Review: Boss Keloid – Melted on the Inch

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Label: Holy Roar Records

The issue I have with a lot of prog music is that it fails to be progressive, and ends up instead feeling quite regressive and backwards-looking – a painful irony for music that, by its very name, should be forward-thinking. So, it’s a pleasure to hear a band like Boss Keloid who creature music that is both prog-inspired and progressive in outlook. Melted on the Inch is an album that toys with the concept of song-structures and convention, letting the songs wander where they will, to stirring, life-affirming effect.

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Album of the Day: Employed to Serve – The Warmth of a Dying Sun

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Label: Holy Roar Records

Can I confess something that, to some, will seem like blasphemy? I really didn’t like The Warmth of a Dying Sun on initial listens. The 2017 album from Employed to Serve really didn’t click with me for a while. Its technical, pummeling hardcore left me utterly unmoved on early listens, its frantic leads and crushing breakdowns doing absolutely nothing for me. But then, after leaving it a few months, for some unknown reason I couldn’t get ‘I Spend My Days’ out of my head, leading to me going back to the album and discovering that, oh hey, this is much, much better than I remember – to the extent that I now totally understand the hype around this band, and believe it’s completely justified.

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Review: Conjurer – Mire

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Label: Holy Roar Records

There’s been quite a lot of hype around Conjurer recently, and it’s easy to hear why. The new album from the UK band, Mire, is a fearsome mix of forward-thinking, progressive song-writing and supremely heavy music. Sitting somewhere between early Opeth, early Mastodon, and Gojira, Mire is as devastatingly heavy as it is heart-achingly beautiful as it is emotionally cathartic. It’s a hell of a gut-punch of a record, made all the more impressive by the fact that this is only their debut album.

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Review: Møl – Jord

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Label: Holy Roar Records

Despite being a relatively young sub-genre, blackgaze has already fallen in to a pit where most bands playing the style feel tired and uninspired. Sure, there are some bands who stick close to the core of the genre whilst still sounding passionate and vital – such as Underdark – but they’re rare. Rarer still are bands such as Møl, who feel not so much as if they’re showing how strong the genre can be, but with Jord are instead reinventing it, making it feel alive and thrilling in a way that it hasn’t for years and years.

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