Glynn Stewart – Imperium Defiant

Genre: Science FictionReleased: September 2019Reviewed by: Jane Stockwell I came to “Imperium Defiant” the long way around. It is the third book in the “Light of Terra” trilogy, which is the second trilogy in the “Duchess of Terra” series of books. My starting point was through “Darkness Beyond,” which was the first book in the “Light […]

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AMMAR 808 – Maghreb United

Genre: WorldReleased: June 2018 Reviewed by: Benedict Roff-Marsh The album is set to play from Tk #9 so I recommend resetting to Tk #1 The cover is immediately evocative as well as a pretty good representation of what you expect inside. AMMAR 808 is: Deep TR-808 bass meets pan-Maghreb beats, timeless voices and futurist visions. AMMAR […]

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Snaex – The Word

Genre: Alternative RockReleased: Nov 2018 Reviewed by: Benedict Roff-Marsh Snaex seem like masters of writing incomprehensible biopic material about former albums, that never gets updated. They seem not to really understand how the internet works at all. This is a shame as it makes them seem somewhere between disinterested & pretentious for anyone just trying to […]

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Banda Bacana – Stop the Planet

Genre: GrooveReleased: Dec 2018 Reviewed by: Benedict Roff-Marsh Banda Bacana are from sweaty, sunny Snowdonia in North Wales. I’ll be real honest and say I am not big in Latin Afro-Carribean World Funk Fusion stuff. Or Groove as it is easier expressed. It is not that I don’t think it a valid format or style, it […]

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Albums that got Turned Down

Or perhaps that title is “albums that got turned off”. I have spoken a few times at the start of reviews about the struggle to find material but this time after three attempts over three days to find something, anything, worth reviewing, it became apparent that this should be the subject of this week’s post. […]

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URSA – Abyss Between the Stars

Genre: MetalReleased: Nov 2018Reviewed by: Benedict Roff-Marsh URSA are on a small label called Blood-Music who are not open to demos from acts. I note that most of what I review is from small labels. I see two reasons. Labels hold acts to a higher standard then the acts tend to do for themselves. A Sad […]

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Lynne Martin – Texturas

Genre: RockReleased: Nov 2018Reviewed by: Benedict Roff-Marsh Lynne Martin is from Barcelona Spain. After that I start having to rely on Google Translate: “Textures” is gestated and molded in Berlin in a period of two years. Each texture is transformed into a song creating a different skin that changes over time. At the end, it ends […]

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Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want

Genre: RockReleased: Oct 2018Reviewed by: Benedict Roff-Marsh The Band  & Album names alone got me to try this. Initially I wasn’t so sure on the cover, but on closer inspection it is a very interesting painting. But we’re not here about painting. We wanna Rock! OMG, this takes me back. Back to when Rock acts were […]

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Colin Self – Siblings

Genre: Ummm Released: Nov 2018 Reviewed by: Benedict Roff-Marsh Colin Self’s “Siblings” is one of the few times I am totally stumped as to how to classify a musical work. This isn’t because it is the weirdest record I have ever heard, not by a long shot, but because of the breadth of material and the styles that […]

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KRULL – The Black Coast

Genre: Heavy Metal Released: April 2018 Reviewed by: Benedict Roff-Marsh I like Metal (as I’m sure any UP reader knows) and I have covered lots of other things recently, even Pop! So time to go home so to speak. I did a quick whip around and shortlisted two records. The first was the new Silver Talon record “Becoming […]

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