March 24, 2020

As the world goes to hell in a handbasket, perhaps the last thing we need is to pile on more misery. And yet, while never encountering such extraordinarily trying times as these, Northern doom merchants My Dying Bride have sustained a three decades long career extracti...

February 24, 2020

Key renegades in the second wave of late eighties thrash metal, the mighty Sepultura debuted in 1986 and along with such greats as Pantera, Testament and Machine Head became one of the most influential bands to emerge from that swampy, Slayer-inspired morass of inferna...

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...

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 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...

October 22, 2019

When it comes to Mayhem, how far is it possible to separate the controversy from the music? Every note is infused with all the black malicious intent and scaly, stygian darkness of their origins – embodied in those grainy 90s’ shots of the band when they were corpse-pa...

October 14, 2019

Death metal gigs are by their very nature a truly intense experience. However, Dark Matter have rarely witnessed such an outpouring of energy and passion both on and off stage as when the ‘A Vile Desolate Sands’ tour, headlined by Nile, hit UK shores. And as responsibl...

September 25, 2019

With a perpetual cock of the eyebrow, Helsinki-based Gothic rock dramatists The 69 Eyes draw on subcultural imagery and lore to craft overblown, almost tongue-in-cheek dark fantasies where nevertheless you’ll find some deeply heartfelt themes. Birthed initially as a gl...

August 6, 2019

An ode to the savage natural beauty of Germany’s Black Forest region, Finsterforst’s brooding progressive metal has been delighting fans of their folk-inspired dark melodies since 2004. Straddling the gulf between the cheesiness of pagan metal and the grim frostbitten...

For all their gloomy affectations, diehard black metal fans must have been wishing upon a few lucky stars; because their diabolical dreams have just come true. 'Old Star', the highly anticipated latest album from the legendary Darkthrone, has just been unleashed and is...

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