Articles by Jamie

About Jamie (10 Articles)
When you follow the smoke to the riff-filled land, odds are you will find Jamie on his infinite quest for some excellent music, usually down the traditional pathways of heavy/doom metal but increasingly leaning toward the retro climes of the ‘new classic rock.’ The soundtrack, however, is a healthy mixture of music not limited to the riff. Guided by cultural thought, the Doors, alcohol, and Tom Waits, Jamie spends a lot of his time contemplating modern life and moaning about how clean and pretty rock music has become. A student of film studies, you’ll often find Jamie consuming a vast archive of cinema from all manners of nations, styles and periods, often shifting from contemporary Japanese cinema to occult horror and from awful trash to the gritty New Hollywood films and everything in between.

Mothership – High Strangeness

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Like an astral cruiser approaching the planetary atmosphere, the sky is drenched in kaleidoscopic colour. The sonicboom blasts away everything in sight, stripping the earth [...]

All Them Witches – Sleeping Through the War

February 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

The world is in need of a psychic healing: it is entering a new phase of unsettling geopolitics steeped in bilious hatred and vile intolerance and more and more of us negate [...]

Black Mirrors – Funky Queen

February 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Occasionally a new band comes around with the energy to shake up the entire musical establishment before dropping a high-octane release that leaves your ears craving for [...]

Horisont – About Time

February 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

There is a special place up high for bands who have lasted even as long as Horisont (a decade seems like a surprisingly long time); but there is an even grander, holier place [...]

My Dying Bride – Feel the Misery

September 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

For twenty-five years they have cast us down unto our knees to weep and lashed us with all the pain of a dying deity. Although the level of pain and misery has slightly waned [...]

Speedtrap – Straight Shooter

September 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

When you think of Finnish metal you seldom associate it with speed metal, that rather ambiguous term that has different connotations depending on who you talk to. This is, by [...]

Dead Lord – Heads Held High

August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sweden has done very well at playing the nostalgia game with a variety of genres and, with Graveyard, Horisont and Witchcraft, has become a major exporter of classic rock [...]

Year of the Goat – The Unspeakable

August 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just as in the resurrection of the fallen one, Sweden’s Year of the Goat has risen impressively through the ranks of the occult rock scene since their inception in 2006. [...]