October 6, 2020

With its darkly brutalising wealth of scalding, violently accelerating and densely bludgeoning musical dynamics, the notorious subterranean underbelly that is extreme metal is one rich with various instruments of sonic torture, their every sculpted, scalpel-keen accent...

April 26, 2020

If there’s two things we can always be comfortably assured of in these increasingly bleak and uncertain times, it’s that: a. Katatonia will always produce unerringly brilliant and darkly absorbing audio and b. that, for at least the past decade or more, music critics w...

April 15, 2020

From the frantic, undiluted aggression of 1999 classic ‘The Purity of Perversion’ to the violently eviscerating strains of 2014’s ‘The Necrotic Manifesto’ and 2016 smash ‘Retrogore’s’ tensely sinister, ink-black atmospherics, the past 25 years have seen Aborted undergo...

As conscious beings cursed with the crippling, existential burden of our own mortality, it’s small wonder we’re often given to muse and reminisce upon the past. For, in the vividly indelible etchings of human memory, of ancient legends and sagas of old, we might salvag...

March 23, 2020

As far as support act selections go, the pairing of classic death metal veterans Malevolent Creation with the blackened, stirringly ritualistic magic of Batushka is about as harmonious a combo as a KFC Megabucket washed down with copious lashings of fine Chianti. Then...

March 16, 2020

Despite not being nearly so much fun IRL (that’s ‘in real life’ to us grizzled elders) the awkward, ugly and oftentimes downright traumatic trials of adolescence have long supplied filmmakers with a seemingly infinite wealth of cinematic inspiration. From The Breakfast...

March 13, 2020

With the exception of the sort of person who obsessively stockpiles toilet paper at the first whiff of a potential crisis, it’s easy to appreciate why black metal inspires in its followers such fervent extremes of fandom and fixation. For those most newly initiated, th...

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...

November 4, 2019

For many a metal-head of a certain vintage, this pulverising slab of sumptuous, genre-smashing extreme metal has long occupied a unique place in the pitch-black annals of a movement that’s altered immeasurably since ‘Cruelty and the Beast’ first made its deliciously si...

September 26, 2019

As far as listening experiences go, nothing quite compares to the deliciously visceral and frostbitten pleasures of black metal. Residing, like some prized and glistening obsidian gem, within the most grimly inhospitable, furthermost reaches of the extreme metal spectr...

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