Ambient Reviews

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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 »

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Evanescence – Synthesis Live (DVD) (, , )
12th October 2018 -

Bands doing shows with orchestras seems to have become an increasingly popular in recent years. But there are few that feel like such a natural fit than when Evanescence announced they were re-recording songs with a full orchestra. The album Synthesis released late last year and saw the band re-imagine several of their songs in a fantastic new way. Before the release… Read More »

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VOLA – Applause of a Distant Crowd (, , , )
11th October 2018 -

Bursting forth from their Danish homeland with enough ideas to put even the most ardent of musicians to shame, progressive quartet VOLA have set out their stall to become a shining beacon in the world of interesting, inventive and technically challenging rock music. With sophomore album ‘Applause of a Distant Crowd’ featuring more twists and turns than any river you’d… Read More »

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Skyharbor – Sunshine Dust (, , )
27th September 2018 -

Skyharbor have had some substantial line-up changes over the years, with the departing of TesseracT’s Daniel Tompkins on vocals and Anup Sastry on drums in 2015. This could have signalled a dismantling of the group but were promptly replaced by Aditya Ashok on drums and Eric Emery on vocals, who had a big weight on his shoulders following Tomkin’s footsteps…. Read More »