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Apocalyptic BluesAvant GardeMusic

Metal dudes sure have something for twisting and subverting the traditional music of their homes.  Viking metal fits in Scandinavian tunes, Negură Bunget breaks up its blackened tunes with frequent pipe solos, and it seems like all of Neurosis have been involved in their own county project at one point

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All Photos by Matthew Grant Anson San Francisco’s Deafheaven has eluded obnoxious genre trapping since their inception, doing so with a towering hybrid of sound. Second full-length, Sunbather is nothing short of an achievement, blurring lines between black metal and shoegaze, post-rock and screamo. Crafting these disparate wholes into a

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Ah, “supergroups.” How hit and miss they can be. What’s that old saying? Too many cooks spoil the broth. It can certainly be the case when a team of esteemed musicians from different avenues congregate on the one square for a new band. Often the hype and hyperbole around the

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Toronto’s BriefcaseFest calls itself a celebration of extreme music in Ontario, with a bill loaded with some of the province’s most intriguing heavy acts, with some friends from Quebec and even further afield calling in for a visit. The diversity across the two nights is quite staggering too, from math

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Eight Bells is the new band from ex-SubArachnoid Space members, Melynda Jackson and Chris Van Huffel. Haley Westeiner joins them on bass and they released their debut album, The Captain’s Daughter, back in February. A spiraling album, filled with diverse influences from a wide variety of different genres. If you

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Apocalyptic BluesAvant GardeMusic

And so, it appears Locrian, the longtime masters of Urban Psychedelia, have deemed to announce their arrival at the Relapse stable with possibly their finest work yet. Coming on like the soundtrack for a sci fi epic yet to be made, “Return to Annihilation” is the glorious result of a

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This has been brewing a while. It’s been three years since Year of No Light’s last full-length Ausserwelt and in that time the French soundsmiths have crafted out a new niche for themselves thanks to their collaborative record with thisquietarmy and a split LP with Altar of Plagues. Vampyr sees

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No artist sounds like Wreck and Reference. Maybe my musical interests and knowledge are a bit narrow, but I doubt I’m wrong about my previous statement. Last year’s Youth was not only one of my favorite records of the year, but one of the most intriguing and genuinely different things I came across. As the band’s

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You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me is Thrill Jockey’s latest record to be released onto the world and it’s definitely a veritable feast for the ears. Under the pseudonym of Wrekmeister Harmonies, this music is the creation of JR Robinson and his collaboration with notable guests such as Bruce

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Avant GardeBlack MetalDoomMusicReviews

Vestiges and Panopticon aren’t new names in extreme music. Both bands are incredibly well-known for their effortless ability to bend genres and weave together songs that are both unnaturally powerful and aesthetically pleasing. For that reason alone, I believe this split to be an attractive one for various kinds of

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The very moment the needle touches the black vinyl, you are carried away to unknown terrain. All of a sudden you find yourself lost in some remote, abandoned area, disconnected from time, space, civilisation, everything. Mystical screams & whispers cut through the sound of tropical rain on corrugated tin, while

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I’m not even going to write that much, just know that right here and now, you can download a full set of Psychic TV recorded live at the Town and Country Club, London 05-10-1986. I will say this – if you are a Psychic TV fan, get this, blast it

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