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Typhoon – Offerings

Typhoon – Offerings

von am 13. Januar 2018 in Album

Mastermind Kyle Morton entwirft den konzeptuellen Grundgedanken eines allumfassenden Erinnerungsverlustes hinter dem vierten Album des freigeistig um ihn schwebenden Musikerensembles: Typhoon lassen ihren schwelgenden Indiefolk aufs Offerings deswegen elaboriert in die Vollen gehen, sparen die Anwendungsmöglichkeiten in der Gebrauchsanweisung jedoch bewusst aus.

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Elder – Reflections of a Floating World

Elder – Reflections of a Floating World

von am 18. Juni 2017 in Album, Heavy Rotation

Hätten Elder ein zweites Lore aufgenommen - die Stoner-Doom-Welt würde ihnen wohl abermals derart anstandslos zu Füßen liegen, wie sie es bereits bei dem Durchbruchsalbum 2015 tat. Stattdessen nimmt sich die Band um Nick DiSalvo Raum und Zeit, wächst (sowohl personell als auch stilistisch) über bisherige Horizonte hinaus und trägt ihren Sound in den psychedelischen Progrock.

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Albums of the Year: Spirit Adrift

Albums of the Year: Spirit Adrift

von am 11. Dezember 2016 in ...in english please!

This album features so many memorable guitar harmonies and rivals Inter Arma for doom(ish) album of the year.“ – high praise from Khemmis, who talk about Chained to Obivion, Sprit Adrift’s debut album. An impressive premiere nobody even mildly interested in all things doom should've ignore (mea culpa!), and one that even was projected a few months early by the similarly impressive Behind – Beyond. Even more impressive: Spirit Adrift is the brainchild of sole member Nate Garrett, who expressly underlines his capability here with stellar songwriting, crushing instrumental skills and an sheer excellent vocal performance. So thanks a thousand times for the hint, Khemmis! And while you let the 5 songs on Chained to Oblivion majestically creep under your skin, take some time to reflect on Sprit Adrift’s final account of 2016.

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Albums of the Year: Hodja

Albums of the Year: Hodja

von am 6. Dezember 2016 in ...in english please!

Simplified, black Rock’n’Roll to the bones is what the press release already told us very apt about Hodja in times of their debut The Band, but what it didn’t tell us, was with how much soul, gospel, blues and feeling the multinational band charges their sound up with. Besides Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. some might think about Tom Waits or Captain Beefheart, but in the end, the three-piece is cooking their own soup, and makes albums, that feel as if you’re right their with them, participating in their recording voodoo-sessions. This years Halos walks along that line consequently, and manages to effortlessly shake out some immediate sweating hits like Gazelles. And as soon, as Hodja slow down a bit, and draw back into invincible melancholic songs like Broken Engines, the gem Halos becomes more than the sum of ist parts.

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Ahoi! The Full Hit of Summer [12.07.2016: Donaupark, Linz]

Ahoi! The Full Hit of Summer [12.07.2016: Donaupark, Linz]

von am 15. Juli 2016 in Featured, Reviews

Da kann The Full Hit of Summer Rain noch so erbarmungslos zuschlagen: Für das Schaulaufen der Hochkaräter um Beirut und Sigur Rós trotzt die mit 9000 BesucherInnen ausverkaufte Linzer Donaulände den suboptimalen Wetterbedingungen.

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Hope Drone – Cloak of Ash

Hope Drone – Cloak of Ash

von am 26. Juli 2015 in Album

Dass Black Metal längst nicht mehr an Konventionen gebunden sein muss ist auch in Down Under bekannt: dort verschmelzen Hope Drone auf ihrem Relapse-Einstand 'Cloak of Ash' derzeit als Kontinentalmeister (nichts für ungut, Woods of Desolation!)die verschiedensten Schattierungen des Genres rund um Post-Metal, Crust und Postrock.

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Favourite Records of the Year. Selected by: Mile Me Deaf

Favourite Records of the Year. Selected by: Mile Me Deaf

von am 6. Dezember 2014 in Adventskalender 2014

The reason why the year 2014 in Wolfgang Möstls personal music history only secondarily marks the year Killed by 9V Batteries were brought to an end invokes comparisons to the Beatles, hides itself very Sgt. Pepper-like behind a concept of nerdy homages, and celebrates a varied party of twelve Lo-Fi gems starting with its artwork: Mile Me Deaf probably have never been better than on their wonderfully easygoing collection of catchy tunes 'Holography'. One year after he helped bringing Sex Jams noiserock to the next level, Wolfgang Möstl continues to make no mistakes on his several playgrounds. And we’re still allowed to miss Killed by 9V Batteries.

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Albums of the Year List by: Melt-Banana

Albums of the Year List by: Melt-Banana

von am 16. Dezember 2013 in Adventskalender 2013, Featured

The first Melt-Banana album after six years – furthermore the first album as duo with synthetic Bass- and Drumtracks – could have been anticipated with mixed feelings. And singer Yasuko and genius Guitarist Agata? Release 'Fetch' one of their best albums so far, a Melt-Banana fireworks extravaganza, with the only downside being that the next album may again be away half a decade. On day 17 of the HeavyPop Advent calender the Japanese cult outfit tells us about their favourite records of 2013 – and beyond.

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Various Artists – Riffs for Reproductive Justice

Various Artists – Riffs for Reproductive Justice

von am 6. Juli 2019 in Compilation

Das Black Flags Over Brooklyn, "an anti-fascist, anti-racist extreme metal festival held in the dark heart of Brooklyn" versammelt eine beachtliche Sammlung an zeitgenössischen Metal- und Hardcore-Größen für den karitativen Zweck: Riffs for Reproductive Justice trägt über 3 Stunden und 33 Acts Geld für den Zugang zu Schwangerschaftsabbrüchen zusammen.

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Refused – War Music

Refused – War Music

von am 28. Oktober 2019 in Reviews

Refused haben neben Songbeiträgen für Videospielblockbuster und fette Arena-Touren vier Jahre nach dem Comeback mit Freedom ein zweites Reunion-Werk aufgenommen. War Music soll dabei laut Dennis Lyxzén das Album sein, "that people wanted us to do last time". Ein Statement, dass die Crux ziemlich adäquat widerspiegelt, aus der heraus die einstigen schwedischen Hardcore-Vorreiter mittlerweile agieren.

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