February 6, 2020

As we lurch, weary and penniless, from the joyless January wasteland of the post-Christmas period into the fresh horrors of a new calendar month, there’s something especially ghastly about this time of year - not least with the mindless, hyper-commercialised advent of...

January 31, 2020

It’s best to go straight for the jugular and point out that this film was shot in the same junkyard as the infamous horror filth known as Street Trash. That lays out what territory we are in. If you haven’t seen that beauty from 1987, put down your device, stop reading...

January 26, 2020

It’s not 100 per cent clear precisely what manner of pure, blackly intoxicating devilry is coursing through Polish waters right now. But from the pulverising, stirringly ritualistic horrors of Hate through to the lacerating, exquisitely orchestrated blasphemies of Batu...

January 21, 2020

The tiresome well-being brigade, exuding a kale-scented air of vegan, alcohol free smugness may tell you otherwise, but for Dark Matter the only way to take refuge from the unrelenting misery of the dreariest month of the year is to throw oneself into the frostbitten e...

January 20, 2020

It's a typical midwinter evening in Manchester: it's pissing down with rain, people's heads hunch into their shoulders as they hurry from bus to pub without getting too saturated or depressed that it's been getting dark at fucking three in the afternoon, So on this Fri...

January 6, 2020

Riding high on the waves of success whipped up by latest blistering opus Cold Black Suns, black metal stallions Enthroned made an epic return this year with their new album and are now set to unleash a maelstrom of malevolent extreme sound across Europe. The highly ant...

December 17, 2019

Minus tonight’s tantalisingly blackened line-up, there’s precious little to endear us to the Macbeth of Hoxton. Tucked away in a nefarious-looking backstreet of this charmless, beige-bricked labyrinth of a London district, dated wall art and plastic grapevines adorn a...

December 15, 2019

Friendly and intimate, with uncommonly cheerful security and upbeat bar staff, Nambucca is a welcome refuge for outcasts from the mainstream. With the canny use of social media and lots of sheer enthusiasm for the alternative scene, this wacky little venue has carved a...

December 5, 2019

Some acts simply have the gift for atmosphere. However you sound, however many effects and affects you can bring to a stage; if you can mix it all together just so, there is little distinction to draw between a bar and an arena. With skill, either can become a hallowed...

December 2, 2019

Soon to become as ubiquitous as Once Upon a Time, Mayhem’s Necrobutcher - perhaps in a move to give value for money to fans who relish the band’s reputation for notoriety - has recently ensured every black metal picaresque is now destined to begin with the same refrain...

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