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Jonathan

Jonathan lives in Dublin, Ireland and writes for various websites and publications, and blogs maybe a little too much.
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Metal and hardcore in Ireland rarely goes 12 months without releasing at least a couple of impressive records, and 2014 was no different, from new bands (Vircolac being the most recent) through to the old guard. Perhaps what is most interesting about several Irish records released this year, and the

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Last year, JR Robinson, under the pseudonym of Wrekmeister Harmonies, unveiled his second record (and first for Thrill Jockey), You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me, a painfully misleading title for what turned out to be a morose and unsettling intersection between the avant-garde and doom metal. Now we’re staring

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When Dublin’s Crows dropped their debut tape, Severance, in 2011, it was a ruthless and unforgiving statement of intent for the then-new hardcore band, with unhealthy levels of vitriol and misanthropy jammed into its terse 10 or 11 minutes. Unfortunately, there’s been some radio silence since then (save for a

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Like a fine wine, the work of Dylan Carlson only appears to get better with age. Clichéd comparison? Sure, but extremely apt nonetheless. While Earth’s original run of records are nothing to sniff at, the run of records from Earth since 2005’s HEX; or Printing in the Infernal Method has

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Galway’s Ilenkus have been threatening an album like this for a while. Their debut record, Rule By Thieves, while a solid enough offering, didn’t necessarily have the grit it needed to stand out from the pack, though still displaying the odd flicker of brilliance. A few years later, the band

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The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is the latest edition to the Crowquill Records family, one which is steadily growing in quality, especially with last year’s stellar EP from Sisters of…. This new instrumental trio traverses some similar terrain as Sisters of…, but with a decidedly more brooding and paced approach. Every

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Chicago’s Vukari may not be on your radar just yet, having just released their first record Matriarch last summer. Though, with this new offering En to Pan, the post-metal-meets-black-metal band may begin to sculpt out their own presence, especially considering the ambitious sounds contained within this new EP. EN TO

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California’s Keeper creates sounds that are totally at odds with the images of sun drenched landscapes that their home state typically invokes in people. Rather, this new band treads woefully grim and dark territory with a simply crushing and unforgiving brand of sludge doom. MMXIV, their first record, is so

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There’s something to be said for a name, but L.A.’s Weightlessness doesn’t quite fit into the sounds of the band. It conjures images of dreamy, airy passages and ghostly reveries to get lost in, when in actuality, Weightlessness have executed some of the heaviest and swallowing funeral doom of the

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In recent years, there hasn’t quite been any black metal band as consistently brilliant as France’s Blut Aus Nord, save maybe for their fellow countrymen and sonic brethren in Deathspell Omega. Their ‘90s output was solid, but 2004’s The Work Which Transforms God is an absolutely flawless piece of avant-garde

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Markus Siegenhort, sometimes going by the pseudonym of Herbst, is the helmsman of German act Lantlôs, a band that has traversed different musical plains over each of its records, usually occupying a regular home in the world of black metal and shoegaze with regular collaborator, Neige of Alcest. With new

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Southern California and powerviolence? Is there a better duo? Make a checklist of pivotal PV bands old and new that have come from the region, and the list gets lengthy. ACxDC are one of those bands. Now in their 11th year of existence, the west coast band may not exactly

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