Post-metal and ambient/drone aren’t genres which you would think could easily co-exist. Charnia have a good go at splicing them together on Het Laatste Licht (The Last Light) and whilst they don’t quite manage to square that circle they still find some interesting and fertile ground for experimentation.
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.
Birmingham’s industrial noise guerrillas Khost’s latest album is a work of sonic horror, the sound of man’s spirit being ground up in some unspeakable machine. In a really good way.
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.