Fotocrime – Always Night (2017)

Always Night by FOTOCRIME Powered by synthesisers and drum machines, Always Night is the follow up to Always Hell, by American band Fotocrime.Both releases were released in 2017, though on listening you could easily think they were released in the 1980s. Channeling aspects of New Wave and pairing them with the maudlin vocal style that […]

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 […]

Klone – Unplugged (2017)

Starting point: People are People Personal highlight: Gone Up In Flames Hailing from France, Klone are a prog rock band signed with Pelagic-records. They have released an acoustic album “Unplugged”, acting as a pseudo greatest-hits. Sourced from their previous two albums, the songs stripped bare and performed acoustically take on a new life. Throw in […]