Puppy – The Goat

There’s nothing particularly original about what London’s Puppy are serving up on their debut record The Goat. Yet, there’s no denying that the power trio’s particular blend of influences is certainly idiosyncratic. The peculiar mixture of alternative, indie rock and occult-tinged heavy metal displayed on their two existing EPs has…

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Hollow Leg – Civilizations

When approaching progressive stoner, you have two choices: you can choose to prefer the progressive part of things or the stoner part of things. Which you choose will invariably impact the style of your music; both elements will be present but both elements are also notoriously dominant and so, the…

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Soilwork – Verkligheten

Soilwork have long been one the most consistent acts in melodic death metal. Although they’ve rarely received the same amount of critical recognition as formative bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquility or At the Gates, they’ve nevertheless managed to put together a catalogue of records whose overall quality rivals any…

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A Swarm of the Sun – The Woods

Vision is not binary. We don’t either see something or don’t or, at least, that’s rarely the case. Most often, vision is a spectrum; first, an object is blurry as we view it initially. Then, as we draw closer, more details come to light and rudimentary pattern recognition kicks in.…

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Astrophobos – Malice of Antiquity

Nostalgia can be a comforting thing sometimes. While some would hold that too much nostalgia can be a toxic thing, just enough is great to engage in. It helps soothe wounded hearts or it’s just a wonderful trip down a personal memory lane. Every once in awhile, something triggers that…

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Violblast – Theater of Despair

It’s a new year so let’s start a new trend. For many years running, death metal and doom and its subsidiaries have had standout releases. So many of them that pretty much every consecutive year, we’re saying the year belonged to death metal. Doom doesn’t get quite the same bona…

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The Oil Barons – The West Is Won

It’s the new year. Time once again for resolving for self-improvement after a month of ignoring basically any responsibility in your life for self-indulgence. Definitely not trying to knock December at all, but I noticed that when I was putting together my end of the year lists, they were almost…

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We Hunt Buffalo – Head Smashed In

It takes all of about .01 seconds to deduce that We Hunt Buffalo are riff purveyors of the big, fat and ugly tonal variety. With a name like that, you can’t go around peddling post-punk or tinny garage rock. It’s basically Stoner Metal 101 that bands named after huge, heavy…

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Wristmeetrazor – Misery Never Forgets

(I don’t really feel comfortable starting this review off without a disclaimer about this band’s name, so here goes: there are many people, myself included, who have struggled in some form with self-harm and/or suicide, and feel as though Wristmeetrazor is a band name that is tasteless and some degree of…

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