Album Reviews

by / on September 28, 2012 at 9:38 am / in Album Reviews, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Releases

Grizzly Bear – Shields

Artist Name: Grizzly BearTitle Name: ShieldsLabel: Warp Reviewed by: Nick Killalea A fluid evolution in sound: the latest offering from Grizzly Bear, Shields, is the band’s most refined effort to date — and following true Grizzly Bear form, it spent a suitable length of time between albums, leaving their fans desperate for more. Time spent writing Shields was a different experience for band members Ed […]

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by / on September 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm / in Album Reviews, Indie / Alternative

Lazy Room – Native Narrative: Painters of Dreams

Total absorption. That is the effect the latest L/P, Native Narrative from the Jogjakarta shoegaze foursome Lazy Room, has on Indran Paramasivam – find out why here.

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by / on September 24, 2012 at 9:46 am / in Album Reviews, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock

Fozzy – Sin And Bones

Artist Name: FozzyTitle Name: Sins and BonesLabel: Century MediaReviewed by: Fabio Marraccini Fozzy are a band that hail from Atlanta, United States of America, and which initially couldn’t be taken much seriously – not that they wanted to be taken seriously. First of all, their name, initially Fozzy Osbourne, clearly both word-played and paid tribute to the undisputable prince of darkness, Mr. Ozzy, the great. […]

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by / on September 21, 2012 at 11:29 am / in Album Reviews, Dance / Electro

Trentemøller – The Trentemøller Chronicles

Artist Name: TrentemøllerTitle Name: The Trentemøller ChroniclesLabel: Audiomatique RecordingsReviewed by: Rory O’Maley If you’re a fan of production (and if you’re a fan of electronic music, you probably are), it really is criminal to go past Trentemøller. Now moving away from the techno prodigy label he was immediately stamped with, the Danish producer continually shows an understanding of structure and harmony […]

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by / on September 17, 2012 at 9:11 am / in Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Metal / Hard Rock

The Agonist – Prisoners

Artist Name: The AgonistTitle Name: PrisonersLabel: Century MediaReviewed by: Fabio Marraccini   Canada is a country with an absolutely remarkable history in heavy music. From legendary proggers Rush and Voivod, all the way down to speed metal legends such as Razor, Exciter, Annihilator and Anvil, Canadian bands are always distinct and remarkable. The Agonist are a band that certainly lives up to those […]

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by / on September 14, 2012 at 10:13 am / in Album Reviews, Culture, Dance / Electro

PBR Streetgang – At Dez

It’s time for some more big, deep house tracks to hit your speakers, this time coming to you care of UK lads PBR Streetgang.

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by / on September 12, 2012 at 10:37 am / in Album Reviews, Culture, RnB / Soul

Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE

A review by Chris Strom.

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by / on September 10, 2012 at 10:31 am / in Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock

The Darkness – Hot Cakes

Artist Name: The Darkness Title Name: Hot Cakes Label: Liberator Music / Distribution: Love Da Records Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini The Darkness is a band with a bunch of pretty unbelievable facts surrounding their history. First of all, the way their music sounds has a lot in common with the ‘80s American hard rock, or like some call it – […]

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by / on September 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm / in Album Reviews, Culture, Dance / Electro

Dogblood – Next Order/Middle Finger

Artist Name: Dog BloodTitle Name: Next Order/Middle FingerLabel: Boysnoize Records/ OWSLA Reviewed by: Rory O’Maley I hope this doesn’t rub anyone the wrong way, but I am the complete opposite of a fan of the whole Skrillex movement. I understand its purpose and kinda its appeal but I still can’t see it as anything but a scattered and tacky way to carry big tunes. With […]

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by / on September 3, 2012 at 9:50 am / in Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock

