Author Archives: A.S. Van Dorston

Winter Album Rundown

The first few months of the year are usually fairly slow for new releases, as people recover from year-end music binges and catch up on what was missed, or just relax and enjoy favorites from the past. I often dig … Continue reading

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Slough Feg – Digital Resistance (Metal Blade, 2014)

It’s been nearly four years since Slough Feg’s last release, Animal Spirits (2010, Profound Lore), but the band’s status has continued to grow, thanks to their reputation as incredible live performers, and a back catalog of eight albums that’s the … Continue reading

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Truckfighters – Universe (Fuzzomania, 2014)

TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS TRUCKFIGHTERS!!! Yeah, I’m a fan. It’s been a gradual process. When the band formed over 13 years ago, they were the newcomers to the vibrant stoner/fuzz/desert rock … Continue reading

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Hidden Masters & Wolf People: Psychedelia and Prog Moving Forward in the UK

Hidden Master, Of This & Other Worlds (Rise Above/Metal Blade, 2013) Nearly a half century after the first psychedelic singles appeared in 1965, pretty much everyone has figured out that you don’t need the assistance of drugs to appreciate the … Continue reading

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Fester’s Lucky 13: 2013 Year-End Summary

Top 100 Albums of 2013 | 2013 Breakdown: Genre Lists | Shows, Videos | Movies, Television, Books, Comics, Beer Fester’s Favorite Things Aged bourbon on rocks and blood thickened warm Glog Oysters on crackers and cheese stinking of bog Spine crushing Black Sludge and green alien … Continue reading

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Autumn Album Rundown – Part 2

Just two weeks from now year-end lists will start coming out, particularly from the handful of print publications that would have to have finalized their lists before I even wrote this. You won’t see most of these recent releases in … Continue reading

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Between The Cracks Part 2 – Metro, Fingerprintz, Martha & The Muffins

In my original installment of “Between The Cracks”, nearly four years ago, I wrote about great bands that slipped between the cracks of glam, prog, art rock, metal and punk between 1973 and 1978. I covered 13 bands from that … Continue reading

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White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

Perpetually overlooked underdogs White Denim picked a tough time to release an album that should really push them to a new level. Self-absorbed model Sky Ferreira released her debut album that’s getting loads of media attention due to her topless … Continue reading

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Noctum – Final Sacrifice

It’s no mistake that Noctum’s Final Sacrifice is released Halloween week. The album consists of a loosely coherent horror tale that perfectly fits the macabre holiday season. More bands should do this! The Metal Blade label is on a roll … Continue reading

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Bloody Thundering Alehorns On Mountaintops – Traditional Heavy Metal Reaches New Heights

October 1, 2013 has a pretty remarkable group of albums scheduled for release. Argus – Beyond The Martyrs (Cruz Del Sur) Atlantean Codex – The White Goddess (Cruz Del Sur/20 Buck Spin) Horisont – Time Warriors (Rise Above/Metal Blade) In … Continue reading

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