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)

Album Review: Mære by Harakiri For The Sky

Editor’s Note: This album’s release date has been moved to February 19th, 2021 — exactly three years to the day since the band’s last album Arson was released. The black metal scene has a reputation for being purist and conservative. Over the last decade or so, however, more bands have begun to emerge who have fused elements… Continue reading Album Review: Mære by Harakiri For The Sky

Album Review: Death Cult by Völur (November 13th, Prophecy Productions)

Often the most innovative, emotive and powerful music defies categorisation. Sometimes you just have to hear it to understand it. A case in point is Canada’s Völur, whose third album, Death Cult, has just been released on Prophecy Productions. Often labelled as doom metal, they do indeed owe a large debt to the likes of… Continue reading Album Review: Death Cult by Völur (November 13th, Prophecy Productions)