3 Inches of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal

Artist Name: 3 Inches of BloodTitle Name: Long Live Heavy MetalLabel: Century MediaReviewed by: Fabio Marraccini   When heavy metal evolved from what some consider to be ‘70s heavy rock (in fact that’s when the heavy metal term was penned) to its definitive sound signature baked in the oven of the ‘80s golden years, it was considered over the top […]

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by / on September 3, 2012 at 9:23 am / in Album Reviews, Culture, Dance / Electro

Little Dragon – Ritual Union

Artist Name: Little DragonTitle Name: Ritual UnionLabel: Peacefrog RecordsReviewed by: Rory O’Maley   I know it’s a bit more band-y than the music we usually focus on but like so many others, I’ve completely fallen for the soft, bleepy charms of Little Dragon. With three studio albums since 2007 all holding relevance and a new single tantalising fans as it does the radio rounds, […]

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by / on August 29, 2012 at 10:10 am / in Album Reviews, Culture, Dance / Electro

Todd Terje – It’s The Arps EP

Artist Name: Todd TerjeTitle Name: It’s The Arps EPLabel: Small Town SupersoundReviewed by: Rory O’Maley If you haven’t yet had your mind blown by Todd Terje then you are in for a treat today. Funky, bouncy, glitchy and with a crazy ability to build, Todd Terje creates grooves that ooze over the scene and grab hold of the mood no matter the time […]

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by / on August 27, 2012 at 10:34 am / in Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock

Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza

  Artist Name: TankardTitle Name: A Girl Called CervezaLabel: Nuclear BlastReviewed by: Fabio Marraccini    The raw, thrashy, legendary, fun, resilient and beer-fuelled kings of alcoholic metal are back! Going on for 30 years now, Tankard would easily form Germany’s response to the so called “Big 4” of thrash metal*, together with country mates Kreator, Sodom and Destruction. Reaching their 15th […]

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by / on August 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm / in Album Reviews, Culture, Dance / Electro

Anja Schneider feat. Kiki – Little Creatures

Artist Name: Anja Schneider feat. KikiTitle Name: Little CreaturesLabel: MobileeReviewed by: Rory O’Maley There’s nothing quite like a simple bassline, pounding kick and booming voice to get a crowd moving. “Little Creatures”, the latest offering from Mobilee head Anja Schneider, looks to do just that with a simple, measured production. The syncopated beats and bass coupled with Kiki’s booming post-house vocal will either drive […]

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by / on August 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm / in Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock

Katatonia – Dead End Kings

Artist Name: Katatonia Title Name: Dead End Kings Label: Peaceville Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini As discussed before in this column, the Swedish masters of dark and progressive heavy music have been given a tough assignment: top up their acclaimed 2009 album Night is the New Day. The results, as anticipated in the review of the first single – ‘Buildings’ – […]

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by / on August 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm / in Album Reviews, Culture, Dance / Electro

Emika – Emika

Artist Name: EmikaTitle Name: EmikaLabel: Ninja TuneReviewed by: Rory O’Maley If you measure music by its ability to pull the audience into an artist’s world, then Emika’s self titled debut is a must for your listen list. Straight from the dark heart of Berlin, the stony faced Czech paints a startlingly intimate portrait, the type of intimacy that both excites and makes you […]

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by / on August 15, 2012 at 11:05 am / in Album Reviews, Culture, Dance / Electro

TNGHT – TNGHT

Hudson Mohawke x Lunice: TNGHT – a review by Rory O’Maley

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by / on August 15, 2012 at 10:21 am / in Album Reviews, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock

Katatonia – Buildings

Katatonia: Buildings, a review by Fabio Marraccini

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by / on August 9, 2012 at 10:40 am / in Album Reviews, Culture, Dance / Electro, Digital & Mobile

Kasper Bjørke – Alcatraz EP

Kasper Bjørke: Alcatraz EP, a review by Rory O’Maley

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by / on August 9, 2012 at 10:35 am / in Album Reviews, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock

Dark Roots of Earth – Testament

Testament: Dark Roots of Earth, a review by Fabio Marraccini

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