Far from being a spent force, the newfound creative spirit that underpins the band’s latest album fuels a similarly innovative performance and there’s a connection between fan and band that is impossible to fake.
Death metal rarely gets any better than this and if metal is your life, then ‘Obituary’ is your lifeblood. 10
Although the track has been out there for some two years or so, this is the first opportunity to buy it in physical format and Southern Lord have made sure that it is an edition worthy of the band’s musical genius. Don’t miss out. 9
Heavy, atmospheric, and quite often beautiful, ‘Rebirth’ is a stunning record and well worth tracking down. 9
Prog fans need look no further, this sophomore effort from the Mute gods is an absolute gem of an album. 9
Dense, hypnotic, dreamily dark and yet unutterably beautiful, ‘Untitled’ is a blissed out voyage you’ll want to take again and again. 9
A life-affirming, exciting, beautiful celebration of the power of rock itself, Michael Schenker fest is an amazing document of a truly special night. 9
Perhaps history will see me on the wrong side of the argument and the band will turn their back upon their newfound sound in the coming months or years, but I would far rather listen to a group of musicians who follow their muse, even at the expense of an established fan-base, than pay tribute to a band who play it safe on every record. 8