Review: Salford's most electrifying and unclassifiable band are back for the attack a mere couple of months after their paint-stripping 'Just Say No The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine' opus, and once again they've morphed beyond all recognition with the help of Dutch psych troupe RMFTM. The result of this collaboration, first premiered at the Eindhoven Psych Lab festival and later performed at Roadburn, is an ever-shifting and feverishly oppressive work, shot though with minimalist malice and post-punk dynamism, and as likely to appeal to fans of PiL and This Heat as abstract electronica. Another impassioned and fiercely impressive works from one of the finest bands in the land.
Review: The mysterious Gothenburg based collective have apparently styled this as their 'folk' album yet this is less than half the story - indeed, 'Requiem' stands as an adventurous travail through styles and headspaces, moving from the vibrant psychedelic jams of their earlier work to ritualistic acoustic interludes, and with hi-life wave-ups rubbing shoulders with grage rock grit. Their ceremonial splendour is only enhanced by this all-encompassing outlook, with the more understated moments effortlessly hitting the same revelatory dimensions as the third-eye-cleansing moments of drama. And any band who can manage to make the panpipes sound thrilling and vibrant as an ingredient in their mystical brew would appear to have strange magick indeed on their side.
Review: For the younger generation maybe it's Wolfmother, and for everyone else it's Black Sabbath, but for a slightly ironic psych rock band that's here to be taken seriously, with a pinch of motorik fun, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs bring home the bacon. King Of Cowards provides the north eastern Brits with arguably their most rock solid record that comes in at six tracks large. It can sometimes be few and far between that perfect place, or band, that has the ability to capture the visceral vibe, howl and punch of heavy rock but there's no denying these guys do it with devil horns all the way.