Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Primitive Power of Dylan Carlson and Earth

Dylan Carlson released the first album to carry the Earth moniker back in 1993, beginning a journey that has taken on a variety of influences, some overt, mostly subtle. You can hear shades of sludge-metal, folk, jazz and country nestled in the ever present drone. Unique and powerful music.

Here's some of my reviews:

Earth 'Primitive & Deadly' http://soundblab.com/reviews/albums/6338-earth-primitive-and-deadly

Earth 'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1' http://soundblab.com/reviews/albums/3398-earth-angels-of-darkness-demons-of-light-1

Earth 'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 2' http://soundblab.com/reviews/albums/4497-earth-angels-of-darkness-demons-of-light-ii

Earth 'A Bureaucratic Desire for Extra Capsular Extraction' http://soundblab.com/reviews/albums/2808-earth-a-bureaucratic-desire-for-extra-capsular-extraction

Earth Live 2012 http://soundblab.com/reviews/gigs/4560-earth-the-brudenell-social-club-march-09-2012

Drcarlsonalbion Latitudes http://soundblab.com/reviews/albums/4792-drcarlsonalbion-la-strega-and-the-cunning-man-in-the-smoke-latitudes-session


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Saturday, 16 August 2014


I went to Beacons Festival near Skipton last weekend, it was pretty amazing. The photo is of Yorkshire Life Aquatic (https://www.facebook.com/YorkshireLifeAquatic?fref=ts).

My review covers the likes of Hookworms, The Fall, Neneh Cherry, Eagulls and Melt Yourself Down. Enjoy.

My Beacons Review: http://soundblab.com/reviews/gigs/6276-beacons-festival-various-artists-heslaker-farm-skipton-august-07-2014

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


Active since 1999, I was lucky enough to see the wonderful Nisennenmondai the other night at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. So much great music has come out of Japan- Nisennenmondai are pretty special. If you get a chance to see them play, don't pass it up! x

Here's my review: http://soundblab.com/reviews/gigs/6210-nisennenmondai-brudenell-social-club-leeds-uk-july-28-2014

And here's the band playing elsewhere:

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Wolves in the Throne Room

Wolves in the Throne Room, Olympia Washington’s premier eco-black metal band release an album of hypnotic space-drone as a companion piece to their Celestial Lineage album. It’s called Celestite and it’s quite stunning….

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Current 93 Over Halifax

Current 93 are an incredibly special band. David Tibet has collaborated with the likes of Nick Cave and Mark Almond while the group have ties to the ‘scene’ that gave us the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Coil and Nurse with Wound. I was lucky enough to see them play in Halifax recently and wrote some words about it….enjoy….

 And here's a taster of their music.........



Monday, 30 December 2013

My Albums of 2013

Hookworms- Pearl Mystic
If any one band has come to represent 2013 for me, it has to be Hookworms. A reputation built on blistering live performances and one intriguingly fuzzy EP; Hookworms had definitely put in the ground work for their debut album proper. Released by the consistently brilliant Gringo Records; Pearl Mystic is a cathartic, loud and ultimately euphoric record that just keeps pulling me back for more. Full review: http://soundblab.com/reviews/albums/5044-hookworms-pearl-mystic

Johnny Dowd- Do the Gargon
Johnny Dowd has been releasing records for a long time but never seems to get much widespread recognition. This is a great shame. This album is yet another release in a long line of fantastic records, perhaps too unhinged to enter any dull pantheon of ‘modern classics’ but deserving all the same. This time Dowd treats us to the metallic-funk, rock ‘n’ roll madness of Do the Gargon. It’s his gift to the world. You should thank him. Full Review: http://soundblab.com/reviews/albums/5277-johnny-dowd-do-the-gargon

The Cosmic Dead- Inner Sanctum
If Hookworms brought the thrills of modern psychedelia to a wider audience then it was the Cosmic Dead that set about testing its boundaries. The Glaswegians specialise in twenty minute psych-jam freak-outs of the highest order and Inner Sanctum is quite possibly their strongest statement yet. Full Review: http://soundblab.com/reviews/albums/5115-the-cosmic-dead-inner-sanctum

SHABDA- the Electric Bodhisattva
Paradigms Recordings has released many a fine record this year including the gothic post-punk of Lovesilkpalemilk, the occult madness of Jamie Paul Lamb OxManLionEgale and the majestic black metal of Ekpyrosis Weisse Nacht. Yet in The Electric Bodhisattva, SHABDA has created an album of irresistibly hypnotic, eastern drones that never fails to hold me in under its spell. Article about Paradigms: http://soundblab.com/articles/5124-paradigms-recordings

Teeth of the Sea- Master
Imbued with a sense of adventure and giddy creativity London’s Teeth of the Sea has created one of the year’s truly impressive releases. Master is an apocalyptic party record that wants to see you dancing in the embers of the old order. The overt sci-fi influence also makes it sound like some great lost soundtrack to some cosmic cinematic epic. Blade Runner reimagined as an album of Krautrock, electronica, doom and surprisingly hopeful trumpets.  Full Review: http://soundblab.com/reviews/albums/5376-teeth-of-the-sea-master

And some videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxsvTDuxu2ydOBr8R3E0J4-LeU-UYSNSq