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Album: Shining – One One One

June 3rd, 2013

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Shining
One One One
Indie Recordings
03 June 2013

by David Keevill

For a band with big enough brass tacks to coin their own genre, Shining’s latest release One One One sidles past your ear drums so carefully that it doesn’t even whisper the idea of perforation. Their latest record seems set to do penance for every progressive, haunting and barmy flourish on 2010’s Blackjazz by disappointingly roving a safe path that barely touches upon their vital eccentricities.

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Album: Intronaut – Habitual Levitations

March 20th, 2013

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Intronaut
Habitual Levitations
Century Media
18 March 2013

by Tom Doyle

Let me tell you a little story. I was heading home from work the other week on the tube, it had been a long day and the London winter was persisting in the way London winters tend to. As I sank into my seat on the Northern Line my headphones filled with the sound of Intronaut’s fourth full length, Habitual Levitations. As the sound of eight minute opener, ‘Killing Birds With Stones’, washed over me and it’s subtle, sumptuous groove soothed my weary mind I couldn’t help but be reminded of how heroin addicts describe their hits, like a warm cocoon enveloping you. Intronaut are a band possessed of a skag-like power to trance you away from your present reality, and FUCK, it is wonderful.

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Album: The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet

March 29th, 2012

The Mars Volta
Noctourniquet
Warner Bros.
26 March 2012

by Dan Pelic

It’s not as if the point of a record review is ever to exact a reaction out of the artist itself, but this review would probably make Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala a happy couple. Why? Because this record from The Mars Volta is such an utter disappointment – which is what they accepted it might be, because they are true artistes who do it for the art, right maaaan?

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Album: Ephel Duath – Through My Dog’s Eyes

January 23rd, 2009

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Ephel Duath
Through My Dog’s Eyes
Earache Records
26 January 2009

by Jerry Ewing

You can never accuse Ephel Duath of taking the easy route. Italian prog metal, shamelessly taking their name from Tolkien, the band have, over the years incorporated such seemingly prog-unfriendly sounds as hardcore, punk and blues into their jazz infused musical swirls.

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Australian psychiatrists study heavy metal fans

August 5th, 2008

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Do you like heavy metal? You’re probably on the verge of trying a drug-induced suicide after drink-driving and having unprotected sex, you depressed delinquent!

That appears to be the message from Australasian Psychiatrists, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

An Australian study has “shown significant associations between heavy metal music and suicide ideation, depression, delinquency and drug-taking”.

An American study showed heavy metal fans “had a higher preoccupation with suicide and higher levels of depression than their peers”.

This has prompted a call for doctors to include musical tastes in their diagnoses.

However, the doctors didn’t single out metallers. French rap fans will be thieves but hip hop fans are ok. Pop music fans are sexually ambiguous and jazz fans are total social misfits. Ouch.

One man, Michael Bowden, head of medical programs at the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry reckons that you just need to treat teenagers with some respect and listen to them.

What do you think?

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