October 14, 2020

It’s always baffling hearing genre purists wax lyrical about the ‘golden age’ of early ’90s black metal. To see eyes glaze over with yearning and nostalgia at the mere mention of these bygone days of uncompromisingly raw and visceral extremity. A decade punctuated by v...

August 18, 2020

Despite death metal’s sonically varied and expansive scope, its endlessly evolving wealth of genre-smashing new talent and rich legacy of influential legends, few sub-genres are more thoroughly riddled with mindless stereotypes and clichés than this notoriously brutal...

Since first being violently spewed forth from its frigidly inhospitable founding lands some 30-odd years ago, black metal has more than abundantly illustrated its rich capacity for sonic evolution and invention. From the stirringly ritualistic majesty of Hellenic metal...

Take your pick of pretty much any modern metal act and you’ll find it relatively easy to whittle their ‘trademark sound’ right back to its most basic composite parts - a dash of Mayhem here, a smattering of Slayer there, an entire solo lifted from Metallica’s ‘Black Al...

Call it foolish, utterly deluded sentimentalism, but every once in a while, it seems we’re sometimes destined to make certain significant, occasionally even momentous, musical discoveries. The sort of joyous, seldom stumbled-upon sonic revelations that leave us instant...

When Naglfar mastermind Kristoffer Olivius first set about laying the dusky, deliciously visceral foundations for what would eventually become this post-apocalyptic epic of an album, who could have possibly anticipated the catastrophic turn of events that would follow...

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...

November 7, 2019

The Friday night beers have long been flowing profusely here at the Black Heart tonight and the venue’s close, windowless attic confines are all but plunged into a state of impenetrable darkness barely relieved by a few meagre beams of pallidly colourless light visibly...

At the risk of adopting the sort of nonsensical, overblown rhetoric famously associated with a certain, less-than-verbally-adept US president, the sheer scale and enormity - ‘bigness’, if you will - of Hate’s intensely vicious, ritualistic craft is the first thing you’...

In a frantic tsunami of densely chugging riffs and banshee shrieks, British extreme metal legends Akercocke are quick to ensnare the full, undivided focus of fans from the get-go. With ‘Horns of Baphomet’s’ lunging, serpentine contortions and tortured screams taking am...

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