Arcane Roots – Melancholia Hymns (2017)

Entry Point: Matter Highlight: Off The Floor/Half The World Melancholia Hymns is the first full-length album from Arcane Roots since 2013’s Blood & Chemistry, and their first release since 2015’s EP – Heaven & Earth. The band has undergone change, via the departure of their founding drummer Daryl Atkins after nine years, leaving Andrew Groves […]

Oceansize – Frames – 10 Year Review

Since this post ended up turning out to be more of an essay than a review. Here is the footage from the DVD that came with the album, a live performance of the whole album in a warehouse. Brilliant. The first time I heard of Oceansize was in 2009. Australian prog rock powerhouse Cog announced […]

Black Peaks – Statues (2016)

Black Peaks are a rock/metal band from Brighton, England. In 2016 they released their major label debut via Sony. How did they end up on my radar? Jamie Lenman. The former Reuben frontman wrote an article for Kerrang, “10 songs that changed my life”. Sitting on that list were Black Peaks, in particular, a live […]

Biffy Clyro: Ellipsis – A belated review

Biffy Clyro are a favourite band of mine, top five for my life so far. Since being sent a few songs from a friend living in Scotland as Puzzle came out way back in 2007 I’ve been hooked. Ellipsis is Biffy Clyro’s seventh studio album and had the near impossible task of following the monstrous double album “Opposites”. […]

British Theatre: Mastery

British Theatre – Mastery Entry point: Gold Bruise/Capra Personal highlight: Newman Full disclosure: I was a backer of this project on PledgeMusic. I am unashamedly a huge fan of everything these guys do. Quality music follows them; Oceansize, their solo projects, Biffy Clyro (where they play the part of hired guns) and now British Theatre. Oceansize […]

Nils Frahm – An Appreciation

Forewarning: This post may get long and a bit fanboyish. Feel free to click play on the video above. It’s one of the more beautiful ways to spend an hour of your life, listening to Nils Frahm while I explain why I get a kick out of his music.