Slomo: Transits

If you’re not familiar with musician, author, and antiquarian Julian Cope, then you’re really missing out. Cope’s eccentric musical pursuits have been many and varied, and his utterly untamed and often unhinged writing on underground music has introduced me to a mountain of fantastic bands over the years. Case in point: UK drone duo Slomo.   Cope once wrote of the band: “If the doom metal of Khanate is the ideal soundtrack to the 21st Century... Read More

Voronoi: Yucca Flat, Nevada

I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. — J. Robert Oppenheimer, 16 July 1945 I grew up during the Cold War era, and, like a lot of kids at that time, deep-set fears of nuclear annihilation haunted my days. I imagined that the horrific scenes depicted in films like Threads or The Day After would become all too real in my lifetime. But then the Berlin Wall fell, and for a brief moment in time there was hope and not an impending nuclear holocaust... Read More

End of the Alphabet Records: Updates and Favourites

In September 2014, New Zealand-based End of the Alphabet Records issued their first digital and tape release, NoFi Rainbow Vol.1. That compilation featured tracks from up-and-coming noise and drone artists alongside well-known members of New Zealand’s avant-garde music community, such as Antony Milton, Campbell Kneale, Bruce Russell, and End of the Alphabet Records’ founder, Noel Meek. NoFi Rainbow Vol.1 was welcomingly received both at home... Read More

Tis the Season: Northumbria

Tomorrow I’ll be posting my favourite non-metal releases from 2014. That list will feature an assortment of gothic rock, noise, deathrock, drone, and a few more experimental releases. But before I publish that, I’m plucking drone duo Northumbria’s Bring Down the Sky from that list to highlight right here. I want to shine a spotlight on Bring Down the Sky in advance because it’s, well, utterly exquisite. Northumbria features Toronto-based... Read More

Shallow Grave — S/T

Shallow Grave – S/T New Zealand has a twisted heart filled with endless wrath and frustration. That’s ably reflected in the country’s most ill-omened metal, and the self-titled debut from Shallow Grave captures that anger and unease flawlessly. The Auckland-based four-piece amplifies the malevolence that skulks beneath the façade of society in an unsettling, premonitory form—and does so with a substantial amount of spiteful exuberance. All... Read More