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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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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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Yorkshire Riffer Live Review (Eiger Studios, Leeds. 26/4/14)

‘Kin Hell Fest is the brainchild of Paul from No Fucks Given, which is on next weekend, and caters mostly to fans of crust, grind, thrash, death and all other extreme types of metal with the likes of Napalm Death, Undersmile, Massacre, Jesus Cröst and more playing across the whole weekend. Yorkshire Riffer is a sort of little brother to this main event, acting as a warm-up gig (just like the Salvation gigs are to Damnation festival). Despite this being the smaller gig, that doesn’t mean the line-up was anything less than great with the likes of doomsters Eagle Twin, Palehorse and beer-loving grinders The Afternoon Gentlemen ripping the audience apart for the night.  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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Introducing #5

Heat + work = Exhaustion. But the ball will roll again! Here are some of my favourite discoveries of the past two or so months.

GLASS GANG

The trouble with the accessibility of the internet is that while you can find gems, you can also find duds… and the ratio swings more to the latter. However, Glass Gang fits with the former. Imagine the intensity and emotional (guitar) drone from the likes of Planning For Burial and Have A Nice Life, but with a chillwave feel thanks to some well co-ordinated electronic drumbeats, along with whispering vocals intertwined with it all.

The mixture is something that feels unexplored even in this age where it seems the grounds for inventing something new has gotten depressingly small, so it’s a completely refreshing experience to hear what Glass Gang are doing.

So far, they have two tracks available for download from their soundcloud: Waves and Time. Both are great promisers from the trio and so it’ll be interesting to hear what comes next. If you’re into your shoegazy drone, with a touch of electronic influence, then Glass Gang are worth keeping your eyes and ears on.

Listen to: Waves, Time.

DEAFHEAVEN

Cue scoffs from everyone who listened to Deafheaven’s latest release “Sunbather” when it came out… but the band, headed by originators George Clarke and Kerry McCoy, only became an experience to me last week after heavy recommendations to listen to “Sunbather”. While I was completely ignorant and disregarded the band before, I was shown the error of my ways…

Deafheaven basically mix the ambient post-rock phrases of Mono with black metal, while retaining a slight ‘catchy’ feel – just imagine what Torche does for sludge, and you’re there. However, don’t expect some sort of uplifting form of black metal here; the darkness and feeling of pure loathing remains the same but with sombre textures, as if close to understanding pain and why it happens.

Basically, if you were anything like me and decided not to give “Sunbather” your time due to the overwhelming (and well-deserved) hype, then take it from someone who was like you: IT’S FANTASTIC.

This could be a landmark release in metal.

Listen to: Dream House, Vertigo, Please RememberLanguage Games, Punk Rock/CODY (Mogwai cover).

ISLET

Islet are a weird bunch. You realise this within ten (maybe five) minutes into a live performance of theirs – something I was lucky enough to witness at this year’s Old Town Festival in Carmarthen. Islet are only a four-piece from Cardiff, but with their constant change in direction, style and instrumentation you’d swear there were more members hidden away somewhere.

Generally skipping within the indie borders, their experimentalism often sees them in musical spasms and sudden bipolar shifts, making them excitingly unpredictable. In the live setting, the members rotate between instruments, each adding their own (it seems) personal touch with their playing style for each instrument. You can also expect members to jump through the crowd and abuse speakers with drumsticks.

The band has released their debut album “Illuminated People” after a couple of mini-albums,  as well as a single/EP for Triangulation Station, which is their most addictive and catchy material I’ve been exposed to so far. If you have to opportunity to see them live, then GO.

Listen to: Triangulation Station, We Shall Visit, Ringerz.

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Hammerfest V!

So, last month, I went to my first Hammerfest festival up in North Wales at the Hafan y Môr Holiday Park. I went up there with the Eyesore Merch team to review the event and to carry out some interviews, and they’re all finally up!

HAMMERFEST V Review

WINTERFYLLETH Interview

SERPENT VENOM Interview

DYSCARNATE Interview

It was a pretty awesome experience and discovered some new bands that I just loved – could easily see myself going again.

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