October 2, 2020

There’s a contradiction at the heart of music: no matter what label gets slapped on it, we want something that speaks to our own shared experiences, that echoes something deep within our intangible soul and speaks to personal experience, to feel we are not alone and th...

August 26, 2020

If you ever get some smart arse saying metal is just a load of noise, play them Primitive Man. You won't change their mind, and in fact they might need counselling afterwards to help repair it, and they may even never speak to you ever again, but least you can go back...

August 17, 2020

As too fucking appropriate, Pale Horseman have been swaggering back into view. Anyone with at least a passing interest in the Bible, after Pestilence, War and Famine have all done their bit, it's Death who comes along to finish off the apocalypse. With Pestilence seemi...

August 8, 2020

You'd think after an album had been out for over four weeks, in the midst of lockdown with not much else to do and plenty of time to just absorb a record, we'd have some sort of grip on what makes it tick and how it stirs the soul. Yet despite the luxuries of having th...

April 6, 2020

Even the biggest and most bad-in-the-blood, knuckle-dragging metal fan will dip their toes into other genres from time to time. But even when you find out the companion to Me and That Man's John Porter is none other than Adam Nergal Darski, you can still be astonished....

September 20, 2019

Function often follows form. Take Russian Circles: named after an ice hockey drill, a sport that has the combination of effortless gliding agility, but also the element of bone-crunching impacts that rattle teeth. Russian Circles the band, being post-metal (rather than...

September 5, 2019

Back in the 90s, we could be certain of a few things, but one of the best things was the prospect of a new Entombed album. Yup, you know them, the Swedish fivesome who battered their way out of a Stockholm basement with nothing more than a few HM Distortion pedals to b...

August 29, 2019

Sometimes you just have to throw your hands up in the air and enjoy a good tune. OK, so we're not advocating ska-punk – one of Dark Matter's more idiotic writers (this one) tried to skank once, slipped on some beer and smashed his knee in, which only goes to show that...

July 29, 2019

Yeah yeah, we know, this has already been out a while. But due to the heatwave in the UK, most of Dark Matter's writers have subsumed into some gloopy black-clad mass. But if there's anything worth lingering over, it's a new record by Earth. Yes indeedy, the doom drone...

June 27, 2019

In the grand scheme of post-metal, all things are cyclical. In fact you could say it's the defining trait. Pelican follow this too: bone-crushingly disciplined and tight sludge riffs wordlessly pounding like stormy water on the rocks of the psyche characterised their e...

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