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...

Perhaps the most enduring quality at the core of Paradise Lost’s distinctive genius is the exploration of internalised agony, each exquisite musical offering a deeply personal journey into the beating heart of the psyche. The Yorkshire-based gothic metal crew’s latest...

April 20, 2020

Egyptian death metal sect Scarab make music that tells a story. Brimming with atmosphere, melody and drama; every scorched blastbeat and pounding note echoes with all the mystery of desert sands and deadly curses steeped in forgotten lore.

Hailing from Cairo, Scarab hav...

April 13, 2020

In the spirit of the ancient symbol of a serpent swallowing its own tail that inspires their name, Dawn of Ouroboros craft the perfect equilibrium between the creative and destructive tendencies of extreme metal.

A blackened progressive act blending apocalyptic atmosphe...

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...

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