Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Exclusive Song Premiere of BLACK MASTIFF New Song - Star Base 77


Release date: October 18th 2019. Label: Grand Hand Records. 

Loser Delusions – Tracklisting

1. Down By A sound (4:44)
2. Bike Club (4:33)
3. Machines (4:23)
4. A Tangle (4:33)
5. Other Kinds (3:46)
6. Star Base 77 (4:02)
7. Paddle (3:57)
8. Mind Vibe (4:30)
9. Spastic Rhythms (4:14)
10. Stranger (4:26)

Members

Clay Shea, Allan Harding, Bob Yiannakoulias.

The Lowdown

Black Mastiff will be releasing their new album 'Loser Delusions' out on October 18th via Grand Hand Records and the band are premiering the second song - Star Base 77 - from the album right here.


Thanks to Asher Media for all of the details

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Cult Of Sorrow - Invocation of the Lucifer (Album Review) and Exclusive Album Premiere


Release date: September 20th 2019. Label: Black Doomba Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Invocation of the Lucifer – Tracklisting

1.Come Infernal
2.Shaman
3.Invocation
4.Witch Dance
5.Souls Of The Damned
6.Burn 04:28
7.Satan's Eyes
8.The Mirror

Members

Jerry Lovett (Vocals, Guitar), Pete Contreras (Guitar), Joe Owen (bass), Nate Bid (Drums)

Review

Doom Metal Overlords CULT OF SORROW return with their new album Invocation of the Lucifer and it's a brooding blend of Heavy Doom Metal sounds with the band on stunning demented form for their 2nd album.

This album doesn't shy away at bringing some classic sounding Doom Metal grooves to the masses with Devilish Vocals and Lyrics to match. If you dig bands such as Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus and Trouble then this the place to be with CULT OF SORROW ready to make a beeline for your SOUL.

Standout songs include Come Infernal, Shaman, Witch Dance, Souls Of The Damned and The Mirror. So get stuck in with one of the best sounding Doom Metal albums you'll hear this year.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR and Black Doomba Records for all of the details.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

The New Death Cult - S/T (Album Review)


Release date: September 06th 2019. Label: Indie Recordings. Format: CD.DD/Vinyl

The New Death Cult – S/T – Tracklisting

1 Light Spills Over
2 Zeitgeist
3 True Eyes
4 Moon
5 The War
6 Blood of Babylon
7 Colours of the Mind
8 Home
9 Edel

Members

ALPHA - Vocals/Guitar
BETA - Lead Guitar
GAMMA - Bass
DELTA - Drums

Review

The New Death Cult debut album has influences ranging from QOTSA, Biffy Clyro, MUSE and Pink Floyd within its Hard Rock DNA and it shows throughout the album. The album also has a vintage nineties Stoner Rock groove that allows the band to bring an extra layer of heaviness to their overall sound. The band don’t mind bringing a pop based atmosphere to the party as well and leave the listener superbly entertained from start to finish.

Opening song – Light Spills Over – opens with a Psychedelic and Electronic based sound with the heavy guitars making a quick appearance to get the party fully started with high-voltage anthemic riffs. The vocals are reminiscent of late nineties Alt Rock and Grunge in places and it’s very addictive. The pop atmosphere make itself known amongst the heavy Stoner based riffs and it’s a winning combination especially when the socially aware lyrics that becomes a constant theme throughout the album.

Second song – Zeitgeist – echoes the sound that Biffy Clyro perfected back in the day with heavy progressive riffs and a more commercial sound. However, the band make everything work with an early-era QOTSA style swagger being at the forefront of the music. The lyrics and vocals become more intense with the band adding a Spaced Out attitude to the overall feel and flow of the album.

Third song – True Eyes – is one of the most commercial sounding songs on the album and that’s no bad thing with the band showing the audience they can create “radio-friendly” songs with a distinctive Hard Rock edge. The second half of this track is where the song really comes along with lush sounding guitars and psychedelic sounds that make this one of the most addictive and standout songs on the album.

