Birth : Born

There’s something transcendent about the album Born, the debut long player by California’s prog/psych outfit Birth. Southern California has been ground zero for a new wave of prog and psych bands in the last decade and a half, with heavyweights like Astra, Psicomagia, Monarch, Sacri Monti, and Earthless lighting the way to some kind of […]

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Hawksmoor : Head Coach

Musician James McKeown, better known in the heady electronic music world as Hawksmoor, has put out some of the most forward thinking and far out heavy synth albums in the last couple years. Albums like Methods Of Dreaming, On Prescription, as well as his collaboration with The Heartwood Institute Concrete Island have demonstrated McKeown’s knack […]

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Dressel Amorosi : DeathMetha

I’m not sure what’s happening on Dressel Amorosi’s dark and slinky DeathMetha, but I sure as hell like it. Prominent Rickenbacker bass lines, Fender Rhodes, and an array of vintage synths all come together to make the coolest, funkiest soundtrack to a movie you dreamt up on an absinth fever dream. The band is synthesist […]

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Wolfmen Of Mars : Might Be Evil

Wolfmen Of Mars fill a very specific musical void in my life; the vibes of my favorite childhood late night creature feature show called Nightmare Theater, which aired every Friday night on Channel 55, early White Zombie, a haunted western, and heavy metal electronic music. All of those elements intertwine and feed off one another […]

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Zombi : Liquid Crystal

Even though 2020 was the giant dumpster fire that it was, there was still plenty of great music to rise from the political and pandemic ashes. One of the highlights was Zombi’s 2020, which saw the prog/horror/synth duo of Steve Moore and AE Paterra turning in one of their heaviest and honed in sets of […]

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Step Out Of Reality With The Psychic Circle; Listen To “View From The Magicians Window Part 1”

UK-based record label Library Of The Occult has been offering up dark, synth-driven music since its introduction this past summer. New music from Dream Division, Ogre, and Timothy Fife has delved into classic Gothic literature, occult themes, D&D, and contact with worlds beyond our own. LOTO has made it its mission to keep the spirit […]

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Zombi : 2020

In a year of near post-apocalyptic proportions, which includes a lockdown-level pandemic, protests worldwide against police brutality, a near authoritarian regime in the US that’s doing nothing to bring us together, music is something I’m finding much solace in. Back in April or May one of my favorite artists announced a new LP, their first […]

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The Return of Zombi

It’s been five long years since Zombi’s last release, the epic Shape Shift. In-between then and now both Steve Moore and AE Paterra have put out an impressive amount of work on their own. Paterra as Majeure, both with Temporary Residence and with Holodeck Records on last year’s excellent Mass Flashback. Moore has been prolific […]

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Black Mountain : Destroyer

I remember when I got my drivers license. I was a late bloomer and didn’t get mine till I was 17. After some shenanigans prior to being 16 and my uncle’s 1949 Chevy, I was banned from getting my license for a bit. But when I did finally get it, it was such a feeling […]

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