Category Archives: 2013

Top 30 Albums of 2013: 30-16

Here’s the the list of all the albums that have either been on constant rotation throughout the year or albums I felt that were absolutely incredible by either being musically or emotionally engaging and well thought-out. So here is the first half of my AOTY list!  Continue reading

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Top 50 Songs of 2013: 25-1

Here is the second and final half of my top 50 songs of the year…  Continue reading

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Top 5 EPs and Top 5 Splits of 2013

Usually, splits and EPs get overlooked at end-of-the-year lists (especially the former) and seeing as there was a decent number of both this year, I figured I’d highlight ones I think are worth checking out. So here goes… Continue reading

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Top 15 Album/EP Covers of 2013

Here we go with the end-of-the-year lists! So, let’s face it, we’ve not only been treated to some great music this year but there’s also been an array of beautiful or eye-catching artwork to package it with too. Here’s a list of some of my favourite album covers to grace our vision this year…  Continue reading

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Gas Axe – “GAS AXE” EP Review

Gas Axe - Gas AxeGas Axe – Gas Axe
Genre: Doom Metal/Sludge/Death Metal

Label: Unsigned

South Wales is an extremely frustrating place to live if you’re a metal fan whose appetite isn’t easily fulfilled by the likes of Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon or Lamb Of God. If you’re someone who prefers to dabble in the filth and grime of doom metal, black metal, drone, death metal, grindcore, etc. then South Wales can be a soul-destroying place at times… Your standard local metal band usually consists of a group of bored teens or 20-somethings who aspire to be the next Killswitch Engage, and while it’s better to have some sort of metal scene than no scene at all, you’re still hungry for something more… Continue reading

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Rich Reviewz is taking a break…

I didn’t really want to ‘announce’ anything but since I’m getting requests for reviews, it’s only fair to let anyone who has recently submitted music for review or any requests know that I am giving this a break. Emphasise on break, because I’m not stopping this permanently, no way. Starting this blog, I was hoping to do some decent stuff and I was honestly surprised that I managed to have the opportunity to write for two other websites before the blog reached a six-month anniversary. I started taking a break from those sites too (again, I will be writing for them again) a while back and I have to put this personal review blog on hold as well.

It bums me out to do this, because I’m missing out on reviewing a lot of stuff I’d been highly anticipating (Danny Brown’s “Old”, Chelsea Wolfe’s “Pain Is Beauty”, Tim Hecker’s “Virgins” to name a few) and stuff I’ve really been digging (Deafheaven’s “Sunbather”, Ulcerate’s “Vermis”, Machinedrum’s “Vapor City” etc).

So why am I on a break? 2013 hasn’t been the best year – in fact, it’s been the worst for personal reasons. I have a lot of things to deal with and I just can’t spare the time and effort for this site. I’d only be forcing out rushed and unfair reviews of releases, and that’s not what Rich Reviewz is about. I want to do things properly. When I feel that everything is back to normal and I can pump out reviews comfortably like before, then I’ll be doing so and making up for everything I missed out.

I had also been hoping on starting interviews with bands a few months back, but it didn’t happen due to unforeseen problems on my part. I’m determined to get some interviews up on this site in the future.

That said, I have no idea when exactly the break will end. It could be within the next month, before the end of the year or into next year. I have no idea. I can promise end-of-the-year lists though. There will DEFINITELY be an Album Of The Year, EPs Of The Year and Songs Of The Year lists – I may even add splits. So far with new releases, I’ve listened to at least 67 albums, 10 EPs and 6 splits and we’ve still got a fair bit of time before people start posting their end-of-the-year lists. It’s going to be interesting after such a great year for music!

So if you want your music reviewed, I’m sorry to say that at this point in time, I can’t promise you anything. However, if you’re determined to have it put under the unforgiving inspection of this blog, then please keep with me and let me know when I start posting again. Hopefully it won’t be too long.

If you want to make sure you’re in the know of what’s happening with Rich Reviewz, then head over and join the Facebook page – I’ll post future updates on there.

Thank you for your patience.

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Nine Inch Nails – “HESITATION MARKS” Review

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation MarksNine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
Genre: Industrial rock

Label: Columbia Records

When Nine Inch Nails release a new album, it’s BIG news, and so again it feels like another one of those reviews where an introduction or brief history of Nine Inch Nails (and Trent Reznor) is pretty pointless considering the throne that Reznor has built for his experimental project since the late 80’s. But there is a little context that needs to be run over on the few years prior to this release…  Continue reading

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Catch-Up Reviews #3: Fuck Buttons, Stone Titan, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Suuns…

Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus

Fuck Buttons have a strong underground following in the electronic scene and their strong drone orientation can split listeners into two very different conclusions; either instant love or overbearing difficulty to understand. For this listener, it was definitely the former when being introduced to Surf Solar from their second album “Tarot Sport” – an album which feels like a spiritual journey throughout; every track dissolves and morphs into each other fluidly. So how does their third release stand?  Continue reading

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