YO NO SE – Momento Mori (Stolen Body Records 2022)

Following their widely praised Terraform album of June 2021, Bristol’s post-grungers YO NO SE will return on the 28th of January 2022 with their new full-length album “Momento Mori”. As the band explains on their Bandcamp, the album is a collection of eight songs, mastered by none other than the great Jack Endino, some of which were left out of the Terraform sessions, one cover and some new tunes recorded during the first UK lockdown.

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Restless Spirit – Blood of the Old Gods (Lifesblood Records 2021)

You should really be warned from the start that the new album by Restless Spirit “Blood of the Old Gods” is a beast. The trio from New York has created an album that easily looks eye to eye with bands like Mastodon, High on Fire and Psychonaut. There are brilliant vocal melodies throughout, with intelligent riffs and grooves that demonstrate the band’s musicianship.

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Plastic Woods – Dragonfruit (Multiple Labels 2021)*

Named after the fruit Pitaya with it’s scale-like skin, “Dragonfruit” is the new album by Plastic Woods from Andalucia, Spain. Following their debut “Icarus” album of 2019, “Dragonfruit” is a rich palette of progressive stoner rock sounds that hops across decades and genres with remarkable dexterity, demonstrating the band’s musicianship and crafting a unique sound.

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Birmani – EP4 (Cuchabata Records 2021)

Following their brilliant self-titled album that came out only in April 2021, Birmani is back again to close the year with the 4th instalment in a series of killer EPs that started back in 2018. “EP4” consists of four songs recorded by the band itself at home towards the end of summer 2021. But this is something that you would have never guessed, as the overall production is excellent. The EP kicks in with the big riff of “Encore” and vocals that bring to mind early Alice in Chains (Facelift era). Midway however, the song takes an intelligent Mastodonesque turn, and if you thought that the opening riff sounded big, the closing riff is massive.

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Black Spell – The Purple Skull (Forbidden Place Records 2021)

Less than a year after their acclaimed self-titled debut album, the Italian doomsters Black Spell return with “The Purple Skull”. The album picks up where their previous one left off, however, this time the production takes the band’s sound to new levels of fuzziness and doom. Truth be told, the band does not reinvent this sound, nor does it sound in any way they are interested in doing so. Their doom is honest, they serve a particular sound, and they are carving their own space in the genre next to bands like The Noise Figures, Temple of the Fuzz Witch and Acid Mammoth.

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