Things become more serious and hard-hitting with the following two songs – Moon and The War – with The New Death Cult showing their true Heavy Rock credentials. As the mood becomes slightly topical and allows the band to comment on current worldwide events on both songs. The New Death Cult almost put MUSE to shame with their blend of Stadium Rock inspired high energy riffs and hard-hitting lyrics to match.

The band continue the good work they created on the first half of the album with even more Psychedelic and Spaced Out moments on excellent songs such as Colours Of The Mind, Home and Edel with perhaps Home being my favourite song on the entire album.

The production is excellent from start to finish and the album will surprise you with the many different sounds and genres that the band have included on this album. This album is a thrilling and genuinely exciting debut album that’s packed full of wonder and adventure that leaves you wanting more.

Words by Steve Howe

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Sunday, 15 September 2019

GURT - Bongs Of Praise (Album Review)



Release date: September 06th 2019. Label: When Planets Collide. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Bongs Of Praise – Tracklisting

1.Doctor Strangeleaf 02:13
2.Weed It and Weep 06:32
3.Rolling Stoned 04:15
4.Squidgy Black Slide 04:35
5.One Hit Wonder 06:08
6.The Joint of No Return 06:17
7.Gauze and Effect 04:18
8.Jazz Cabbage 01:03
9.Marijuarmchair 04:01
10.Bongs Of Praise 05:42

Members

Gareth Kelly - Growth - Mouth.
Rich Williams - Sedulurt - Riffmonster.
Dave Blakemore - Spice - Bassmaster.
Bill Jacobs - The Scorpion - Bashing.

Review

UK Doom/Sludge Rockers GURT are back with a new album and it’s a captivating affair with the band’s trademark sarcastic humour intact. This is perhaps the heaviest record that the band have released to date and the band don’t shy away from playing some of the bleakest and progressive sounds of their career.

The band have written a collection of superb sounding songs that once again sees the band’s deep love affair for the legendary NOLA based sound. The lyrics are one of the best things about this album. As the guys have written deeply humorous lyrics with against the brutal sounding grooves that all build to a hard rocking and easy-going Party based atmosphere.

The band are never going to win any awards for originality in regards to their music. Though, they could actually win awards for the perhaps cleverest and most insane song titles you’re likely to hear this year. If you’re looking for a socially aware album that asks hard-hitting questions, then you better look elsewhere. As GURT release music just to purely entertain and they exceed on all levels on this album.

This album is very much a team affair with lead singer Gareth Kelly delivering his trademark style of vocals superbly well from start to finish. The other members Rich, Dave and Bill plays fantastically bleak sounding high-voltage music for Gareth to preach to an ever appreciative audience.

Standout songs include – Doctor Strangeleaf, Weed It And Weep, Rolling Stoned, The Joint Of No Return and the excellent final song BONGS OF PRAISE.

The name of this album is inspired by a UK TV Religious Programme called Songs Of Praise. I never thought in a million years that I would use Songs Of Praise in one of my articles though here we are. Though with GURT anything is possible. This is the band that released Christmas covers of Little Donkey and Walking In The Air.

Anyway - this album has everything you want from GURT. Brutal sounds and a wicked sense of humour from start to finish.

Words by Steve Howe

You can buy BONGS OF PRAISE here via When Planets Collide.

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for all of the details.


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Ealdor Bealu - Spirit of the Lonely Places (Album Review)


Release date: July 20th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD/Vinyl

Spirit of the Lonely Places – Tracklisting

1.Sink like Stone 06:52
2.Firebird 06:38
3.Smoke Signals 07:32
4.Isolation 09:21
5.The Four Horsemen 08:44 

Members

Carson Russell: Guitars, Vocals
Rylie Collingwood: Bass, Vocals
Travis Abbott: Guitars, Vocals
Craig Hawkins: Drums, Percussion

Review

Spirit Of The Lonely Places is the new album from Heavy Psych Rockers - Ealdor Bealu – and the Boise, Idaho natives bring a more earthly sounding style of Psychedelic Stoner Rock that impresses from the start. Ealdor Bealu feel inspired by Drone Rock Legends – EARTH – in places and their lyrics and almost drone based sensibilities has a quirky and intelligent feel to it.

