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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BOOK REVIEW: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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I’ll give some pretext as to why I checked this book out, because over the past few years, I’ve barely read any “new” books, unless it’s by Stephen King. If you didn’t know already, I’m a big Nine Inch Nails/Trent Reznor fan, and so I’ve been an avid listener of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ collaborative soundtracks for David Fincher’s films over the past few years (I still haven’t seen “The Social Network” but pretty familiar with the OST!). So when it was announced that the two musicians would be writing music for another film – yet another adaptation of a novel – I was eager to hear the soundtrack, see the film and read the book (just like I did with the Millenium series). I still haven’t seen the film, but I was happy enough in spending time with the book and an author I’m unfamiliar with… and it was totally worth it.

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Top 30 Albums of 2014: 15-1

This is it, these are my top fifteen albums for 2014. There’s some great stuff here that I hope you check out and become as obsessed with as I did. Hope you all have a merry Christmas and a fantastic time with your friends and family. See you in 2015! Continue reading

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Top 30 Albums of 2014: 30-16

Here’s the first half of the top 30 albums of 2014! While this year didn’t impress me anywhere near as much as last year, there were still dozens of great releases, especially in the second-half of the year. I guess as well, since this year has been very quiet for the Rich Reviewz blog (for personal reasons – 2015 will be the return of regular posts), you can see all the albums I’d wish I could have spoken about. Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

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This was my first time reading something by Haruki Murakami, I was looking for something by someone I didn’t know when looking through my friend’s book collection. I chose three books: “Last Exit To Brooklyn” by Hubert Selby Jr., “The Stranger” by Albert Camus (I read and loved both of those) and “The Wind-up Bird Chronicle”. Safe to say, I picked three books that are rich with material to challenge or develop your thoughts and perceptions on human nature and life in general. Continue reading

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