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Slipknot: .5: The Gray Chapter review Iowan rockers suitably unhinged return

(Roadrunner)Given the circumstances surrounding the making of Slipknots fifth album the death of bassist Paul Gray and the terse departure of drummer Joey Jordison fans have been bracing themselves for disappointment. But despite a refreshed lineup and...

Dom Lawson | The Guardian

Scott Walker + Sunn O))): Soused review rich in imagination and surprisingly accessible

(4AD)On paper, the combination of 60s pop genius-turned-avant-garde auteur Scott Walker and experimental metal duo Sunn O))) (speciality: extreme slowness at extreme volume) might not sound hugely alluring. And yet the resulting album is rich in...

Phil Mongredien | The Guardian

Ex Hex: Rips review majestic power-pop on the air-guitar album of the year

Washington DC alt-rock hotshot Mary Timony has been bashing ears in high style for a couple of decades, previously with Helium, Autoclave and Wild Flag, and now with Ex Hex, whose hit-after-hit debut LP is just deliriously great fun – this has got to...

The Guardian | Tom Hughes

Foxygen: And Star Power review California duo in self-indulgent mood on third LP

If an artist doesn’t have enough viable material to sustain a single album, it’s surely folly to try to release a double, regardless of the virtues of the underlying conceit.

Phil Mongredien | The Guardian

Exodus: Blood In, Blood Out review feral energy and refined catchiness

(Nuclear Blast)The last two Exodus albums took the Bay Area thrash legends into firmly progressive and contemporary territory, with a bewildering number of riffs piled up like bones on a funeral pyre. While those records confirmed the bands ability to...

Dom Lawson | The Guardian

Thom Yorke, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, review: 'late night bus music'

Thom Yorke's third solo album locates moments of beauty with an air of unpredictability, says Helen Brown.

Helen Brown | The Telegraph

Marianne Faithfull, Give My Love To London, review: 'unbalanced'

Marianne Faithfull's twentieth album is an uneven collection of covers and original material, says Neil McCormick.

Neil McCormick | The Telegraph

Hozier: Hozier review: folky blues filled with haunting melodies

A young man with a knotted, old-man voice, the Wicklow-reared Andrew Hozier-Byrne is on the same page as George Ezra, though his version of folky blues is danker and more interesting by far.

Caroline Sullivan | The Guardian

Johnny Marr - 'Playland'

Trademark licks and provocative lyrics combine as former Smiths man finds his niche on second solo album

Barry Nicolson | NME