Real talk. You know what? I dropped the ball several times on some absolutely outstanding releases in 2017 and I just couldn’t find my chill after doing the normal Top 10 list until I’d made some sort of penance. So below is a handful of the best stuff I DIDNT get around to penning reflections on. And I feel bad. Continue reading The Other List. (aka amazing releases I didn’t write up > but should have.)
This is a contender for the math/prog release of the year. Maybe just release of the year. Continue reading SEIMS – 3
Here’s the short version: blackened hardcore that grinds, blasts and surprises. A great mix of guitars and noise over a backdrop of live and noisy drums. Drums reign supreme in the mix and undergo a lot of different changes and sounds, while guitars thunder beside them bathed in sheer gain. What you don’t know however..until you dive in…is that there’s A LOT more going on beneath the surface. Post rock, ambience, shoegaze and more. Continue reading Slowly Building Weapons – Sunbirds (2017)
No way I’m going to do this justice with my limited vocabulary and mere words. Suffice to say it was incredible.
This has become one of my favorite albums of 2017 so far. Continue reading Tired Minds – Loom (2017) Art As Catharsis
Dark. Brooding. Unpleasant. Heavy. Depressing. Not metal. Impressive. Continue reading Adrift For Days – A Sleepless Grey (2017)
Hey all, so for today’s review we have the mesmeric new release from Sydney Post Chamber outfit, Hinterlandt!
This latest release “Ode to Doubt”, follows on from the 2016 release “ensemble” and continues on with the current format of Hinterlandt as a 4 piece ensemble of guitar, horns, percussion and strings. With the lovely welcome addition of vocals across a couple of the tracks. Continue reading HINTERLANDT – Ode To Doubt (2017)
Blackened hardcore/crust with a touch of metal. Hell yes.
Released this month, today’s review is about nihsahshsaH, the debut full length from the eastern math/doom/prog trio, Hashshashin.
Record earlier this year and released on the powerhouse Sydney label Art as Catharsis. Like other albums through AAC, this definitely has a lineage and connection to what’s happening in the sydney scene and that label; however this album looks at space and heaviness and crushing weight through a different lens in the form of an eastern spirituality insipired journey, through the platform of mathy doomy vibes. A very skin deep interpretation could be like mixing bands like Om and secret chiefs 3, with bands like lightning bolt and other AAC artists. Continue reading nihsahshsaH – Hashshashin
When this fell into my lap I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into.
However I’m glad that it did and if first single “Figure it in, figure it out” from Sydney Experimental Pop Artist Wartime Sweethearts is anything to go by, the rest was going to be a treat. Continue reading Wartime Sweethearts – So Long Sparta (2016)