Tag Archives: 2015

Top 30 Albums of 2015: 30-16

2015, overall, has been a year of slight disappointment when it came to music. There’s been a few releases I highly anticipated but ended up being a tad disappointed in, but that hasn’t stopped some rays of sun coming through. So here it is, the first half of my end-of-year-list for releases. A lot of these ended up being EPs for some reason.  Continue reading

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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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Ithaca – “TRESPASSERS” EP Review

Ithaca – Trespassers
Genre: Chaotic Hardcore/Hardcore

Label: COF Records / Soaked In Torment Records

If you’re new to this London lot like I was, let me share some basics: Ithaca are a five-piece that are pissed, mixing hardcore with chaos and emotive influence. Imagine a mash of Throats and Botch, with a bits of Curl Up And Die and Loma Prieta, and you’re pretty close – so to fans of the genres that those bands are associated with, Ithaca will seem familiar but fresh. This is their second EP to date and is made up of four short, sharp tracks. 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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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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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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