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God is an Astronaut at the Club Academy, Manchester.

Normally a 3-piece band, God is an Astronaut tours with 4 members, the Kinsella (twin) brothers, Niels & Torsten, Lloyd Hanney and Robert Murphy. Their style is hard to pin down crossing between post-rock, space rock and, some might consider, ambient. For me space rock is Hawkwind and ambient is elevator or phone ‘on hold’ music so I’ll stick with…

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Reformat: The Singularity (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland ‘Reformat’ evolved from a collection of songs written by Luke Pajak and produced by his friend and long-suffering collaborator, Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, At the Gates, The Wildhearts, The Exploited, Evile, The Haunted, Lock Up, Defecation, Meathook Seed, The Berzerker, The Rotted, Space Ritual and many, many more). They were then joined by Jay…

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Perfect Beings: Perfect Beings II (2015)

Written by: Kev Rowland Between 2014 and 2016 I stopped writing reviews while I concentrated on putting together a book, which took far longer than I anticipated. But, just because I wasn’t writing didn’t mean that I wasn’t being sent material, and since the beginning of 2017 I have been trying ever so hard to catch up, even though events…

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Perfect Beings: Vier (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Between the second and third albums there were some changes in the Perfect Beings camp, most notably the loss of the rhythm section so that the band were now operating as a trio with additional guest musicians. Ben Levin provides drums on the album which was released at the beginning of 2018 , but he has…

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Rausch: Book II (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland There are times when I get incredibly frustrated, and this is one of them. I was sent this album to review, yet attempting to discover anything out about it is nigh on impossible. The artist’s website hasn’t been properly updated in years, and attempts to contact them directly has met with no response. What I know…

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Takaaki: New Kid in Town (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, Takaaki Otomo started learning classical piano at the age of five, moving onto jazz when he was fifteen, inspired particularly by Oscar Peterson. He has released a number of CDs as a leader and sideman, and then in 2014 moved to New York City. Composer Bernard Hoffer heard him playing…

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Scientist: Barbelith (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland This is the third album from Scientist, featuring founding guitarist/vocalist Eric Plonka (Yakuza), guitarist/vocalist Patrick Auclair (ex-Taken By The Sun), drummer Justin Cape (ex-Taken By The Sun), vocalist Barry Kotarba (Boatman’s Toll), and bassist Mathew Milligan (Making Ghosts). It is the first time they have had a singer as such, as previously they have opted for…

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The Dead Daisies – Burn It Down Tour, Part 2, Backstage Werk, Munich.

I’m pleased to say that Firebrand were given 2 bites of the cherry on this tour with this second bite taking place at the largest of the Backstage, Munich venues, Backstage Werk. This isn’t a venue I’ve been in previously although I have visited the 2 smaller venues within the complex which, combined, look like something out of Scrapyard Challenge….

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