Another month where I haven’t listened to a great deal of new music, not a lot has come out which has interested me and I’m generally just a bit busier with work! I did squeeze in some more live music, which is an absolute fucking joy after the last 18 months, including NWOBHM band Diamond Head in one of my locals, and my first three day music festival in a couple of years, Beautiful Days near Exeter, which featured particularly outstanding sets from Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Levellers, Ferocious Dog, Headsticks, James and Three Daft Monkeys. I then…


I haven’t listened to much new music this month, took a bit of a break from it and spent some time living with the plethora of great records that have already come out this year, alongside revisiting a lot of old favourites.

I’m currently obsessed with Wolf Alice, their latest has been getting a ton of listens, as well as their first two albums. I’ve also found myself playing the new St. Vincent record a great deal, almost certainly my favourite album of the year so far, alongside the latest from Helloween, At The Gates and John Grant. Also, a…


Well, we’ve reached the halfway point of the year and I’ve stuck with this. At any given moment I may get bored and throw in the towel though! Fourteen records listened to in full this month, a mix of indie pop, hip hop, acoustic, electronica, alternative and of course metal in it’s myriad forms…death, black, power, thrash and progressive. I had intended to listen to the new Fear Factory but after a few songs I was too bored to bother. Throw two stars at it and be done. Onwards then!

DARKTHRONE — ETERNAL HAILS…

Nineteenth album by Norwegian black metal legends Darkthrone sees them…


Listened to 18 new albums this month, a couple of them being leftover April releases. Gave up on a few more half way through as well, it’s not as if I’m being paid for this! Listened to a few songs by indie folk pop artist Billie Marten, which was harmless but a bit dull, got about half way through the new album by Super Furry Animals vocalist Gruff Rhys which didn’t connect with me at all sadly and lasted two songs into some godawful symphonic prog power metal act called Nergard. …


I’ve only listened to eleven new releases this month but a whole heap of interesting stuff got released on the final day so I’ll leave a few to creep into May. Quality over quantity though, a few of these are really good. I did also squeeze in a couple of EPs — Dali’s Llama’s Dust Lung, which is a heavy ass piece of stoner rock, with some cool riffing reminiscent of a Sabbath/Pearl Jam hybrid, music that reeks of JD and a sweaty southern night club — plus both the debut and swansong from Bodom After Midnight, a tantalising and…


Struggled to find the enthusiasm this month, didn’t really hear much in March that was terribly exciting. I gave up on a few albums half way through too, life’s too short — Genesis Owusu (Australian rapper picking up great reviews but this sort of thing really isn’t my bag. I tried…), Kings of Leon (I genuinely fell into a deep sleep about half way through this album which about sums it up), Malist (a by numbers one man black metal band, decent but heard it a million times before), Smith/Kotzen (an accomplished sounding classic rock record, featuring Adrian Smith of…


Month two of 2021 and my promise / threat to briefly review every album I hear this year continues apace! Including the odd record here and there which was released last month but I didn’t get around to at the time. Two months in and I’m already running out of adjectives, how do people manage to do this for a living?!

ABORYM — HOSTILE

It’s been years since I’ve checked out an Aborym album, their combination of industrial, electronica and black metal has never really worked for me and little has changed here. Not that it’s a bad album, just that I’m perhaps…


New year, new music. I normally enjoy a good written waffle each December, looking back on my records of the year, but with lock down in full swing again I thought I’d make it a monthly occurrence. It’ll also be interesting (to me at least!) to see how my opinions of records change over the months, as most of these comments will be based on just two or three listens. Time will tell if I can be arsed to do this every month, particularly if and when life returns to normal!

I listened to sixteen new releases from front to…


2020. Akin to a bag of rotten ass that’s split open on a hot day. But after six months of furlough, lock down and eventual redundancy it did give me bags of time to discover and listen to new music (and I found a new job quickly!). To be precise I’ve listened to one hundred and sixty nine new release records this year, as well as ten EPs and nine live albums. And a lot of it has been really good.

In an attack of apathy I was going to just list my most played albums according to Last FM…

Ian Salsbury

Music nerd who mostly listens to metal, alternative, punk, indie and folk and enjoys wittering on about it.

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