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Although classical music is now considered the stuffy and socially acceptable face of the industry, it’s worth remembering that operas have been banned for their questionable political overtones, symphonies have caused national unrest and a ballet once incited a riot....

Take your pick of pretty much any modern metal act and you’ll find it relatively easy to whittle their ‘trademark sound’ right back to its most basic composite parts - a dash of Mayhem here, a smattering of Slayer there, an entire solo lifted from Metallica’s ‘Black Al...

June 21, 2020

In a modern age where the worldwide web has all but eradicated the richly absorbing ceremony of spending countless hours scouring dusty record store shelves and crowded merch stands for fresh and enticing new musical discoveries, it’s always heartening to happen upon a...

June 18, 2020

As well all know, there are only a handful of remakes that pass muster, and even less that improve on their original. It can be argued that The Thing by Carpenter is a better film than the 50s version. Most people would agree that Cronenberg’s updating of The Fly ...

The crumbling bones of our ancestors may have long lain cold and still in the ground, but the illustrious legacy of ancient lore and legends they left behind remains one gloriously untouched by the ravages of time. And thanks to the meticulous labours of Forndom vision...

Call it foolish, utterly deluded sentimentalism, but every once in a while, it seems we’re sometimes destined to make certain significant, occasionally even momentous, musical discoveries. The sort of joyous, seldom stumbled-upon sonic revelations that leave us instant...

June 9, 2020

There are very few certainties in life. The first eight series of the Simpsons will always be funny; that council tax is a fuckfest of broken promises; and that there will always be Orange (fucking) Goblin, baby! Celebrating their 25th birthday this year should have se...

Among the many vibrantly entertaining pastimes and pleasures that COVID-19 has cruelly robbed us of in recent months, there’s none we metalheads miss more acutely than the rowdy, adrenaline-fuelled thrills and spills of live music. The tense electricity of a crowd seco...

June 3, 2020

There's a cartoon on the internet that does the round among music aficionados: one man is showing off his record player and collection to a friend, and proudly intoning “There's two things that attracted me to vinyl: the expense, and the inconvenience”. It's much belov...

May 28, 2020

Manchester, so much to answer for...Yup, despite that Madchester bollocks - a blight on the eardrums and a boon for dealers of home-made pharmaceuticals – Manchester, with pockets deep with depravation has always been a magnet for the gloomy stuff. From Joy Division to...

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