-lovers Knut and Thorsten team up for this in depth-analysis of the record!

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  • VOW - Icarian

    04 Sep 2021 - Thorsten
    Ambient-Post-Metal / Sludge / Noise

    Manchester madness again! But don’t mix it up with Madchester! VOW from the Midlands’ centre for sports and entertainment (please, do not hit me, Liverpudlians!) shows with two tracks how to serve any appetite basically imaginable!

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  • Hooded Menace - The Tritonus Bell

    04 Sep 2021 - Thorsten
    Death-Metal / Doom

    The cover of the new Hooded Menace record The Tritonus Bell sets the tone for what is to come: A good blend of Death Metal (the monk-like reaper in the corner) is ringing the bell of Doom (the Skeletor-like skull in the middle which is missing the front teeth) from which smoke is evaporating through the spiraling staircase of classic Heavy Metal and out the window. One of the forerunners of Finnish metal is back, let’s listen to what they want to show!

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  • Pil & Bue - The World is a Rabbit Hole

    03 Sep 2021 - Knut
    Hard Rock/Thrash Metal/Heavy Metal

    This duo, Pil & Blue, translated as ‘Arrow & Bow’, hails from Norway’s high North Finnmark. As many duos have shown, a duo can also have a loud, heavy, energetic, raw and passionate soundscape. The band´s songs are melodic and the vocals clear as the Northern sky. They formed during a jam session in 2013 and released an acclaimed debut in July 2014, Push Start Button (level 1) and followed up in 2016 with the equally acclaimed Forget The Past, Let’s Worry About the Future. Their previous releases leaned towards the indie rock genre, but on this release, there is a new drummer in place, hailing from the Norwegian metal scene and that means a heavier sound for your eardrums.

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  • Pil & Bue - The World is a Rabbit Hole

    03 Sep 2021 - Knut
    Hard Rock/Trash Metal/Heavy Metal

    This duo, Pil & Blue, translated as Arrow & Bow, hails from Norway’s high North Finnmark. As many duos have shown, a duo can also have a loud, heavy, energetic, raw and passionate soundscape. The band´s songs are melodic and the vocals clear as the northern sky. They formed during a jam session in 2013 and released an acclaimed debut in July 2014, Push Start Button (level 1) and followed up in 2016 with the equally acclaimed Forget The Past, Let’s Worry About the Future. Their previous releases leaned towards the indie rock genre, but on this release, there is a new drummer i n place, hailing from the Norwegian metal scene and that means a heavier sound for your eardrums.

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  • Turnstile - GLOW ON

    02 Sep 2021 - Sebastian
    Hardcore

    Wait, I came here for a Hardcore album and got some Pop, Metalcore, Hardcore, Synth, 80’s mixture? Can this still be any good? Yes, it can! Turnstile’s next evolutionary step is an incredible one. In the three years following their last albumTime & Space, they refined their sound and came up with something fresh, unique and even danceable. So does GLOW ON deserve a place on your record shelf or is it just a short glow in contemporary music?

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  • Æpoch - Hiraeth

    01 Sep 2021 - Daniel F.
    Death Metal

    Death Metal can sometimes offer something of a quandary. Often bands engross themselves in one of two categories; old school familiarity, or trying to push the envelope and attempt something uber progressive. It’s nice then when bands come along with an affliction for old and new, and Æpoch seem very much intent on burning their musical candle from both ends. Their latest offering comes in the form of their upcoming EP Hiraeth, a bruising five-track offering that promises to expand the band’s horizons and expand on their ever evolving sound. Hot on the heels of their 2020 released The Scryer EP, it is something of a fork in the road for the band, seeing them venture into pastures new and exciting.

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  • Zahn - dto.

    31 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Noise-Rock

    Let’s imagine the following scenario for when festivals are allowed to come back: It is a warm, lush summer night, somewhere around midnight and you and some of your best friends are standing in front of the small stage at a festival because the one guy in your group who always knows best said to watch the band going on stage right now. ”Zahn? Never heard of them! Man, this better be good!”

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  • Leprous - Aphelion

    30 Aug 2021 - Gene
    Alternative, Progressive, Metal

    Farthest from the sun but closest to the spotlight. A cathartic dawn they’ve been sailing for some time. Upon the drama of personal exposition, preceding works exemplary; behind the turbulent scenes, refining the narrative approach to anthemic excellence. Now, Leprous takes that adventure one step further into their pervasive vision, giving their studied confidence an easy hand at a truly exciting and adventurous chapter.

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  • Lantlôs - Wildhund

    29 Aug 2021 - Gene
    Alternative, Post-Metal, Ambient, Shoegaze

    Musical Chameleons Lantlôs return 7 years after Melting Sun to deliver not only more of what made that record great but more energy: tighter, harder hitting melodies and dreamy alt-rock effects sweeps, while simply retaining what makes music interesting and fun. There is just so much to explore in Wildhund

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  • Ropes Of Night - Impossible Space

    28 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Post-Punk

    When you hear a pumping bass-line, a vocal sample talking about what one should fear and what not, a distant, slightly mid-tempo picked-guitar lines developing into a rather space-taking guitar melody and when all of that is then joined by a voice like a cross between Vincent Price and Ian Curtis – then it must be a post-punk record, maybe one of THE Post-Punk records of the year! Welcome Ropes of Night!

