Earth Tongue: Portable Shrine EP

The first band I thought of when I finished listening to Earth Tongue’s debut EP, Portable Shrine, was avant-doom giant Om. Not because the duo, from Wellington, New Zealand, mimic Om’s music at all. Or because Earth Tongue have latched onto Om’s firmamental bearing. It’s simply that Earth Tongue’s Portable Shrine thrums with the kind of mystic and mantric vibrations that Om’s releases have exhibited. I guess you could call that momentum... Read More

New Model Army: Winter

As New Model Army rose to fame during the 80s and early 90s, the band remained underground heroes in the eyes of many of their fans. The reason for that is simple: New Model Army were the voice of the dispossessed and the disenfranchised. And the band are still fighters and outliers today. They’re as intrepid and defiant as they ever were, decades down the line. But what’s often overlooked about New Model Army is that they’re still a genuinely... Read More

Wizard Rifle—Speak Loud Say Nothing

Wizard Rifle–Speak Loud Say Nothing Wizard Rifle are an extraordinary, two-piece, ruckus-making outfit from Portland, Oregon. The band is signed to infallible label Seventh Rule, and their debut, Speak Loud Say Nothing, is a rollercoaster ride of non-stop riotous shred-fests. Equal parts Amp-Rep pandemonium, quarrelsome tech-metal, and grinding noise tumults, Wizard Rifle’s genus might be vaguely familiar, but they have all the attributes... Read More


(Originally posted on the hellishly good Heritage is the 10th album from Sweden’s Opeth. Discarding the nuanced melodic death metal that has secured their reputation thus far, their new album is comprised solely of mellifluous prog, folk and jazz. It is a controversial step (to say the least). The band’s transparent retro ’70s fixation, and the casting aside of the bulk of their metal characteristics, has left a fair proportion... Read More


There are two facets to Bones that’ll allow you to grasp their intent well in advance of hearing a note. Firstly, there’s the name. Bones—the cold hard stripped-down residue left over from the dead. And secondly, look at that line-up: Jon Necromancer, Carcass Chris and Joe Warlord. Even if you didn’t know a thing about Bones, simply reading those names on the back of the album cover would assure you that this has to be some seriously crushing... Read More