Album Review: Push by SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI

Push is the third studio LP from Sons of Alpha Centauri, who began as an instrumental outfit 20 years ago in Kent, England. Having already cultivated relationships with US bands including Karma To Burn and Yawning Man, with this release SOAC have brought in two stalwarts of the Sacramento, California post-hardcore scene: vocalist Jonah Matranga… Continue reading Album Review: Push by SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI

Album Review: Hexenzirkel by TOMMY CONCRETE (Trepanation Recordings)

Edinburgh’s Tomas Pattison, otherwise known as Tommy Concrete, has never stayed with one style for very long. Over the past 20 years, he has released a plethora of solo records in genres ranging from trip hop to prog to black metal. Tommy was also once a member of punk legends The Exploited, and has played… Continue reading Album Review: Hexenzirkel by TOMMY CONCRETE (Trepanation Recordings)

Album Review: 1968’s Salvation, If You Need…

1968, from Cheshire, UK, are unashamed in their reverence for the classic psychedelic hard rock that hails from the period their name alludes to. They play “loud, heavy, psychedelic stoner rock that swings,” according to the press release. This is a style that has been done and done again so often that its impact can… Continue reading Album Review: 1968’s Salvation, If You Need…

Album Review: YAWNING SONS’ Sky Island

Yawning Sons are a band steeped in the culture and history of the “desert rock” scene. The band came into existence back in 2008, when British instrumental post-rockers Sons of Alpha Centuri asked Gary Acre of Yawning Man to produce their next record. Instead of merely producing, Acre instead joined the band and they recorded… Continue reading Album Review: YAWNING SONS’ Sky Island

Album Review: Tomahawk’s Tonic Immobility

Tomahawk have come and gone at various points over the past two decades. In fact, the press release contends that they “show up just when we just need them.” A kind of alt-rock supergroup, their current lineup includes the legendary Mike Patton (of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle) on vocals and sampler alongside guitarist… Continue reading Album Review: Tomahawk’s Tonic Immobility

Album Review: Empyrium’s Über Den Sternen (Prophecy)

Since Empyrium’s inception in 1994, the music of the German band has evolved from progressive doom / black metal to classical-influenced dark folk. With their sixth record, Über Den Sternen (translating as “Above The Stars”), they have “finally reconciled [their] vintage sound from the early days with the acoustic expression of the later Empyrium,” according… Continue reading Album Review: Empyrium’s Über Den Sternen (Prophecy)