Author Archives: Coprinus

Devin Townsend – Empath

Genre: Broadway Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 7.5/10 Commentary: Devin Townsend is sort of a thrash metal granddad. All the reviews describe this album as uncharacterizable and groundbreakingly creative. It is only uncharacterizable because the reviewers didn’t grow up listening to Broadway musical scores. It is a musical. A heavy metal musical. 8.5/10 for… Read More »

Kathryn Tickell and the Darkening – Hollowbone

Genre: Folk/drone Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 9/10 Commentary: This is is new artist for me, and my first real exposure to Northumbrian smallpipes. So far, one of the best albums of the year. More info: here. Listen: here.

Metal Round-up May 2019

Metal round-up for May! Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light Genre: Cheeky black metal Rating: 7/10 Commentary: Wonderfully diverse, campy, tons of fun. Listen here           Lucifera – La Cacería de Brujas Genre: Columbian Thrash Metal Rating: 5/10 Commentary: Great female vocalist. New band to me. Listen here… Read More »

Ten Fé – Future Perfect, Present Tense

Genre: Pure Cheese Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 6/10 Commentary: This is an unbelievably delightful piece of guilty confection. I will not tell you how may times I listened to it on repeat. More info: here. Listen: here.

Karen O, Danger Mouse – Lux Prima

Genre: Experimental Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 6.5/10 Commentary: It’s … OK. It won’t knock your socks off, and you sort of expect more from these two. But it is a perfectly fine album, and two songs (“Ministry” and “Reveries”) are magnificent. More info: here. Listen: here.

Disappointing Albums Round-Up

I don’t usually post up the albums I don’t enjoy, but there’s been a whole run of bad albums by great artists, and it got me annoyed. Steve Earle – Guy Genre: Alternative Country Rating: 4.5/10 Commentary: A collection of really great songs by Guy Clarke, covered really badly in the deadly-earnest old-tired-guy style which… Read More »

Three Great Rock Albums

Here are three great rock albums I’ve been listening to an repeat. Drenge – Strange Creatures Genre: Garage Rock Rating: 7.5/10 Listen here           Pond – Tasmania Genre: Psychedelic Rock Rating: 7/10 Listen here           Stats – Other People’s Lives Genre: Disco Rock Rating: 8/10 Listen here

Julia Jacklin – Crushing

Genre: Rock Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 7/10 Commentary: Mostly break-up songs, alternately defiant and sad, but not cliched, and sometimes pretty insightful. Simple vocals-forward production. It grows on you. More info: here. Listen: here.