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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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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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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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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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Death Grips Live Review (HMV Forum, London. 2/5/13)

If ATP couldn’t get enough of my respect already for putting on great events, they somehow squeezed some more out of me with this. Death Grips, anyone who follows this review blog should know, is a band who has done nothing wrong in my books and has been consistently blasted via my laptop, record player and iPod ever since “Exmilitary” came out. After unfortunately missing their previous shows/tours for various reasons, I made this particular gig in London a mission that could not be failed. Continue reading

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Submission Round Ups #1

This will be a new segment where I review submissions sent in via mini-reviews. If you send stuff for me to review it, I will review it, and so this is the best way I can keep on top of the growing number of submissions. If you like/hate the idea, let me know! Continue reading

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Submission Review Ideas.

Due to the growing number of submissions and falling number of free time, I’m thinking of knocking out maybe five mini-reviews of submissions in a post from now on, so I’m wondering if that’s a good idea to any readers?

I must have a good fifteen submissions now that I’ve left piling up (my bad, I know) and due to more hours at work (which I really need) and other sites to write for, my free time for this is getting smaller.

Sorry to anybody who has sent me their music looking for those full in-depth reviews I’d do, but it’s looking unlikely I can do them, so mini-reviews seem like the best way. Something is better than nothing, right?

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Social Studies – “SOCIAL STUDIES” EP Review

Social Studies - Social Studies EP

Social Studies – Social Studies EP
Genre: Hip-hop/Experimental hip-hop

Label: Daddy Tank Records

Social Studies is a duo project made up by vocalist Zano and producer Chris Devoe, and while their names are known, very little else seems to be known about them, managing to stay in the dark better than most artists who emphasise a hidden identity (although, MF Doom has been pretty on top of it). However, the duo behind Social Studies never really focus on this and simply deliver groundbreaking music – and perhaps it is with no platform to be biased on that it’s best to hear experimental hip-hop this way. Continue reading

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Crystal Castles – “(III)” Quick Review

Crystal Castles – (III)
Genre: Electronica/Experimental

Label: Polydor Records

Crystal Castles, who probably don’t need an introduction these days, is the experimental electronic duo of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass, and as the album title suggests, this is their third album in their nine years together. Their first album, self-titled, made a big impact on the indie-electro dance scene on a global scale, with its noisy Nintendo-style synths and Glass’s mixture of soft, effect-laden vocals and frustrated yells – a style that soon became adopted by myriads of male-female electronic duos. Continue reading

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My “READING FESTIVAL 2012” Experience

To start off, this was my first time at Reading Festival and probably a festival I personally didn’t think I’d ever be going to. That said, I was swayed by the line-up early this year and snatched a ticket as soon as I saw the line-up on the Mainstage and the Lock-Up stage. So, without further ado, this is my review of who I managed to see at the festival… Continue reading

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