AUDIO REVIEW: Human, by Kalah

-with my thanks to the band for sending me a review copy- Label: Independent Genre: Electronica/Melodic/Metal Tracks: 4 Runtime: 19 minutes Release Date: 01/06/2021 Verdict: 4/5 In their follow-up to to February’s Descent, Italian band Kalah continue to showcase a dazzling variety of musical styles. This is an album that hits you in a wall ofContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Human, by Kalah”

AUDIO REVIEW: Kevin + Abi and the Secret of the Golden Pendant, by Paul Shapera

Genre: Crime, Time Travel Runtime: 1hr 15mins Release Date: 23/02/2021 Cast: Paul Shapera, Kerttu Aarnipuu, Oliver Marsh, Kiera-Marie Somers, Lauren Osborn, Hayley Warner, Verdict: 5/5 The third volume in Paul Shapera’s trilogy of intricate and long-titled ‘secret’ New Albion albums has been out for less than two months, but it’s already my favourite of the set.Continue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Kevin + Abi and the Secret of the Golden Pendant, by Paul Shapera”

AUDIO REVIEW: Descent, by Kalah

-with my thanks to the band for sending me a review copy- Label: Independent Genre: Electronica/Melodic/Metal Tracks: 4 Runtime: 18 minutes Release Date: 01/02/2021 Verdict: 4/5 Kalah’s debut EP is an odd beast and no mistake. Even with my eclectic music taste, I’ve never heard anything quite like it. Even though it’s less than twentyContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Descent, by Kalah”

AUDIO REVIEW: Viribus Unitis, by Dragony

Label: Napalm Records Genre: Power Metal/Alternative History Tracks: 12 Runtime: 49 minutes Release Date: 15/01/2021 Verdict: 5/5 Here are three things I love: Power metal, alternative histories, and sinister magic. With their fourth album Viribus Unitis, Austrian-based band Dragony have combined all three to create a strong early contender for album of the year. Coming fromContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Viribus Unitis, by Dragony”

Brave New Worlds: Upcoming SF in 2021

2020 was a rough year for most, but definitely for science fiction. A lot of industries ground to a halt, meaning that many of this year’s expected releases have been ushed back to 2021. On the plus side, that means next year is going to be absolutely packed with science fiction goodies. Here’s just aContinue reading “Brave New Worlds: Upcoming SF in 2021”

FANDOM, FILK & FUN: Carmen Miranda’s Ghost

  Last year, a friend shared a link to a song. “Carmen Miranda’s ghost,” the song began, “is haunting Space Station Three.” The quality was terrible, having originally been recorded from damaged cassette tape, but I was intrigued. When the playlist revealed an entire album of these weird songs, I was immediately hooked. The albumContinue reading “FANDOM, FILK & FUN: Carmen Miranda’s Ghost”

AUDIO REVIEW: 1896, by Steam Powered Giraffe

  Label: Independently Released Genre: Steampunk/Caberet/Soul Tracks: 12 Runtime: 50 minutes Release Date: 09/11/2020 Verdict: 4/5 How does one explain Steam Powered Giraffe to the uninitiated? On the one hand, they’re a group of family and friends who make catchy tunes about random things. On the other, they are a trio of steam-powered robots reprurposedContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: 1896, by Steam Powered Giraffe”

AUDIO REVIEW: Nash Harding and the Secret of the Twisted Tower, by Paul Shapera

Genre: Science Fantasy/Hippiepunk Runtime: 1hr 37mins Cast: Paul Shapera, Kerttu Aarnipuu, Hayley Warner, Jessica Singer, Jessica Law, Lauren Osborn, Marjolein Nijsten Verdict: 4/5   A thematic successor to Katy Shaw and the Search for the Stolen Secret, Nash Harding and the Secret of the Twisted Tower takes place in the halcyon days of New Albion,Continue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Nash Harding and the Secret of the Twisted Tower, by Paul Shapera”

AUDIO REVIEW: Space Ninjas From Hell, by Victorius

Label: Napalm Records Genre: Speed Metal/Science Fantasy Tracks: 12 Runtime: 45 minutes Release Date: 17/01/2020 Verdict: 4/5 I don’t like anime. In fact, I hate it. The jarring visual style, the over the top storytelling, the incomprehensible plotlines, the absolute black hole of a fandom. Yes, these are all ungenerous generalisations, but everything I’ve encounteredContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Space Ninjas From Hell, by Victorius”

AUDIO REVIEW: Katy Shaw and the Search for the Stolen Secret, by Paul Shapera

-Thanks to Paul and his team for sending me a free copy (and all the lyrics)- Genre: Noir/Dieselpunk Runtime: 1hr 7mins Cast: Paul Shapera, Lauren Osborn, Candice Price, Kerttu Aarnipuu, Hayley Warner, Marjolein Nijsten Verdict: 5/5 Having tackled every punk suffix from steam- to cyber- to atom- to fairy-, and written everything from transgender cyborgsContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Katy Shaw and the Search for the Stolen Secret, by Paul Shapera”