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Album: tētēma – Geocidal

December 2nd, 2014

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tētēma
Geocidal
Ipecac Records
08 December 2014

by Ruth Booth

Attaching the name “Mike Patton” to a project can make a lot of us lose most, if not all critical faculties about music. And when it comes to stepping out of our comfort zones, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. tētēma is the latest project from avant-garde composer Anthony Pateras – and their first output, Geocidal, a heady hyper-future blend of earth-conscious electronica and analogue sound. Patton serves as human instrument – but one that doesn’t steal the scene as much as you’d expect.

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Album: Devin Townsend Project – Z2

October 29th, 2014

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Devin Townsend Project
Z2
InsideOut Music
27 October 2014

by Ruth Booth

Since Devin Townsend returned to music four years ago, we’ve seen nearly all sides of his diverse output reimagined and revitalised under his “Devin Townsend Project” moniker. All except one that is – Ziltoid The Omniscient, titular star of Townsend’s 2007 record and the musician’s malevolent alien alter-ego. Seven years on, we finally have Z2 – the spiritual follow-up to ZTO’s screed on creativity and caffeine addiction – but with a difference this time.

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Album: This Will Destroy You – Another Language

September 9th, 2014

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This Will Destroy You
Another Language
Suicide Squeeze Records
15 September 2014

by Ruth Booth

Imagine you’ve only ever commuted to a single song, selected by some dictatorial public transport commission. One day, you get on the bus – and nothing. No sound. Confused, you take your seat in silence. Then someone coughs, and your senses pop. Small things are thrown into relief – the engine stutters rabid complaints, there’s a tart stink of old fish’n’chips somewhere – and was there always that beech tree on the corner of X and Y? The ordinary has become extraordinary. Listening to Another Language, the new album from This Will Destroy You, is something like this.

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Album: EscapeTheCult – All You Need To

August 13th, 2014

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EscapeTheCult
All You Need To
Self-Release
18 August 2014

by Ruth Booth

It’s the disappointment, mostly. We’ve all fallen into the same trap, fooled into thinking that, because of the names involved, they would make so much more than the sum of their parts. Are we just victims of our own expectations? Or is something else going on with the debut from EscapeTheCult, the supergroup from alumni of A Perfect Circle, Primus, Uneven Structure, Kamlath and King Diamond?

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Album: Monuments – The Amanuensis

July 10th, 2014

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Monuments
The Amanuensis
Century Media
23 June 2014

by Ruth Booth

Aside from the whole “music” thing, djent bands are known for two more err things: conceptual exploration – usually of the spiritual or philosophical bent – and, unfortunately, an inability to keep a vocalist for longer than two minutes. Both of these can handle like double-edged swords for a band – certainly that’s the case with The Amanuensis, the second album from progressive supergroup Monuments.

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Live: Möngöl Hörde @ Newcastle O2 Academy 2 – 20 June 2014

July 2nd, 2014

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It’s Summer. It’s festival season. There’s sod all to do otherwise. What better reason to skip yet another night of the World Cup than Frank Turner’s Week Off – aka his other band Möngöl Hörde on tour with Palehorse and Oxygen Thief – what is essentially a Best Song Title contest masquerading as a bunch of UK dates? Take it away gents…

Six Things That Happened When We Went To See Möngöl Hörde in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne:

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EP: Sisters Of… – Follow Me As A Ghost

March 3rd, 2014

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Sisters Of…
Follow Me As A Ghost
Crowquill Records
24 March 2013

by Ruth Booth

Ever dependent on the teller and the told, histories can be misleading. Sisters Of… is built around multi-instrumentalist Aaron Coker, best known from associations with The Appleseed Cast, Blackpool Lights and Reggie and the Full Effect. It’s an interesting pedigree, and one that says near fuck all about the earthy slab of alt-metal that is their debut EP, Follow Me As A Ghost.

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Album: Cyclamen – Ashura

October 15th, 2013

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Cyclamen
Ashura
Realising Records
14 October 2013

by Ruth Booth

It’s kind of difficult to define a difficult second album when it comes to experimental metal. Essentially, it’s the difference between wilfully unaccessible and accidentally unaccessible – which is akin to finding the bit between scalding hot and freezing on a shower dial. If you like the Yin Yang swing that comes with eschewing genre purity you’ll be amongst fierce fans of 2010’s Senjyu. How you’ll feel about Cyclamen’s far darker follow-up, Ashura, is another matter.

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