February 28, 2021

Empress – Wait ‘Til Night (Brilliant Emperor records)

Australia's Empress blur the lines of many musical genres, from indie to shoegaze, from post-rock to metal - so perhaps the best way to describe their music is with adjectives like immersive, screeching, soothing, haunting, and delicately massive. What they do specialise in is dark theatrical melody, underlying menace, emotional and ethereal vocals, some fantastic..

Ruff Majik – The Devil’s Cattle (Mongrel Records)

Ruff Majik are an abrasive but humorous, stoner-rock band formed in South Africa in 2012, originally featuring the talents of guitarist/vocalist Johni Holiday, bassist Jimmy Glass and drummer Ben Manchino, but now augmented by guitarist Cowboy Van and guitarist/keyboard player (and long-time friend and producer) Evert Snyman. Their early work was pretty heavy, basic, stoner..