Northumbria: Markland

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Northumbria make maximum use of their minimalism to strip away the distractions of modernity and tell a tale that resonates with primal emotions buried deep in our marrow.

Antony Milton: Mrtyu!, Streaming Black, And Off-White

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Milton’s music is often no-fi, off-the-grid, and red-raw. And it’s also heart-rending yet wholly euphoric.

Slomo: Transits

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Drone fans… set the controls for the heart the sun.

The All Seeing Hand: Sand to Glass

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Most of the music we listen to is comprised of variations on familiar themes. It’s much rarer to encounter genuinely innovative music like The All Seeing Hand create.

Into Orbit: Unearthing

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Plenty of instrumental bands can construct complex musical suites. But it takes a greater level of songwriting acumen to make that music dramatic and soul-stirring like Into Orbit do.

Six Noises EOY ’16: New Zealand Offbeat, Alternative, and Experimental

Here are my favourite homegrown alternative and experimental releases from 2016.

Six Noises EOY ’16: New Zealand Metal

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Six Noises EOY ’16: New Zealand Metal

Six Noises EOY ’16: Outliers, Experimentalists, and Psychedelic Voyagers

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Six Noises EOY ’16: Outliers, Experimentalists, and Psychedelic Voyagers

Six Noises EOY ’16: Metal

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Six Noises EOY ’16: Metal

Setentia: Darkness Transcend

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Setentia’s accomplished debut intertwines gut-felt ferocity with forward-thinking expressiveness.