The Night Terrors – Pavor Nocturnus

Hallowe’en is over for yet another year, all my sweets have been extorted by a succession of little demons and I’ve spent far too long assembling a new record player, the instructions to which are only slightly more complicated and abstract than those imprinted on the side of the two Voyager Spacecraft should they be discovered at any point in the universe’s vast future by a civilisation of audiophiles.  The.. Read More

The Night Terrors – Spiral Vortex

Due to an especially harsh set of criteria set by yours truly, one of my favourite records of last year didn’t make it onto my Top 50 list – The Night Terrors’ Back To Zero was indeed released last year, but was a remastered vinyl reissue of an album that first surfaced in 2009 on CD.  Last year was the first time I heard it, and it blew me away,.. Read More

obe – Partners

This writing malarkey’s tricky.  And I’m not just saying that because I’m hampered by being crap at it.  I generally try to find an “in” to something and then expand on that, sometimes to distressing and ridiculous degrees.  And if I can’t find that, then I then put the keyboard to one side and just sit and listen instead because there’s no point in me blathering on about stuff when.. Read More

The Night Terrors – Back To Zero

Sometimes it’s a crying shame that you can only listen to something for the very first time once.  Picking up something that you’ve never heard of before for no reason other than someone saying that it’s really good, and then having that single sole preconception go “Kerblammo!” in your head once it hits your ears.  Yes, that thing. As I am wont to do occasionally, I heed the advice of.. Read More

Voivod – Target Earth

Now, here’s a weird one. As with the last post, this concerns a band that has, in various forms, been around me for a long time. Unlike the artists of the previous missive however, this is a group that doesn’t bring on warm, fuzzy angry feelings of youthfulness: ooh no, this is a band that appeals to the scientific curiosity in me, growing and expanding independently and more often than.. Read More

Matt Berry – Witchazel

This isn’t a completely new album, as it was originally released online for free for a very limited time (no more than a day or two) back in 2009, which is when I first heard this.  Thankfully, it’s now getting a full release next month via the Acid Jazz label and will no doubt attract a few curious listens, although curiosity will soon give way to genuine appreciation once the.. Read More

Kosmos – Kosmos

It seems rather fitting that I revisit this recent gem this week, as last night should have provided spectacular spacey visuals courtesy of a meteor shower that turned out to be almost entirely obscured by the rainclouds that have covered Manchester since time immemorial, although I think I may have spotted two at about 1 this morning, so job’s a good ‘un.  Because  Kosmos, as the name implies, are a.. Read More