Category Archives: Album Reviews

Catch-Up Reviews #6: Sleaford Mods, Chelsea Wolfe, Krallice…

Sleaford Mods – Key Markets

Sleaford Mods have had an interesting rise to popularity since the release of their 2014 album “Divide And Exit”, an album that hooked a lot of listeners in with Andrew Fearn’s simple, no-nonsense instrumentals and Jason Williamson’s equally vicious vocals and lyrics. The Mods are a duo of their time, seething at current politicians and the attitudes that cripples a steady life in the UK, and it’s pretty much impossible not to relate to the rants in some way. Setting the bar so high for themselves, the question of “how will they follow this up?” was a big one.  Continue reading

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Lianne La Havas – “BLOOD” Review

Lianne La Havas – Blood
Genre: Soul / Pop

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Lianne La Haves is a s(h)inger-s(h)ongwriter from London, who has managed to turn her soft and powerful range – along with her fingerpicked guitar – into a signature sound in the overlapping world of soul and pop. She made her first big impression on the world (me being one of them) with her single Forget, which was a refreshing pop track thanks to its witty and stinging lyrics, playful timing and raw instrumentation. It was the most infectious, gimmick-free single I’d heard on the radio in years. Literally.  Continue reading

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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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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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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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Catch-Up Reviews #4: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Culted, Sunn O)))/Ulver, Behemoth…

As much as I hate to say it, these reviews will be sloppily done – I’d been building drafts of them for weeks now and I’m just impatient as there’s more stuff I want to do. I guess this will just be round-ups of my opinion on them rather than proper mini-reviews, sorry. I’ll be making up for it in the future, got some exciting stuff in the works!

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra (or if you’re like me: A Silver Mt. Zion) is the ever growing project of Efrim Menuck; multi-instrumentalist and core member of the renowned Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It’s undeniable that while A Silver Mt. Zion hasn’t left as much an impression on post-rock fans as GY!BE, it’s still a project that has its following and seems to be forever evolving. This is the seventh release by the ‘Silver Mt. Zion’ collection. Continue reading

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Coffinworm – “IV.I.VIII” Review (and a small update).

Well, I guess now is a good time to say that I’ve joined the Echoes And Dust team! It’s a music site that I really dig, and I’ve been talking to a few people involved with it for a while and have grown to dig them even more. I’m really happy to finally join their ranks and even happier that my first review for them is Coffinworm‘s “IV.I.VIII”, which you can read here. Please give it a gander and give the album a listen… it’s been blasting in my ears constantly for weeks now.

As for Rich Reviewz news, I’m sorry for being slow and posting unsteadily. I’ve got a load of half-done reviews and a list of more to do. I don’t want to bring my personal life onto here, but the past seven months has been a massive low point and recently I’ve only admitted that maybe I’m not coping with events as well as I thought I was, and so I’m working on fixing that. Life has not been kind to say the least.

Even though some reviews are VERY late (I will be doing Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Have A Nice Life releases still), they will happen, I promise. I haven’t lost any enthusiasm for this site or the music, it’s just hard to find the energy and time. I promise to pick things up in the future although I can’t say when.

But to end on a high note: there might be some more really cool prospects in the future. Super excited about them!

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So Stressed – “ATTRACTED TO OPEN MOUTHS” Review

So Stressed - Attracted To Open Mouths

So Stressed – Attracted To Open Mouths
Genre: Noise Rock / Emo / Experimental

Label: Unsigned

So Stressed are a three-piece band from Sacramento, California who pump out a brash yet melodic vein of noise rock with emo tendencies. Despite the noisy existence of Pg.99 or Jerome’s Dream, it sounds like this mixture shouldn’t work, but it really does: imagine if At The Drive-In had been influenced by White Suns, Lightning Bolt and Rolo Tomassi and you might get a vague idea.  Continue reading

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Mogwai – “RAVE TAPES” Review

Mogwai - Rave Tapes

Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Genre: Post-rock / Instrumental

Label: Rock Action

Mogwai… Mogwai… Mogwai… Mogwai is the name of a band that is just as beautiful to listen to as it is to type the name. The Glaswegian collection are revered as one of the most important bands in post-rock worldwide and while the genre has reached an undeniably stagnant and stale stage, Mogwai still manage to cause a stir of excitement with each release: lately with their soundtrack for Les Revenants, their remix album “A Wrenched Virile Lore” and now this, “Rave Tapes”, the 2014 addition to their already healthy discography.  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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