September 27, 2020

Whenever any band of a certain status and reputation is seen to be even slightly relaxing the frequency of their studio output, it’s only a matter of time before fans begin to fear the worst and the internet abounds with paranoid rumours of an ‘indefinite hiatus’, ‘cre...

With September already in its dying throes, it's hard to believe this freshly-launched column has been up and running for a little over a month now. Better still, Anthems #4 is by far our biggest and most colourfully varied edition yet, featuring everything from the vi...

September 18, 2020

It’s been five years, five long years, since the exceptional ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’. The band have been on an unstoppable roll of exceptional releases since the turn of the millennium so you can excuse them for taking a bit of a break between records, but there’s...

September 17, 2020

Pretty much any mediocre shock-rock act can douse themselves in stage blood, slip on a ‘scary’ mask or strap on a prosthetic claw or two in some vague and half-baked attempt at passing themselves off as a 'dark' or (worse still) 'edgy' musical collective. Indeed, the h...

Last we checked, the world was still very much in the metaphorical toilet, with news of rapidly climbing COVID-19 infection rates killing off whatever tiny glimmer of fragile, tentative hope we might’ve had for the revival of our beloved live music scene. But hey, at l...

September 12, 2020

Whether it’s the luscious, airily flourishing territories of symphonic metal, Norwegian black metal’s raggedly abrasive trademark riffs or the windswept, stirringly evocative throes of Scandinavian melodeath, it’s easy to pigeonhole and compartmentalise new music we se...

September 11, 2020

With UK grindfathers Napalm Death about to drop their 16th album, there seemed no better time to look back across the bands storied and long history, via five of what I consider to be some of their most pivotal and influential work. Whilst none of the original members...

As we lurch ever onward into yet another new month of fresh horrors, which this week included the nationwide reopening of schools, news of proposed border closures and spiking infection rates elsewhere across the globe, it’s fast become apparent just how frighteningly...

September 4, 2020

Ah, the memories….! Gathering with your mates in the brisk night air outside a dimly lit venue plastered with posters. Fishing out your ticket stubs from your back pocket as you get frisked by over-zealous security. The odours of beer and leather and the great unwashed...

September 1, 2020

Sometimes all you need is a name, and you know everything you need to know. Black Sabbath. Neurosis. Cannibal Corpse. Cradle of Filth. You know what you're getting with names like those. And in a curious way, you know what to expect from Russian trio Dunwich. If you're...

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