Monthly Archives: June 2015

RIP ‘Quick Reviews’

There’s gonna be a change in the style of reviews from now on: the full-length reviews I tend to go track-by-track and it usually ends up at a 1000 words. I won’t be doing this anymore, instead I’m gonna resort to what I tend to do for the ‘Quick Reviews’, which is just briefer and doesn’t go track-by-track – usually 500-650 words.

Writing about every single track (especially on albums with 12+ songs) is a bit taxing for my vocabulary, time and probably any reader’s patience. Things will still be done properly though, no half-effort reviews, they’ll be thorough enough, but this is just a lot more convenient for everyone.

The round-ups will still happen though. More reviews to come!

So Stressed – “THE UNLAWFUL TRADE OF GRECO-ROMAN ART” Review

So Stressed - The Unlawful Trade Of Greco-Roman ArtSo Stressed – The Unlawful Trade Of Greco-Roman Art
Genre: Noise Rock / Experimental

Label: Honor Press

I won’t regurgitate too much about what I mentioned in my review of their last album, but So Stressed are a chaotic and noisy three-piece from Sacramento, California. Needless to say, their debut “Attracted To Open Mouths” made it into my top picks of 2014 and is still something I regularly listen to thanks to its seamless changes from pure noise and aggression to some of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard in a long, long time. However, things have changed in So Stressed’s sound since then…  Continue reading

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Interview: Mathew Barnes from Intensive Square

A few days ago I had a good chat with Mathew of Intensive Square for Echoes and Dust, and you can read it here.

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Intensive Square – “ANYTHING THAT MOVES” Review

I know that my links to reviews on other websites don’t seem to get viewed much, but this time I urge anyone who sees this to check out my review of Wales’ own Intensive Square’s debut album “Anything That Moves” here. This album has been a long time coming and fully deserves your attention and ears when it comes out on the 29th June, via Black Bow Records. The thing is an absolute monster in the tech metal realm. Plus, you can’t go wrong with some Zorn-esque sax too.

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BOOK REVIEW: Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.

First off: I’m a big fan of Hubert Selby Jr., because of the incredibly dark, tortured subjects he writes about and his writing style as a whole. Having read “Last Exit To Brooklyn”, “The Room” and “Waiting Period”, I knew this was not going to be about rainbows and unicorns, but something about this piece of writing struck a chord in me deeper than either of the other three. This is probably down to the more realistic and cohesive storyline which concentrates on four characters and their descent into hardcore drug use and its effects on their relationships.  Continue reading

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Temples Festival 2015 Review!

So I went to Temples Festival again this year and you can read what I had to say on it over on the Echoes And Dust site (here) by extending the Richard Owens tab. There’s some Pig Destroyer worship in there…

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Catch-Up Reviews #5: Squarepusher, Moodie Black, Faith No More…

Rich Reviewz is coming back. Here’s some releases I’ve been enjoying recently for you to wrap your ears around…

Squarepusher – Damogen Furies

Squarepusher is Tom Jenkinson, a man who has pushed the boundaries of electronic music as far as possible since its inception in 1995. The list of his work and its variety is impressive for any musician of any genre and with each release, the direction he takes is completely unpredictable which is exactly what’s happened with “Damogen Furies” once again.  Continue reading

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