Author: Team Uber

Dread Sovereign – ‘Alchemical Warfare’ (Metal Blade)

Alan Averill – or Nemtheanga, to give him his perhaps more recognizable stage name – bestrides the Irish death metal scene like a colossus, having been single-handedly responsible (especially in his own eyes) for placing the Emerald Isle’s contribution to the genre firmly and squarely in the centre of the global stage. He is also a man possessed of an ego as big as the Irish diaspora, not least in his derogatory attitude towards the Irish music media (which is perhaps surprising considering his own background as a journalist of some repute) … so, he won’t really give a flying fuck what we north of the border at ÜRHQ make of this, the third full-length offering from his doomier side project, will he (something he makes clear in the title of the closing track? Well, fuck him, ‘cos we’re gonna tell him, and you, anyway…

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Sonic Flower – ‘Sonic Flower’/’Rides Again’ (Heavy Psych Sounds)

The name of Tatsu Mikami will be one well-known to aficionados of the more psychedelic end of the doom metal spectrum, as the distinctive-looking bassist has towered over the Japanese scene like a modern-day Godzilla, mainly thanks to his role as the driving force behind the serial-killer obsessed Church of Misery. It could be argued, I suppose, that Sonic Flower is a long-omitted sidebar to the CoM storyline, as the first of this coupling of albums was released back in 2003, while the second has lain gathering cobwebs in a Tokyo vault for the better part of 15 years, finally being dusted down and thrust, belatedly, into the light of day.

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False Heads – ‘It’s All There But You’re Dreaming’ (Lovers Music)

London based three-piece post-punkers False Heads created quite a stir with the digital release of their debut album ‘It’s All There But You’re Dreaming’ last year, with the band netting one million streams on Spotify and over 500K on Apple Music, and gaining radio support at R1, 6music and Radio X amongst others. Plus, Iggy Pop is a fan, which can’t be a bad thing. This month sees the album re-released on physical formats, which promises to bring the album to an even wider audience.

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JoeyDiabolic – ‘Through Soundwaves Vol 3’ EP (Self-Released)

Being a lifelong obsessive of horror film and a fanboy nut for ‘90’s industrial and metal, John M was more than intrigued when this crossed his desk. JoeyDiabolic is a kindred spirit of the horror/White Zombie Fandom who has been releasing singles that meld the two worlds together for a while now (including homages to Friday The 13th and Halloween), and he finally got to JM’s happy place – the wonderful carnival that is A Nightmare On Elm Street.

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