Ambient Reviews

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Devin Townsend – Empath (, , , )
3rd April 2019 -

Devin Townsend is a hero to so many in the metal community. His extensive career is very well documented elsewhere, but for the first time in a long time, Devin has been out on his own for new album Empath, having called time on The Devin Townsend Project full band after its last album Transcendence. It is somewhat difficult to… Read More »

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Latitudes – Part Island (, , , )
1st April 2019 -

Some people write off post-music as egregiously onanistic or pretentious. These people are of course fools who have never heard, for example, Through Silver In Blood, Kodama or Sunbather. In the world of post- music exists a rainbow of talented artists creating works of wonder with the tools handed down by previous generations of musicians. They seek to create something… Read More »

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Zeal & Ardor – Live in London (, , )
21st March 2019 -

Zeal & Ardor are one of the most unique and spellbinding bands in the current metal scene. Lead by the enigmatic Manuel Gagneux, their blending of spiritual slave music and black metal is certainly something that needs to be heard to be believed. With that said the studio cannot do the band the justice they deserve and to see them… Read More »

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Swallow The Sun – When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light (, , , )
14th February 2019 -

Swallow The Sun’s new album, When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light is a remarkable album for many reasons. It is inspired by and was conceived in the aftermath of Swallow The Sun’s main creative force, guitarist Juha Raivio, having his partner of many years (and bandmate in Trees Of Eternity) Aleah Starbridge pass away from cancer. With this… Read More »

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MONO – Nowhere Now Here (, , )
22nd January 2019 -

Post-Rock is the ultimate Marmite genre. For some it is a limitless exploration of musicality through carefully expanding soundscapes and subtle rhythms, but for others it is tedious, pretentious and a waste of time. When a band eschews vocals and is completely instrumental, then you have one of the least accessible propositions on your hands. In this Venn diagram we… Read More »