The album is not your most straight forward album with the band adding elements of Folk, Drone, Doom and Experimental Rock to their overall sound. Add an almost claustrophobic 90s Alt Rock vibe and this album is quite mysterious in places. The vocals from Carson, Rylie and Travis are impressive indeed and they’re spliced throughout the entire album.

Ealdor Bealu create music by their own rules and songs such as Sink Like Stone, Firebird and Isolation is a testament to the band’s talent in creating highly progressive sounds that pushes the boundaries of Psychedelic Stoner Rock with it’s gloomy Doom Rock surroundings. The riffs are excellent allowing the band to fully explore different styles of music within the songs epic run-time.

The album can be deceptively quiet and loud at the same time with the band reaching high volumes of cinematic style Doom based Stoner Rock grooves. The album isn’t going to be for everyone as Spirit Of The Lonely Places has a more adventurous spirit compared to some of the other Psychedelic Rock albums I’ve heard this year.

The production is exquisite with the album being mastered by Brad Boatright for outstanding sound production values. Ealdor Bealu have released a forward thinking album with a deeply hidden emotional core that you don’t expect and one that will last long in the memory.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Nebula Drag - Blud (Album Review)


Release date: September 27th 2019. Label: Desert Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Blud – Tracklisting
1.Dos Lados
2.Knives
3.Always Dying 05:06
4.Dogs or Gods
5.We All Want to Know 04:14
6.Faces
7.What Went Wrong
8.Numb
9.Infinite Vacation
10.Mental

Members

Corey Quintana -Guitar/Vocals
Stephen Varns -Drums
Garrett Gallagher-Bass

Review
Nebula Drag second album Blud shows you how far the band have progressed since their debut album. As the band have returned with a heavier and more psychedelic sound. Partially inspired by KYUSS but Nebula Drag offer their own twisted take on the classic Stoner Rock/Metal sound.
Opening song - Dos Lados – dives right into playing a heavy progressive groove with Nebula Drag adding spaced out vibes for a world weary sound. The song firmly comes in to focus when lead vocalist Corey’s vocals appear and everything moves up a gear. The instrumental work is quite intense in places with the band showing their love for nineties Grunge and Stoner Metal. The lyrics are good but it’s the heavy atmospheric riffs that make this song work and allow Nebula Drag to explore this sound further on the rest of the album. 
Second song – Knives – has a Fuzzier style of music with the pounding Desert/Stoner Metal vibes once again transporting the listener back to the hey-day of Stoner Rock/Metal and you can hear elements of Kyuss and Monster Magnet fused into Nebula Drag’s DNA. The lyrics are quite hard-hitting in places and shows you that the band mean business on this album. Corey’s vocals impress yet again with the music having a more distorted sound compared to other songs on the album.
Third song – Always Dying – is a more personal song with the band putting their hearts and souls into this song. It’s a more “Blues” based offering that shows you a different side to Nebula Drag. Add a slightly bleak “Americana” atmosphere and this song ranks as one of the best songs on the album. The song is played at a deliberate slow pace but still offers a heavy experience when the faster riffs appear on the second half of the song. 
Fourth song - Dogs Or Gods – is a trippy and surreal take on all things Stoner Rock/Metal with different noises and ambient sounds that are set against a backdrop of finely played Stoner Rock/Metal grooves. The lyrics aren’t the best but the riffs make everything worthwhile and you’re rewarded with another engaging vocal performance from Corey. The song does see Nebula Drag add a gloomier atmosphere to their overall sound and it’s quite exciting to listen to.
The second half of the album carries on the good work that Nebula Drag showed in the first half with the band creating heavier and more spaced out progressive sounds with songs - We All Want To Know, Numb and Infinite Vacation being the main standouts. The whole feel and flow of the album has a vintage and timeless quality to it and that’s mainly down to the fantastic production contained within this album.
Overall, Blud offers a captivating and exciting journey into the wild realm of Psychedelic Stoner Metal that will see Nebula Drag forge an exciting future for themselves within the Stoner Metal community.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Desert Records for the promo. Blud will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl from September 27th 2019 via Desert Records.

