BLACK SABBATH – Technical Ecstasy (Super Deluxe Edition) (BMG)

Hopefully this beautifully put-together reissue will allow this most underrated of Sabbath recordings to finally undergo some long overdue reassessment. It surely deserves it! There is a certain received wisdom among Black Sabbath fan circles that 1976's Technical Ecstasy album was an abrupt shift in direction which represents the first dramatic loss in quality following..

Candlemass release ‘Green Valley Live’ lockdown show

PEACEVILLE TO RELEASE CANDLEMASS GREEN VALLEY (LIVE) ON 7TH MAY 2021THE SWEDISH DOOM METAL GODS PERFORM THEIR CLASSIC TRACKS DURING LOCKDOWN. INCLUDES 'WELL OF SOULS', 'BEWITCHED' & MORE  After over 35 years of existence, Candlemass still stand tall as true heavy metal greats & kings of doom, in the footsteps of their influences, Black Sabbath. The band is..

BLACK SABBATH – VOL 4: Super Deluxe Edition (BMG)

Wheels Of Confusion ... morphs into a rolling, unstoppable riff, sounding like great tombstones being pushed down a hillside at midnight, and immediately the listener is sucked in Before I even start on this, I have to declare right away what an enormously important album this is and was for myself personally. The first Black..

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..