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  • Ranges - Cardinal Winds

    27 Aug 2021 - Sebastian
    Post-Rock

    After four singles it might not be a surprise that there’s a new Ranges album on the horizon. However what might surprise you is that the album is out right now! What should be no surprise is, that they have once again released an incredible album and further evolved their sound.

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  • Vouna - Atropos

    26 Aug 2021 - Knut
    Funeral Doom Metal

    When a harp plays the first chords on the new Vouna album, Atropos, there is no indication that this is the start of a remarkable Funeral Doom album. But when the synths introduce the crystal-clear voice hovering over heavy doom riffs and the drumming with the rhythm of a funeral march sets in, you know what you are in for. Vouna´s album is a slow paced rural pastoral from the Cascadian mountains composed, played and recorded at the Owl Lodge Studio by the multitalented composer and artist behind this one-person band, Yianna Bekris. She plays most of the instruments herself, but has invited some guest musicians to join on the album.</i>

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  • Mossgiver - Led By The Glowing River

    25 Aug 2021 - Pat O'
    Post-Black/Blackgaze/Atmospheric

    If you go down to the woods today….bring headphones, and let Mossgiver take you on a “post-black” journey through dense, dark woodlands that are choked with blast beats, vicious vocals and thunderous drums.

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  • Deafheaven - Infinite Granite

    24 Aug 2021 - Simon
    shoegaze/dream pop

    Metal musics most talked about band return with a majectically beautiful album which will surprise as much as it delights

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  • /A\ - Dto.

    24 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Dark Americana, Noise, Post-Metal

    Sometimes different forces joining hands and skills can achieve great things – better than many so-called supergroups, or does anyone know what became of bands like Son of Sam or Generation Axe? Well, /A\ are a band from Switzerland and its members are probably known much less than the members of the aforementioned now-defunct groups but I think that we will still talk about this record and band in a few years!

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  • Horte - Mann Antaa Yön Vaientaa

    23 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Post-Rock, Dark Folk, Electronica, Psychedelia

    ”Let The Earth Be Silenced By Night” – that’s one translation for the title of Horte‘s new album Maa Antaa Yön Vaientaa. An ambiguous title as we will see later, but one thing should already be clear: This band’s closest label-mate is more likely Oslo Tapes and less probable Psychonaut. Thus is should also be clear that this is one of Pelagic Records’ more experimental records.

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  • Fluisteraars - Gegrepen door de Geest der Zielsontluiking

    21 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Black Metal, Dark Folk

    Never one to shy away from being productive, Dutch Black Metal masters Fluisteraars are back again (nearly) exactly eighteen months after the release of one of Black Metal’s most acclaimed albums of 2020. This time they release nothing less than one of the records of the year. Again. This level of productivity and quality is astonishing. Welcome Gegrepen Door de Geest der Zielsontluiking!

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  • Slomatics & Yanomamo - Split

    20 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Sludge

    Trans-Global collaboration in the sign of the riff released on a label named after the grandmaster of the riff himself! Slomatics and Yanomamo each contribute a track to a dark and fuzzy, feisty and dangerous 7-inch!

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  • Amber - Boundary of Time

    19 Aug 2021 - Wouter
    Instrumental/post-rock

    Melancholy and hope, those are the feelings that hit me from the moment I put this album on. Very fitting for the times if you ask me. Xi’an based postrock band Amber released Boundary of Time in June of 2021. It is there 3rd release in, after Tide of Soul (2018) and Drunk Star (2011), and it is a beauty. Boundary of Time is very much driven by rhythm and melody, cleanly captured thanks to great production.

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  • Sense Offender & NIL - Split

    18 Aug 2021 - Thorsten
    Blackened Noise

    Hardcore has always had an affinity for split releases, mostly split 7-inches, with two or more bands using their somewhat local statuses to gain a bigger attention outside their usually smaller scene. Another perfect example is now delivered by music lovers‘ secret gem Sludgelord Records combining the sheer overpowering forces of Sense Offender with the not less-impressive NIL.

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  • King Woman - Celestial Blues

    17 Aug 2021 - Knut
    Doom Metal/Post Metal/Post Rock

    On the first EP from King Woman in 2015, Doubt, the cover depicted a woman standing on a boulder shouting at the sky. On this album the woman stands with her back to us, a cigarette burning in her right hand, angel-wing scars running down her back. You almost expect her to turn and sing: Willkommen! And bienvenue! Welcome!. Kristina Esfandiari, the multitalented artist behind the band, is known for using her own life story in both personal and metaphorical ways. And the covers make us imagine a journey from an anguished figure to a strong, maybe misunderstood, Luciferian figure. The musical journey that began with Shoegaze and Blackgaze now ventures into the soundscapes of Doom Metal and Post Metal.

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