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Saint Karloff - Interstellar Voodoo (Album Review)


Release date: October 04th 2019. Label: Vinyl (Majestic Mountain Records), CD (Ozium Records), Tape (Stoner Witch Records). Format: CD/DD/Vinyl/Cassette Tape

Interstellar Voodoo – Tracklisting
Interstellar Voodoo

Members
Mads Melvold: Guitar / Vocals
Ole Sletner: Bass
Adam Suleiman: Drums

Review

Greetings All,

Norway’s Saint Karloff stormed onto the scene with one of 2018’s best records. All Heed the Black God was a thunderous stoned out doom psych marvel. These prolific fellows followed that was a dazzling split ep with the always impressive Devils Witches. Now, hot on the heels of that release the band drops their stunning sophomore lp. The epic Interstellar Voodoo is an impressive one track/40+ minute doom/fuzz opus. A downright fuzzed out, riff laden rock opera that shares a kindred spirit with another single track stoner rock masterpiece, Sleep’s Dopesmoker. I think it virtually impossible to not at least somewhat compare the two records. Sure, it’s heavy ass stoner rock, so there are some obvious similarities. However, Saint Karloff have forged their own patch and put their own unique stamp on this take.

To be honest, there is some difficulty in reviewing a one track album. For obvious reasons the vinyl and cassette are going to be broken into parts 1 and 2 with each part clocking in around 20 minutes, give or take. However, I would say the record plays out in what I would call movements. I’m no music major, but for the sake of my explanation, that is how I am going to roll with it.

The first movement opens with thunderous riffage that kicks into a tight, sweet groove that runs until around the six and half minute mark before some high octane ZZ Top inspired rocking kicks for a couple of minutes and then changes gears into a heavy stomp of a movement that rocks rather righteously before phasing out and slowing down around the 12 minute mark. Some slight guitar noodling leads into a bassline that launches the band into the next explosive, groove heavy movement. It is a bass driven number reminiscent of Graveyard or Witchcraft with a catchy hook and a rocking outro that by all accounts closes out the first part of the record around the 20 minute mark.

The band brings the heavy in the second half. A massive riff, monstrous bassline, and louder than god drums open the next movement that breaks down into guitar solos and crashing cymbals before giving way to the heavy ass homage to some “Sweet Young Maiden” that is a movement that is chock full of riffage and bass that doesn’t relent. The band then moves into a jazz inflected low end groove around the 26 minute mark that brings in some righteous sounding hammond organ work over the next few minutes before morphing into the dark the dark and monstrous final movement with a familiar riff/groove and some heavy strained vocals before coming to a close with some phased out, drum filled grooviness. Interstellar Voodoo does not relent, but in the best way possible.

Saint Karloff aren’t necessarily reinventing the wheel, but the are blazing their own path and setting the bar extremely high in execution and creativity. The trio are becoming the new masters of fuzzed out riffs, just as fuzz basslines, monstrous drums and lo fi vocals. If you dig stoner rock, doom, psych, blues and the almighty riff and you somehow are not yet familiar with Saint Karloff, then you need to get your head in the game. Seriously. Interstellar Voodoo is some serious shit and a definite album of the year contender. You have no choice, dig on this!

- Todd S - Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. 

Interstellar Voodoo will be available to buy from October 04th 2019 via the following labels and formats - Vinyl (Majestic Mountain Records), CD (Ozium Records), Tape (Stoner Witch Records)

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VOKONIS - Grasping Time (Album Review)


Release date: September 06th 2019. Label: The Sign Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Grasping TIme – Tracklisting
1.AntlerQueen 07:47
2.Sunless Hymnal 09:57
3.I Hear The Siren 04:34 video
4.Exiled 02:05
5.Ashes 01:57
6.Embers 08:24
7.Grasping Time 04:15 video
8.Fading Lights 05:37

Members

Simon Ohlsson - Guitar, Vocals 
Emil Larsson - Drums 
Jonte Johansson - Bass, Vocals

Review

Grasping Time is the new album from Swedish Progressive Doom Rockers VOKONIS and it sees the band move further away from the sound they created on their celebrated debut album. Where there debut embraced the true world of Stoner Rock/Metal with influences diverse such as Elder, Mastodon and SLEEP. This album does see those influences but the band have adapted a more 70s style of Progressive Rock and more Doom orientated as well.

