ALBUM REVIEW: Zombi – Direct Inject

Great music, like great movies, can take you to another world. Instrumental synth-based duo Zombi work their transporting, soundtrack-oriented magic on the sublime, cinema-literate Direct Inject (Relapse Records).Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Teeth of the Sea – Hive


If the sea had teeth what would they look like? (You’ve probably never wondered). If you have asked yourself such a question, you’ll likely have to keep pondering. As to what they would sound like, well Sam Barton, Mike Bourne and Jimmy Martin, known collectively as Teeth of the Sea, have been providing an answer to that question since their first record (2009’s Orphaned by the Ocean). Hive (Rocket Recordings) is the group’s sixth full-length release. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: ISON – Stars and Embers – Avantgarde Music


Stars & Embers (Avantgarde Music) is the third album from Sweden’s ISON. The project is led by Daniel Änghede, who writes and produces the music. For this release, he is joined by new full-time vocalist Lisa Cuthbert, plus guest singers Mikael Stanne, circle&wind, and Dimming.

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Ever Living – Artificial Devices

The contradictions of crafting an album using the very technologies and processes the band had previously railed against are but one small element of the complicated and interesting layers that make up Artificial Devices, the self-released second full-length composition of London duo Andrei Alan (guitars/bass/programming) and Chris Bevan Lee (keys/vocals/programming) collectively known as The Ever Living (I promised myself no Mumm-ra comments, but here I am in the intro… I can’t help it, every time I see the band name…).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Final Light – Final Light

One of the more leftfield collaborations of 2022 so far, see’s French electro maestro Perturbator (aka James Kent) purveyor of heavily eighties-influenced dark-wave join forces with Johannes Persson, vocalist/guitarist and principle songwriter for Swedish post-metal innovators Cult Of Luna. The collaboration first bared fruit early in 2020 as Holland’s Roadburn Festival, the legendary celebration of heavy and experimental music offered Perturbator and Johannes the opportunity to collaborate with a specially commissioned live performance.  

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ALBUM REVIEW – Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear

Alright, guys, it’s time for us to talk about the importance of Cult of Luna. Yeah, that underappreciated Swedish unit that has delivered a consistent series of music both brutal and majestic since 2001’s self-titled effort. Okay, so maybe you arrived late to the party and missed the early portion, but you did catch their mindfuck crossover with Julie Christmas, Mariner, right? No? Well, A Dawn to Fear (Metal Blade) is as good as an entry point as you’re going to get.Continue reading

Ministry – AmeriKKKant

Has there ever been a better time to draw up material for a new Ministry album? This hasn’t been lost on Al Jourgensen, who packs the latest Ministry release, AmeriKKKant (Nuclear Blast) with as many ridiculous Donald Trump samples as he can find.Continue reading

Three Trapped Tigers- Silent Earthling


Since the release of their début album Route One Or Die (Blood And Biscuits) half a decade ago, Three Trapped Tigers have become quite a niche and almost cult act. Far from a household name, but those in the know are all too aware of how spectacular this band has proven in such a short space of time, carving a unique sound of their own which shows familiar nuances and wide influences that blend so seamlessly.

On album number two, Silent Earthling (Superball Music/Century Media) have managed to maintain their new, signature sound mostly familiar but still sound vibrant, urgent and fresh. With a notably more ‘rock’ feel than its predecessor, this still shows the wide spectrum of styles as before, just with an arguably different focus, perhaps due to the embrace from the forward thinking rock fraternity (including a support slot to Deftones) and the signing to metal/prog heavyweights Century Media/Superball.

With a core that ranges from the near math rock take of instrumental progressive rock akin to The Fierce & The Dead and, at times, the softer electronic rock of the likes North Atlantic Oscillation, Silent Earthling also shows dynamic and experimental electronica influences from the likes of Vangelis and Brian Eno. Toss in some near drum and bass elements and subtle Hip Hop basslines and you have a wonderfully vibrant mix, which is bursting with character and imagination, and fits together so seamlessly.

Superbly textured, fluid and atmospheric, Silent Earthling is a versatile and deep record but one that is still hugely accessible and far from daunting, and is incredibly fun and immersive from the off. It has been a long time coming for a new album from these guys, and with this follow-up they have proven they really are a name to trust, and with an album that should appeal to so many, it’s about time they hit more people’s radar.



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