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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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My Record Store Day 2013.

So once again on the rise of Record Store Day, I had another blast looking, buying and talking at my favourite (and only, ha!) local record shop, Tangled Parrot (you can visit their online store here). This was my third one (’10, ’12 and this year) but it’s my first since collecting vinyl and so this time around, the special releases interested me a whole lot more than ever before (I’d only buy CDs and watch performances in the previous ones). So, here it is, my swag report… yeah…  Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Well, it’s C-day, I hope you guys have had some great presents and have a good day!

I finally got a record player, here it is!

ImageAs well as two LPs to play on it. I got How To Destroy Angels’ “An Omen” EP and Rudimentary Peni’s “Death Church”. Aren’t they beautiful?

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I also got The Pharcyde’s “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde” anniversary box set (listening to the remix CD as I type this) and, finally, Earth’s “Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version”. So, I’m a happy guy.

Hope all of you have a good time, have a lovely roast dinner, enjoy your friends and family’s company and look after yourselves. Nadolig Llawen pawb!

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Top 10… Drone bands/artists

Drone (often interlinked with either ambient or doom metal) is exactly what it says on the tin: heavily reverbed/echoed  sustained sounds by chosen instruments/vocals going through a ton of effects or loops. The drawn-out and slow tempo nature of the music often means the songs are fairly long in comparison to your pop chart hits – expect at least a 10-minute song average on a lot of drone albums.

The history of its coming dates so far back through history that it’s near impossible to sum up in a handful of paragraphs, but perhaps one of the most famous traditional form of drone music may be that of the Tibetan Buddhist chanting – the influence of which can be easily heard in the likes of Om or Sunn O))).

For this reason, it seems to be something of an acquired taste, most likely to touch on some sort of emotion with people who are considerably patient and open to what can be classed as “music”, but probably something that would drive your average Skrillex or Lady Gaga fan to despair.

That said, I’m a big fan and find it really relaxing to listen to, so here is a list of my personal favourites in drone (doom or ambient): Continue reading

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