Albums of the year!

Posted on December 24th, 2015

Here's a selection of our albums of the year by me and a bunch of our bands. Also have a playlist of some of my favourite songs of the year (quite different to album selections!) -…/…/playlist/5MSu9nIQ4AfVj03jsWQQkQ

In no order apart from no.1......

Alex (Holy Roar)
1. Goatsnake - ‘Black Age Blues’ (Southern Lord)
Super uplifting, fun, but with the thickest best riffs and catchiest songs. Party stoner.

2. Elder - 'Lore’ (Stickman Records)
Untouchable prog/stoner, everything about this is perfect.

3. Blanck Mass - 'Dumb Flesh’ (Sacred Bones)
Side project of Ben Fuck Buttons comes into focus on 2nd LP and is better than any Fuck Buttons album.

4. HEALTH - 'Death Magic’ (Loma Vista Recordings)
Starting to sound a bit Depeche Mode, whilst still sounding like no one else. Raised their game again.

5. Indian Wells - 'Pause’ (Bad Panda Records)
Stunning, slow-burn electronica where each song unfolds beautiful. Really evocative stuff that paints pictures in my head.

6. Maruta - 'Remain Dystopian’ (Relapse)
Like a more death-metal leaning Discordance Axis. Unfathomable yet paradoxically catchy riffing.

7. Misþyrming - 'Söngvar elds og óreiðu’ (Terratur Possessions, Fallen Empire Records, Vánagandr)
The best black metal record this year. Fittingly, from Iceland.

8. Oblivionized - 'Life Is A Struggle, Give Up’ (Secret Law Records)
A British band standing toe-to-toe with any Pig Destroyer record, mindblowing.

9. Fórn
'Weltschmerz' (+ split 7" with Yautja, both on Gilead Media)
My favourite modern doom band just keep proving themselves over and over....

10. Xibalba - 'Tierra Y Libertad' (Southern Lord)

Honourable mentions to - Viet Cong, Bring Me The Horizon, The Body & Thou, Cloud Rat, Caspian, Cult Leader, Deafheaven, Envy, HNRK, Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, Kublai Khan, Lapalux, Liturgy, Misogi, No Devotion, Prefuse 73, The Story So Far.

Steve (Helpless)
Sumac – The Deal
Dragged Into Sunlight/ Gnaw Their Tongues – NV
Hope Drone – Cloak Of Ash
Marriages – Salome
Pissgrave – Suicide Euphoria
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress’
Mgla – Exercises In Futility
Mastery – Valis
Ad Nauseum – Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est

MINE/Group of Man (group effort)
Svalbard - One Day All This Will End
Your Old Droog - Kinison
Knxwledge - Hud Dreams
Rival Consoles - Howl
Bjork - Vulnicura
Four Tet - Morning/Evening
JME - Integrity
Drug Church - Hit Your Head
Sheer Mag - 2
Self Defense Family - Heaven Is Earth

Serena (Svalbard)
1. Mgla - Exercises in Futility
2. Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
3. Envy - Athiest's Corner
4. Ghost Bath - Moonlover
5. Children of Bodom - I Worship Chaos
6. Tribulation - The Children Of The Night
7. Ghost - Meliora
8. Pink Shiny Ultra Blast - Everything Else Matters
9. Birds In Row - Personal War
10. Leviathan - Scar Sighted

Rough Hands (group effort)
Death Grips - The Powers That B
Girl Band - Holding Hands With Jamie
Turnover - Peripheral Vision
Deafheaven - New Bermuda
George Fitzgerald - Fading Love
Wavves/Cloud Nothings - No Life For Me
Birdskulls - Trickle
Tame Impala - Currents
Mac Demarco - Another One
Jamie XX - In Colour

Harry (Up River)
1. When People Grow, People Go - Blacklisted
2. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late - Drake
3. Modern Living - White Jazz
4. Peripheral Vision - Turnover
5. You Destroy Yourself - Sweet Jesus
6. Lightless Walk - Cult Leader
7. Tide - Miles Away
8. Party Adjacent - Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room
9. One Day This Will All End - Svalbard
10. Boxkite S/T - Boxkite

Rolo Tomassi (group effort)
Hop Along - Painted Shut
Tame Impala - Currents
Sidekicks - Runners In The Nerved World
Pinkshinyultrablast - Everything Else Matters
West Kust - Last Forever
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
The World Is A Beautiful Place... - Harmlessness
Deafheaven - New Bermuda
Joanna Newsome - Divers
Rafael Anton Irisarri - A Fragile Geography

Heff (Eulogy)

Xibalba - Tierra Y Libertad
Razoreater - Vaccum of Nihil
Frontierer - Orange Mathematics
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death
The Prestige - Amer
Liturgy - The Ark Work
We Never Learned To Live - Silently, I Threw Them Skyward

More Than Life - 'Love Let Me Go' reissue incoming.....

Posted on December 22nd, 2015

We are very happy to announce the forthcoming reissue of More Than Life's classic debut album 'Love Let Me Go' -  set for release on April 1st 2016.

Having been out of print for some time now, the album has been remixed by Lewis Johns at The Ranch and remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege for maximum audio punch and clarity.

Presented in gatefold LP and gatefold mini-lp style CD wallet as well as digital download.

Preorder begins 26/12/15 (Boxing Day). We will aim to have it up by 11am (UK time), but please do not ask more specifically than this. Vinyl pressing information will go up at the same time.

Stream the newly remixed/remastered version of 'The First Night of Autumn' here -…/more-than-life-the-first-night-of-…

On the twelfthh day of Christmosh, Holy Roar did give to me....

Posted on December 21st, 2015

Holy Roar Records is very pleased to welcome Essex punk/hardcore crossover kings GIANTS to the label! To kick things off, here is the first taster (for FREE) of their forthcoming debut album which we will be releasing this coming spring. More details soon! We hope you enjoy this as much as we have been recently.

'Break The Cycle'
....for FREE (or pay what you want) for the next 24 hours!

On the eleventh day of Christmosh, Holy Roar did give to me....

Posted on December 19th, 2015

Down I Go
'You're Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You'
....for FREE (or pay what you want) for the next 24 hours!

After a bizarre and convoluted gestation, that at this stage has been well-documented, it was a pleasure and honour to release the new (and best) album by Down I Go. They were the band that gave my old band our first gig, and I knew Alan from DIG via his time in the awesome Johnny Truant (R.I.P). So this was a no-brainer. If you haven't come across the band before and like the thought of highly original post-hardcore featuring every instrument under the sun and vocals that sound like a really really angry dad (life, imitating art, imitating life), then this is for you.....…/youre-lucky-god-that-i-canno…