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...

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...

Satan worship and substance abuse aside, there are few more painfully well-worn clichés that could be applied to the metal genre than that of the token, down-on-their-luck band battling against all odds, sourcing inspiration from tough times or even (wince) suffering f...

From brutal bouts of famine, drought and flash flooding to the devastating international pandemic that’s presently decimating hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe, the terrifying fragility of our own mortality has, in the year 2020, never appeared more keenl...

If there’s anything experience has taught us, it’s that meddling with the classics is seldom a particularly rewarding or worthwhile exercise - a fact richly illustrated by the many painfully lacklustre ’80s horror reboots, retro acts and hyper-commercialised cover song...

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...

With its pitch-black legacy of grisly murder and dismemberment, of moonlit rites and crumbling tombstones, of frigid fjords and desolate dark forests, extreme metal has long been intimately acquainted with the darkest and most unspeakably horrific facets of the human c...

No matter how thoroughly well-acquainted you think you may be with a band’s music, regardless of how many times you’ve obsessively pored and fixated over the most minute details of a record you’ve lovingly played, tattered and worn, to within an inch of its life, it’s...

Ask any avid metal fan precisely what it is to be ‘extreme’ and they’ll likely reel off an endless, inexhaustible list of bands displaying varying levels of brain-liquefying sonic abrasiveness and brutality. From frantically accelerating staccato blasts and crippling s...

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...

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