You can expect to hear Thin Lizzy style guitars, riffs and harmonies with the complex world building that Mastodon are known for. This is still VOKONIS and they deliver their riffs with wild imagination and creativity. They psychedelic overtones of opening song AntlerQueen are there to meet you with open arms and take you on a heavy Doom/Stoner and Prog Metal odyssey. 

Grasping Time is perhaps VOKONIS most mature release yet and the music is quite inventive compared to their previous albums.This is a band coming of age and ready for bigger and better things. Songs such as Sunless Hymnal, I Hear The Siren, Embers and Fading LIghts instantly draw you in and show that VOKONIS have a wide array of different grooves and sounds to play and excite the listener with.

I admire the different sounds that VOKONIS have included on this album with elements of Ambient Rock and Post-Rock appearing throughout the album. I’m pretty sure that the band feel inspired by CULT OF LUNA and OPETH on this release. As I can hear and feel their sound raging throughout the album. The lyrics have a certain OPETH vibe to them especially on Sunless Hymnal.

The main exciting part of the album is the overall journey the band take you upon and to witness the new evolution of VOKONIS to be major league players in the Doom/Stoner Metal arena. 

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR for the promo. Grasping Time is available to buy now on all formats.

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Album Premiere Of GURT New Album - BONGS OF PRAISE


Release date: September 06th 2019. Label: When Planets Collide. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

BONGS OF PRAISE – Tracklisting



1.Doctor Strangeleaf
2.Weed It and Weep
3.Rolling Stoned
4.Squidgy Black Slide
5.One Hit Wonder
6.The Joint of No Return
7.Gauze and Effect
8.Jazz Cabbage
9.Marijuarmchair
10.Bongs Of Praise

Members

Gareth Kelly - Growth - Mouth.
Rich Williams - Sedulurt - Riffmonster.
Dave Blakemore - Spice - Bassmaster.
Bill Jacobs - The Scorpion - Bashing.



The Lowdown

UK Doom/Sludge Metal Troublemakers - GURT - are back with their excellent new album BONGS OF PRAISE.

The album due for release this Friday sees the band release another round of dirty Doom/Sludge Metal grooves with GURT's trademark humour in full swing. 

The name of this album is inspired by a UK TV Religious Programme called Songs Of Praise. I never thought in a million years that I would use Songs Of Praise in one of my articles though here we are. Though with GURT anything is possible. This is the band that released Christmas covers of Little Donkey and Walking In The Air.

Anyway - this album has everything you want from GURT. Brutal sounds and a wicked sense of humour from start to finish. 

I'll be reviewing this album on Saturday morning.

Until then you can enjoy this full album premiere for BONGS OF PRAISE.



You can pre-order BONGS OF PRAISE here.

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for all of the details.

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Exclusive Stream Of THE BURNING TREE New EP - PARIAH


Driven by an inability to remain static, Ohio native William Jennings now offers his latest musical project to denizens of anything twisted and strange: The Burning Tree. Jennings, who plays bass in stoner/doom band Ghost:Hello and dabbles in many other DIY artistic endeavors, has created a boardwalk sideshow for the senses in this work of self-described "dumpster pop."

With influences including Dax Riggs, Cocorosie, and The Magnetic Fields, Jennings' new music is honest and open in all things. The Burning Tree's upcoming five-song EP, Pariah, takes listeners from bright caricatures to seething evil and tales of loss -- and then right back up to the flashing lights and cotton candy of the boardwalk. 

