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Michael Moss / Accidental Orchestra: Helix (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland It is worthwhile listing all the musicians taking part in this, namely Jason Kao Hwang, Rosi Hertlein, Fung Chern Hwei (violins), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Lenny Mims and Carol Buck (cellos), Steve Swell (trombone), Vincent Chancey (French horn), Waldron Mahdi Ricks (trumpet), Richard Keene (oboe), Elliott Levin (flute, tenor saxophone), Ras Moshe Burnett (soprano and tenor saxophones),…

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Ministry: AmeriKKKant (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland 35 years on from their Ministry, and most importantly Al Joursengen, is showing no sign at all of slowing down and is angrier than ever. I think that it is safe to say that Al is not exactly a fan of Donald John Trump, and from the album title through the artwork and then finally into…

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Norman Baker: Staying Blue (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland When I come across musicians I have never heard of before, I always like to do some research. With the power of the all-seeing Google it doesn’t take long to some up with some relevant information which can make a review that much more interesting. All I knew from the label is that Baker is also…

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Axis Five: Earthlings (2018)

Written by Roger Penkethman When I first clicked play on the opening track of this album, I was immediately drawn in by the powerhouse guitar and drum intro. Then came the gritty throttled voice of lead singer David Stanfill and I was hooked. His vocal delivery is very strong and forceful and definitely suited to this band. As for the…

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Dan Weiss: Starebaby (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland ‘Starebaby’ is the new release by drummer/composer Dan Weiss, and is an attempt to combined improvised jazz with heavy metal and electronic music. Weiss is well-known as a jazz drummer, performing with musicians as disparate as Rudresh Mahanthappa, Chris Potter, John Zorn, and Jen Shyu, but here he is attempting to combine this background with metallic…

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