Nine Circles ov… Russia!

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If you’ve been wondering (and I’m sure you have, attentive reader) why I tend to cover older releases instead of the latest and hottest promos, it’s because I prefer to spend a lot of time with a band or record before I form an opinion on it. Simply put, I prefer knowing one artist’s discography through and through to listening to ten CDs by different respective bands.

This list of personal favourites from Russia illustrates just that. It may not offer the most diverse, all-encompassing collection of bands from the country, but every band that’s on there is one I can recommend wholeheartedly. Continue reading

Horns Up’s Best of Q1: Jesse’s List

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Yearly or seasonal round-ups are useless when they merely rank each record according to the personal taste of the reviewer. However, the end of the quarter does provide us with a perfect opportunity to reflect on a few releases that might have been lost in the sea of information that overflows our minds every day. So here’s a list of releases from Q1 2015 and December 2014—yes, I cheated—that deserve more praise than they’ve ended up getting so far: Continue reading