The surfy tone of opener "Oranges & Lemons" is deceptively upbeat; this evolves into the threatening "Lovely Lyra" and the mournful, Eastern-inspired "Joan of Arc." "Lost Boy" sounds like adventure in Area 51 with Aileen Wuornos, while closing track "Operator" is a singsong folk nightmare that unexpectedly takes a harsher turn. No matter which emotion Jennings portrays, he paints an irreverent, psychedelic portrait for listeners.

With this music, Jennings has channelled buried kinks and hidden secrets, untold fantasies and old memories. Anything is possible beneath The Burning Tree. Pariah will be released on September 6 2019.


You can hear an Exclusive Stream Of The EP below



EP Credits

William Jennings -- all instruments, vocals, arrangement, and recording except where noted
Anthony Rich -- drums on "Lovely Lyra"
Nina Rich -- backing vocals on "Lovely Lyra"
Sarah Powell -- backing vocals on "Lovely Lyra"
Patrick Delagrange -- drums on "Joan of Arc" and "Operator"

Connect With Jennings and The Burning Tree

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR for all of the info.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Monomyth - ORBIS QUADRANTIS (Album Review)


Release date: September 12th 2019. Label: Suburban Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

ORBIS QUADRANTIS – Tracklisting

1.Aquilo 12:03
2.Eurus
3.Auster
4.Favonius

Members

Selwyn Slop, Sander Evers, Peter van der Meer, Boudewijn Bonebakker, Tjerk Stoop

Review

Acclaimed Psych Space/Stoner Rockers Monomyth return with their new album Orbis Quadrantis and it’s a collection of different sounds that only Monomyth can provide. This album has a more unforgiving nature compared to their previous albums with the band playing an experimental and emotionally driven style of Psychedelic Rock with their familiar KrautRock grooves taking time to fully appear.

It’s good to hear Monomyth’s trademark style of Heavy Psych/Spaced Out Grooves told over four epic songs with the band adding elements of Post-Rock to their music.

Opening song – Aquilo – is an almost thirteen-minute epic song with Monomyth taking their playing slowly-played and lush sounding progressive and psychedelic melodies. This song sees Monomyth adding different levels of sonic riffage with a haunting gloomy score being the lifeblood of this entire song. The band bring a heavier perspective on the final stages of the song with the music becoming more aggressive and more doom based as a result. This song reminds me of Monomyth debut album where the band weren’t afraid to explore a more distinctive gloomy style of music.

Second song – Eurus – opens with a more upbeat groove and Monomyth add different instruments to the mix for a friendlier style of Psychedelic Rock. The song is simply played but it holds your attention with the band trying different styles of music that shouldn’t really work but there is a warm addictive groove holding everything together. There are a few seventies/eighties classic rock elements held within this song and it does mean that Eurus does take time to fully come alive and become more involving. However, this a superbly played song from start to finish and shows a side of Monomyth that we haven’t experienced before.

Third song – Auster – is perhaps the most intriguing and exciting song on the album with Monomyth adding eighties Electronica vibes and Synth’s to their music. Auster is quite refreshing to hear though it feels the band cannot decide what they want this song to actually be. Electronica or Heavy Psych. The song fuses both style of music with added Ambient sounds amongst the trippy narrative being played within the song’s nine-minute runtime.

The final song – Favonius – is quite surreal and has an “earthly” Post-Rock approach that you can easily lose yourself in. The guitars are kept to a minimum at first with the other instruments such as drums and synths leading the way. The band start adding heavy guitars along the way and the surreal vibe starts to become distant and replaced with a more “doom and gloom” style of music. The second half of the song is more progressive and the heavy guitars start to dictate the overall flow and atmosphere of the whole album.

Orbis Quadrantis is superbly produced from start to finish and allows Monomyth to play some of their most diverse music to date. This album can be quite challenging to listen to at times but it’s never boring. Monomyth have delivered a rich and emotionally complex sounding album that still manages to leave you wanting more.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Orbis Quadrantis will be available to buy on DD/Vinyl from Suburban Records from September 12th 2019.

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