March 1, 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..

Motion Device IV

Motion Device – Motion Device IV

You’re got to admire bands like Motion Device that have worked their way up from the bottom of the ladder. This Canadian band started by posting covers of classic songs on YouTube. They were teenagers at the time – or pre-teenage as in the case of singer Sara Menoudakis who dressed up as Ozzy and..

Die Kreatur- Panoptikum (Napalm Records)

It is easy to forget what Germany has brought to music over the decades, an endless list of of electronic, avant-garde and underground bands. From Krautrock to Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave) heavy electronica with its roots in British punk but faithful to the German tongue. The late 1980s and early 1990s heralded a..