The new Godflesh album and to a certain extent the latest collaboration between The Body & Full of Hell suggest that there’s a surprising amount of life left in the idea of industrial metal in this foul year of our lord 2017. But the darkest and most disturbing, not to mention best, example of this has been somewhat less heralded. Step forward Khost.
8 comes a couple of years after Ufomammut’s 15th anniversary year – which in band years puts them into pipe and slippers territory. So it has no right to be the ferocious, thrilling mindfuck of a record that it is.
Monarch! have been a slow, lumbering, brutal presence on the doom landscape for a long while now. With Never Forever they’ve become a much more distinct part of it, one that once you’ve cast your eyes over it is hard to look away from.
Big|Brave are one of the most unique and intriguing bands making music with loud guitars in the world today. That’s just an inarguable fact as far as I’m concerned. And with Ardor they’ve taken another step towards greatness.
Matt Finney was off-grid for a while before last years excellent record with Siavash Amini but seems to back in force with a barrage of releases with a menagerie of different collaborators. This one, with his old sparring partner Heinali, tells the story of that hiatus in typically unflinching fashion.
The second album from stoner-slowcore trio Cloakroom was amongst my most anticipated records of 2017. To cut a long story short – it did not disappoint.
I’ve been listening to a lot of drone/ambient/modern composition and the like over the past few years but have seldom written about it. I find it hard to quite capture what’s going on in these abstract pieces. If writing about music is dancing about architecture (and cheers Zappa for sewing that seed of doubt in every music writer’s mind) then writing about abstract pieces is like trying to describe alien structures of non-Euclidean geometry whilst on too much acid to ascertain which limb is which.
Or at least it is for me. Maybe I just feel uncormtable describing anything I can’t overuse the word ‘riff’ for.
Anyhow. I had a go at reviewing the latest work from Lawrence English. i very much like it, something which I hope comes through in this unappetising word salad.
Review, as ever, over at Echoes and Dust.