Armed Cloud, Obsidian Desert, 2015

Another new record company has entered the market, Maxxive Records, and this is one of their first releases. The press sheet mentions that Maxxive has a new concept for beginning bands and that means not handing out money, but help them lower costs for releasing their first album. More about that on their website. Armed Cloud is a Dutch progressive metal combo and the album became available on May 9. For the mix Christian Moos…

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Yagull, Kai, 2015

Well, this release of MoonJune certainly turned out to be surprising. Whereas most of their releases are in the Jazz, Fusion, Prog field or a combination of those, this release is something completely different. Based around Sasha Markovic on guitar, bass and percussion, and Kana Kamitsubo on piano, Kai is a very intimate sounding album that is simply wonderful from start to finish. Some songs have guests that are familiar MoonJune names, but centre stage…

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The Lazys, Self Titled, 2015

Ah yes, this is familiar ground for French label Bad Reputation. This is a band from Australia, and they play rock. So you can bet that AC/DC is named in the press info. But when that is followed by the likes of The Saints, Midnight Oil and Cold Chisel, expectations are raised… First track Show Me What You’re Made Of is your usual suspect. It is obviously meant to party to and does the trick….

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Xadu, Random Abstract, 2015

Xadu is a new project involving 2 already familiar names from the Moonjune Records roster: Xavi Reija (drums) and Dusan Jevtovic (guitar).  And I must say, if ever there was an album title that covers its contents well, than this must be the one. Site regulars will already know that this are 2 players with exceptional skills. And this time they have managed to stretch even more borders if you ask me. Of course they…

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Uriah Heep, Outsider, 2014

One of my favourite bands of all time have released another album, last years’ Outsider. And while some bands are good because they keep evolving, Heep are good because you always know what you are going to get. Okay, this might be the first album to feature new bass player Dave Rimmer (RIP Trevor Bolder), all the band typicals are present. Guitar and wah solos by wizard Mick Box, screaming hammonds by Phil Lanzon, steady…

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Not Here / Not Now

Not Here / Not Now

Last year, I had the extreme ear-shattering pleasure of working behind the bar while Michael Gira’s Swans toured in support of their latest album The Seer. Midway into the band’s set I was reduced to simply miming the price of a round at customers in the hope they could lipread or just hand over something that would cover the cost. Writer:  Aidan Rivett Genre:  Experimental Rock Noise Category:  Reviews Artist:  Swans Music

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John Lemke

Creating a sound similar to artists like Four Tet, Boards Of Canada, The Notwist, Hauschka, Pole and Aphex Twin, John Lemke is a Glasgow based composer & sound designer, originally from Berlin. He is an expert of musique concrète sound design and this is especially noticed in his work as a documentary composer for the BBC and Channel 4. Writer:  Dan Smith Genre:  Electronica Category:  Band of the week Music

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Om Live @ Rainbow Warehouse

On paper, I appreciate that two tuba players and a drummer sounds like it could never work, and no doubt some would see adding a drummer to the line-up as a dilution of ORE’s unique sound, but I didn’t find that at all. If anything, the drums give you a path into their music, and allow you to appreciate it on a rhythmic level, as well as a vibrational level. Sunn O)))’s whole appeal is…

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Pretzelbodylogic

Less ‘Beardrock’ and more ‘Afrorock’, Prince’s latest offering is three and a half minutes of no-frills blues-rock. And it’s loud. It’s hard to be objective about a musician whose music you’ve listened to intently since the age of eight. Every time something new is let loose from the vaults of Paisley Park, one can’t help justifying it by what has gone before; defending new music in the context of its history, saying “It might not…

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It’s a Good Job I Love You

Despite the indigent nature of the band’s record label, Honeyfeet’s It’s a Good Job I Love You is as rich in sound as it is full-bodied in nature. Rather than a mere sweetener, the honey of Honeyfeet comes through as a devilish chocolate sponge pudding. This, their latest album, would be accompanied well with a large glass of red on the side, complementing the intricate textures and layers of the sound. Writer:  Tim Hudson Genre: …

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