Review: OGRE & Dallas Campbell – All Hallows’ II

Retrowave duo OGRE and Dallas Campbell demonstrate a preternatural approach to synth-music on their latest fictitious score. All Hallows’ II is a conceptual soundtrack to a fictional horror film, akin to the style of an 80s-horror film. Despite collaborating thousands of miles from each other (OGRE is based in southwest England, whereas Dallas Campbell lives…

Album Review: End Christian – Bach Part One

The members of End Christian boast an impressive resume of bands past and present between them: Hex Inverter, Dalek, Brutal Truth to name a few, with Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh), Mike Hill (Tombs), Chris Connolly (Sun Kil Moon) and others also adding their talents to Bach Part One. However, the result of this wide collaboration…

Review: Juno Reactor – The Mutant Theatre

The multimedia psytrance ensemble experience that is Juno Reactor, known to some for mainman Ben Watkins’ collaborations with Don Davis on the Matrix soundtrack, is not an endeavour known for doing anything by halves. Juno Reactor – the Mutant Theatre, the latest step in their kaleidoscopic vision, is the soundtrack to a visual and theatrical…

Review: Benjamin Lazar Davis – Nothing Matters

Rolling in with an immediate 1960s psychedelia vibe, replete with flute pads and affected vocals, Benjamin Lazar Davis’ latest release Nothing Matters seems at first to belie its bleak title. Opening song ‘A Love Song Seven Ways’ is a laid back and sunny track, hooks floating by like scenic clouds in an otherwise clear blue…

Review: A.R.C. Soundtracks – DERELICTION//MIRROR

Certainly dark and certainly ambient, the genre tags associated with A.R.C. Soundtracks new release (on the increasingly eclectic and fascinating Gizeh Records) do not lie. Kicking off with a pleasingly menacing opening motif, DERELICTION//MIRROR has all the key elements of dark ambient music locked down and although the opening title track quickly becomes quite B-list-horror-esque…

Review: Drop the Gun – Drop the Gun

Drop The Gun is the latest project by Sara Savery – a Danish multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter based in Brooklyn, who has also previously performed as part the electronica group People Press Play, Brooklyn/Copenhagen based collective Blue Foundation and most notably as a member of neo-shoegaze band Ghost Society. This self-titled EP consists of seven…

Review: Hiva Oa – mk2 (part 1)

From the very start of the churning, simplistic synth loop of ‘A Great Height’, Hiva Oa’s influences are quite clear. Though on this track the vocal element of this Irish duo’s music takes a turn vaguely in the direction Tool’s Maynard Keenan, what is most readily detectable throughout new EP mk 2 (part 1) is…

Review: Edward Scissortongue & Lamplighter – Tell Them It’s Winter

Unlike many hip-hop releases, in which the MC is presented as a solo artist with a faceless beat-maker sitting in their shadow, Tell Them It’s Winter feels like a true collaboration, despite Ed Scissor’s name being on the cover. The partnership that Ed has had with Glaswegian musician Lamplighter has been this way since their…

Review: Hilary Woods – Heartbox EP

Mimicking the distant and airy vocal style of gothic queen Chelsea Wolfe (as well as borrowing from some of her dark electronic soundscapes), Hilary Woods has created a deep, dark atmosphere over the three tracks of the Heartbox EP. There is an air of smoky jazz in opening track ‘Bathing’, the simple chord changes slowly…

Review: Parcels – Herefore Remix EP

Australia’s Parcels are making a bold move with Herefore, their debut EP. As their first ever recording together, this Byron Bay pop group have opted to write just a single track, and let it have the makeover treatment by four remixing masters of varied stature in the musical community. Allowing others to remould your aural…

Review: Health – Death Magic

Combining the melodic sensibilities of the new romantic 80s synthpop movement with a harsh, industrial edge and an underlying, unavoidable darkness, listening to the third album from LA’s noise rock standard-bearers Health is something akin to being at a cybergoth disco where everyone is raving to the beat whilst somehow maintaining a thoroughly dejected aura…

Review: Chateau Marmont – Sound Of Shambala

The long-awaited new album from French electronic duo Chateau Marmont, consisting of Raphael Vialla and Julien Galner, is due for release on the 30th March 2015. Following their 2013 album The Maze, Sound of Shambala is being released via their own label Chambre404 and Arista/ Sony Music. Opening track ‘Nothing To Hold Back’ introduces the…