Author: Hamza Siddiqi

Review: Earthless – Black Heaven

Earthless are a band that seem to exist in their own little rock ‘n’ roll world. The members seem to have roots more in vein with psychedelic rock, jazz, blues, punk and indie – but they’re signed to Nuclear Blast. Their drummer used to be a professional skateboarder. They apparently reject the “stoner rock” tag (kinda hilariously) due to their preference for coffee or iced tea, and are influenced more by krautrock, classic rock and semi-obscure Japanese psych rock bands than the typical band of their ilk. Wikipedia also tells me that they had no intention of hiring a...

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Mogwai at The Forum, Melbourne 8th March, 2018

It looks like 2018 is going to be a great year for some of the more niche bands of the 90’s. So far, we’ve had the experimental Godspeed You! Black Emperor for the second time in two years, as well as Slowdive playing their first ever Australian shows, and now, the return of post-rock legends Mogwai. The second of two Australian shows since their inexplicable one-off appearance last year at Hobart’s Dark Mofo Festival, last night’s show at The Forum was opened up by local electronic project Rings Around Saturn, with an ambient set that was apparently put together...

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Review: Orissa – Resurrection

Okay, so most of my problems with Orissa’s Resurrection stem not so much from the notion that it’s a bad prog metal album, but more from that fact that it’s most definitely a “prog metal” album. New York’s Orissa is a competent band whose music most metalheads worth their salt could probably enjoy on at least some level, but the fact that they sound a lot like any other spaced out prog metal band is – at least for me – a problem. I can think of a handful of bands who are doing very similar things to Orissa...

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“A lot of this material could easily have made it on to the last Anathema album or any future album; that’s how highly the band rate it.” I’m so glad it didn’t. Much as I love them, Anathema seems to be slipping into a formula – in my eyes a winning one, but a formula nonetheless. This isn’t a terrible thing, and I could happily listen to Anathema by the numbers for a while; but Daniel Cavanagh’s approach on Monochrome, his second solo album (first of solely original music), reminds me of what I used to find so exciting...

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