Thursday 30 December 2021

Albums Of The Year - 10 to 1


 10. Läjä Äijälä & Albert Witchfinder - Centuries of Youth
Downbeat power electronic

9. Squid - Bright Green Field
Krautpop post-punk

8. Sonic Demon - Vendetta
Fuzzed out distorted stoner

7. Black Spell - The Purple Skull
Scuzzy occult doom

6. God Is An Astronaut - Ghost Tapes #10
Post-rock played over a sonic soundscape

5. Mother Iron Horse - Under The Blood Moon
Sludge doom, heavy and fuzzed

4. Converge and Chelsea Wolfe - Bloodmoon: I
Metal and post-hardcore never sounded so brutal or haunting

3. Fucked Up - Year Of The Horse
An ambitious four 20 min tracks of psychedelic hardcore punk

2. Iron Lizards - Hungry For Action
Rock'n'roll garage punk that makes me want to break things

1. Idles - Crawler
Post-punk masterpiece

That's it. This is what plays through my head when I am trying to survive just existing.

Wednesday 29 December 2021

Albums Of The Year - 20 to 11


20. Muriel Grossman - Union
Spiritual jazz

19. Kowloon Walled City - Piecework
Sparse post-hardcore

18. Tropical Fuck Storm - Deep States
Experimental post-punk

17. Jointhugger - Surrounded By Vultures
Psychosonic doom rock

16. Blasting Rod - III
Heavy psych with Brass!

15. Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs
Post-punk spoken ranting

14. Rostro Del Sol - S/T
Psych space rock

13. Haaz - Andra
Enthralling noise-rock

12. Part Chimp - Drool
Noise-rock with tunes

11. Melvins - Working With God
You know what is sounds like!

Tuesday 28 December 2021

Albums Of The Year - 30 to 21


30. Mythic Sunship - Wildfire
Bluesy psychedelic prog 

29. ILL Considered - Liminal Space
Free jazz in a tribal style!

28. Cerce - Cowboy Music
Becca spits out her venom over a post punk hardcore racket.

27. Cha Wa - My People
New Orleans funk

26. Domkraft - Seeds
Groovy freaky sludge

25. 2 Headed Dogs - The Engine Is On
Nebula meets The Hellacopters

24. Leon III - Antlers In Velvet
Psychedelic indie folk

23. Junkbreed - Music For Cool Kids
Punk post-hardcore

22. Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
Sub-Sahara fuzz rock

21. Death From Above 1979 - Is 4 Lovers
Post-punk you can dance to.

No bandcamp link???

Sunday 26 December 2021

Albums Of The Year - 40 to 31


40. Chihuahua - Violent Architecture
Noise rock, post punk, no wave
39. Heavy Temple - Lupi Amoris
Stoner/doom riff machines

38. Watchman - Doom Of Babylon
A doom soundtrack for the apocalypse

36. The Lords Of Altamont - Tune In, Turn On, Electrify
Garage psych punk

35. A Better Tomorrow - Spiritual Crossing
Jazz, soul and metal groove

34. Stomatopod - Completing With Hindsight
Noisy post punk mathy rock

33. Dinosaur Jr - Sweep It Into Space
Hey, you either like 'em or don't.

32. Kills Birds - Married
Grungey post-punk

31. 10,000 Years - II
Feral doom/sludge fuzz fest

Monday 20 December 2021

Albums of the Year - 50 to 41

50. Irreversible Entanglements - Open The Gate
Free jazz groove

49. TV Priest - Uppers
Terse post-punk

48. The Pop Group - Y in Dub
Dennis Bovell remix

47. Monolord - Your Time To Shine
Fuzzed haunting doom

46. Mono - Pilgrimage Of The Soul
Mesmerising post-rock

45. Fere - Visceral
Experimental punk hardcore

44. X'ed Out - We All Do Wrong
Noise rock with bursts of brass

43. Duel - In Carne Persona
Heavy psych stoner

42. God Damn - Coward
Hardcore stoner metal

41. Uranus Space Club - Another Planet, Another Love
Funk jazz space rock

Tuesday 14 December 2021

Black Spell - The Purple Skull

                           Black Spell play a superb mix of doom-tainted sludge that

threatens to obliterate everything in its path. Despairing, bleak

vocals echo out a litany of fury that are always fighting to be

heard above the fat, heavy guitar tones that are crashing out

gargantuan riffs.


This album is made up of  tracks that take you to a dark swamp,

cut your eyes with razors and leave you to slowly sink into the mire.

Passages within the songs do pick up the pace at times before descending

back into the thick, bad-drug vibe that pervades the Black Spell sound.


The crowning glory as far as I am concerned, are the outrageously

fuzzed guitar solos that forge the psychedelic with the heavy - kinda

like Vanilla Fudge crossed with Electric Wizard. At times I find this

genre sometimes suffers from a generic template but in my eyes,

Black Spell have produced one of the Doom albums of the year.

Released on Forbidden Place Records.